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Shopblocks targets global growth with £500k investment

Shopblocks l-r Stewart Reynolds, Kevin Jones, Jake Reynolds

Shopblocks – the fast-growing e-commerce platform backed by Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Angels) –  has set its sights on the US market after securing a further £500,000 investment. The business has raised funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s GM Investment Fund, DSW Angels and members of the management team to support its expansion in…

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DSW Angels expands its team to support national expansion

Eleanor Boardman DSW Angels

Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Angels) – the business angel network – has expanded its team with the appointment of Ellie Boardman as Investment Executive. Ellie joins the firm from KPMG in Manchester where she spent three years working in the audit department and where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant. During this time, she…

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Events booking platform is first to offer ‘instant’ service


Poptop, the Newcastle company which operates the UK’s leading events booking platform, has become the first platform of its type worldwide to offer instant quotes and availability. Poptop’s Instant Quotes service allows users to get accurate pricing for everything from catering and music to photography and transport, check available dates and make provisional bookings. It…

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New marketing boss set to drive growth at Poptop


DSW Angels portfolio business Poptop, the Newcastle-based company which is the UK’s fastest growing online events booking platform, has appointed Nicole de Vega to the newly-created role of Head of Marketing.    Nicole has over 20 years’ marketing experience in the digital technology sector having spent the early part of her career with Sage UK. More recently she…

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Outdoor brand raises £350k in fourth deal by DSW Angels


A fast-growing Cheshire clothing brand with a mission to become the ‘Levi’s of the women’s outdoorwear market’ has raised £350,000 in a funding round led by Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Angels), the business angel network. ACAI Activewear was started by husband and wife team Joe and Kasia Bromley with a sewing machine on their…

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British Business Investments commits £10m to Dow Schofield Watts Angels

DSW Angels David Smith Keith Benson

British Business Investments commits £10m to Dow Schofield Watts Angels as first partner in Regional Angels Programme British Business Investments, a commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank, has announced a new commitment to Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Angels) as the first partner in its £100m Regional Angels Programme. The £10m commitment will be…

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DSW Angels Shortlisted for UKBAA Best New Entrant to the EcoSystem


We’re delighted to announce that the DSW Angels have been shortlisted for Best New Entrant to the EcoSystem at the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019! This Award recognises the most innovative and impactful organisation having recently entered the early stage market and that is making a significant and exciting impact on the entrepreneurial finance ecosystem…

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Creating a Portfolio of Angel Investments

Creating a Portfolio of Angel Investments

Creating a Portfolio of Angel Investments By David Smith The general risks of unquoted investing Each of the Dow Schofield Watts Angels investment circulars states that you are significantly more likely to lose your money than to make money. This is more than just boilerplate. We do want investors to take it to heart and…

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DSW Angels completes third investment

Dow Schofield Watts Angels - PopTop

PopTopUK Limited, the UK’s leading online events marketplace, has secured a £615,000 equity investment from a syndicate led by Dow Schofield Watts Angels and Northstar Ventures. Over 30 angel investors took part in the funding round, which will be invested in sales and marketing to support the imminent launch of PopTop’s real-time booking system.  PopTop, which is…

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