Week in SME: 12th December 2014
A multimillion dollar funding round in the UK, 3D printing at the Post Office and UK SMEs showing confidence they will be growing their businesses in the year ahead, it’s been a busy week in the world of SMEs.
- London-based start-up Huddle raised $51m in its series D funding round this week. The cloud collaboration service was one of the first start-ups to cluster around what’s now known as the Silicon Roundabout. Since then, the company has seen rapid growth, opening offices in New York, San Francisco and Washington.
- The Post Office announced this week it’s teaming up with Europe’s largest consumer 3D printing company iMakr for a month long pilot scheme. Customers will be able to order ready-to-print items and have them delivered to their door. Royal Mail CCO, Mike Newnham explained that the pilot will allow the company to gauge consumer interest in 3D printing without them having to buy a printer for themselves.
- Finally, the Small Business Finance Markets 2014 report released this week from the British Business Bank has revealed that almost half of UK small businesses are planning to grow next year. The report also found that 68% of businesses were confident in their ability to obtain external finance.
Get in touch with your thoughts on this week’s news. Do you think Huddle will be the next mega IPO out of the UK? What would you have 3D printed at the Post Office? And is your business set to grow in 2015?
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