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North West business briefs: Xploro

Manchester-based Xploro, a platform that uses augmented reality, gameplay and artificial intelligence to deliver health information to young patients, has secured a £100,000 loan from the Greater Manchester Export Fund, backed by the Recovery Loan Scheme and delivered by specialist lender GC Business Finance.

CAPSLOCK raise £1m pre-seed as demand for cyber security talent reaches tipping point

CAPSLOCK, an online cyber security bootcamp provider, has completed a £1.04m pre-seed round to help adults re-skill and land high-paying jobs in cyber security, whilst simultaneously plugging the skills gap and deferring over £1m of up-front tuition fees.

New skincare brand has secured a £15,000 loan

SOKOskin started with a joint passion for good skincare by sisters Sarah and Kelly Owen. Even though they’re sisters, they both have very different skin types and require different approaches in how to care for them. They discovered quickly that the only way to get what their skin needed was to layer several products and spend a good hour applying them.


Sean Hutchinson, Senior Investment Manager at the British Business Bank and Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, says 2021 has been a turbulent year for many businesses in the UK. However, there are clear signs that the economy is starting to re-build with the majority of businesses in the North now back open for business, and on the road to recovery and growth.


Funding secures expansion for Lego retail business

Bricks in Bloom, a Lego retail business, has secur ...