ICON advises Anvil Software on its sale to ION Trading

ICON has advised the shareholders of Anvil Software Ltd on its sale to ION Trading, the terms of the sale were not disclosed. Anvil Software Limited, which was founded in 1988, is a market leader in software solutions for the financial markets - in particular repo trading and securities lending. Anvil provides front and middle-office systems and consultancy services to financial services firms including ABN Amro, Barclays Capital, Fortis, ING ... read more


ICON Corporate Finance Sponsors the Western Daily Press Venture Capitalist of the Year Award

ICON has advised the shareholders of Anvil Software Ltd on its sale to ION Trading, the terms of the sale were not disclosed. The awards will recognise and reward excellence in the region's corporate finance community. Winners of the 11 award categories, which range from Venture Capital Firm of the Year to Young Dealmaker, will be drawn from deals that regularly make the headlines on the Western Daily Press' business ... read more


It’s a clean sweep for ICON at the South West Deal Awards as the short list of dealmakers is announced

It's a clean sweep for ICON at the South West Deal Awards as the short list of dealmakers is announced. With entries in Corporate Finance Firm of the Year for ICON, Individual Corporate Finance Advisor for Eddie Harding, Alan Bristow short listed for both Dealmaker of the Year and Advisor of the Year and James Thomas and Chris Price both nominated as Young Dealmaker of the Year. The stature of ... read more


Inetec Limited – ICON secures expansion capital for renewable energy company

Oxford Capital Partners, the Oxford based venture capital firm focused on science and technology companies, has announced its investment in Inetec Limited as part of its focus on the sustainability engineering sector. Inetec Limited is a developer of waste-to-renewable-energy projects in the industrial food manufacturing sector. The £2.5m investment round was led by Oxford Capital Partners and supported by the existing investors, Finance Wales and Foursome Investments. Inetec uses its ... read more


ICON advises AIM on its sale to Trapeze Group

ICON Corporate Finance has successfully advised Action Information Management Ltd (AIM) on its sale to Canadian based Trapeze Group. AIM's market leading telematics technologies for real-time passenger information, journey planning, and mobile workforce management complement Trapeze's product portfolio that includes scheduling, crewing, contract and revenue management, and dispatching technologies. Founded in 1984, AIM is an established leader in real-time passenger information (RTPI) systems, intelligent transport systems (ITS), and journey planning ... read more


You have to spend money to make money

Reluctance to invest in innovation could threaten companies’ competitive advantage. Sally Flood reports on the quandary facing UK businesses. Corporate research and development (R&D) into new technologies has an impressive history. Researchers at Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs came up with a range of inventions, from lasers and Unix to the first voice over IP network. Meanwhile, it was technology researchers at the Ford Motor Company who developed everything from gasoline ... read more


Giving air to new ventures

Billions of pounds are being invested in startups with the brightest technology ideas. Sally Flood reports on where the money is being spent, and the next big growth areas In the heady days of 2000, venture capitalists distributed some £8bn to UK startup companies. Today, despite the collapse of the internet bubble, that figure is up to £9.7bn. Alan Bristow, chief executive of Icon Corporate Finance, says the point about ... read more


Don’t get stuck, pop into a pod

Within a few years passengers at Heathrow Airport could be whisked between terminals in futuristic driverless taxis. The technology behind these four-seater computer-controlled vehicles has been developed by Bristol University spin-out company ATS. It celebrated its first major agreement recently when airports operator BAA chose its Ultra system for a trial at Heathrow. Eighteen of the pods will run on a track between Terminal One and a perimeter car park ... read more