Advent Venture and Balderton Capital back WorldStores

Venture capital investor Advent Venture Partners has led a second investment round of £8.5 million into online retailer WorldStores, backed by Balderton Capital.

The company, which sells products for the home and garden, will use the funds from Advent and existing investor Balderton to support the next stage of its expansion strategy.

Mike Chalfen, general partner at Advent, and Balderton partner Mark Evans will join the board of WorldStores.

Chalfen says, ‘WorldStores is a great fit for our growth investment strategy and one of our focus areas – ecommerce. The business is proven, distinctive and growing fast.’

The financing follows Advent’s recent investment in fashion marketplace

In a blog post by Chalfen on the Advent website, he explains that ecommerce is a ‘gigantic’ and ‘underestimated trend’. However, he warns that ‘ecommerce is a tough sector’, adding that ‘sustained execution is difficult’.

Chalfen says that for a successful investment in an ecommerce business, the company needs to ‘be more than just “moving the high street online”’, and that it needs to create a model that scales without significant capital.

WorldStores was founded by Joe Murray and Richard Tucker, and currently operates 77 specialist online stores, including, and

Co-chief executive Murray comments, ‘This investment allows us to realise our goal of developing WorldStores into a very substantial and profitable business via our winning combination of market-beating choice, great delivery and customer service, and good value for money.’

Advent backs tech and life sciences businesses and has recently exited online video sharing site Dailymotion to Orange, and mobile payments provider Zong, which was sold to eBay.

Balderton focuses on the technology sector. Its investments include fashion retailer YOOX Group and online retailer The Hut Group.

Todd Cardy

Todd Cardy

Todd was Editor of between 2010 and 2011 as well as being responsible for publishing our digital and printed magazines focusing on private equity and venture capital.

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