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Small Business Advice Week Supported by British Business Bank

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 11:27

British Business Bank is supporting Small Business Advice Week (SBAW) as part of its drive to encourage smaller businesses to seek advice and independent information on finding the finance best suited to their needs

British Business Bank has developed the Finance Hub, an interactive website dedicated to providing independent and impartial information on the finance options available for growing businesses.

THE CAMPAIGN

In support of Small Business Advice Week, the Bank is:

  • Taking part in a radio day (4 September)
  • Running a competition, like last year, for a business to win a half day of business advice from Piers Linney
  • Supporting SBAW and promoting the competition on the Bank’s social media channels
  • Releasing a press notice (28 August)
  • Placing an op-ed in a national media outlet

Piers Linney, the former Dragons’ Den investor and British Business Bank Non-Executive Director, will be fronting the campaign.

British Business Bank Start Up Loans Programme Lends £500m to UK Small Businesses

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 07:28
·       The Start Up Loans programme lends more than 60,000 loans to fund small businesses since 2012
·       Almost 40% of loan recipients are women
·       22% of loan recipients come from BAME backgrounds
·       North West has the highest number of loans outside of London

The British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme has lent £500 million to UK small businesses since it was set up in 2012, according to official figures published today.

New data from the Government-backed scheme shows it has issued a total of 63,920 loans to fund small business across the UK, with the average loan amounting to £7,823.

Of those who received a loan, almost two-fifths (39.3%) were women, one in five (22%) came from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities (BAME), and more than a third (36.5%) were unemployed when they applied for the loan, reflecting the diversity of the UK start up community.

The Start Up Loans programme, part of the British Business Bank, has lent money and provided mentoring support to aspiring business owners in every part of the country and its impact has been particularly noticeable in areas of deprivation.

A Start Up Loans Heatmap, which goes live on Thursday 20 June, shows the regional breakdown of the £500m, and that the North West region was given the highest number of loans outside of London, receiving 7,841 loans worth £60 million. The South East follows with 5,680 loans worth £48 million followed by Yorkshire and The Humber with 5,377 loans worth £44 million. There were 3,879 loans in Scotland worth £29 million and 2,904 loans in Wales worth £26 million.

People supported by British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans have used the funding to set up businesses in a wide range of sectors. As well as finance, every loan recipient is offered a dedicated mentoring service and access to a free expert business mentor for 12 months to help them with every aspect of setting up a business.

They include a couple from Cumbria who opened Cut the Wrap!, a plastic-free supermarket; a father from Manchester who created Naturelly, a brand of healthy snacks for children; and a refugee who set up her own business making halloumi cheese in Yorkshire after fleeing Syria with her family.

Others include a woman in Scotland who set up Aberdeen’s first made-to-order grilled cheese sandwich shop after being made redundant twice in a year; a former marine biologist from North Shields who created an online business selling products made from seaweed; and a woman from Ulster who used the funding to turn a waste ground into a wildlife centre for children.

Case study: Mitch’s Kitchen

The Start Up Loans programme passed the £500m milestone after awarding a £25k loan to Mitch’s Kitchen, an online shop which delivers home-cooked frozen meals which are 100% vegan and free from gluten, nuts, palm oil and pesticides. Launched last November by Mitch Lee, 29, and his wife, Shirin, 28, from Fareham, Hampshire, the business is hoping to challenge the stereotype of ready-meals with its range of dishes including buckwheat jambalaya, rainbow sushi bowl and chocolate chilli.

Mitch Lee, Co-founder of Mitch’s Kitchen, said:

“As a gluten-free vegan, I knew first-hand the challenges of finding healthy, delicious ready-meals. We’re absolutely delighted with how our meals have been received by our customers and we’re looking forward to expanding across the UK. We couldn’t have launched our business without the financial and mentoring support we received from Start Up Loans. Launching a business can be lonely and daunting, but we’ve felt supported every step of the way.”

