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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.

3rd December 2021

Global M&A reaches $5.2 trillion YTD

US$464.7 billion worth of deals were announced globally during November 2021, 22% more than the value recorded during the same month last year and the highest November total since 1999 according to Refinitiv Deals Intelligence.

3rd December 2021

PE acquisitions stabilise after market turbulence, say Rickitt Mitchell

The number of acquisitions made by private equity-backed businesses across the UK shown signs of stabilising after a buoyant period, according to Rickitt Mitchell’s Buy and Build Barometer.

2nd December 2021

Enterprise Capital Funds help close the ‘equity gap’

An independent evaluation of the British Business Bank Enterprise Capital Funds (ECF) programme has found that the programme is helping to close the early-stage ‘equity gap’ 

29th November 2021

UK VC fund performance rose sharply in past year says British Business Bank

Latest British Business Bank market research finds that higher company valuations, combined with strong exit activity in 2020 and 2021, has contributed to a material uplift in venture capital (VC) financial returns since the Bank’s last published report.

According to the Bank’s latest report, UK Venture Capital Financial Returns 2021, UK VC funds with a 2008 to 2013 vintage have seen an increase in their pooled Distributions to Paid In Capital (DPI)[1] multiples of 0.26 points, from 0.79 in 2020 to 1.05 in 2021. Over the same time period, their pooled Total Value to Paid In Capital (TVPI)[2] multiple has increased by 0.28 points, from 1.81 to 2.09 in 2021. UK venture capital has also performed strongly over the longer term, with pooled TVPI multiples above 2 for most two-year periods since 2002.

29th November 2021

What proportion of your portfolio should angel investments be?

Following the publication their latest White Paper, Brian Moretta of Hardman & Co delves into the tricky question of how investors should decide what proportion of their investment portfolio should be in angel investments.

22nd November 2021

A record year of commitments worth £473m for British Business Investments

British Business Investments has published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2020/21.

28th October 2021

13% of Entrepreneurs' Relief claims for gains of £1m+

More than one in eight (13%) claims for Entrepreneurs’ Relief were for gains of more than £1 million in 2019/20 with the average claimed at just over £627,000, new analysis* from Handelsbanken Wealth Management shows.

28th October 2021

Blockchain to drive the future of tech

A majority (62%) of private capital fund managers in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia will increase the amount of automation and new technologies used to administer their funds over the next five years.

28th October 2021

Lack of cross-border investing by Angels harms innovation

The EU lags behind both the US and China in its number of high growth entrepreneurial firms (HGFs). These firms play a critical role in economic development as sources of innovation, investment and employment.

27th October 2021

UK greentech bridges gender funding gap - Female Founders Forum report

Female founders raise only 15 per cent of all equity funding, which is a shortfall of £1.6bn per year, according to a report published by the Female Founders Forum, a partnership by think tank The Entrepreneurs Network and Barclays. In Inspiring Innovation, the think tank calls on the Government to close the gender funding gap and provide more opportunities for women to be inspired into entrepreneurship.

26th October 2021

Recovery Loan Scheme offers over £1bn to smaller businesses

The British Business Bank has announced that the Recovery Loan Scheme has passed a significant milestone, with 76 accredited lenders having offered over £1bn to smaller UK businesses as they steer a path towards a sustainable recovery.

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