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Pi – now overfunding

14 May 2018

‘Gary Robins, Head of Business Development at Growthdeck, comments: “We are delighted to be raising further funds to be underpinning the growth of this exciting business. The new Battersea site is such a great launch pad for the planned London expansion. The fact that a Chinese investor has committed funding to the company, and will play a role in it, is a very significant development.”’

Big Hospitality (Restaurant magazine):  Overfunded: Pi pizzeria surpasses £500k crowdfund target

Hospitality and Catering News:  Pi Pizzeria Investment on Growthdeck - OVERFUNDED

Foodservice Equipment Journal:  Winchester pizzeria raises the dough to target multi-site projects

Enjoy Raw Chocolate - in the Press

5 April 2018

Food Manufacture: Enjoy Natural Foods seeks £640k fund to expand

The Grocer (subscription required):  Enjoy Natural Foods turns to crowd for £640k funding

Management Today: Gordon's foray into pink gin proves just the tonic for Pinkster

5 February 2018

‘Sales certainly haven’t suffered. Pinkster turned over £1.1m last year, and is on target to double that in 2018. Pink gin’s newfound popularity also helped Pinkster to successfully raise funding from the crowd last year. The company sought £600,000 on Growthdeck and overfunded, raising more than £1m.’

Read the full article here (registration needed): Gordon's foray into pink gin proves just the tonic for Pinkster

What Investment: EIS – Where now for the EIS?

12 January 2018

'As we see it, there are two things that could be done to increase interest in making EIS investments in deserving growth companies. Probably the most fundamental is a clear commitment to radically increase general awareness of the EIS. The fact that only 33,000 individuals made claims for any level of EIS income tax relief in 2015/16 surely suggests that many people are simply unaware of the benefits on offer.

We regularly meet prospective investors who have never even heard of the EIS, let alone have any concept of just how attractive the tax incentives can be. The advisory community and personal finance media could do much more to publicise the wealth-creating possibilities of EIS investing – and, in particular, make it clear that EIS funds are not the only way to access EIS-qualifying companies.'

Read the full article here: EIS – Where now for the EIS?

iFabrics in the Daily Express

18 December 2017

The Intelligent Fabrics Technologies Holdings Limited (iFabrics) fundraise has recently been mentioned in the national press. Tony Wilson, iFabrics CEO, has been quoted in an expert capacity on the topic of dermatology in the Daily Express, throughout a wider piece about eczema treatment and clothing fabrics that aggravate the condition.

Read the full article here:  Eczema treatment: The three clothing fabrics that could irritate skin revealed

Pi – first site in the Battersea area has been secured

30 November 2017

Restaurant magazine / Big Hospitality: Pi chooses Battersea for its London debut

MCA Report (subscription needed): Pi secures London debut site

Eat Out magazine:  Winchester Pizzeria Group branches out into London

Money Marketing: Data shows few investors to benefit from doubling EIS limit​

27 November 2017

'Growthdeck head of business Gary Robins says attracting significant new monies into EIS qualifying companies is a challenge, and the industry needs increased investor awareness or enhanced incentives, such as increasing income tax relief.'

Read the full article here: Data shows few investors to benefit from doubling EIS limit

The Times: Prepare for a high-tech boost to company pensions

27 November 2017

'However, Gary Robins head of business development at Growthdeck, an investment platform, points out that just over 500 investors took advantage of the previous £1 million annual limit in the past three tax years and only 33,000 applied for any EIS tax relief in the past tax year. “There is still limited awareness and understanding of the very generous tax reliefs,” he adds.'

Read the full article here:  Prepare for a hi-tech boost to company pensions

What Investment: EIS – why isn’t it more popular?

21 November 2017

'Robins says, “when there are apparently nigh on 1 million people in the UK earning £100,000 or more, and hundreds of thousands of individuals with £500,000 or more available to invest, why did only 33,000 investors claim EIS tax reliefs [in the 2015-16 tax year]?"'

Read the full article here: EIS – why isn’t it more popular?

Crowdfunders: Crowdfunding platforms are slowing down

8 November 2016

Crowdfunders is a weekly look at what's hot and what's not in the crowdfunding and peer-to-peer space, examining the latest news and developments in the fast growing world of alternative finance. Your host is Ed Bowsher, and on today's show he'll be investigating the drop in crowdfunding platform earnings, OFF3R's expansion into property and lending, and why Growthdeck would rather be known as a 'personal equity platform'.

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Growthdeck Merges With Radius Equity & Announces New CEO

27 October 2016

Investment crowdfunding platform Growthdeck announced it has merged with merged with the established HNW investor club and syndicator, Radius Equity, to create a premium VC-crowdfunding hybrid. This news comes just a few months after Growthdeck secured over £1 million through its self-crowdfunding campaign.

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Growthdeck merges with private investor club, appoints new CEO

7 October 2016

Growthdeck, the latest in a string of platforms to seek to “professionalise” the equity crowdfunding space, is merging with professional investor syndicate Radius Equity. At the same time, Growthdeck has appointed Steve Robinson, former CEO of Tesco Direct, as its new CEO. Former Growthdeck CEO Gary Robins becomes strategy director.

