April was another challenging month for businesses around the world. In times of difficulty and uncertainty, we feel it’s important to recognise the achievements of our portfolio companies, whether this be commercially or in helping the wider community. This April round-up includes Chapel Down, Minicabit, BUX, Salcombe Gin Distilling Co, Firetree Chocolate, Q Doctor, Savvy Navvy, allplants, Oddbox and Pollen + Grace.

Chapel Down sees online sales dramatically rise

Leading English wine producer, Chapel Down reported substantial growth in sales in supermarkets, off-licences and online as customers enjoy their products at home.

Minicabit offers free rides for NHS workers

Cab price comparison site Minicabit launched a free ride services for NHS staff around the country travelling to and from hospitals. The service is being funded by charitable donations and it already has more than £100,000 secured.

BUX integrates with Tikkie Payments

BUX’s latest app, BUX Zero has integrated with Tikkie to allow Dutch users to fund their accounts in a matter of seconds. This partnership aims to offer a more seamless way for Dutch users to get started on building an investment portfolio, no matter their investing experience.

Salcombe Gin Distilling Co. produces and donates hand sanitiser to support essential workers

UK gin makers, Salcombe Gin Distilling Co. have used its excess alcohol to produce sought-after hand sanitiser to donate to local keyworkers.

Firetree Chocolate hosts online tasting sessions

The premium chocolate brand has launched their first online tasting session to share its passion and knowledge of rare cocoa beans. Their next tasting session scheduled for Wednesday 20th May.

Q Doctor gets 300 clinicians back to remote working in 48 hours

The technology provider that removes barriers for patients to access medical advice and treatment, has enabled 300 clinicians to provide remote patient care using its virtual workplace system.

Startups Magazine talks to Jelte Liebrand, Founder of Savvy Navvy

Jelte spoke to Startups magazine about his unusual source of inspiration for Savvy Navvy and his roadmap for the future.

EU-Startups names allplants and Oddbox in the most promising sustainable food startups of 2020

Praised for having taken innovation a step further by including ecological impact in their missions, allplants and Oddbox are named by EU- Startups as some of the most promising sustainable food startups of 2020.

The Grocer names Pollen + Grace in its list of 9 challenger brands donating to charities

Healthy vegan snacks, salads and breakfast manufacturer, Pollen + Grace has partnered with The Felix Project to donates surplus food to local charities and schools.