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Hollywood director tops £1m mark with Cambridge crowd

Hollywood director Simon West, seen here on set with Angelina Jolie, has already raised £1.141 million The possibility of starring as an extra in a Hollywood movie is proving a crowd pleaser with investors using Cambridge platform SyndicateRoom.

Model horse company in £25k race against time

Utterly Horses Founder and MD Becky Benfield is bidding to raise £25k in 51 daysUK model horse company, Utterly Horses, has begun a Kickstarter campaign to launch its own range of model horses - branded Copperfox.

Autumn Statement: Medical sector feels pain of tax strangulation

Jan-McLean-EnsorsThe medical profession has borne the brunt of the Government’s tax strangulation of defined benefit pension schemes.

Autumn Statement: What’s around the corner for SME’s?

Robert-Leggett-EnsorsAs we approach the final Autumn Statement before the General Election, I feel that there will be few surprises for the SME sector.

Autumn Statement: Entrepreneurs still need support as pace of growth picks up

James-FrancisDespite what the media are portraying, the economy is picking up and we can see that as our clients are expanding at a faster pace than in more recent years.

Cambridge crowd pleasers ride alternative finance boom

Goncalo-2014Cambridge is in the vanguard of an alternative finance industry boom in the UK, a new report reveals.

DFJ Esprit buys TTP Ventures investment portfolio

Simon Cook, CEO, DFJ EspritDFJ Esprit  has agreed to acquire all the venture capital investments of TTP Ventures – the investment arm of TTP Group plc, the Cambridge UK-based technology consultancy.

October deals record edges Cambridge towards $50bn landmark

Chancellor George OsborneQualcomm’s $2.5 billion agreed offer for Cambridge wireless business CSR guaranteed a new record month for major transactions in the UK technology cluster.

Larking Gowen to expand after merger with Hubbard Lloyd

Larking-Gowen-Hubbard-LloydUK Top 50 ranked independent regional accountancy practice, Larking Gowen, is to further expand throughout East Anglia as the result of a merger with Colchester-based medical accountancy specialists Hubbard Lloyd.

September windfall takes Cambridge deals to $44bn in 18 months

President Barack Obama's US tax crackdown sparks Cambridge acquisitionsAutumn in the Cambridge UK technology cluster blew in with a fresh windfall of mega-deals – with September transactions topping $2.62 billion to increase the 18-month total to $43.77bn and hoist the monthly average over that time to a new high of $2.43bn.

Supporting ‘stuck-in-the-middle’ MBSs

Fenella-Martin-RedmanComplex tax legislation is one of the key factors holding back greater growth and job creation for medium sized businesses (MSBs) across the East of England and UK as a whole – but there are ways of making it less taxing.

Cambridge August deals burn hot with record £3.25bn

Blake-Christou-StephensDespite barbecues still blazing and holiday brochures just as hot, there was never any danger of the dealflow cooling in the Cambridge UK technology cluster in August.

db Broadcast bought by management

db-Broadcast-teamdB Broadcast – a Cambridge Cluster technology business and one the UK’s largest independent systems integrators and product manufacturers for the broadcast sector – has been bought by its management for an undisclosed sum.

Tattersalls buys majority stake in French sales firm

Edmond-MahonyNewmarket-based Tattersalls Ltd – Europe’’s leading bloodstock auctioneers – has taken a majority stake in French sales company Osarus.

SyndicateRoom in front line of Osborne’s FinTech army

George-OsborneCambridge UK crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom, which facilitates new money for technology and general business ventures, is a founder member of Chancellor George Osborne’s new FinTech vehicle, Innovate Finance.

July deals another blockbuster for Cambridge

David-CameronMassive new funding for genomics research, a clutch of floats and fundraisings and the creation of major new R & D centres in the region hoisted the July deals total impacting on the Cambridge UK technology cluster to just short of $2.1 billion.

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