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Investment platform Growthdeck merges with private investor syndicator and appoints retail heavyweight as CEO

28 September 2016

The online investment platform Growthdeck, which launched in late January 2016 with plans to disrupt the sector, has merged with the established HNW investor club/syndicator Radius Equity to create a unique/premium VC-crowdfunding hybrid.

The enlarged Growthdeck brings two highly experienced teams together and will be headed by newly-appointed retail and finance expert Steve Robinson, whose past roles include CEO of Tesco Direct, FD at Argos, and Customer Director at B&Q.

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Who should investors back in the £5.3bn equity investment industry?

10 August 2016

For investors who want to own a share in the alternative finance sector, there has been no end of opportunity this year as equity crowdfunding platforms line up to raise finance.

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Growthdeck Raises £1 Million for Businesses in First Weeks of Crowdfunding

6 June 2016

Investment crowdfunding platform Growthdeck has announced it has raised £1 million in seven weeks of operation. The bulk of this amount came from Pinkster Gin. Growthedeck said that at ten weeks that number now stands at £1.5 million and is indicative of solid growth.

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PInkster gin smashes crowdfunding target

20 May 2016

The pink gin brand, produced in Cambridge using fresh raspberries, launched its campaign on Growthdeck in April this year with the hope of expanding its UK on-trade presence and launching in international markets.

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Pinkster on Share Radio

14 April 2016

Stephen Marsh, founder and MD of Pinkster Gin, talks to Ed Bowsher on Share Radio.

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The Scotsman Big Interview: Derek Bond

2 April 2016

In less than five years, the church of UK crowdfunding has multiplied into an expansive congregation populated at its fringes by offers of varying frivolity. 

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Gin maker Ginmeister seeks £600k cash infusion through crowdfunding

2 April 2016

Ginmeister, the producer of raspberry flavoured Pinkster Gin, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on the new equity platform Growthdeck to raise £600,000.

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Why equity crowdfunding platforms must take due diligence more seriously

10 March 2016

The growth of equity crowdfunding has been spectacular. It has delivered the kind of shot in the arm for the funding of small businesses that policymakers have been seeking for decades. And what is particularly interesting is that crowdfunding has done this without two components that most investors view as vital before they invest: proper due diligence and clear signs of profits, or a route to profitability. Should we be worried about this?

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Is crowdfunding getting smart?

29 February 2016

Growthdeck offers what it describes as ‘private equity calibre investments’. It is borne out of a concern that many companies who seek crowdfunding are unsuitable and lack exit plans that would give investors returns. On Growthdeck, all businesses seeking capital would be put through private-equity style due diligence and would need to show a proper exit plan over a set number of years. Growthdeck is run by a team with private equity experience, which they say will give them unique skills to assess appropriate opportunities for investors.

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Are we in a crowdfunding bubble that's about to burst?

15 February 2016

Following Rebus' crowdfunding failure, industry experts share their views on whether start-ups and investors should be cautious about crowdfunding.

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The Times Money: The Risks and Rewards of Crowdfunding

13 February 2016

A high-profile failure and allegations of dodgy practices are threatening to take the shine off the investment phenomenon known as crowdfunding. The collapse last week of the claims management company Rebus, shortly after it raised £816,790 from more than 100 individual investors, is thought to be the largest equity crowdfunding failure to date.

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Growthdeck and Squareknot Join Equity Crowdfunding Operations

10 February 2016

Recently launched equity crowdfunding platform Growthdeck, has merged operations with Squareknot based in Glasgow, Scotland in perhaps the first merger of two online equity marketplaces.

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Merger in the Equity Crowdfunding Space

10 February 2016

Newly launched equity crowdfunding portal Growthdeck has merged withSquareknot.

Growthdeck will in essence be absorbing the 5,000 strong investor base of the Squareknot platform. The vast majority of those investors are based in Scotland. The bulk of Growthdeck’s existing investors – which were sourced through a partnership with Radius Equity – are based in London and the Midlands. Squareknot MD Derek Bond will join Growthdeck in a “senior role” and will be bringing his team with him. Derek will continue to be based in Scotland.

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Crowdfunding sites and finance houses merge

10 February 2016

Equity crowdfunding platforms are teaming up with professional finance houses as they look to move away from the mass market towards sophisticated private investors... Growthdeck, is combining with Glasgow-based Squareknot, which provides loans and equity deals. Both have pledged to vet companies thoroughly.

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Just eight per cent of firms running crowdfunding campaigns are profitable

10 February 2016

Fewer than one in ten UK businesses launching crowdfunding campaigns are in profit, as a study revealed just eight per cent of firms are making financial gains. The study came from February-launched equity crowdfunding service Growthdeck, which sought to highlight the tricky challenge investors have when it comes to understanding the strength of the business opportunities before them.

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Growthdeck on Share Radio

4 February 2016

Listen to Gary Robins and James Wrighton explain why Growthdeck is different to other equity crowdfunding platforms on Ed Bowsher's Crowdfunders show on Share Radio. 

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New UK crowdfunding platform Growthdeck launches today hoping to improve investment standards in the sector

28 January 2016

A new equity-crowdfunding platform is launching in the UK today, Growthdeck, which says it wants to improve the standard of investing in the burgeoning sector. The company says it wants to "marry up the speed and low cost of crowdfunding platforms with the investment rigour that institutional investors would get and that private investors deserve.”

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