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4th August 2021

Investment company purchases on advisor platforms reach record high

Purchases of investment companies on adviser platforms reached £368m in the first quarter of 2021, setting a new quarterly record, according to data compiled by Matrix Financial Clarity.

3rd August 2021

BGF sees business confidence grow in 2021

BGF – the UK and Ireland’s most active investor – is reporting a strong outlook for 2021. Throughout the last six months, the investment team for Scotland has invested close to £33 million across 10 Scottish growth businesses, including a cornerstone investment which marked BGF’s second investment in a Scottish IPO in 12 months.

2nd August 2021

eFront releases Fourth Annual Global Private Equity Performance Series

eFront has released its Fourth Annual Global Private Equity Performance Series showing the top-performing regions globally for private equity in 2020. The new report uses deal-level benchmarks for the first time, providing a detailed analysis of performance and deal activity across all regions and sectors at portfolio company level.

23rd July 2021

UK more than doubles number of rare $10bn+ tech businesses in six months

New data released by Tech Nation, the UK’s tech scaleup experts, and Dealroom analyses the UK’s position on the global tech stage in comparison to the US and China. Analysis finds that the UK ranks third in the world for its number of tech businesses valued above $10bn.

19th July 2021

SFC Capital calls for reform as UK first-time funding rounds down 36% from 2018 peak

The number of first-time funding rounds into UK seed-stage startups declined for a second consecutive year in 2020, to 36 per cent below the 2018 peak for such deals, according to new research commissioned by SFC Capital

16th July 2021

Three quarters of IFAs believe Business Relief investments will increase

Three quarters (76%) of IFAs believe that their use of Business Relief propositions will increase over the next two years, 

14th July 2021

Record-breaking year for UK FinTech

Innovate Finance, the industry body representing UK FinTech, today publishes details of the record-breaking investment secured across the UK FinTech sector during the first six months of 2021.

The UK FinTech sector raised a total of $5.7bn in H1 2021, outstripping the total investment secured in 2020 ($4.3bn) by 34% and breaking the record year set in 2019 ($4.6bn) by 26%.

12th July 2021

BGF & ScaleUp Institute launch Business Recovery Report

BGF and the ScaleUp Institute have released a seven-point plan based on key outcomes from the inaugural Scaleup Week: The Business Plan event which took place in May. 

The report analyses some of the key trends that will affect growing businesses in the next 10 years and that were a topic of discussion during the week. It outlines a series of proposals to ensure scaleups are well-prepared to overcome challenges and benefit from the opportunities that are ahead. 

9th July 2021

Record six months for VC investment into London and global fintech sector

It has been a record first half of the year for VC investment into London’s fintech sector, with new research from and London & Partners revealing London-based fintech firms have already raised more VC investment than any other year, in only six months.

London’s strong performance has also helped to drive record levels of investment into Europe’s fintech sector, with European fintech firms raising $13.9bn, up 51% on full year 2020 investment levels. London was at the heart of this growth, with its fintech firms accounting for over a third of all European fintech funding.

8th July 2021

Final Future Fund data shows scheme completed £1.14bn of Convertible Loan Agreements

The British Business Bank has published data that gives a final comprehensive picture of how the Future Fund has supported businesses during the pandemic. 

7th July 2021

European private equity delivers long-term outperformance

Invest Europe, the association representing Europe’s private equity, venture capital and infrastructure sectors, as well as their investors, has published ‘The Performance of European Private Equity Benchmark Report 2020’, a transparent study of private equity returns.

1st July 2021

Second-best year for VC investment and private equity exits across CEE region

Private equity firms invested in a record 566 companies in Central and Eastern Europe in 2020, as the industry supported dynamic SMEs and start-ups that will fuel the recovery from the impact of COVID-19 and underpin long-term economic and social development across the region.

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