Albion News

Sunday Times Tech Track 100
Albion is thrilled to inform you that Quantexa will be featured on the 2020 Tech Track 100 in the Sunday Times today. Furthermore, they have been ranked at Number 14. This is a great achievement for Quantexa  and is a testament to everyone’s hard work, so a collective congratulations to everyone involved.   Through its pioneering platform, Quantexa helps organisations to maximise the value of data and transform decision making across the customer lifecycle, improving efficiency and maximising infrastructure investments. Since its inception in 2016, Quantexa has built a globally renowned... read more
'The stable of venture capital trusts (VCTs) run by the Albion Capital Group team have made their own luck of late' according to Oliver Haill of Proactive. "In spite of the damage wrought to the economy by the coronavirus pandemic and the focus of the VCT sector on young companies, the performance of the funds and the multiple good news stories in the portfolio both speak to an investment strategy that it set up to deliver growth in the long-term but is also showing resilience in the short..... The two main investment themes guiding the wider VCT portfolio are healthcare and technology -... read more
Credit Kudos
Credit Kudos is a UK fintech using open banking to provide more accurate credit scoring. Ed Lascelles, from AlbionVC, takes up a seat on the Credit Kudos board alongside the company’s co-founders Freddy Kelly (CEO) and Matt Schofield (CTO). Calling itself a “challenger credit bureau,” Credit Kudos is using open banking to replace what it calls “traditional, narrow methods” of credit assessment in order to make credit fairer and more accessible. As it stands, credit scores are typically a blackbox and based on very primitive assumptions about a person’s financial health.   For the full story... read more
Investment Week
There are now 25 VCT fund managers with more than 1,000 staff, who between them have raised some £8.5bn from individual investors since VCTs were first launched by Ken Clarke in 1995. Patrick Reeve looks back at 25 years of investment through venture capital trusts in an article published in Investment Week. To read the article please click here     read more
TransFICC Founders
TransFICC, is a specialist provider of low-latency connectivity and workflow services for Fixed Income and Derivatives Markets. Led by Albion it has closed its Series A investment round for £5.75 million including new strategic investments from ING Ventures and HSBC. The investment will be used to extend product and market coverage for existing and new clients. TransFICC’s current clients include five global investment banks and one global market data vendor. TransFICC resolves the issue of market fragmentation by providing banks and asset managers with a unified low-latency, robust and... read more
Albion News Spring 2020
  The magazine aims to give you an overview of Albions' recent developments, investment sector insight from our partners and a performance update on our VCTs. We are also delighted to invite all Charity Trustees to the OLIM Investment Managers Charity Conference To view the magazine, please click here  read more
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AstronauTx Ltd, a biotech company developing new medicines designed to restore the normal behaviour of astrocytes for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases, today announces £1 million investment from the UCL Technology Fund to enable the development of translatable biomarkers for their drug discovery programs. read more
Nadine Torbey - Top 50 UK Female tech investors
Every year, WoW (Women of Wearables) release a different Top Women list and this year they focussed on female investors in the UK tech space. Albion is delighted to see that our tech investment manager Nadine Torbey appears in the list for the first time. For the full story click here read more
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SEHTA announced the winners of our 2019 MedTech Business Awards and UCL Technology Fund investments Echopoint and ODIN won in two categories. Echopoint Medical won the Investment of the Year Award for their achievements in receiving equity investment from the UCL Technology Fund (managed by AlbionVC in partnership with UCLB) and Parkwalk Advisors as well as significant InnovateUK grants to develop their iKOr platform. ODIN Vision won the Start-Up of the Year Award as a leading start-up in a new era of artificial intelligence in endoscopy. Congratulations to all at Echopoint and ODIN.  To view... read more
Bravo Inns
Bravo was founded in May 2007 by Ken Buckley and Philip Dearden, together with financial support from Albion Capital.  In early 2007, Ken, Phil and Albion successfully exited The Bold Pub Company, an estate of 30 pubs. The Bravo estate currently comprises 44 predominantly freehold and well-invested pubs trading under the successful operator managed model.  Profits have increased from £1.9m in 2017 to in excess of £2.6m today due to selective site acquisitions and growth capital investment. Following completion of the sale, Ken Buckley will continue as a consultant to the business and the... read more