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Bristol-based ICON advises on sale of Edale to Japanese giant Canon

Bristol-based tech-focussed investment bank ICON Corporate Finance has advised on the sale of printing and packaging specialists Edale to global leader, Canon Production printing. The deal highlights the continuing attractiveness of cross-border transactions and is the latest in a string of international deals advised on by ICON.

Hampshire-based Edale engineers and manufactures world...


"Fitting legacy": Cornwall earmarked for 10% of national innovation fund

The Government has ringfenced £1m from the ninth round of the £10m Energy Entrepreneurs Fund for projects based in Cornwall, "to reflect the important part played by Cornwall in the 2021 G7 and [...] to create a positive legacy."

The Energy Entrepreneurs Fund has been developed to support sustainable innovation in the areas of energy efficiency, power generation, heat generation,...

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University of Bristol spinouts top UK rankings for investment returns

The University of Bristol has been revealed as the UK’s top university for providing returns on its spinout companies.

The South West university tops the national list for returns on its spinouts, at an average of £3.85 generated for every £1 invested, according to The University Spinout Report 2021 . That’s compared to an average of £2.30 generated by spinouts from the top ten UK...

David Tansley of Deloitte

Dave Tansley, Deloitte: It’s time for the South West tech sector to grasp this amazing opportunity for growth

Dave Tansley, UK vice chair at Deloitte , shares his insight on the inaugural South West Tech Analysis Report and why this report will galvanise the tech community in a journey of collaboration for growth.

Involvement as headline sponsor in the commissioning of this report was an obvious choice for Deloitte. Mapping out and understanding the existing ecosystem has never been as...

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Funding announced for data analytical and digital innovation projects in HotSW region

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership has announced a new funding call for projects to tackle key economic and societal challenges through data analytics and digital innovation, a priority in the region’s Build Back Better plan.

The Heart of the South West LEP has identified ‘Digital’ as the highest priority for investment to deliver clean and inclusive...

Co-founders Tanuvi Ethunandan & Erin Morris

Data Duopoly opens fundraising avocado round to accelerate growth

Data Duopoly today announced it opened a fundraising bid for £600k EIS for its large seed round.

Driven by data and creativity, Data Duopoly create the best possible visitor experience through the development of mobile applications. Its products aim to solve the issue of congestion and frustrations experienced by visitors by facilitating personalised incentives to actively disperse...

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Funding the future of your business - from bank loans to angel investment

FounderCatalyst is a supporting partner for the Tech South West StartUp Studio, a virtual accelerator for early stage tech companies in the South West.

Whether your business reaches its goals in 2 years or 10 years will probably come down to the availability of cash. At one end of the scale you can bootstrap, sweat the business for all it’s worth and insist everyone brings their own...


Bristol SaaS platform Clue announces £5m strategic growth investment from Frog Capital

Clue , a SaaS platform for managing investigations, today announced growth investment of £5 million from Frog Capital, a leading investor in European scale-up software.

Demand for Clue has more than doubled over the last two years, driven by co-owners Clare Elford, CEO, and Thomas Drohan, CCO. From its roots in policing, the platform is now used across government, private and non-...

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How to take on equity funding without losing control of your business

Founders who are considering external funding sources will often be concerned about the impact of taking on investment, particularly about losing some control of a business they may have invested many years in building.

On the flip side, an investor may be concerned about writing a big cheque and not having any ongoing control over or involvement in your business.


Innovate UK commits to £2m in funding for SETsquared to stimulate business growth in the South West

SETsquared has been guaranteed an additional £2m funding from Innovate UK, a non-departmental public body providing support to companies by way of finances and business support.

The funds will be used to run a second phase of the Regional Angel Investment Accelerator (RAIA) scheme, a process which will be supported by the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) in partnership with...