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6th May 2022

Record deals show innovation in agri-finance models

A record £1.3bn value in UK agri-tech deals was reached in 2021*, showing sustained interest in technologies that offer solutions to the challenges of rising input costs, food security and environmental impacts. Behind the headlines is a strong pipeline of early-stage companies considering the best strategy for investment and the growing number of options for accessing and structuring funding.

14th April 2022

Enterprise Investment Schemes – four tax reasons that make them great

Since 1994, Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) have been an important tool in the investors’ kit, but many potential investors worry that EIS-eligible businesses are too high risk. Craig Harman, a tax specialist at Perrys Chartered Accountants, explains everything you need to know about Enterprise Investment Schemes, and the tax savings you might be missing out on if you’re not getting involved.

8th April 2022

Shoosmiths sponsors The Gender Index

UK law firm Shoosmiths has sponsored the 2022 Gender Index report, with findings demonstrating that female-founders obtain disproportionately less investment compared to male-owned companies.

The Gender Index's (TGI) ambition is to help create a more equal future by providing a clear and accurate picture of the disparity between male and female led businesses, by benchmarking the current level of activity undertaken by companies across the UK which are owned or led by female founders.

1st April 2022

Business angel investing resilient to Covid in 2021 says research

Angel investing has been remarkably resilient following the pandemic according to research carried out by Professor Colin Mason (pictured) at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School.

25th March 2022

Angel Investment Network reports impressive rise in startup investment activity

Global Data from Angel Investment Network reveals Technology remains the top sector for investors looking to back startups, up 23% year on year and there is growing opportunity for FinTech entrepreneurs, more investors looking to back fintech businesses.

There has been a significant rise in the numbers of angel investors looking to back startups across the globe with technology the most popular sector and food and beverage seeing the fastest year on year growth. These are some of the key findings from Angel Investment Network’s annual analysis of the global state of angel investment funding based on data from their platform. 

11th March 2022

Driving diversity in UK venture capital and angel investing

Judith Hartley, CEO of British Patient Capital, comments on the need for more diversity within the UK venture capital and angel investment industry.

4th March 2022

Equity investment in smaller businesses doubled in 2021

British Business Bank's Small Business Finance Markets 2021/22 report highlights a surge in equity investment into smaller UK businesses last year. £14bn was invested over the first three quarters of 2021, a 130% increase on the £6.1bn invested over the first three quarters of 20201. With one quarter still to go, investment has already exceeded the £8.7bn invested in the whole of 2020. At the same time, the report shows that bank lending has returned to close to pre-pandemic levels, with 2021 lending down 45% from 2020, driven by lower drawdowns of government-supported loans.

22nd February 2022

Angel investors make an average of 14.7% return investing in start ups

Envestors, the marketplace for early-stage investing, has published the results of its research into the Real Returns of Angel Investing.

7th January 2022

AIC launches guide to investment companies

The Association of Investment Companies has launched a new guide to investment companies for people who want to learn more about the key concepts of investing, the advantages of using diversified funds to invest, and the specific features of investment companies.

5th January 2022

Equity Gap hits £25m milestone following strongest year to date

Edinburgh-based angel syndicate, Equity Gap, has reached a £25m investment milestone following its most successful year to date. Leveraging additional funding of over £100m for investee companies since its launch, these investments have helped create over 500 high quality jobs in Scotland, worth around £20m each year to the Scottish economy.

10th December 2021

2022 technology trends predicted by new GP Bullhound report

The ‘creator economy,’ decentralized finance, supercharged supply chains, ARM-based chips, and the metaverse virtual playground are among ten key trends that will drive digital transformation in 2022, according to a new report released today by GP Bullhound, a leading technology advisory and investment firm. The firm’s 2022 Technology Predictions Report emphasizes how new software, innovative media platforms, and the latest AI technologies will profoundly influence the workplace, how we bank, how we access healthcare, and how we socialize. 

3rd December 2021

SMEs are cautiously optimistic as confidence grows

Despite lingering anxieties about the pandemic and a variety of economic and commercial issues, the majority of SMEs believe it is now imperative to begin building back from the crisis.

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