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.

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... Read more

£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, insider.co.uk can reveal. Full article can be read here https://www.insider.co.uk/news/ics-learn-angus-macdonald-parequity-12501... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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 http://www.p2pfinancenews.co.uk/2018/04/16/bondmason-set-to-... Read more

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. Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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.

https://www.london.edu/faculty-and-research/lbsr/iie-six-essential-tips-... Read more

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. Read more

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.

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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... Read more

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... Read more

Optoscribe closes investment round of £1.8 million

13 June 2017

Optoscribe, a global supplier of glass-based integrated photonics components, has closed a series B investment round of £1.8 million in line with its expansion and product supply plans.

Nick Psaila, chief executive at Optoscribe, said: “We have delivered significant growth and... Read more

Fashion shopping app Mallzee reaches 1m downloads

1 June 2017

Fashion shopping app Mallzee has reached a development milestone recording its millionth download.

For full story read attached link: http://www.insider.co.uk/news/fashion-shopping-app-mallzee-reaches-10532720 Read more

Let’s nurture the incredible potential of our workforce by letting them up-skill

25 May 2017

Oleg Dmitriev, CEO of Vert Rotors, has had an article published in The Scotsman:

"We have come a long way since the first, second and third waves of industrial revolution, when progress and success in manufacturing was based on replacing people with ever more sophisticated machines...... Read more

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