Member News

LBA angel syndicate investment helps to close Bactest’s £900k funding round

30 January 2012

Early stage Cambridge based biotechnology and sustainability specialist, Bactest limited, has closed a £900k funding round which included an investment by a syndicate of LBA angels. The company develops products that enable the billion pound water market to significantly reduce electricity spend and carbon emissions. The company’s first two products are a portable testing instrument that delivers results in 24 hours compared to the current standard of 5 days and an in-situ real time monitoring system. Read more »

Technical Due Diligence

19 January 2012

Tap the words ‘due diligence’ into Google and you will be met with a plethora of definitions, with a range of prefixes, including financial, commercial, human, market and technical. (2012) defines due diligence as “An investigation or audit of a potential investment. Due diligence serves to confirm all material facts in regards to a sale”.  Difficult to argue with the objectives of this definition however, it begs the question ‘how do you audit a start-up business that has only been trading for 3 months?’ Read more »

FSE Group is delighted to announce innovative new service to assist SMEs to access bank lending

18 January 2012

FSE group is delighted to announce its new service, Financial Mediation, a service to help businesses who have recently been refused or are struggling to raise bank funding.

Companies seeking £50,000 or more can engage the assistance of Richard Holmes, our Financial Mediation Services Manager, who will work with them to identify and address the key issues that may be stopping them from gaining the finance that they need, ensuring that they present their case in the best possible manner to enable the bank to provide finance. Read more »

Need help to find the right funding package? FSE Group can help

18 January 2012

FSE Group is pleased to announce its new Fund Finder service. John Lee, FSE funding advisor and deal closer, is a successful serial entrepreneur who has been directly involved in the founding, development and subsequent sale of three successful technology companies and who, since 2005, has helped businesses to raise over £60m funding, encompassing grants, bank loans and equity funding. Read more »

FSE Group provides stimulation to local growth ambitions

18 January 2012

The FSE Group is delighted to announce that the South East Seed Fund and Incito Ventures, both managed by The FSE Group, have provided cornerstone funding for BlueBella Limited. Other investors include James Averdieck, founder of Gü, the luxury chocolate puddings brand.

BlueBella Ltd is an award-winning and fast growing direct sales lingerie and sensual products retailer that creates interesting flexible earnings opportunities for women. The company enjoyed growth of 170% in the last year despite the challenging economic climate. Read more »

Need expert help but unable to find it? Worried about whether consultants will deliver the promised added value?

18 January 2012

The FSE group can help with its innovative new Knowledge Exchange, a matching service that brings together small businesses looking for expert help and advice with experienced business professionals with the appropriate knowledge and experience to assist you to overcome the specific issue identified. Read more »

OION Investment Meeting

17 January 2012

Time: 4.30pm

Venue: Said Business School, Oxford

For more information, please follow:

Go Beyond Launches New Corporate Identity

17 January 2012

The early-stage investment expert Go Beyondsupports individuals, families and corporations in building, managing and exiting a portfolio of Small and Medium Enterprises.  We offer cross border investment opportunities, syndication, due diligence, portfolio monitoring, training and coaching.  Our team is comprised of seasoned entrepreneurs and general managers who now act as Business Angels. For more information visit our new website.

Beer & Partners Investment Fair Secures Record $9m Investment in 5 Months

16 January 2012

Beer & Partners has completed its biggest ever deal with a $9 million investment going to a leader in the cloud computing software sector. In just five months, this US-based company now has the required funding to expand its revolutionary cloud-based managed services platform. Read more »

MBM advise on 6 deals between October and December 2011

11 January 2012

BBAA are delighted to announce that MBM ended 2011 by professionally advising on 6 deals between October and December 2011. Below are the details of these deals:

19.10.2011 – MBM advised on £252,000 equity funding round for Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd

19.10.2011 – MBM advised on £100,000 debt funding round for Powerphotonic Ltd

21.10.2011 – MBM advised on £280,000 equity funding round for Document Outsourcing Group Ltd Read more »