Patrick Magee, Chief Commercial Officer of the British Business Bank, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that we have supported so many fantastic small business owners from up and down the country. The hard work and determination of the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses make a huge contribution to society, and it’s great to see latest research showing that the economic benefits of the Start Up Loans programme are nearly six times its economic cost.

“We’re committed to helping small businesses prosper and grow and we look forward to supporting many more in the future.”

Kelly Tolhurst, Small Business Minister, said:

“This half a billion pound funding milestone is a great cause for celebration and a clear demonstration of our modern Industrial Strategy in action – supporting people to start and grow a business, creating good jobs and increasing the earning power of people throughout the UK.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and I’m particularly pleased to see that so many women and entrepreneurs from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds have benefited from this government-backed scheme. This record funding is backing the UK’s entrepreneurial spirit and enabling people across the country to follow their passions and start and grow a business.”

Breakdown of loans by region

Region No. of loans Total value (£) London 14,931 £118.0m North West 7,841 £59.6m South East 5,680 £47.6m Yorkshire and The Humber 5,377 £44.3m South West 5,308 £40.8m West Midlands 5,423 £40.6m East of England 4,265 £32.5m Scotland 3,879 £28.7m North East 3,701 £28.5m Wales 2,904 £26.2m East Midlands 3,602 £26.0m Northern Ireland 1,009 £7.3m

Figures in this release are drawn from data on delivery of loans up to 15 May 2019, when the programme passed the £500m mark.

The Evaluation of Start Up Loans: Year 3 Report is available on the British Business Bank website.

British Business Bank Start Up Loans Programme Lends £500m to UK Small Businesses

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 07:28
·       The Start Up Loans programme lends more than 60,000 loans to fund small businesses since 2012
·       Almost 40% of loan recipients are women
·       22% of loan recipients come from BAME backgrounds
·       North West has the highest number of loans outside of London

The British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme has lent £500 million to UK small businesses since it was set up in 2012, according to official figures published today.

New data from the Government-backed scheme shows it has issued a total of 63,920 loans to fund small business across the UK, with the average loan amounting to £7,823.

Of those who received a loan, almost two-fifths (39.3%) were women, one in five (22%) came from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities (BAME), and more than a third (36.5%) were unemployed when they applied for the loan, reflecting the diversity of the UK start up community.

The Start Up Loans programme, part of the British Business Bank, has lent money and provided mentoring support to aspiring business owners in every part of the country and its impact has been particularly noticeable in areas of deprivation.

A Start Up Loans Heatmap, which goes live on Thursday 20 June, shows the regional breakdown of the £500m, and that the North West region was given the highest number of loans outside of London, receiving 7,841 loans worth £60 million. The South East follows with 5,680 loans worth £48 million followed by Yorkshire and The Humber with 5,377 loans worth £44 million. There were 3,879 loans in Scotland worth £29 million and 2,904 loans in Wales worth £26 million.

People supported by British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans have used the funding to set up businesses in a wide range of sectors. As well as finance, every loan recipient is offered a dedicated mentoring service and access to a free expert business mentor for 12 months to help them with every aspect of setting up a business.

They include a couple from Cumbria who opened Cut the Wrap!, a plastic-free supermarket; a father from Manchester who created Naturelly, a brand of healthy snacks for children; and a refugee who set up her own business making halloumi cheese in Yorkshire after fleeing Syria with her family.

Others include a woman in Scotland who set up Aberdeen’s first made-to-order grilled cheese sandwich shop after being made redundant twice in a year; a former marine biologist from North Shields who created an online business selling products made from seaweed; and a woman from Ulster who used the funding to turn a waste ground into a wildlife centre for children.

Case study: Mitch’s Kitchen

The Start Up Loans programme passed the £500m milestone after awarding a £25k loan to Mitch’s Kitchen, an online shop which delivers home-cooked frozen meals which are 100% vegan and free from gluten, nuts, palm oil and pesticides. Launched last November by Mitch Lee, 29, and his wife, Shirin, 28, from Fareham, Hampshire, the business is hoping to challenge the stereotype of ready-meals with its range of dishes including buckwheat jambalaya, rainbow sushi bowl and chocolate chilli.

