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.


Matrix assumes full control at TriVen

TriVen, one of only two VCTs hitherto presided over by a triumvirate of fund managers, is to pass control of its entire portfolio of Matrix Private Equity as it bids to ‘streamline’ its structure and ‘improve shareholder returns.’


Mergermarket boost for Beringea

Beringea, operator of both the ProVen and ProVen Growth & Income VCT funds, is set for a major cash windfall – courtesy of the Financial Times’ £101 million acquisition of portfolio company mergermarket. The deal sees both trusts realise substantial gains on their previous investment valuations.


Cash hit for IXICO

IXICO, a spin-out company from London University, has drummed up £930,000 in its first institutional fundraising, from The Capital Fund and a number of private investors.


JumpTV tunes into AIM

Canadian media group JumpTV – which broadcasts a range of subscription-based ethnic television channels via the internet – is seeking to raise up to £31.4 million from investors, ahead of a planned AIM float next Thursday. Canaccord Adams is acting as broker and adviser to the float.


PHF backed by Bridges

Nottingham-based healthcare administration business PHF Services, has received £600,000 of expansion capital from Bridges Community Ventures, the investment group that specialises in backing businesses based in the UK’s most deprived areas. Formed in 2003, PHF makes its money through the provision of ‘virtual secretarial and billing services,’ for doctors.


Johnny Hon eyes new London launch

Hong Kong entrepreneur Johnny Hon, the well-connected boss of AIM-quoted Chinese lottery operator Betex, plans to float yet another of his companies in London.


Rollalong deal for Barclays

Barclays Ventures has backed an £11 million MBO of portable accommodation specialist Rollalong Hire, which has been acquired from its previous owners the Newman family.


Sutton in for Ratty

Stockbroking firm Seymour Pierce has appointed experienced City mover Johnny Sutton to head its equities team.


IGA secures $5m more

In-game advertising specialist IGA Worldwide has raised an additional $5 million (£2.7 million) from Intel Capital.


Innocent success

Smoothie producer Innocent Drinks was the big winner at last night’s inaugural Business XL 10 Awards, after being crowned ‘Company of the Year’ and ‘Brand of the Year’ at the ceremony, held in the heart of the City of London. Innocent was singled out after doubling revenues to £37 million last year.

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Oilman seeks £33m

Michael Garland plans to raise some £33 million on AIM for Tanzania-focused Dominion Petroleum.