Posts Tagged ‘investment’

SEP announces close of new technology-focused fund

Monday, November 7th, 2016

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Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), the venture capital firm behind some of the UK’s most exciting high growth technology companies, today announces that it has raised £260 million for its latest limited partnership fund, SEP V.

The new fund, which was above target and over-subscribed, will be invested in high growth companies based mainly in the UK, although investments in companies in other European countries will also be targeted.
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Equity Gap is Scotland’s most active angel syndicate

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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Equity Gap, a leading Scottish business angel syndicate, focused on funding emerging Scottish businesses with growth potential, has reported strong investment activity and vigorous deal flow.

Investments completed during the last year include Insignia Technologies, Synaptec, Appointedd, Shotscope and VERT Rotors, making it Scotland’s busiest syndicate in the first half of 2016.

The syndicate has rapidly grown from 15 original founders to 100 members, completing over 50 rounds of funding, since 2010. Through the co-investment model it has leveraged £19.9m investment into the Scottish economy in partnership with Scottish Investment Bank and other syndicates.

Scotland has fostered a vibrant business angel community since the early 90’s and the global angel community looks to the Scottish model – including the pioneering public private co-investment fund – to inspire and instruct.
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Competing with Ireland for tech business

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

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Calum Lamont, Director, Farrpoint

In 2009/10 Scotland was in the running for becoming Microsoft’s European hub to provide Cloud services. When they settled on Ireland research was commissioned to look into the reasons why. The rumour mill had created a number of theories including the lack of infrastructure in Scotland and a deficit of skilled tech employees.

The report showed that Scotland has very well established infrastructure with a talent pool that continues to grow. More recently, the amount of support and focus placed on encouraging young people into the tech sector sets the nation apart from much of Europe.
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From Manhattan to Sydney, investment drives Spoonfed’s international growth

Friday, June 17th, 2016

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Scottish software-as-a-service start-up Spoonfed has today announced a second round of funding worth £585K from angel investment syndicate Equity Gap, private US and Channel Islands investors and the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise, to accelerate international growth and take the company into profitability.

Launched in 2013, Spoonfed has provided its end-to-end drop off catering software to customers throughout the UK including high-street chains, independent sandwich retailers and contract catering businesses and has also won contracts in USA, Canada and Australia.

To date, the technology has enabled clients to unlock new markets with automated business processing of office catering orders, in one case boosting monthly revenue from £7,000 to £70,000 and increasing average order values by 25 per cent.
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Sofant secures €2 million of EU funding for smart antenna

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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Pioneering Scottish smart antenna designers, Sofant Technologies Limited, has secured €1.97 million (£1.54 million) of European funding.

The investment, part of the €3 billion Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme will be used to take Sofant’s patented technology to market, potentially doubling the battery life of mobile devices and greatly reduces antenna energy usage.

Sofant has developed three core technologies comprising RF MEMS, antenna and software. This powerful combination will provide a steerable and focussed antenna – SmartAntennaTM – that can lock onto the best signal available at any given time.

This technology will be equipped for the new 60GHz Wi-Fi (WiGig) and 5G, with plans to commence development of the network in Scotland in 2017.
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Anderson Strathern Asset Management Appoints Donald Barlow as Senior Investment Manager

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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Wealth management firm, Anderson Strathern Asset Management, has announced the appointment of Donald Barlow to its investment team. He takes up the position of Senior Investment Manager, and will be drawing on his institutional and private client investment background.

Barlow brings with him 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has previously held the positions of Senior Research Analyst and Investment Manager at Martin Currie. He was also Assistant Investment Analyst in Clydesdale Bank’s Private Client Solutions business, and worked in private client roles at Tilney Investment Management and Edinburgh Fund Managers. More recently, he was an Investment Writer at Standard Life Investments.
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It’s winter but this is not the time to think about hibernating

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

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Alec Stewart, Anderson Strathern Asset Management

I spotted a bear in Princes Street Gardens last week. Not something I was expecting to see. But a bear none-the-less.

As the wind bites and the vagaries of Scottish weather continue to perplex I feel a bout of conviction coming on and would strongly advise all bears to go into hibernation and let the bulls run.

I’m sure that I’m not the only fund manager to say it has been a trying year for the markets. By being vanilla but acting with a degree of conviction, when we felt it was the right thing to do, we still managed to outperform the market.
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Sportpursuit.com receives further funding from Scottish Equity Partners to accelerate international expansion

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

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SportPursuit.com, the flash sales website for premium outdoor and sports gear, today announces a Series C investment round of £9.5m from Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), Grafton Capital and Draper Esprit.

Established in 2011, London based SportPursuit runs week long deals from over 1,000 of the world’s leading outdoor and sports brands including Berghaus, Marmot, Arc’teryx, Under Armour, Garmin, and GoPro, offering discounts of 40-70% off RRP. The deals are exclusive to SportPursuit and prices are guaranteed to be the best in the market.

SportPursuit operates in the market for the clearance of high-end sports apparel which is estimated at over £10 billion per annum across Europe. By delivering a broad range of quality brands online, with high customer satisfaction and strong repeat business, SportPursuit is well placed to take a substantial share of this significant opportunity.
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Quarter of a million funding boost for tech start up, GeckoLabs

Monday, September 14th, 2015

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Software startup GeckoLabs announced today that it has received investment of £250,000 to broaden its product range and open a new office in London, creating 10 jobs.

Venture capital firm AngelLab led the investment through it’s Venture Partner Andrew Weisz, who will also join the GeckoLabs board, with additional funding provided by the London Co-Investment Fund. As well as growing its team, GeckoLabs will use the funding to strengthen its marketing activity and develop new tools for its customers. The company also hopes to expand in to North America and Asia in the near future.

Founded in Edinburgh in 2012, GeckoLabs develops modern cloud-based software to help educational institutions manage and improve their recruitment processes. It currently works with over 30 of the UK’s top universities and colleges, including Robert Gordon University, Newcastle University, University of East Anglia, University of East London and University of Southampton.

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Scottish Equity Partners completes investment in Hamsin Wind

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

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Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) has completed its first clean energy infrastructure investment from the Environmental Capital Fund. SEP will invest up to £9 million in Hamsin Wind (Hamsin) to fund the roll-out of approximately 200 small, community based, single onshore wind turbines in high wind speed locations across the Highlands and Islands.

