Gemma Hirst

Journalism Graduate/ Culture Blogger/ Podcaster 


I write for Bdaily on a part-time freelance basis. 

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London fintech firm raises £8M in Series A fund to expand to the US

London fintech firm raises £8M in Series A fund to expand to the US A London-based fintech company specialising in debt capital markets has announced an £8m Series A round fund fuelling its expansion into the US. The company, 9fin, is also opening a New York office following increased demand from existing customers in Europe. The latest investment was led by Redalpine, alongside previous investors in the company, Fly Ventures. To date, 9fin has secured over £10m in funding, including backing

Specialist manufacturing firm opens new office and creates jobs in Barnsley

Specialist manufacturing firm opens new office and creates jobs in Barnsley A manufacturing firm that specialises in the early detection of leaks and the prevention of flood damage has moved to Barnsley as part of a strategy for growth. Andel Ltd officially opened its new head office at Dodworth Business Park last week, where it can invest in growth and increase turnover from £5m to £8m over the next three years. Founded in West Yorkshire in 1992, Andel designs and delivers products and servi

London florist launches new collections and delivery services

A London florist has launched a new collections and delivery service. Moyses Stevens is one of London’s oldest florists. They supply the nation with flowers and plants, many of which are sourced locally from the UK. Established in 1876, the florist is a reliable place for luxury gifts and they offer personalised gift messages for customers. A spokesperson for Moyses Stevens said: “Flowers became one of the most popular purchases during the pandemic with the general search for ‘flowers’ surgin

Yorkshire distillery secures listing with Morrisons

A Yorkshire artisan drinks distillery has secured a listing with supermarket giant Morrisons for its range of Yorkshire Tonics. Raisthorpe’s Yorkshire Tonics are being stocked in eleven of Morrisons’ stores in the North of England – at Leeds, Guiseley, Horsforth, Skipton, Starbeck, Scarborough, Kirkstall, Boroughbridge, York, Bridlington and Malton. The tonics are made at Raisthorpe’s farm at Thixendale on the Yorkshire Wolds by blending local water with a range of citrus and fruity botanicals

Collective Benefits raises £6 m to expand the safety net for independent workers

Collective Benefits raises £6 m to expand the safety net for independent workers A London insurtech has announced that it has raised £6m of funding in a round led by a Silicon Valley investor. Collective Benefits, which focuses on solving the protection gap for independent workers, has raised the £6m in a round led by Silicon Valley venture fund NFX. Alongside this investment, Pete Flint OBE, a general partner at NFX who was on the founding teams at companies like last and Trulia,

Work completes on Leeds housing development set to tackle homelessness

A Leeds homelessness organisation has announced that work has completed on an “innovative” new housing development. Developed by Leeds homeless charity, St George’s Crypt, the homes are built for people in uncertain housing situations. Designed by Brewster Bye Architects, the development consists of 24, one and two-bedroom, apartments on Hedley Chase in New Wortley. Don Robins House has been developed in partnership with Leeds City Council, which provided low-cost loan facilities as well as fi

European venture capital firm chooses London for first international site

A European venture capital firm has announced that it has chosen London as the site of its first international office. Project A Ventures, an early-stage venture firm headquartered in Berlin and backer of WorldRemit, Trade Republic and KRY, has brought its “operational VC” model to the UK. The firm has been present locally since early 2019 through Sam Cash, who joined from betaworks to lead efforts locally. The team expansion is indicative of its commitment to the UK ecosystem and demonstrate

Swiss wealth management specialist announces London family office acquisition

An international wealth management company has announced its acquisition of a London investment advisor. Tiedemann Constantia, based in Switzerland has completed the acquisition of London-based multi-family office Holbein Partners LLP. The acquisition will combine the expertise of Holbein’s senior partners and team with the international investment resources and impact credentials of Tiedemann Advisors in the US and Tiedemann Constantia internationally. Tiedemann is one of the US’s largest in

Plans revealed for holiday lodges set to boost County Durham economy

Plans to build a new holiday complex in County Durham could increase the local economy if they get the green light. Proposals have been submitted for 24 luxury holiday lodges, a reception building, and new landscaping on a site northwest of Beamish Hall. If the development is approved, it could see an increase of 25 jobs to be supported during construction, along with 10 jobs created on-site once operational. The development is also expected to sustain a host of local businesses within the Be

Heating solutions firm finds new home at Yorkshire industrial scheme

A UK heating solutions company has announced that it is undertaking a strategic move to a Yorkshire industrial scheme. Joule UK, a supplier of hot water cylinders and heating solutions, is moving to a two-unit industrial scheme in Leftfield Park. The units are 83,000 sq ft and 35,000 sq ft respectively, let to Joule on a 15-year term. CBRE’s industrial team, a joint agent with Carter Towler, secured the lettings at Unit 1 and Unit 3 for Joule just months after the scheme was launched to the m

London ecommerce marketplace reveals Indian expansion with plans for three new offices

London ecommerce marketplace reveals Indian expansion with plans for three new offices A London ecommerce marketplace has announced that it is launching a new division in India. Aisle 3, which aims to fix the current ‘fragmented’ shopping experience, has announced the launch of a new division in India as it continues with its ongoing expansion. Initially based in Ahmedabad, the business expects to open up to three new offices across the country in the next year as the team adapts to the ‘new

'Top-tier' Cardiff hotel acquired as London investment firm expands hospitality portfolio

A London property investment firm has announced its hospitality expansion into Cardiff with the purchase of a new hotel. Castleforge, which primarily invests in offices and residential real estate, acquired the 197-bedroom Hilton Cardiff from a private owner of fourteen years. The seven-floor hotel, which has views over Cardiff Castle and the city’s Edwardian civic center, is the company’s second hotel purchase. This follows Castleforge’s first investment in the hospitality sector in May, whe