Investment Update: June equity boom!

What a month! More than £90 million pounds has been raised between 20 South West companies since the start of June. Often with such a big total, you would expect that one company had scooped the vast majority but this month it is particularly pleasing that nine of those companies raised £1 million or more. […]

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Quarterly Investment Briefing Summer 2021: Investment Funds

Over the last few years, the Quarterly Investment Briefing metronome has given me a rhythm with which to investigate and revisit topics ranging from angel investment to diversity and most recently, the availability of funds who invest in the South West. The Quarterly Investment Briefing (affectionately known as the QIB) is an event series designed […]

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Investment Update: April money showers?

In April 2021 we didn’t see the same downpour of funding into the West of England as in earlier months. In fact, April saw just eight companies raised £4.5m in equity investment between them. Ranging from polymers to protect plants from scorching to financial services and bubble wrap, there really was a brilliantly wide range […]

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Investment Update: Springing into March

Wow, what a month – it certainly should be a time for a celebration as Spring has arrived and nearly £19m equity investment has been secured in the last few weeks in the West of England. We have seen companies from pharmaceuticals to radio technology, and much more between, announcing their new funding publicly, read […]

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Quarterly Investment Briefing: Angel investment

Securing angel investment is a challenge that has long been highlighted in the South West. This is a region known for its significant number of high net worth individuals (3rd in the ranking after London and the South East according to the UK Business Angels Association) but their residence here doesn’t seem to make it […]

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A potted history of investment support in the South West

As we almost come to the end of Investment Month at TechSPARK, we wanted to take a look back on how the resources for investment support have evolved throughout the years. And we thought there was no one better to do the job than Investment Activator, Briony Phillips. Check out her breakdown here! Access to […]

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Investment Update: Ending the year with fireworks

How many ‘reflections on 2020’ blogs did you read over the festive period? If you’re anything like me, you probably avoided them all and focused instead on your own learnings from the year that I can only describe as being like a hamster on a wheel on a raft going down a rapid.  Well, from […]

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Investment Update: November, quality over quantity

Gosh, November seems to have vanished in a blur of fallen leaves, country walks (whatever the weather), freshly baked Christmas cakes and a lot of sitting at my desk – what about yours?  November is also the first month in 2020 when I have no news of successful equity investments to share for the West […]

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