Working with development partners, Mistral Energy and ABG, Hamsin has engaged Kingspan Wind as the turbine supply partner, with Hadrian Electrical Engineering the installation and long-term operations and maintenance partner. Many of the Kingspan turbines are manufactured in Scotland and local contractors will be utilised on Hamsin turbine installations.
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Scottish Equity Partners expand infrastructure team

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) has further expanded its infrastructure team with the appointment of Romain Keyen as Associate and Adam Delaney as Director of Finance.

Romain Keyen is based in SEP’s London office and will focus on originating and executing new energy infrastructure investments. He previously worked with BNP Paribas Clean Energy and Glennmont Partners where he was responsible for the acquisition of clean energy assets across Europe.
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Shot Scope Scores Investment to Manufacture Wearable Tech for Golfers in Scotland

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

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Scottish start-up Shot Scope announced today that it has received investment of £415,000 to launch its wearable performance tracking technology for golfers to the US and UK markets.

Business angel syndicate Equity Gap led the deal and was joined by two other investors, the Scottish Investment Bank – the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise – and the University of Edinburgh’s in-house venture capital fund, Old College Capital.

Shot Scope will use the investment to build its team, complete product development and start manufacturing ahead of launch in January 2016 at the global golf industry’s annual gathering, the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.

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Aimed at golfers of all levels who want to improve their performance, Shot Scope’s patent pending technology automatically collects scoring and statistical data as a golfer plays. On completion of a round, data is uploaded to the Shot Scope website or mobile app where statistics, analytics and maps detailing every shot are displayed in a graphical user interface.

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Funding boost for language app: Babbel raises $22 million

Friday, July 10th, 2015

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Global online language learning market leader completes Series C round and secures SEP as new investor

July 8th 2015, New York/Berlin – Babbel, the leading app for language learning, today announces the successful completion of $22 million investment round to drive further growth. The round is led by Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) and supported by existing investors Reed Elsevier Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), and VC Fonds Technology Berlin managed by IBB Bet.

The investment will add momentum to the company’s impressive growth, while ensuring the continuation of its cutting-edge product development. Babbel has been profitable since 2011, with its mobile app now seeing up to 120,000 downloads per day. As the highest grossing language-learning app in both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, Babbel operates a subscription-based business model with a clear focus on consumers outside the realm of formal education. With its recently released app for Apple Watch, the company presents a strong vision for the future of language learning.

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Aridhia announces revolutionary mini-app technology to accelerate clinical application development following RStudio collaboration

Friday, July 10th, 2015

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Aridhia enhances AnalytiXagility data innovation platform with rapid prototyping technology from the leading “R” language tools provider RStudio to accelerate the translation of precision medicine and biomedical research into clinical practice.

Aridhia, the pioneering clinical and translational informatics company, today announced a revolutionary “mini-app” rapid development solution specifically for clinical applications. The solution integrates the RStudio Shiny web application framework and Shiny Server Pro secure, performant application deployment platform to enhance AnalytiXagility’s collaborative workspaces.

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Aridhia’s Data Science Platform Used in €6 Million EU Project

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Aridhia’s data science platform AnalytiXagility has been chosen to underpin a €6 million oral healthcare innovation project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and the funding win demonstrates huge confidence in Aridhia’s data analytics capability.

During the four-year project, known as ADVOCATE, the Edinburgh-based company will work with 10 partners spanning academia, healthcare and industry across six EU states, to deliver an innovative, evidence-based oral healthcare model which optimises oral health and wellbeing.

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Investment of £1.2 million for renewable energy business Sunamp

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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Sunamp Ltd, the renewable energy and heat storage business, announced today that it has received over £1.2 million of investment from private equity investors, in a two stage round led by Par Equity and Equity Gap. Investors include former SSE Chief Executive, Ian Marchant.

Sunamp designs and produces innovative heat storage batteries that help overcome the issue of energy wastage by storing excess energy as heat for later use. The company, which is based in East Lothian, was founded by successful technology entrepreneur, Andrew Bissell, and to date has been funded by a mixture of grants, loans and private investment.

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Cyberhawk Hit the Headlines

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

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World leading remote aerial industrial inspection company, Cyberhawk Innovations, were featured on Monday night’s BBC News.

Cyberhawk recently benefited from a £1.25 million investment, led by HTR client Scottish Equity Partners, enabling the Livingston-based company to expand its products and services.

The news article shows Cyberhawk’s remote controlled inspection helicopters in action, and can be viewed in full here.

Scottish Equity Partners in the news

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

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Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is a leading UK growth equity and venture capital firm. Their approach is to provide hands-on support for the companies it invests in, as well as capital, and the firm is recognised as the partner of choice by many of the UK’s high growth potential companies.

Term Sheet – Monday December 11, Fortune, 11 December 2016

Scottish Equity Partners exits Skyscanner, Growth Business, 09 December 2016

SEP completes exit from Skyscanner, Private Equity Wire, 09 December 2016

Scottish Equity Partners closes £1.4bn ‘unicorn exit’ of Skyscanner, World EIN News, 09 December 2016

SEP exits Skyscanner, PE Hub, 09 December 2016

Scottish Equity Partners closes £1.4bn ‘unicorn exit’ of Skyscanner, Alt Assets, 09 December 2016

Scottish Equity Partners exits from Ctrip-owned Skyscanner, Scotland B2B, 09 December 2016

SEP exits Exco InTouch, Scottish Financial Review, 09 December 2016

UK-based Exco InTouch bought US clinical services giant ERT, Tech.eu, 09 December 2016

ERT has acquired Scottish Equity Partners-backed Exco InTouch, Palico, 09 December 2016

SEP and Albion Ventures exit Exco InTouch, Unquote, 09 December 2016

Venture capital group exit business, Scottish Business Insider, 09 December 2016

SEP exits growing digital healthcare specialist, Healthcare Industry Today, 09 December 2016

Round up of stories from the day, Proactive Investor, 09 December 2016

SEP exits growing digital healthcare specialist, The Herald 09 December 2016

Scottish Equity Partners exits health tech outfit, The Scotsman, 09 December 2016