Mitch Lee, Co-founder of Mitch’s Kitchen, said:

“As a gluten-free vegan, I knew first-hand the challenges of finding healthy, delicious ready-meals. We’re absolutely delighted with how our meals have been received by our customers and we’re looking forward to expanding across the UK. We couldn’t have launched our business without the financial and mentoring support we received from Start Up Loans. Launching a business can be lonely and daunting, but we’ve felt supported every step of the way.”

Patrick Magee, Chief Commercial Officer of the British Business Bank, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that we have supported so many fantastic small business owners from up and down the country. The hard work and determination of the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses make a huge contribution to society, and it’s great to see latest research showing that the economic benefits of the Start Up Loans programme are nearly six times its economic cost.

“We’re committed to helping small businesses prosper and grow and we look forward to supporting many more in the future.”

Kelly Tolhurst, Small Business Minister, said:

“This half a billion pound funding milestone is a great cause for celebration and a clear demonstration of our modern Industrial Strategy in action – supporting people to start and grow a business, creating good jobs and increasing the earning power of people throughout the UK.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and I’m particularly pleased to see that so many women and entrepreneurs from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds have benefited from this government-backed scheme. This record funding is backing the UK’s entrepreneurial spirit and enabling people across the country to follow their passions and start and grow a business.”

Breakdown of loans by region

Region No. of loans Total value (£) London 14,931 £118.0m North West 7,841 £59.6m South East 5,680 £47.6m Yorkshire and The Humber 5,377 £44.3m South West 5,308 £40.8m West Midlands 5,423 £40.6m East of England 4,265 £32.5m Scotland 3,879 £28.7m North East 3,701 £28.5m Wales 2,904 £26.2m East Midlands 3,602 £26.0m Northern Ireland 1,009 £7.3m

Figures in this release are drawn from data on delivery of loans up to 15 May 2019, when the programme passed the £500m mark.

The Evaluation of Start Up Loans: Year 3 Report is available on the British Business Bank website.

British Business Bank Start Up Loans Programme Lends £500m to UK Small Businesses

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 07:28
·       The Start Up Loans programme lends more than 60,000 loans to fund small businesses since 2012
·       Almost 40% of loan recipients are women
·       22% of loan recipients come from BAME backgrounds
·       North West has the highest number of loans outside of London

The British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme has lent £500 million to UK small businesses since it was set up in 2012, according to official figures published today.

New data from the Government-backed scheme shows it has issued a total of 63,920 loans to fund small business across the UK, with the average loan amounting to £7,823.

Of those who received a loan, almost two-fifths (39.3%) were women, one in five (22%) came from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities (BAME), and more than a third (36.5%) were unemployed when they applied for the loan, reflecting the diversity of the UK start up community.

The Start Up Loans programme, part of the British Business Bank, has lent money and provided mentoring support to aspiring business owners in every part of the country and its impact has been particularly noticeable in areas of deprivation.

A Start Up Loans Heatmap, which goes live on Thursday 20 June, shows the regional breakdown of the £500m, and that the North West region was given the highest number of loans outside of London, receiving 7,841 loans worth £60 million. The South East follows with 5,680 loans worth £48 million followed by Yorkshire and The Humber with 5,377 loans worth £44 million. There were 3,879 loans in Scotland worth £29 million and 2,904 loans in Wales worth £26 million.

People supported by British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans have used the funding to set up businesses in a wide range of sectors. As well as finance, every loan recipient is offered a dedicated mentoring service and access to a free expert business mentor for 12 months to help them with every aspect of setting up a business.

They include a couple from Cumbria who opened Cut the Wrap!, a plastic-free supermarket; a father from Manchester who created Naturelly, a brand of healthy snacks for children; and a refugee who set up her own business making halloumi cheese in Yorkshire after fleeing Syria with her family.

