Leslie was made Editor for Growth Company Investor magazine in 2000, then headed up the launch of Business XL magazine, and then became Editorial Director in 2007 for the online and print publication portfolio of Vitesse Media (until 2012). Among the titles of this group were: What Investment, Information Age, Growth Company Investor, Growthbusiness.co.uk, and smallbusiness.co.uk.

Human Resources

Growing your business through apprenticeships

Jason Holt CBE, apprenticeships ambassador and entrepreneur looks at how SMEs are hiring apprentices to boost growth


BuzzFeed aggregates investors to lock up $19.3 million of new funding to drive social expansion

Social news aggregator BuzzFeed has closed a Series D funding round and outlined intentions to open a London office in 2013.


Scottish spin-out NGenTec attracts £200,000

Old College Capital, the newly-created investment arm of the University of Edinburgh, has made a first investment in offshore wind technology business NGenTec.

Company Flotations

Liquidity: the small cap’s holy grail

The recent rally in stocks has filtered from the Main Market through to AIM.

Company Flotations

PLUS review

PLUS crosses swords on two fronts with the London Stock Exchange, writes Leslie Copeland

Company Flotations

PLUS Markets

Share market operator PLUS Markets Group intends to leave AIM for its own PLUS-Listed platform, writes Leslie Copeland.

Company Flotations

Positive signs for PLUS Markets

PLUS Markets claims it has wholly reinvented itself over the past few years. Leslie Copeland surveys the landscape.


Rubicon heads to market

Rubicon Software, which develops customer relationship management applications for the financial services sector, is eyeing an AIM launch for 6 September – having raised £770,000 (£430,000 net of expenses) from investors with the aid of broker and adviser WH Ireland.


Freshminds is taking a fresh approach to recruitment consultancy

Research and recruitment consultancy FreshMinds, founded six years ago by two bright young graduates, Caroline Plumb and Charlie Osmond, has never looked back. It has doubled in size every year, reached £5 million turnover and lists 30 of the UK’s top FTSE 100 corporates among its clients.


Velosi looks to AIM

Velosi, which offers a range of services to the oil and gas sector, is currently in the throws of a £10 million share placing ahead of its imminent AIM arrival.


Bridges catches Chill

Bridges Community Ventures has committed £3 million to a new project to build England’s first real snow Alpine village.


Probability’s AIM call

Mobile gambling services business Probability is seeking to raise just over £4 million from investors (through a placing at 76p) ahead of its anticipated AIM launch later this month.