Exco InTouch acquired by ERT, Global Banking & Finance Review, 09 December 2016

SEP exits growing digital healthcare specialist, The Herald, 09 December 2016

SEP sells holding in Exco InTouch, The Scotsman, 09 December 2016

Scottish Equity Partners’ money proves smart again, FutureScot, 09 December 2016

ERT buys VC backed Exco InTouch, Pitchbook, 09 December 2016

Exco InTouch acquired by ERT, Tech City News, 08 December 2016

Exco InTouch acquired by ERT, Scottish Financial News, 08 December 2016

Exco InTouch acquired by ERT, Health Investor, 08 December 2016

Exco InTouch acquired by ERT, Private Equity Wire, 08 December 2016

Dealboard this week, Closing Circle 08 November 2016

News – The Week in Tech, Tech City News, 11 November 2016

SEP – £260m for tech focused SEP V, TechLondon, 8 November 2016

SEP closes fifth fund above target, PitchBook, 8 November 2016

Investment fund shuts (print), The Times, 8 November 2016

New £260m fund eyeing UK tech startups (print), CityAM, 8 November 2016

Term Sheet – deals – 8 November, Fortune, 8 November 2016

Scottish Equity pushes button on £260m fund (print, The Scotsman, 8 November 2016

Skyscanner backer raises £260m for new fund (print), The Herald, 8 November 2016

Skyscanner backer raises £260 m for new fund, The Herald, 8 November 2016

VC firm SEP raises £260m for investment in tech (print), The National, 8 November 2016

VC firm SEP raises £260m for investment in tech, The National, 8 November 2016

SEP holds £260m final close, Unquote, 8 November 2016

Roundup of today’s VC stories – SEP top story, BVCA, 8 November 2016

New £260m tech investment oversubscribed, The Times FutureScot, 8 November 2016

In the papers, Proactiveinvestors, 8 November 2016

SEP raised one of Europe’s biggest funds this year, TechCrunch, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners raises £260m for tech fund, BBC, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners clinches £260m, Startups, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners launches £260m fund, Tech City News, 7 November 2016

SEP collects about $323m for fifth venture fund, PEHub, 7 November 2016

Daily recap – SEP has closed fifth VC round, Palico Digest, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity closes £260m fifth fund, AltAssets, 7 November 2016

New £260m fund eyeing UK tech startups, CityAM.com, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners closes new £260m fund, Tech.eu, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners close £260m technology fund, Daily Record / Insider

SEP raises £260m for new tech fund, Business Quarter, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners raises £260 for tech fund, The Scotsman, 7 November 2016

SEP closes technology-focused fund, Private Equity Wire, 7 November 2016

SEP closes tech venture capital fund at £260m, FinSMEs, 7 November 2016

SEP closes fifth fund at £260m, HVCA, 7 November 2016

SEP announces close of £260m fund, Angel News, 7 November 2016

SEP hits European high with £260 million fund, Daily Business, 7 November 2016

SEP announces close of £260m tech-focused fund, ScotlandIS, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners raises record sum for new fund, ScotlandB2B, 7 November 2016

Startup roundup – 7 November, Venture Canvas, 7 November 2016

New Scottish Equity Partners fund raises £260m, Scottish Financial Review, 7 November 2016

Investment aftermath: What happens after you raise finance, Startups, 8 November 2016

Sir Bill Gammel and cyclist Mark Beaumont recieve charity cheque for £35,000 from financial planning firm, Carbon Financial Partners, HR News, 8 November 2016

Scottish Business raises £35K for children’s charity, SBNN, 8 November 2016

Mark Beaumont sees £35K handed to kid’s charity, The Scotsman, 7 November 2016

Startups need a strategic roadmap to achieve scale-up success, Real Business, 2 November 2016

Calum Paterson quote re Skyscanner investment, Scottish Deals and Dealmakers, 14 September 2016

SEP add three senior appointments, European Banking News, 13 September 2016

FS Fives, Future Scot, 13 September 2016

Senior team appointments at SEP, SBNN, 12 September 2016


Scottish Equity Partners announces senior team
, SFN, 12 September 2016

Firms and People, Palico, 12 September 2016


SEP makes three additions to its team
, FINSmes, 12 September 2016

SEP adds 3 senior appointments, Scottish Business INsider, 12 September 2016

Scottish Equity promotes two to partner, Alt Assets, 12 September 2016

Senior Hires at SEP, Daily Business, 12 September 2016

SEP promotes Robison and Davidson to partner, Unquote, 12 September 2016

More partners for venture capital firm, The Times, 12 September 2016

Appointments, The Scotsman, 12 September 2016

Trading places, The Herald, 12 September 2016

Trading places, The Herald, 12 September 2016

Mark Beaumont helps finance workers with charity cycle, The Scotsman, 22 August 2016


SEP renews support for Winning Scotland Foundation
, The Scotsman, 15 August 2016

Five questions to ask before chosing an investor, Growth Business, 26 July 2016

WS – The Power of a positive mind – Harlaw Academy, BBC Radio Scotland, 20 June 2016

WS Champions in Scotland, Teaching Scotland, 10 May 2016

WS Champions in Scotland, Teaching Scotland, 9 May 2016

Winning Scotland Foundation – Chief Encounters, Third Force News, 15 March 2016

Winning Scotland Foundation – Chief Encounters, Third Force News, 18 March 2016

Gregor Townsend, The Scotsman, 14 March 2016

Gregor Townsend, Third Force News, 14 March 2016

Gregor Townsend, The Scotsman, 14 March 2016

Gregor Townsend, SBNN, 11 March 2016

WS Champions in Scotland, Stirling Observer, 3 March 2016

WS Champions in Scotland, Stirling News, 3 March 2016

WS Champions in Scotland, The Herald, 24 February

WS – Teachers can order an athlete, The Scotsman, 23 February 2016

SEP’s Environmental Capital Fund Invests in Ardor Energy, InfraPPP World, 25 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners Invests in Biomass Company, IJ Global, 20 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners funds new heating platform, Infrastructure Investor, 19 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners Invests in Biomass Company, IJ Global, 19 January 2016

Story featured as part of a link to Energy Live News website, Scottish Renewables Newsletter, 19 January 2016

£9m for heating projects across the UK, British Utilities, 18 January 2016

SEP makes £9m biomass invesment, Inspiratia, 18 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners Invests in Ardor Energy, Utility Dice, 18 January 2016

