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Thin Cats taking on big banks after lending £70m in three years

SME warns banks not to ignore peer-to-peer lending and new generation of access to finance for growing companies

Ex-Lloyds banker claims 'risky derivatives sold to as many as possible'

Disturbing inside story of claims against household name revealed in High Court document

Mercia Fund Management's gene specialist reaches £300,000 funding landmark

Mark Payton, managing director of Mercia Fund Management
Oxford Genetics is the biotechnology company behind SnapFast - a system that simplifies the purchase of synthetic DNA molecules (plasmids)

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Thin Cats taking on big banks after lending £70m in three years

SME warns banks not to ignore peer-to-peer lending and new generation of access to finance for growing companies

Ex-Lloyds banker claims 'risky derivatives sold to as many as possible'

Disturbing inside story of claims against household name revealed in High Court document

Mark Payton, managing director of Mercia Fund Management

Mercia Fund Management's gene specialist reaches £300,000 funding landmark

Oxford Genetics is the biotechnology company behind SnapFast - a system that simplifies the purchase of synthetic DNA molecules (plasmids)

Oxygen Accelerator has won a contract to help rejuvenate Wolverhampton-based start-up scheme SPARK. Pictured are Nigel Babb, Ian Oakes, Simon Jenner, Paul Cherry and Luke Hill

Oxygen Accelerator set to re-ignite SPARK scheme

Funded by and located at University of Wolverhampton Science Park, SPARK gives the equivalent of £10,000 worth of support for each aspiring start-up in certain sectors

Chris Gregory, partner at Orbis Partners

Orbis Partners advise TT Electronics on Roxspur acquisition

The acquisition of Roxspur, which has annual sales of around £8 million, will form part of TT’s sensing and control division

Alan Hudson, AFH Financial

AFH Financial enters Scottish market with latest buyout

Bromsgrove firm acquires Finlay Gow & Company and adds £40 million to portfolio of funds under management

Zeus Capital helps Epwin realise AIM ambitions

Zeus Capital advised Epwin as nominated adviser and sole broker, including the £94 million institutional fundraise

Armstrongs directors Paul Farmer (fifth from left) and Peter Georgiades (second right) with the team at its new office in Nuneaton

Armstrongs expands with new office launch

Chartered accountancy 'investing heavily' as it launches a second operation in Warwickshire town

The refurbished Five Brindleyplace, soon to be the home of Deutsche Bank which is one of the city's best foreign investment stories of recent times

More foreign investment in Greater Birmingham than any other region

The number of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in the Greater Birmingham trumped the 37 other regions, data for the 2014 financial year shows

Keith Ross, Barclays' corporate director for Leicestershire and Warwickshire

Barclays appoints new corporate director for Midlands counties

Mr Ross, who will lead a team of relationship directors across the region, has been acting corporate director in the area for the last 12 months

Paul Lynam, chief executive of Secure Trust Bank

Profit on the rise at Secure Trust Bank

Better than expected lending boosts challenger bank's coffers

Lisa Boylan, Paul Jones, Jenny Lai, front row (L to R) Rebecca Wooldridge, Bethany Davis and Tina Yates

Appointments reflect growth at JW Hinks

Joining the firm are tax advisors Lisa Boylan, Rebecca Wooldridge and Tina Yates, payroll administrator Jenny Lai and trainee accountant Bethany Davis

The 10 local students who spent a two-week internship with Grant Thornton in Birmingham are pictured with audit director Becky Eagle (centre front) and colleagues Ria Hitchens (immediate left) and Melissa Hollis (right), who helped organise the programme

Grant Thornton internship programme continues to target tomorrow's talent

Year 12 students came from a range of schools across the West Midlands, including CTC Kingshurst Academy, Solihull, King Edwards VI College, Stourbridge and St Peter’s Collegiate College School, Wolverhampton

Alan Hudson, chief executive of AFH Financial

Profit increase at AFH Financial

Positive first result announcement after switching to trade on AIM

Birmingham Round table meeting at Marco Pierre White Birmingham at The Cube, L-R Dan Day, Waheed Nazir, Neil Rami, Graeme Brown, David Bailey, Adam Ramshaw, David Maclean.

Smarter thinking in the age of austerity

Austerity cuts have forced Birmingham to work smarter in the hunt for inward investment, the roundtable heard.

Odyssey director Tom McCarthy

Odyssey Corporate Finance complete hat-trick of deals

Odyssey advised on three different kinds of deals -  an MBO, an investment and a trade sale

Pinsent Masons' Birmingham office in Colmore Circus

Pinsent Masons advises on Student Hall Fund deal

The deal will see the international property investment manager sell its Student Hall Fund, which comprises 2,904 bedrooms across Bath, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Loughborough

From left: Simon Davies and John McKenzie of Lloyds Bank; Mike Forrester and Cherry Blumberg of Orchard Valley Foods and Mark Smith, Lloyds Bank

Orchard Valley Foods expands with Lloyds-backed acquisition

Worcestershire food company buys rival to boost client base and product portfolio

Mark Payton, managing director of Mercia Fund Management, based in henley-in-Arden

Abzena float represents a profitable return for Mercia's investors

Henley-in-Arden-based Mercia was part of the syndication that provided the recent £13.5 million in funding to the biopharmaceuticals testing company in July 2013

Nick Dawson, corporate partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office

Midlands sees rise in private equity-backed manufacturing deals

According to the latest data from Experian and analysis from law firm, Irwin Mitchell, manufacturers in the West Midlands were the target of 17 deals during the second quarter of 2014

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Squire Patton Boggs law firm hosts discussion

CGI of the new shopping and dining areas in Grand Central, overlooking the atrium of New Street Station

New lettings revealed for Grand Central

Lisa Williams, store manager of John Lewis in Birmingham

Flagship John Lewis 'will be more than just a shop'

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