venture capital

This is the first blog in a short series from DSW Angels on structuring a venture deal, whether as investor or founder. The focus of this blog is on leverage and its role in a venture capital funding structure. While we have our own structuring preferences, who’s investing and specific circumstances matter. First principles: what…

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Oneutilitybill

One Utility Bill – which simplifies utility billing for tenants, landlords and letting agents – has raised £1.7m in a funding round led by DSW Angels, the venture capital business of the Dow Schofield Watts group, and including existing investors the North East Innovation Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by…

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dsw angels investment committee_1

DSW Angels, the business angel network focused on UK regional scale-up companies, has appointed two new members to its Investment Committee. The arrival of Martin Beaumont and Nick Woodrow comes as DSW Angels continues to grow its presence in the regional venture capital market. Martin, an investor and non-executive director, is the former CEO of…

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new angel network

DSW Angels, the business angel network, is celebrating a milestone after receiving its 1,000th application for funding within two years of its launch.   The business, which was started in the North but expanded to other regions in recent months, has also become one of the largest in the UK with over 100 investors. Last year it was selected as the first partner on the British Business…

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ACAI DSW Angels

ACAI – the unique women’s outdoorwear company – has bucked the trend of retail gloom in the Christmas period with reported revenues more than doubled on the previous year. This Chester-based business is run by husband and wife team Joe and Kasia Bromley. After arranging a scale-up investment in September 2019 from DSW Angels, the…

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Shopblocks l-r Stewart Reynolds, Kevin Jones, Jake Reynolds

Shopblocks – the fast-growing e-commerce platform backed by Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Angels) –  has set its sights on the US market after securing a further £500,000 investment. The business has raised funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s GM Investment Fund, DSW Angels and members of the management team to support its expansion in…

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Eleanor Boardman DSW Angels

Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Angels) – the business angel network – has expanded its team with the appointment of Ellie Boardman as Investment Executive. Ellie joins the firm from KPMG in Manchester where she spent three years working in the audit department and where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant. During this time, she…

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poptop

Poptop, the Newcastle company which operates the UK’s leading events booking platform, has become the first platform of its type worldwide to offer instant quotes and availability. Poptop’s Instant Quotes service allows users to get accurate pricing for everything from catering and music to photography and transport, check available dates and make provisional bookings. It…

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Poptop Nicole de Vega and Eugene Shestopal

DSW Angels portfolio business Poptop, the Newcastle-based company which is the UK’s fastest growing online events booking platform, has appointed Nicole de Vega to the newly-created role of Head of Marketing.    Nicole has over 20 years’ marketing experience in the digital technology sector having spent the early part of her career with Sage UK. More recently she…

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ACAI DSW Angels

A fast-growing Cheshire clothing brand with a mission to become the ‘Levi’s of the women’s outdoorwear market’ has raised £350,000 in a funding round led by Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Angels), the business angel network. ACAI Activewear was started by husband and wife team Joe and Kasia Bromley with a sewing machine on their…

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