£9m for heating projects across the UK, Energy Live News, 18 January 2016

Renewable Heat Investor Launched, Ends Waste and Bio Energy, 18 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners Has its Eye on Renewables Heat, Says Director Clean Energy Pipeline, 18 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners Funds New Efficient Heating Platform, Low Carbon Energy Investor, 18 January 2016

VC firm launches renewable heat platform, Environmental Finance, 18 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) Sets up £9m invesment fund for energy schemes, Bio Energy News, 18 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners to Invest £9 million in Ardor Energy Renewable Energy Home Heating Provider, Scottish Energy News, 18 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners Invests in Ardor Energy, Specification Online, 18 January 2016

SEP backs Peppermint Technology with £10m, Unquote, 11 December 2015

Investors Mint £10m for Peppermint Technology Tech Market View, 10 December 2015

Scottish Equity Partners Invests in Peppermint Technology
, PENews, 10 December 2015

SEP invests £10m in legal technology firm, The Herald, 10 December 2015


SEP Backs Legal Technology Outfit with £10 million
, The Scotsman, 10 December 2015

Peppermint Technology Raises Over £10 million in Venture Capital Funding, FinSMEs, 10 December 2015

Scottish Equity Partners Backs £10 million Investment, Alt Assets, 10 December 2015

Scottish Equity Partners backs Sportpursuit.com with new investment, Growth Business, 30 November 2015

Industry news round up, MultiSport Research, 25 November 2015

£9.5 million funding to help take sports flash sales site international, Triathalon Business, 25 November 2015

Sportpursuit Raises £9.5 million in funding, Direct Commerce, 24 November 2015

Flash Sales Site SportPursuit Scores £9.5M Series C Funding, LA Sun Post, 24 November 2015

Flash Sales Site SportPursuit Scores £9.5M Series C Funding, Black News, 24 November 2015

Flash Sales Site SportPursuit Scores £9.5million in Series C, Start Up Anchor, 24 November 2015

Scottish Equity Partners partners together with Garton Capital and Draper Esprit to invest in SportPursuit, Advantum, 24 November 2015

SportPursuit Scores 9.5 Million in Series C Funding, J Count, 24 November 2015

Story round up, Red Herring, 24 November 2015

Flash Sales Site SportPursuit Secures 9.5 Million Pounds in Funding, Fashion United, 24 November 2015

Sunday Retail Round Up, The Retail Bulletin, 24 November 2015

News Round Up, Fortune, 24 November 2015

Sports Website in £9.5 Million Deal, Scottish Daily Record, 24 November 2015

Daily Startup, WSJ Blog, 24 November 2015

SportPursuit secures funding for international expansion, Drapersonline, 23 November 2015

SportPursuit.com raises $14.37 mln, PE Hub, 23 November 2015

Scottish Equity, Draper Esprit back £9.5m Series C for SportPursuit, Alt Assets, 23 November 2015

Scottish Equity Partners, Grafton Capital and Draper Esprit invest £9.5M Series C round in Sportpursuit.com, London-based flash sales site for sports gear and equipment, Closing Circle, 23 November 2015

SportPursuit scores £9.5m investment from Scottish Equity Partners, Startups, 23 November 2015

News in Brief, Business Insider UK, 23 November 2015

Scottish Equity Partners invests in flash sales website, SBNN, 23 November 2015

SEP et al in gbp95m series c for sportpursuit, Unquote, 23 November 2015

SEP joins £9.5m funding of flash sales site, Daily Business, 23 November 2015

SportPursuit secures £9.5m funding, BQ Live, 23 November 2015

Scottish Equity Partners invests in SportPursuit, The Herald, 23 November 2015

Sportpursuit.com Raises £9.5M in Series C funding, Fin SMEs, 23 November 2015

SportPursuit pursues further funding, Tech Market View, 23 November 2015

Flash Sales Site SportPursuit Scores £9.5M Series C, Tech Crunch, 23 November 2015

Scottish Equity Partners seals sporting deal, Private Equity News, 23 November 2015

SEP invests in online sportswear retailer, The Scotsman, 23 November 2015

Sports group wins backing, BTG Financial Consulting, 23 November 2015

Going for Gold, The Sunday Times, 22 November 2015

Turbines to save Orkney residents money on power, The National, 5 November 2015

Orkney’s wind turbine scheme gets underway, Press & Journal – Energy Voice, 4 November 2015

First of planned chain of 60 new Hamsin wind turbines goes live on Orkney, Scottish Energy News, 4 November 2015

First Hamsin wind turbines go live on Orkney as developers seek new sites, Scottish Business News Network, 4 November 2015

First Hamsin wind turbines go live on Orkney as developers seek new sites, Farming Scotland Magazine, 4 November 2015

Community wind farm ‘will save residents money’, The Scotsman, 4 November 2015

SSE-backed fund invests £9m in 200 community onshore wind turbines, Utility Week, 14 September 2015

Scottish fund invests £9m in community wind energy, British Utilities, 10 September 2015

£9m investment for Scottish rural wind energy schemes, Energy Hypermarket, 10 September 2015

SEP completes £9 M investment in Hamsin Wind, IPP Journal, 10 September 2015

Scottish Equity Partners in debut £9m community-scale wind deal, Low Carbon Energy Investor, 10 September 2015

Scottish Equity Partners completes investment in Hamsin Wind, Scottish Business News Network, 10 September 2015

Scottish Equity Partners to invest £9 million in rural wind power, Renewable Energy Magzine, 10 September 2015

Scottish fund invests £9m in community wind energy, Myinforms, 10 September 2015

Scottish investors help fund new chain of 200 high speed wind farms across Highlands, Scottish Energy News, 10 September 2015

Scottish fund invests 9 million in community wind energy, Energy Live News, 10 September 2015

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is investing up to £9m in Hamsin Wind, Digital Look, 10 September 2015

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is investing up to £9m in Hamsin Wind, Hargreaves Lansdowne, 10 September 2015

Venture capital firm backs roll-out of small community wind-energy schemes, Energy Voice, 10 September 2015

£9m investment for Scottish rural wind energy schemes Entu, 10 September 2015

SEP injects £9m into small wind, ReNews, 10 September 2015

£9M Plan for 200 on-shore wind turbines revealed, Energy Now, 10 September 2015

£9m clean energy investment for Hamsin Wind project, BQ Live, 10 September 2015

Scottish Equity Partners completes investment in Hamsin Wind, InfraPPPWorld, 10 September2015

