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16 May
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Draper Esprit invests £10m in French software startup Aircall

Digital technology focused venture capital firm Draper Esprit on Wednesday announced a £10m investment in French cloud-based call centre software business Aircall.

16 May
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Beowulf Mining to enhance operations with £1.5m from placing

Beowulf Mining announced on Wednesday that it will seek to raise £1. 5m for its graphite exploration efforts through the placement of 30m new shares at five pence per share.

16 May
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Eland Oil & Gas 'very encouraged' as well expected to top guidance

Natural resource production and development firm Eland Oil & Gas announced on Wednesday that its Opuama-9 well, at the OML 40 asset in Nigeria, is expected to perform at the high-end of prior guidance.

16 May
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Malvern International to buy Communicate English School for £2.3m

Learning and skills development partner Malvern International has announced plans to buy Manchester-based Communicate English School for £2. 34m, in a deal that will broaden its UK footprint.

16 May
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Asiamet's BKZ delivers maiden resource estimate

Copper and gold exploration and development firm Asiamet Resources has reacted positively to an initial resource estimate for the BKZ polymetallic deposit in at the KSK project in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

16 May
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CH Bailey's year-end profits shored up by property revaluation

High end property developer CH Bailey plc announced on Wednesday that its 30 St Barbara Bastion property in Malta has been successfully let and revalued.

16 May
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Thalassa buys back another 40,000 shares

Thalassa announced on Wednesday that, on 15 May, it purchased 40,000 of its shares at a price of 84p per share.

16 May
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FastForward authorised as a closed-ended investment scheme in Guernsey

FastForward Innovations has been authorised as a closed-ended investment scheme by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, it announced on Wednesday.

16 May
Augean makes moves to shutter Colt division

Specialist waste management company Augean updated the marker on its ongoing programme to optimise business units and turn around those that were underperforming on Wednesday.

16 May
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Best of the Best ends year in line as it expands luxury prize catalogue

Luxury prize competition organiser Best of the Best updated the market on its trading on Wednesday, saying the 12 months ended 30 April had been “encouraging”, with profit before tax “comfortably” in line with management's expectations.

16 May
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Mortgage Advice Bureau adds advisers and grows business, investors told

Investors in Mortgage Advice Bureau were told how adviser numbers had continued to grow on Wednesday, increasing to 1,116 advisers as at 11 May, as they gathered for the company’s annual general meeting.

16 May
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Volex to buy cable harness manufacturer Silotec in EUR 18m deal

Cable assemblies supplier Volex announced the proposed acquisition of the business and assets of Silcotec Europe, a manufacturer and seller of cable harnesses, for a total consideration of up to €18. 1m on Wednesday.

16 May
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Optibiotix inks agreement with Indian drug maker

AIM-quoted life sciences business OptiBiotix has entered into a five-year agreement with Akums Drugs and Pharmaceuticals to exclusively manufacture and supply products containing its cholesterol and blood pressure reducing product, LPLDL, to the Indian market.

16 May
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Seeing Machines extends Guardian agreement with Australian firm

AIM-quoted computer vision technologies firm Seeing Machines has significantly extended an agreement with Western Australia based distributor Connect Source to deliver a further 2,500 units of the company's fleet product, Guardian.

16 May
Itaconix's shares leap in reaction to partnership with AkzoNobel

Chemical design and manufacturing firm Itaconix announced on Wednesday that it has entered into a joint marketing effort for its bio-based chelates with chemicals giant AkzoNobel.

16 May
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Dalata ramps up UK expansion with two further planned hotels

Dalata Hotel Group will continue its UK expansion after agreeing to lease two new hotels that are to be built in Bristol and Birmingham, according to a company announcement on Wednesday.

16 May
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LoopUp to buy MeetingZone for £61.4m in cash

AIM-listed remote meetings company LoopUp Group has agreed to buy Warwick Holdco, the holding company for conferencing services provider MeetingZone, for £61. 4m in cash.

16 May
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Premier Oil expects 'material' reduction in debt

Exploration and development firm Premier Oil is on track to deliver a "material" reduction in debt this year, thanks to its Catcher project finally reaching the promised 60,000 barrels per day and Brent crude prices hitting their three-year highs.

16 May
Sosandar monthly revenues hit record

AIM-quoted online women's fashion brand Sosandar expects full-year revenues to be "no less than" £1. 34m after like-for-like sales in the six months ended 31 March showed a 268% increase against the prior year.

16 May
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Hurricane launches early production system at Lancaster asset

Oil and gas company Hurricane Energy provided investors with an update on its early production system at the Lancaster Fields project on Wednesday.