Both Par Equity and the companies we invest in regularly appear in the press. We will let you know what they say here, as well as interesting press comment about the EIS and venture capital industry.

Par Equity Managing Partner Paul Munn interviewed on "The Series A Hour" Match Capital

27 July 2018

Please follow the attached link to register with Intelligent Crowd TV to see Paul Munn, Par Equity Managing Partner -

IPD UK Annual Forestry Index

29 June 2018

UK Annual Forestry Index results for the year to 31st December 2017 - full report attached

Edinburgh-based company Vert Rotors (Vert), founded by London Business School (LBS) graduate Olly Dmitriev, has taken the top prize at this year's Made in Scotland Awards.

30 May 2018

Edinburgh-based company Vert Rotors (Vert), founded by London Business School (LBS) graduate Olly Dmitriev, has taken the top prize at this year's Made in Scotland Awards .

The company, which specialises in ultra-compact gas compressors, took the award for Innovator of the Year before being crowned the overall winner.
Vert has developed a conical screw compressor that’s used in...

Primary Backs MBO of ICS Learn

8 May 2018

ICS Learn is pleased to announce the completion of a management buyout of the business from the current owners, Angus MacDonald and Par Equity. The management team was backed by Primary Capital Partners (“Primary”), one of the UK’s leading mid-market private equity firms. The terms of the transaction are undisclosed.

Full article can be seen at

£30m payday for investors in Glasgow-based online education specialist

8 May 2018

Par Equity and entrepreneur Angus MacDonald earned a 100-times return on their initial £250k investment in ICS Learn after it was bought out by its management team, can reveal. Full article can be read here

ICS Learn delivers 75 x investment return in five years for investors

4 May 2018

EIS-backed turnaround delivers 75x investment return in five years

• Investment firm transforms distance learning firm into market leader in online education

• Transformation includes world-first innovation in online education

An Enterprise Investment Scheme that led to a world-first innovation in online learning has given investors a 75x return on their money in a...

Novosound - University of the West of Scotland’s first spinout raises £1.5 million

2 May 2018

The first spinout company set to emerge from the University of the West of Scotland has closed its seed investment round, raising £1.5 million.

novosound, the winner of the 2017 Converge Challenge, has developed and patented a ground-breaking technique to mass-manufacture printable ultrasound sensors. The revolutionary method overcomes the limitations of existing technology, improving...

Top Apple, Google, and Samsung smartphones hit game monetization records

2 May 2018

The latest smartphones from Apple, Google, and Samsung achieve high rates of monetization compared to other kinds of smartphones, according to a study from analytics and marketing platform DeltaDNA .

Edinburgh and San Francisco-based DeltaDNA said that the study found the Apple iPhone X and the latest smartphone models from Google and Samsung are achieving game monetization numbers...

Vert Rotors launches new revolutionary compressor

18 April 2018

Vert Rotors, the innovative engineering company, has launched a new portable microcompressor that will allow manufacturers to deliver very high levels of compressed air whenever they need it.

Vert - a winner at last year's Insider Made In Scotland Awards - says that the new microcompressor will solve a key industry health and safety problem with the new units being much...

BondMason set to unveil range of bonds

17 April 2018

PEER-TO-PEER investor BondMason is planning to issue a series of bonds with one to three-year maturities after raising £1.85m in equity funding, the company’s chief executive told Peer2Peer Finance News. Click here to read full article

Money Dashboard takes home big prize two years running

6 March 2018

We are delighted to announce that Money Dashboard won the award for Best Personal Finance app for the second year in a row at The British Bank Awards despite fierce competition from Yolt, Plum, Cleo & Onedox. Full article attached.

Inspirational Atkinson scoops leadership award

27 November 2017

Inspirational Atkinson scoops leadership award

Recruitment and investment entrepreneur Paul Atkinson has been awarded ‘Scotland’s Most Inspiring Leader’ Awards at the WeDO Scotland Awards, held over the weekend in Edinburgh’s Sheraton Hotel.

Atkinson, who is a founding partner of the Par Equity investment business, and Executive Chairman of newly-formed recruitment business,...

Vert Rotors CEO Olly Dmitriev named one of the UK's Top 100 Manufacturers

16 November 2017

"The founder and CEO of Edinburgh-based Vert Rotors has been named in a prestigious list recognising the UK’s Top 100 most inspiring individuals in the manufacturing sector, according to a report published by the Manufacturer magazine.

An innovative manufacturing entrepreneur, Olly Dmitriev, who was named ‘Inventor of the Year’ at the 2017 Made in Scotland Awards, invented the world’s...

Par Equity named Runner Up for 2017 Most Impactful Investment Award at Growth Investor Awards

9 November 2017

Par Equity’s hands-on approach to value creation has been recognised with a Runner-up Award for Most Impactful Investment at the 2017 Growth Investor Awards, the investment in question being ICSLearn, which Par Equity acquired in 2012. The company, which has been the subject of a wide-ranging turnaround process, paid a maiden dividend earlier this year of £3.50 per share, which should be...

Six essential tips on staying competitive from a breakthrough innovator.

18 September 2017

Par Portfolio Company Vert Rotor's CEO Olly Dmitriev shares his tips on sustaining your competitive and innovative edge.

First Covec Webtech FIM world winner

1 September 2017

James Shanes won the FIM world Longtrack GP of Holland last weekend. James has worn the Covec undersuit for 3 years and this year the new Cover outer suit.

Nova Pangaea Technologies - Completion of Fundraising

23 August 2017

The Board of Directors of Nova Pangaea Technologies is pleased to announce that the company has successfully closed its 2017 round of funding. Equity investment of £1.5m has been received by the Company with the support of venture capital investors Par Equity.

Par Equity named as finalist at 2017 Growth Investor Awards

31 July 2017

Par Equity has been shortlisted for Most Impactful Investment at the 2017 Growth Investor Awards, which celebrate the role of the UK’s investment provider community in championing tax-advantaged investments, spotting growth potential and backing outstanding UK small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).

Download the full press release .

BVCA announces winners of Scotland Management Team Awards 2017

15 June 2017

The winners of the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) Management Team Awards 2017 for Scotland have now been announced. These awards are our annual celebration of UK companies supported by private equity and venture capital funds, produced in association with Grant Thornton UK LLP.

Portfolio company Vert Rotors have won the 'Venture-backed Management Team...