SEP to pump £9m into community wind scheme, Wind Energy Industry Today, 10 September 2015

Funders back 200 single wind turbines across Highlands, BBC Online, 10 September 2015

SEP to spend GBP 9m on small wind turbines roll-out in Scotland, Renewables.seenews, 10 September 2015

Farmers to gian cheap power from mini turbines, Daily Business, 10 September 2015

Venture capitalist pours £9million into Highland turbines, Press & Journal, 10 September 2015

Scottish Equity Partners to invest £9m in rural wind energy schemes, The Daily Record, 10 September 2015

SEP to pump £9m into community wind scheme, The Scotsman, 10 September 2015

£9m project for small wind turbines across Highlands and Islands backed by SEP-run fund, The Herald, 10 September 2015

Funding Boost for Language App: Babble Raises £22 Million, Finance Monthly, 20 August 2015

Technology firms ‘may be overvalued’ says SEP chief, Daily Business, 7 August 2015

SEP marks strong year with £99 million invested, Scottish Business News Network, 7 August 2015

Scottish Equity Partners Annual Investments Hits £99m, Scottish Financial News, 7 August 2015

Scottish Equity Partners doubles investment amid technology sector boom, The Herald, 7 August 2015

SEP warns against overvalued Scots tech companies, The Scotsman, 7 August 2015

SEP marks strong year with £99 million invested, Business Quarter, 7 August 2015

SEP Expands Infrastructure Team with Two Hires, Infrapppworld, 27 July 2015

SEP Hires Infra Duo, Inspiratia, 27 July 2015

Scottish Equity Partners Hires Clean Energy Exec From Glenmont Partners, Low Carbon Energy Investors, 27 July 2015

SEP Expands Infrastructure Team, Utilitydive, 27 July 2015

SEP Expands Infrastructure Team with Two Hires, IPP Journal, 27 July 2015

Scottish Equity Partners Maks Senior Hires, IJ Global, 27 July 2015

Scottish Equity Partners Expands Infrastructure Team, Scottish Financial News, 27 July 2015

Scottish Equity Partners Expands Infrastructure Team, Scottish Renewables Newsletter, 27 July 2015

Scottish venture capital specialist expands UK energy investment team, opens Edinburgh branch, Scottish Energy News, 27 July 2015

Trading Places, The Herald, 27 July 2015

Bank Strengthens Management Team, The Scotsmans, 27 July 2015

Infrastructure Team is Expanded, The Herald, 27 July 2015

Capital Gains, ReCode, 12 July 2015

Babbel raises $22m series-C, Unquote, 10 July 2015

Scottish Equity Partners backs German languages firm, Insider Daily, 9 July 2015

Scottish Equity Partners backs German languages firm, Daily Record, 9 July 2015

Babbel raises $22m in Series C round, Education Investor, 9 July 2015

German startup Babbel has raised $22 million to help people learn new languages,Business Insider, 9 July 2015

Babbel, a German online language learning specialist, raises $22M, Closing Circle, 9 July 2015

Scottish Equity Partners backs language app, The Herald, 9 July 2015

SEP leads $22m Series C in Language app Babbel Alt Assets, 8 July 2015

Le site de cours en ligne Babbel lève 20 millions d’euros, Les Echos, 8 July 2015

Scottish Equity Partners invests in Babbel learning app, BBC, 8 July 2015

Babbel Speaks to Investors, Who Invest $22M, Dow Jones Venture Wire, 8 July 2015

SEP supports Babbel to achieve massive investment, Business Quarter, 8 July 2015

Babbel, Fortune, 8 July 2015

Babbel raises $22M to help grow its language-learning platform in the Americas, Venture Beat, 8 July 2015

Babbel completes $22m in Series C funding round,FinSMEs, 8 July 2015

Abcodia secures £5.25 million for biomedical launch, Business Quarter, 18 May 2015

Abcodia raises $8.25, PE Hub, 18 May 2015

Abcodia raises £5.25m to launch ovarian cancer detection test , Health Investor, 18 May 2015

Abcodia secures £5.25m to develop ovarian cancer detection technology, Growth Business, 18 May 2015

Abcodia Raises GBP5.3M to Launch Ovarian Cancer Screen, Dow Jones, 18 May 2015

Abcodia secures £5.35m to launch ovarian cancer test, StartUps, 18 May 2015

VC-backed Abcodia raises £5.25m, UnQuote, 18 May 2015

Abcodia Raises £5.25M in Funding, FinSMEs, 18 May 2015

Scottish Equity Partners backs ovarian cancer screener in £5.25m round, AltAssets, 18 May 2015

New Cancer Test Attracts Fresh Funds, The Scotsman, 18 May 2015

Fundraising (Gary Le Sueur comments), Infrastructure Investor, 1 June 2015

Meet the investor: Jan Rutherford, Scottish Equity Partners, Startups, 1 April 2015

New finance chief lands at Cyberhawk, EIN Newsdesk, 30 March 2015

Cyberhawk appoints new chief financial officer, Oil & Gas UK, 30 March 2015

Cyberhawk appointment, The Scotsman, 30 March 2015

Cyberhawk (PIPES WITH BENEFITS), Institute of Mechanical Engineers, 18 March 2015

Cyberhawk eyes growth opportunities in Asia, Energy Voice, 11 March 2015

Cyberhawk extends global helicopter print, BQ, 11 March 2015

Cyberhawk invests in sales roles for global expansion, The Herald, 11 March 2015

Cyberhawk extends global footprint, BBC, 10 March 2015

Peter Bachmann – Investor view: uncertainty over CfDs, Utility Week, 13 February 2015

SEP expands team in London, BQ, 9 February 2015

Scottish Equity Partners promotes three, The Herald, 9 February 2015

Scottish Equity Partners promotes three, Private Equity News, 3 February 2015

Scottish Equity Partners taps internal talent bench AltAssets, 3 February 2015

SEP promotes three, Unquote, 3 February 2015

Exco InTouch raises $5 million as it widens its scope from mobile-enabled clinical trials, Mobi Health News, 12 Dec 2014

