Albion News

We are pleased to announce that two of Albion investee companies, Memsstar and Opta, were ranked in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 list of fastest growing companies. Memsstar make equipment for manufacturing silicon chips while OPTA provide sporting statistics on 60,000 fixtures per year. Over the past ten years Albion has built a strong track record of supporting fast growing technology companies. For details of the full portfolio of Albion investments. read more
Albion has invested £1.5million in partnership with Welsh based developer, Infinite Energy, to fund the development of a single 500kWp Wind Turbine on a brownfield site near Ebbw Vale in Wales. The investment will create a special purpose vehicle (SPV) which will be owned by Albion funds and Infinite Energy. The site in Wales will benefit from the Feed-in-Tariff regime and is expecting to generate its first electricity in January 2012. The installation is expected to create enough clean energy to power 325 households. Under agreement, most of the energy will be used onsite by a tile... read more
Oxsensis have won a bid with the UK governments Technology Strategy Board (TSB), worth £400,000, to develop down hole sensor technology with GE Measurement and Control Solutions for the Oil and Gas Sector. There is an un-met need in the Oil & Gas industry for a reliable method to make a high accuracy measurement of pressure and temperature down the length of an oil well. Devices for this type of application must be robust enough for permanent installation and be able to withstand the harsh environment (400°C) with low drift over time. Currently available electronic instruments have a... read more
Albion and the London Technology Fund (“LTF”) can today announce that their portfolio company Dexela Limited (“Dexela”) has been sold to PerkinElmer Inc., a US healthcare technology leader. Dexela is a London-based developer of innovative technologies for fast, low-dose X-ray imaging. Formed in 2005, it initially pioneered developments in breast tomosynthesis, an advanced imaging technique focused on the early detection of breast cancer. In 2009, Dexela launched a family of flat panel CMOS X-ray detectors for a range of applications including mammography, fluoroscopy, dental CT, cardiology... read more
Albion can today announce a £1 million investment in partnership with UCL Business PLC (“UCLB”) in Abcodia a company engaged in the validation and discovery of molecular biomarkers for disease diagnosis and screening. The investment will help develop Abcodia’s visionary plans which could transform the way that life-threatening diseases are diagnosed. This investment builds on Albion’s established reputation as an investor in the healthcare sector, including previous investments in diagnostic technologies. Companies already in the portfolio include Mirada Medical, Vivacta, Dexela and Dysis... read more
On September 5th 2011, Radnor House will open to over 120 students as London’s newest independent school. A major renovation of the building known as Pope’s Villa has been completed at a cost of £1.5m which positions the school at the cutting edge of independent education in South and West London. Radnor House will focus on academic achievement complemented by a strong programme of the creative arts and sport. The ethos of ‘celebrating every individual’ will be central to the school’s approach, and there will be a broad and enriched curriculum. Radnor House Head Master, Robert Cook, has 23... read more
The Stanwell, Heathrow’s first boutique hotel officially opens on Tuesday 11th May 2010 providing the local business community and Heathrow passengers with a new and exciting alternative to the big airport chain hotels. Situated just 3 miles from the M25 and Heathrow’s T5 in the 13th century historic village of Stanwell, The Stanwell was the first airport hotel to open at Heathrow in 1951. Now, following a multi-million pound refurbishment and extension, the Stanwell gets a new lease of life with 54 bedrooms, Zamora’s restaurant, the Atrium Lounge Bar and Knyvett meeting rooms. Set in almost... read more
The latest Snow Valley report highlights the need for improved real-time communication between e-retailers, their delivery companies and the recipients of goods ordered online, to allay consumer fears around home deliveries. The report, Home Delivery in the UK – The Doorstep Experience, sponsored by Blackbay, a provider of real-time enterprise mobility solutions enabling service and productivity improvements to postal, field service and supply chain operations, shows that consumers still have cause for concern about whether goods will be delivered 1st time, on time and to the right place. Of... read more
Blackbay, one of the longer-standing independent software vendors in the enterprise mobility marketplace, has been recognised by Gartner with a rating of ‘positive’ in the 2011 Gartner MarketScope for Packaged Mobile Applications Platforms1. The Gartner MarketScope focuses on software vendors that provide off the shelf mobile applications for enterprise users. According to Gartner, the purpose of the MarketScope for Packaged Mobile Applications Platform research is “to provide a decision framework for enterprises evaluating potential vendors, as well as an overview of the participating... read more
A survey of 233 Albions' Venture Capital Trust shareholders in Q4 of last year suggests VCTs offer advisers considerable business opportunities in 2011. 65% of the respondents to the survey also held VCT investments with other providers, suggesting that the survey offers a good sample of all VCT investors. The survey asked shareholders how they used VCTs, for their key concerns and any changes that they would like to see to tax legislation. The results were clear cut. VCTs as a long term investment One of the key attractions, particularly while pensions are becoming less attractive for high... read more

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