Others include a woman in Scotland who set up Aberdeen’s first made-to-order grilled cheese sandwich shop after being made redundant twice in a year; a former marine biologist from North Shields who created an online business selling products made from seaweed; and a woman from Ulster who used the funding to turn a waste ground into a wildlife centre for children.

Case study: Mitch’s Kitchen

The Start Up Loans programme passed the £500m milestone after awarding a £25k loan to Mitch’s Kitchen, an online shop which delivers home-cooked frozen meals which are 100% vegan and free from gluten, nuts, palm oil and pesticides. Launched last November by Mitch Lee, 29, and his wife, Shirin, 28, from Fareham, Hampshire, the business is hoping to challenge the stereotype of ready-meals with its range of dishes including buckwheat jambalaya, rainbow sushi bowl and chocolate chilli.

Mitch Lee, Co-founder of Mitch’s Kitchen, said:

“As a gluten-free vegan, I knew first-hand the challenges of finding healthy, delicious ready-meals. We’re absolutely delighted with how our meals have been received by our customers and we’re looking forward to expanding across the UK. We couldn’t have launched our business without the financial and mentoring support we received from Start Up Loans. Launching a business can be lonely and daunting, but we’ve felt supported every step of the way.”

Patrick Magee, Chief Commercial Officer of the British Business Bank, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that we have supported so many fantastic small business owners from up and down the country. The hard work and determination of the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses make a huge contribution to society, and it’s great to see latest research showing that the economic benefits of the Start Up Loans programme are nearly six times its economic cost.

“We’re committed to helping small businesses prosper and grow and we look forward to supporting many more in the future.”

Kelly Tolhurst, Small Business Minister, said:

“This half a billion pound funding milestone is a great cause for celebration and a clear demonstration of our modern Industrial Strategy in action – supporting people to start and grow a business, creating good jobs and increasing the earning power of people throughout the UK.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and I’m particularly pleased to see that so many women and entrepreneurs from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds have benefited from this government-backed scheme. This record funding is backing the UK’s entrepreneurial spirit and enabling people across the country to follow their passions and start and grow a business.”

Breakdown of loans by region

Region No. of loans Total value (£) London 14,931 £118.0m North West 7,841 £59.6m South East 5,680 £47.6m Yorkshire and The Humber 5,377 £44.3m South West 5,308 £40.8m West Midlands 5,423 £40.6m East of England 4,265 £32.5m Scotland 3,879 £28.7m North East 3,701 £28.5m Wales 2,904 £26.2m East Midlands 3,602 £26.0m Northern Ireland 1,009 £7.3m

Figures in this release are drawn from data on delivery of loans up to 15 May 2019, when the programme passed the £500m mark.

The Evaluation of Start Up Loans: Year 3 Report is available on the British Business Bank website.

British Business Bank Start Up Loans Programme Lends £500m to UK Small Businesses

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 07:28
·       The Start Up Loans programme lends more than 60,000 loans to fund small businesses since 2012
·       Almost 40% of loan recipients are women
·       22% of loan recipients come from BAME backgrounds
·       North West has the highest number of loans outside of London

The British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme has lent £500 million to UK small businesses since it was set up in 2012, according to official figures published today.

New data from the Government-backed scheme shows it has issued a total of 63,920 loans to fund small business across the UK, with the average loan amounting to £7,823.

Of those who received a loan, almost two-fifths (39.3%) were women, one in five (22%) came from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities (BAME), and more than a third (36.5%) were unemployed when they applied for the loan, reflecting the diversity of the UK start up community.

The Start Up Loans programme, part of the British Business Bank, has lent money and provided mentoring support to aspiring business owners in every part of the country and its impact has been particularly noticeable in areas of deprivation.

A Start Up Loans Heatmap, which goes live on Thursday 20 June, shows the regional breakdown of the £500m, and that the North West region was given the highest number of loans outside of London, receiving 7,841 loans worth £60 million. The South East follows with 5,680 loans worth £48 million followed by Yorkshire and The Humber with 5,377 loans worth £44 million. There were 3,879 loans in Scotland worth £29 million and 2,904 loans in Wales worth £26 million.