Albion Invest More Funds in Healthcare Software, BQ Live, 12 Dec 2014

SEP Backs Exco, Insider Media, 12 Dec 2014

Albion Leads £3.2m Round for SEP Backed Exco, Unquote, 12 Dec 2014

SEP Backs Exco, The Herald, 12 Dec 2014

Exco Intouch Raises $5m as it Widens its Scope from Mobile-enabled Clinical Trials, Mobi Health News, 12 Dec 2014

WAYN.com Signs Strategic Partnership with Booking.com, Breaking Travel News, 17 Nov 2014

Booking.com to Power WAYN Hotel Search, Hotel Marketing, 12 Nov 2014

WAYN Partners Booking.com, Ventureburn, 12 Nov 2014

Deal Agreed for Booking.com to Power WAYN Property Search, Travolution, 12 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Bolsters Energy Team, Infrastructure Investor, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Expands Investment Team, IPP Journal, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Boosts Team, All Energy Industry News, 11 Nov 2014

SEP Expands its Investment Team, Renewables and Environment, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Bolsters Energy Team, Clean Energy Investor, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Expands Investment Team Infra PPP World, 11 Nov 2014

SEP Expands Investment Team, Insider Daily Briefing, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Expands Investment Team, News for Scotland, 11 Nov 2014

SEP Makes Senior Hires, Congoo, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Makes Senior Hires, Infrastructure Journal Online, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Venture Capital Firm Expands Renewable Energy Investment Team in Glasgow and London, Scottish Energy News, 11 Nov 2014

Green Investor Beefs up Squad, reNews, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Expands Investment Team, Daily Record, 11 Nov 2014

SEP Appoints Two on Energy Infrastructure Fund, Unquote, 11 Nov 2014

The Patient Investor Op-ed, AltAssets, 6 Nov 2014

Skyscanner hailed as Scotland’s first $1 billion web company, The Herald, 11 Oct 2014

Intelligent Reach, Direct Commerce Magazine, 7 Oct 2014

Scottish Equity Partners launches infrastructure fund, H&V News, 4 Sep 2014

SEP Launches Infrastructure Fund, Global Banking and Finance, 2 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity Partners raise £135m clean energy fund, The Daily Record, 2 Sep 2014

New £135m fund launched for UK energy projects, Edie, 2 Sep 2014

£52.7m SSE pipeline deal for Scottish Equity Partners fund, BQ Magazine, 2 Sep 2014

New £135m fund launched for UK energy projects, Clean Technology Business Review, 2 Sep 2014

SEP moves into infrastructure investment, Unquote, 2 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity launches clean energy infrastructure fund, Energy and Environment Management, 2 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity launches clean energy infrastructure fund, Link2, 2 Sep 2014

SSE Pipelines sold for £52.7 million, Energy Global, 2 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity dives into cleantech, ReNews, 2 Sep 2014

SSE Sells SSE Pipelines To New Fund In Which It’s Investing, London South East, 2 Sep 2014

SSE sells pipelines business to clean energy fund, Energy Live News, 2 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity’s SSE-Backed Fund to Invest in 10 Green Projects, Bloomberg News, 2 Sep 2014

SEP gets Lexington backing to close £135m debut infra fund, Alt Assets, 2 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity Partners launches £135m clean energy fund, Environmental Finance, 2 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity Partners launches renewable energy fund, Material Recycling News, 2 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity Partners, SSE and Lexington team up on infrastructure, Financial News, 2 Sep 2014

SSE sells gas pipelines to SEP in £52.7m deal, The Herald, 1 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity Partners sets up £135m investment fund, BBC, 1 Sep 2014

SSE sells pipelines business to new £135 million energy infrastructure fund, The Courier, 1 Sep 2014

Scottish firms showcase technology to investor, Business Insider, 8 May 2014

People: The business diary, Scotsman, 06 May 2014

Martin Brennan appointment, Unquote, 28 April 2014

Silent Herdsman closes £3m deal led by Scottish Equity Partners, Startups, 27 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, Tech Crunch Japan, 26 March 2014

SEP Investment – Wearable Technology for Cows, Global Banking and Finance, 25 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, City A.M., 25 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, Angel News, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, Venture Beat, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, Tech Crunch, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, Computer Business Review, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, Real Business, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman – comment, Tech Market View, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, Unquote, 24 March 2014

Wearable tech for HORNY COWS: Biz slurps £3m for bovine arousal detectors, The Register, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, The Next Web, 24 March 2014

Herdsman’s £3m funds round-up, The Scotsman, 24 March 2014

£3m fresh investment boosts Silent Herdsman, The Herald, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman: Cows connected to web to boost milk, BBC Online, 24 March 2014

Calum Paterson Interview, Business Quater, 19 March 2014

A deal-maker by nature, BQ,  19 March 2014

Growing your business, Insider, March 2014

Science & Technology review – portfolio companies, Insider, March 2014

Scottish Equity Partners invests £8m in Car Loan 4U, Motor Finance, February Edition

Deal in focus: SEP drives car financing deal, Unquote, 13 February 2014

Calum Paterson interview, Open Scotland Mag, 12 February 2014

When is the right time to exit a venture capital or private equity backed business? Real Business, 11 February 2014

Car Loan 4U announces £8m investment from SEP, Global Banking and Finance Review, 6 February 2014

Car Loan 4U receives £8m backing from equity fund, Motor Finance, 6 February 2014

SEP backs online car finance business, Business Quarter Magazine, 6 February 2014

SEP gives motor finance group an £8m injection, The Scotsman, 6 February 2014

Car Loan 4U announces £8 million investment from SEP, Angel News, 6 February 2014

SEP backs Car Loan 4U with £8m, Unquote, 6 February 2014

Scottish Equity Partners injects £8m in Car Loan 4U, AltAssets, 5 February 2014

Car Loan 4U announces £8m Scottish Equity Partners investment, Startups, 5 February 2014

Car Loan 4U, Venture Beat, 5 February 2014

Scottish Equity Partners invests £8m in car finance firm, Business 7, 5 February 2014

Leading venture firm SEP bullish on future investment opportunities, Global Banking and Finance Review, 5 February 2014

Ministers urged to search beyond tech start-ups, The Scotsman, 14 January 2014

First $1bn Scots web firm a shining example to others, The Herald, 31 December 2013

