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Brabners is proud to announce its partnership with Launch, a new tech co-working space at The Landing in MediaCityUK. Launch is a new space which has opened within The Landing and is aimed at supporting start-up and scale-up businesses in the North West, with a particular focus on VR, AR and IoT businesses.

As a professional mentor at Launch, Brabners will be running workshops, masterclasses and having one-on-one chats with the tenants with a view to guiding them through their growth from small, ambitious companies into large, successful businesses.

The Government’s planned changes to probate fees were hailed as unlawful by a parliamentary panel of experts yesterday.

The changes, due to come into effect in May 2017, would affect all individuals inheriting an estate worth more than £50,000. Those inheriting estates worth more than £2million would be hit by a fee increase of more than 9,000 per cent - a rise from £215 to £20,000.

The UK Business Angels Association Northern Investment Summit recently met in Manchester, bringing together leading business angels, early stage venture capitalists and associated professionals to consider how to promote investments for ambitious, scale-up companies across the North.

Brabners senior partner, Maurice Watkins CBE has been named in fcbusiness magazine’s 100 most influential people in the business of football since 2004.

Complied by the journalists and editor of fcbusiness to celebrate 100 issues of the title, the #fcbusiness100 is a list of the people who have made a lasting contribution to football over the last 13 years.

Brabners is delighted to support the very first Founder Insights event, which is being hosted by Luke Grimes of Webantic on Thursday 13 April at the Old Granada Studios.

Paul Stacey, the co-founder of Fatsoma and a long-standing client of Brabners, will be discussing his experiences with Luke as well as sharing lessons about how he and his team created and grew their online ticketing platform. Since Fatsoma was founded in 2005 it has grown rapidly and now boasts 5 million users and 600,000 downloads.

Brabners Private Equity and Venture Capital team have advised Business Growth Fund on its £3 million growth capital investment into Sentric Music.

Launched in 2006, Liverpool headquartered Sentric Music works with more than 90,000 songwriters, providing music publishing, licensing opportunities and royalty collection services.

Business Growth Fund’s investment will assist in funding Sentric Music’s international expansion plans, product development and future strategic partnerships and acquisitions.

A newly established North West networking group, Future Boss Club, marked its arrival with an exclusive launch event in Liverpool last week.

The launch event welcomed both rising talent and decision makers to explore the forward-thinking concept. Alongside the networking opportunities, guests were treated to a trio of inspirational talks from Chair of Future Boss Club Rebecca Keegan, Chief Executive of The Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Colin Sinclair and Chief Executive of The Women’s Organisation Maggie O'Carroll.

More than £1,000 was raised when individuals from law firm Brabners took part in a sponsored sleep out in aid of the homeless charity Crisis.

Several people at the firm agreed to give up their time (and their warm beds) to sleep-out in a basement car park in Manchester.

Commercial law firm Brabners has strengthened its commercial, intellectual property and sports practices with three new hires.

Victoria Trigwell joins the firm’s commercial and intellectual property team as an associate, alongside intellectual property and trademark administrator Ioana Ghiurco. Andrew McGregor has been hired as an associate in the sports practice.

Brabners is pleased to welcome the formal launch of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, a £400 million government backed fund, established to provide finance to SMEs located in the North of England. The new fund offers three different funding options for SMEs, micro finance (providing small business loans of £25,000 to £100,000), debt finance (providing larger business loans of £100,000 to £750,000) and equity finance (providing £50,000 to £2 million of equity funding).