Author: KM Capital

KM Capital sponsor ClimbCon

Our team were thrilled to sponsor Mark Wright’s ClimbCon event in June and had the pleasure of meeting Alan Sugar & Piers Morgan at the UK’s newest Business Summit in London.

TAKE THAT COMPETITION WINNERS

In April we decided to give something back to our loyal Social Media followers, with free tickets to the Take That concert in Manchester. Our grateful winner took along her mum, who is a huge fan!

Both mother & daughter can be seen on the images having a fabulous time!

THE TEAM ATTEND NATWEST GREAT BRITISH ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS

Our team enjoyed an evening of networking at the Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in London, in November.

They had the pleasure of meeting a few influential people, including Dragon’s Den’s Jenny Campbell…! (Scroll right to see photo!)

HANX CO-FOUNDER WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

Farah Kabir recently won “Entrepreneur Of the Year” at the Asian Business Awards held in London in October. Formerly an Investment Banker, Farah set up HANX with friend, Sarah Welsh, (both pictured above), after they spotted a gap in the market for more discreet, stylishly packaged condoms.

Well done Farah, we’re excited to see you and Sarah go from strength to strength with Hanx.

ZERO DEPOSIT’S MASS MARKET LAUNCH

Zero Deposit celebrates going live in 400 estate agency branches.

Read the full story in Property Industry Eye

ZERO DEPOSIT APPEAR IN “THE NEGOTIATOR”

Find out more about our investee Zero Deposit, as they appear in The Negotiator, after securing new high profile clients…

See full story here

VISITING OUR INVESTEES

We had an insightful trip to London in September, to visit our investees. Great to see them going from strength to strength.

HUBBOX FEATURES ON “STARTUPS” WEBSITE

“HubBox

The nationwide network of click and collect points striving to solve the problem of the one million parcels that are missed in the UK every single day

Founders: Sam Jarvis
Founded: 
July 2015
Website:
 www.hub-box.com

Nobody enjoys having to wait around for a package or parcel to be delivered – often with the requirement that you have to take time off work to be there when it arrives.

Trying to avoid this problem, Sam Jarvis had his packages delivered to work but soon encountered another when attempting to carry them home on the tube, during rush hour.

Jarvis was staggered that there were no existing solutions to this problem. At the same time, struggling with the sheer volume they were receiving, his workplace in the city stopped accepting personal deliveries.

Through some preliminary research, Jarvis found that fewer than 80 retailers offered collection points and yet more than a million parcels were being missed in the UK every single day. This was not only creating hassle for consumers but also a huge drain on resources for businesses.

Spurred on, Jarvis set about building HubBox: a nationwide network of local collection points that enables retailers of any size to offer click and collect regardless of what courier or e-commerce platform they use.

This software-based solution allows clients to fulfil deliveries using their current courier partners to more than 4,000 collection points without a costly integration process.

Whilst HubBox says that the UK has one of “the most crowded courier and logistics markets in the world” and it’s had difficulty explaining its value proposition to potential clients, more than 100 retailers have signed up to date. Among them are a number of top 500 retailers including Jack Wills, Warehouse, Joseph Joseph, and JOY.

The business also derives revenue from online shoppers who create an account to receive a unique HubBox ID and are charged £1.95 for each parcel delivery. More than 5,000 have registered for an account so far.

Now focusing on expanding its client base and investing in its direct to consumer product, Jarvis is striving to take on the big players in the “e-commerce space race”. We predict HubBox is set to blast off!”

 

See the full story on the link below:-

Hub-box News

BABYSITTING APP “BUBBLE” COMES OUT OF BETA WITH £500,000 FUNDING ROUND

ANGEL INVESTORS FROM BETFAIR, BOOHOO, PHOTOBOX AND ZOOPLA INVEST

bubble, the app for finding a recommended babysitter in your area, with a growing community of 10,000 parents and sitters, has closed a £500,000 seed round with high profile angel investors supporting the fledgling business.

The angels include:

  • Andrew Black, Co-Founder of Betfair
  • The Kamani Family of Boohoo / Pretty Little Thing
  • Graham Hobson, Co-Founder of Photobox
  • Stephen Morana, former CFO for Zoopla
  • Marina Fogle, Founder of The Bump Class

bubble launched in September 2016 and is the brainchild of its two Co-Founders, dads Ari Last and Adrian Murdock. Both held senior roles at Betfair, notonthehighstreet.com and MarketInvoice before giving up the day job to start the business.

The service takes aim at parents who find themselves needing to book trusted childcare at short notice. bubble uses Big Data to connect parents with the babysitters used and trusted by their friends and community. All sitters are also ID and background checked.

The funding coincides with the launch of bubble’s new ‘Express Book’ feature, an on-demand babysitter marketplace that is on average providing parents with available sitters in less than a minute.

Video explainer: How Express Book works

Commenting on today’s news Ari said: “It is incredible to receive this support from investors who have helped shape some of the most successful digital brands in the UK. The funding allows us to continue our mission to become the country’s smartest and most trusted childcare platform. The feedback from our early parent customers has been fantastic and we’ve doubled our numbers in the last three months. There’s now strong interest to take bubble outside of London.

Adrian added: “The bubble community is at the heart of the business and is a huge part of our success to date. We know that finding a trusted babysitter is a constant challenge. bubble is taking the hassle out of this by allowing users to connect with their friends and local community to get recommendations from parents just like them. Our growth numbers have been encouraging, demonstrating to us that we are answering a problem many have been facing.”

Adam Kamani, co-founder of online fashion retailer, PrettyLittleThing said: “bubble is solving the childcare problem so many parents face every day, in the way we order most of life’s essentials – through a tap of a smartphone. The early customer feedback has been exceptional and we’re excited about being a part of the business, using our expertise and experience to help it scale in London and beyond.”

Graham Hobson, co-founder of PhotoBox said: “bubble has seen great growth with a highly engaged community of customers. Finding trusted childcare is an age-old problem faced by millions of parents and bubble are solving this with some great tech-innovation.”

About bubble

  • The bubble app allows parents to find, book and pay for a trusted babysitter in their area, with a few taps of a button
  • bubble uses social networks and community data, allowing parents to find and book the babysitters used and trusted by their friends.
  • Current features include one-tap payment and a two-way ratings and reviews system between parents and sitters
  • All babysitters on the app pass through an online identity and criminal records background check
  • babysitters set their own hourly rates
  • For parents, bubble charges a £3.50 booking fee at the end of each sit they do through the app. There are no sign-up or subscription costs for either user
  • To find out more, visit http://joinbubble.com or download the app on iOS or Android

Q BUSINESS CLUB 2018

“Meet special guest Mahesh Patel”

Our CFO of the Kamani Group & Co-founder of KM Capital, Mahesh, presented an insightful & interesting speech at the AJ Bell Stadium this June.  The business networking event was hosted by NC Associates, Cowgill Holloway & Bermans.  Mahesh held a captive audience, as he spoke about his 30 year career and his varied roles within his previous employment and his current position managing the worldwide private and business assets of the Kamani Family, as well as co-managing KM Capital to bring together a wealth of investment, advisory and entrepreneurial experience where equity stakes are made in start-up companies, to support the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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