Are European GPs ready to embrace the robotics revolution?, Unquote, 17 December 2013

UK venture capital firm SEP to boost portfolio investment to £60M, Venture Capital Post, 16 December 2013

SEP on course to invest £60m in portfolio, The Herald, 16 December 2013

Interview with Stuart Paterson, Tech Market View, 9 December 2013

Aridhia secures new investment, The Courier, 10 October 2013

From digital marketing to biomedical informatics, Growth Business, 9 October 2013

Multi-million pound injection into healthcare analysis venture, Herald Scotland, 9 October 2013

Aridhia expands after venture capital boost, The Scotsman, 9 October 2013

Albion Ventures,Scottish Equity Partner invest in healthcare analytics company Aridhia Informatics, AltAssets, 8 October 2013

Albion Ventures infuses funding to Aridhia Informatics, Venture Capital Post, 8 October 2013

Albion leads investment in Aridhia Informatics, Unquote, 8 October 2013

Albian Ventures and SEP back Aridhia Informatics, peHUB, 8 October 2013

Scottish Business Briefing – Monday 7 October,The Scotsman, 7 October 2013

SEP backs buy-out at Tryzens, Herald Scotland, 7 October 2013

Jaywing completes sale of Tryzens, Interactive Investor, 7 October 2013

Scottish Equity Partners backs buyout at Tryzens, The Scotsman, 7 October 2013

Former SSE boss Ian Marchant appointed Cyberhawk director, BBC News, 2 October 2013

 SEP and Hermes acquire Zouk stake in Anesco, Angel News, 13 September 2013

Sumerian receives fresh investment from SEP and SIB, Megabuyte, 11 September 2013

SEP leads £2.4m round for Sumerian, INDEU Capital, 10 September 2013

Sumerian, a provider of Forward Thinking IT analytics to many of the leading Fortune Global 500 today announced a further £2.4m investment as it’s new SaaS predictive analytics platform gains momentum in open beta, Angel News, 10 September 2013

SEP and Hermes acquire 40% stake in Anesco, Solar Power Portal, 4 September 2013

Scottish Equity Partners snaps up stake in fast-expanding Anesco, Business Green, 3 September 2013

SEP ups stake in energy firm Anesco, Inooz, 2 September 2013

SEP and Hermes acquire stake in efficiency company Anesco, NewNet, 2 September 2013

SEP ups stake in energy firm Anesco, The Scotsman, 2 September 2013, The Scotsman, 2 September 2013

SEP leads £2.4m round for Sumerian, Unquote, 10 July 2013

Backers extend support for Sumerian, TechMarketView, 9 September 2013

Funding boost to support growth at IT firms, The Herald, 9 September 2013

Inoapps on acquisition trail with £10m funding, The Scotsman, 9 September 2013

Scottish Equity may channel $108m into U.K. clean energy, Bloomberg Businessweek, 26 July 2013

Scottish Equity may channel $108m into U.K. clean energy, Bloomberg, 26 July 2013

Don’t forget the traditional forms of marketing, Real Business, 15 July 2013

Scottish Equity Partners leads £10.5m investment in Pure360, Growing Business, 10 July 2013

News roundup–Royal Mail, JD Sports, Halfords, more, Direct Commerce, 10 July 2013

Pure360 attracts £6.5m Scottish Equity Partners investment, The Herald, 9 July 2013

SEP leads the way in e-mail firm buyout, The Scotsman, 9 July 2013

Encore exits, SEP enters Pure360, Tech Market View, 9 July 2013

Pure360 attracts pound(s)6.5m Scottish Equity Partners investment, TMCNet, 9 July 2013

Encore Capital exits Pure360, reaping 4x and 47% IRR, Unquote, 8 July 2013

Pure360 gets £10.5m cash injection, Decision Marketing, 8 July 2013

Funding Daily: Seeing double (digits), Venture Beat, 8 July 2013

Encore Capital offloads Pure360 to Scottish Equity Partners through £10.5 million deal, GrowthBusiness, 8 July 2013

Encore Capital makes 4x return form exit of UK digital marketing company Pure360, AltAssets, 8 July 2013

Email and SMS marketing specialists Pure360 attract investment in £10.5m deal, Business Matters, 8 July 2013

Cyberhawk attracts investment in facility inspection market, Point of Beginning, 26 June 2013

New funding for Cyberhawk Innovations, Business Insider, 25 June 2013

Cyberhawk investment delight, The Courier, 25 June 2013

Scottish Equity Partners leads £1.25m investment in ‘flying robot’ surveying firm, Growing Business, 25 June 2013

Cyberhawk Innovations land £1.25m investment, The Engineer, 25 June 2013

Cyberhawk attracts £1.25m investment to create jobs and drive global expansion, Angel News, 24 June 2013

SEP in £1.25m round for Cyberhawk, Unquote, 24 June 2013

Aerial ‘drone’ firm Cyberhawk draws investors, BBC News, 24 June 2013

Flying robot maker Cyberhawk receives Scottish Equity Partners-led investment, AltAssets, 24 June 2013

Flying robots company Cyberhawk Innovations backed by venture capital firm, GrowthBusiness, 24 June 2013.

SocialBro looks north of the border for funding, Tech Market View, 7 June 2013.

SEP backs Twitter analytics business, The Herald, 7 June 2013.

Venture Capital Deals, CNN Money, 6 June 2013.

SocialBro Raises £1.2M in Venture Capital Funding, FinSMEs, 6 June 2013.

Scottish Equity Partners leads £1.2m round for Twitter analytics company SocialBro, Alt Assets, 6 June 2013.

Twitter monetisation start-up SocialBro closes Series A round, Growth Business, 6 June 2013.

SocialBro Raises $1.8M to Help Businesses, Manage, Analyze and Monetize Twitter Communities, Tech Crunch, 6 June 2013.

Scottish Equity Partners Backs world curling champion Eve Muirhead (23) in Olympics bid, Angel News, 28 May 2013.

Scottish Equity Partners to sponsor Eve Muirhead, The Scotsman, 26 May 2013.

Scottish Equity Partners to sponsor Eve Muirhead, Scotland on Sunday, 26 May 2013.

Scottish Equity Partners sponsor GP Bullhound Summit and Media Momentum Awards, Angel News, 16 May 2013.

