Northill Capital invests $55 million

Northill Capital has invested $30 million in global investment firm Wellfield Partners and $25 million in equity manager Ellis Munro.


Oxford spin-out OrganOx secures £2.75 million

The Royal Society Enterprise Fund has joined a £2.75 million fundraising in University of Oxford spin-out OrganOx as the business prepares for clinical trials of a medical device that allows livers to be kept longer before transplant.

Company Flotations

AIM still favourite for institutions

In spite of the recent testing conditions experienced in the small-cap sphere, major institutions remain committed and supportive AIM investors.

Company Flotations

AIM and PLUS review

With impressive secondary fundraisings, hefty M&A activity and a raft of companies ready to list, 2010 is already looking decidedly brighter for London's junior markets of AIM and PLUS-quoted. Oliver Haill investigates.


The UK’s top growth companies in 2009

With fast-growing turnover and profits, these 50 UK-based companies are doing more than their fair share to revive the nation's flagging economy. Here's the full list of this year's Business XL Rising Stars.

Alternative Finance for Business

Winning government grants

Working out which grants your business might be eligible for is a time-consuming task in itself. Here is a breakdown of what is on offer courtesy of Victoria Wiesener, programme manager of investment readiness scheme Gateway2Investment (g2i).

Venture Capital Funding

Venture capital trusts are ready to invest in growing companies

Venture capital trusts have more than £600 million on their balance sheets, ready to invest in growing companies. Oliver Haill unveils new research from Business XL on who has the money and who can apply.

Company Flotations

AIM liquidity drivers

Good companies are hard to find. Oliver Haill takes a look at what differentiates the Alternative Investment Market’s most-traded concerns

Alternative Finance for Business

Secret millions when opting to go public through a shell

With £50 million of cash on their balance sheets, opting to go public through a 'shell' may help your company to grow faster than staying a private concern. Oliver Haill reports.


Takeover targets

With more than 70 per cent of AIM ventures valued at £20 million or less, dealmakers don’t have to look far to find value for money on the London Stock Exchange’s junior market.

PR and Marketing Strategy

Exciting customers through price

Marco Bertini, an assistant professor at London Business School, discusses how price can be used to pull in customers and why some companies get it wrong.

Alternative Finance for Business

Directors’ pay: AIM’s rich list

CEOs at AIM’s profitable companies received an eight per cent pay rise this year, while loss makers enjoyed a 30 per cent hike. Oliver Haill looks for method in the madness