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Royal Society Science CEO Summit

Rosemary and Brett spent yesterday mentoring at the Science CEO summit, part of an annual calendar of events by Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK). This event, staged in partnership with the oldest scientific society in continuous existence, The Royal Society, drew the best and brightest CEO’s from the UK’s emerging high growth science companies. The CEO’s were selected by a high-profile group of industry professionals, VC’s, and well respected organisations within the science community, and they were carefully selected based on their company’s growth and progress.

Forsyth Group client GetLenses acquires Vision Direct

UK online contact lens retailer announced today that it has acquired Dutch online retailers Vision Direct and Lensbase, which sell contact lenses, contact lens solutions and prescription glasses to consumers in the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. The combined entity is expected to generate revenues of over €30 million in 2014.

GetLenses is the largest online contact lens retailer in the UK, offering highly competitive prices and next-day delivery on an extensive range of prescription contact lenses. In addition to a broad product range and significant price savings, customers also benefit from being able to check their prescription before they purchase. The company employs an award-winning call centre team in York, which is trained by opticians to meet regulations and provide excellent customer services.

Vision Direct, which was founded in 1998, sells contact lenses and prescription glasses online in Europe. The company offers a huge selection of contact lenses from all the leading suppliers at extremely compelling prices from its base in the Netherlands.

“This cements our position as a market leader in Europe, significantly increases our customer base and enhances our ability to deliver a fantastic service to all our customers,” says Michael Kraftman, CEO, “We expect to complement this with further acquisitive growth in other European markets.”

The acquisition was financed by a new funding round led by existing shareholder Octopus Investments and included Fidelity Worldwide Investments, Hargreave Hale and Artemis Investment Management.

Forsyth Group Clients Tradeshift raise $75M

Tradeshift, a company that provides free electronic invoicing along with tools for managing payments and buyer-seller relationships, is announcing today a new $75 million funding round.

Tradeshift, a startup that began life in Copenhagen, and has expanded to the US and throughout Europe, is now heading to Japan. The company has raised the $75 million in venture funding from Scentan Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Singapore.

The deal will fuel Tradeshift’s expansion into Japan, starting with an office in Tokyo. Scentan will help out on the strategic side, giving Tradeshift a hand with recruiting and product development for the local market. In exchange, Tradeshift will offer Scentan exclusive rights to product development, sales marketing and servicing the Tradeshift platform in Japan.

Prior to this, Tradeshift, which offers software for business-to-business sales and collaboration, had raised $37 million in venture funding from Notion Capital, Ru-net, Kite Ventures, Intuit and PayPal. The company had opened an office in China in 2013.

The Forsyth Group shortlisted for the Service Provider of the Year award at the Investor AllStars Awards 2013

LONDON: 5 September 2013The Forsyth Group has been shortlisted for the Service Provider of the Year Award at the eleventh annual Investor AllStars Awards. The Awards celebrate professional excellence in entrepreneurship and the professional investor community and will be hosted at London’s Natural History Museum on 25 September 2013.

The Investor AllStars Awards is an annual event organised by GP Bullhound, the technology investment bank, and GrowthBusiness, a Vitesse Media website specialising in providing information for entrepreneurs and leaders of fast-growth enterprises.

The Forsyth Group provides retained executive search services to early stage and high growth technology companies in the USA, UK and across Europe. The company focuses exclusively on the emerging technology sector, working at CxO, VO & Director level for companies in Big Data, SaaS/Software, Mobile, Internet and Digital Media.

“This is a great achievement for The Forsyth Group to be shortlisted for the award for Service Provider of the Year” said Manish Madhvani, Managing Partner at GP Bullhound. “It has been a great year for growth and innovation in the European technology sector, companies like The Forsyth Group set a high standard and are a great role model for others seeking to push the boundaries in this exciting industry.”

“We are very proud to be shortlisted for this award together with so many excellent Service Providers.”  said Rosemary Forsyth, General Partner at The Forsyth Group. “This year we have worked with some of the most exciting high growth technology companies in the UK, EU and USA and it is a great honour to have been nominated by our customers for this award”

“The Investor AllStars Awards highlight entrepreneurs and VCs who are driving the technology sector forward,” said Niki Baker, CEO, Vitesse Media. “The Awards are an opportunity for the European venture capital community to consider the biggest successes of the past year and look forward to the trends and innovation still to come.”

The following is the full list of awards categories: Venture Capital Fund of the Year; Europe’s Most Exciting Investor Backed Company of the Year; Investor of the Year; Female Entrepreneur of the Year; Male Entrepreneur of the Year; Equity Gap Fund of the Year; Exit of the Year; Growth/Buyout Fund of the Year; Private Investor Network of the Year; Service Provider of the Year and VCT of the Year.

The Award’s headline sponsor is global investment company SFERIQ. The premium sponsors are Orrick, a global law firm, and MTI Ventures, which focuses on early stage venture capital and management in software, communication, life sciences, materials technology and industrial products.


About GP Bullhound
GP Bullhound is an international technology investment banking group with offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm and Berlin. Founded in 1999, GP Bullhound provides world-class advice on mergers, acquisitions and private placements to a diverse range of corporate clients, institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals.

Combining a true love for entrepreneurship and innovation with deep global buyer relations and sector expertise, GP Bullhound has completed transactions for many category leaders and most recently sold Tunigo to Spotify, and Fjord to Accenture. For more information, please visit their website.
In 2013, GP Bullhound was awarded Boutique Investment Bank of the Year and Leading Advisers of the Year by the Acquisition International M&A Awards.

Vitesse Media
Vitesse Media is a multimedia business and offers award-winning publications, fast-growing websites, exciting events and much-acclaimed research. They are the leading specialists in growth businesses ¬ entrepreneurs and CEOs, their investors, advisers and suppliers. Vitesse Media is quoted on AIM. More information

AudaCity of Fashion toasts fashion creativity

AudaCity of Fashion invited a select, influential group of fashion bloggers and other fashion creatives to celebrate our launch at Felicities showroom on the Hoxton/Shoreditch borders.

Shoreditch is home to the famed ‘Silicon Roundabout’ where the most innovative tech start-ups in Europe cut their teeth and where Google Campus has set up shop. Hoxton as you may know, is the centre of London’s contemporary art world and home to The White Cube. AudaCity’s launch event couldn’t have been a better geographical location because in actual fact, our fashion crowdfunding platform enables creative vision through technical innovation.

We raised our glasses to the three campaigns we launched with: Operation Wardrobe, Jerboa Jewellery and Ada Zanditon. Among other notables in the house were Rivkie Baum, Editor of Drafted Magazine, Danny Keeling and Joshua White from Candid Magazine, the super-lovely Jay Pinxie Turnbull,  Alice Wilby from the ethical fashion magazine FutureFrock, Andree Latibeaudiere from IndiePRGirl, Alison Lewy from Fashion Angel and Hannah French, of the Forsyth Group who invests in SeedCamp.

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