Smarter Grid Solutions secures £3M to target booming smart grid technology market in Europe and North America, Finance Monthly, 22 January 2013.

U.K Retailer Woes Laid Bare as Web Prompts Fashion Foray, Bloomberg, Jan 18 2013.

SEP powers up Smarter Grid Solutions with £3m funds, The Herald, 17 January 2013

Power software company secures funding, The Herald, 17 January 2013.

First institutional funding round for Smarter Grid Solutions, Growth Business, 16 January 2013.

Hydropower firm boosted by £3.3m funding, The Herald, 26 October 2012.

Green Highland Renewables closes £3.3m funding round, Growing Business, 25 October 2012.

Scottish hydro developer secures venture capital investment to boost activities, Growth Business, 25 October 2012

Scottish Equity Partners receives top UK venture capital award, Angel News, 12 October 2012.

Shortlist unveiled for SFE award, The Scotsman, 6 October 2012.

Matches received £12m investment, Drapers, 21 September 2012.

SEP injects £12m into luxury fashion retailer, Enterprise Adviser, 21 September 2012.

SEP backs Match with 12m investment, Unquote Analysis, 21 September 2012.

Matches receives 12m Equity investment from SEP, FinSMEs,21 September 2012

Scottish Equity Partners invest 12m in Matches, Angel News, 21 September 2012.

SEP injects 12m into Matches, Real Deals, 21 September 2012.

Scottish Equity Partners provides 12m growth equity to Matches. 21 September 2012.

Scottish Equity Partners struts its stuff, Growing Business, 21 September 2012.

Venture firm Scottish Equity Partners 12m Matches investment, The Scotsman, 21 September 2012.

Scottish Equity Partners completes 12m investment into fashion retailer, Business7, 20 September 2012.

SEP invests in Matches

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) has completed a £12m growth equity investment in Matches, a leading UK based luxury fashion retailer.

The funding will enable the company to further expand its rapidly growing online sales, with a focus on key international markets, while continuing to invest in its 14 luxury stores across London.

Matches will close 2012 with a turnover of over £50million, with 60% driven by online, a growth of 120% on 2011.

Established in 1990 as a bricks and mortar retailer by Tom and Ruth Chapman, Matchesfashion launched online six years ago and has become a unique luxury fashion retailer, servicing the global market with over 250 international designer labels across womenswear and menswear,  with names including Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant.

The investment was led by SEP partner Andrew Davison, who has joined the company’s board of directors.

He said:  “We are delighted to be the company’s first private equity backer and to have the opportunity to support such a talented team.   Tom and Ruth Chapman have built Matches Fashion into a highly trusted and iconic brand, and are dedicated to offering their customers the highest quality retail experience.  Our investment will enable the company to expand its online operations and cement its position as a leading global fashion business.”

Matches Fashion is the latest addition to SEP’s e-commerce portfolio which also includes Edinburgh based Skyscanner, the world’s most comprehensive flight search company, which was recently listed at No 17 in this year’s Sunday Times Tech Track 100.”

About Scottish Equity Partners

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is a leading UK growth equity and venture capital firm.  Operating from offices in Glasgow and London, SEP invests in innovative, high growth potential companies in the sectors such as IT, healthcare and energy.  SEP’s approach is to provide hands-on support for the companies it invests in, as well as capital, and the firm is recognised as the partner of choice by many of the UK’s high growth potential companies. SEP’s current portfolio comprises award-winning high growth companies including flight search engine Skyscanner (www.skyscanner.net); managed IT services provider Control Circle (www.controlcircle.com); 2012 Times Tech Track 100 listed Camsemi (www.camsemi.com); Media Ingenuity (www.mediaingenuity.com) a specialist in online marketing services and technology for the financial services sector; Cmed (www.cmedgroup.com) which combines full clinical research services with advanced clinical data capture and management technology; and healthcare informatics company Aridhia (www.aridhia.com).

Contacts:

Sarah Lee (Hot Tin Roof) and Catherine Simpson (Scottish Equity Partners)

About Matches:

Established in 1990 as a bricks and mortar retailer by Tom and Ruth Chapman, Matchesfashion launched online six years ago and has become a unique luxury fashion retailer, servicing the global market with over 250 international designer labels across womenswear and menswear  with names including Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant. Matches now have 14 bricks and mortar stores and ship to over 120 countries worldwide.

For more information please visit www.matchesfashion.com.

Flexiant secures £1 million investment

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

As a further demonstration of its investors’ confidence in its business model, Flexiant, the software and services company, today announces the close of a further investment round, raising approximately £1m.

This funding provides Flexiant with additional working capital to further develop Extility, its revolutionary cloud computing technology, and its infrastructure-as-a-service offering, FlexiScale.

Flexiant’s Extility software is a licensed virtualised cloud platform delivering all the benefits of real-time server estate management to end-users through its unique user interface and API. Central to these end-user benefits is the ability to shape server requirements to meet and exceed the demands of a perpetually shifting market landscape, allowing provisioning and reconfiguration of servers in seconds or minutes rather than hours or days.

Licensees of Extility not only enjoy the competitive edge of providing world class scalable services to existing or new business; the savings springing from Extility’s unified platform mean that they are able to do so at realistic prices in a market projected to comprise of over 20% of corporate IT infrastructure within five years.

Flexiant will also continue to market its FlexiScale public cloud service which has been running for nearly three years. FlexiScale’s leading-edge technology enables start-ups and SMEs to grow from one server to one thousand servers in seconds – critical for organisations offering streaming video, social networking or SaaS, and ideal for a wealth of other applications.

FlexiScale’s pay-as-you-go virtual dedicated servers can be up and running, or taken down in less than 60 seconds, ensuring businesses can rapidly shape their IT resources in response to dynamic market conditions. With no long-term commitment or capital expenditure required from customers, FlexiScale facilitates clear focus on core business activities by reducing time, energy and effort spent on IT provisioning and investment.

The funding round was backed by over twenty angel investors, as well as the management team.

Alex Bligh, Chief Executive Officer of Flexiant, said: “This investment will enable Flexiant to develop further our technology and to drive our sales process. At a time when the demand for this kind of technology far exceeds the availability of proven models such as Extility and FlexiScale, Flexiant is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this market place.”

http://www.flexiant.com


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