People supported by British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans have used the funding to set up businesses in a wide range of sectors. As well as finance, every loan recipient is offered a dedicated mentoring service and access to a free expert business mentor for 12 months to help them with every aspect of setting up a business.

They include a couple from Cumbria who opened Cut the Wrap!, a plastic-free supermarket; a father from Manchester who created Naturelly, a brand of healthy snacks for children; and a refugee who set up her own business making halloumi cheese in Yorkshire after fleeing Syria with her family.

Others include a woman in Scotland who set up Aberdeen’s first made-to-order grilled cheese sandwich shop after being made redundant twice in a year; a former marine biologist from North Shields who created an online business selling products made from seaweed; and a woman from Ulster who used the funding to turn a waste ground into a wildlife centre for children.

Case study: Mitch’s Kitchen

The Start Up Loans programme passed the £500m milestone after awarding a £25k loan to Mitch’s Kitchen, an online shop which delivers home-cooked frozen meals which are 100% vegan and free from gluten, nuts, palm oil and pesticides. Launched last November by Mitch Lee, 29, and his wife, Shirin, 28, from Fareham, Hampshire, the business is hoping to challenge the stereotype of ready-meals with its range of dishes including buckwheat jambalaya, rainbow sushi bowl and chocolate chilli.

Mitch Lee, Co-founder of Mitch’s Kitchen, said:

“As a gluten-free vegan, I knew first-hand the challenges of finding healthy, delicious ready-meals. We’re absolutely delighted with how our meals have been received by our customers and we’re looking forward to expanding across the UK. We couldn’t have launched our business without the financial and mentoring support we received from Start Up Loans. Launching a business can be lonely and daunting, but we’ve felt supported every step of the way.”

Patrick Magee, Chief Commercial Officer of the British Business Bank, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that we have supported so many fantastic small business owners from up and down the country. The hard work and determination of the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses make a huge contribution to society, and it’s great to see latest research showing that the economic benefits of the Start Up Loans programme are nearly six times its economic cost.

“We’re committed to helping small businesses prosper and grow and we look forward to supporting many more in the future.”

Kelly Tolhurst, Small Business Minister, said:

“This half a billion pound funding milestone is a great cause for celebration and a clear demonstration of our modern Industrial Strategy in action – supporting people to start and grow a business, creating good jobs and increasing the earning power of people throughout the UK.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and I’m particularly pleased to see that so many women and entrepreneurs from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds have benefited from this government-backed scheme. This record funding is backing the UK’s entrepreneurial spirit and enabling people across the country to follow their passions and start and grow a business.”

Breakdown of loans by region

Region No. of loans Total value (£) London 14,931 £118.0m North West 7,841 £59.6m South East 5,680 £47.6m Yorkshire and The Humber 5,377 £44.3m South West 5,308 £40.8m West Midlands 5,423 £40.6m East of England 4,265 £32.5m Scotland 3,879 £28.7m North East 3,701 £28.5m Wales 2,904 £26.2m East Midlands 3,602 £26.0m Northern Ireland 1,009 £7.3m

Figures in this release are drawn from data on delivery of loans up to 15 May 2019, when the programme passed the £500m mark.

The Evaluation of Start Up Loans: Year 3 Report is available on the British Business Bank website.

UK Smaller Businesses Receive a Record £6.7bn Equity Finance Investment

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:12
  • UK equity investment market has grown 72% in just two years
  • Equity investment outside capital increases by 29% as London wanes
  • UK VC market has grown faster than the US
  • Tech businesses receive 44% of all UK equity investment

Embargoed until 00.01, 14 June 2019: The amount of equity invested in smaller UK businesses rose 5% to £6.7bn in 2018, the highest amount recorded, reveals British Business Bank’s annual Small Business Equity Tracker report, published today.

Equity investment outside London increases

The report, which provides an in-depth assessment of equity finance markets for growing businesses, found London’s dominance as the centre of the UK’s equity market is waning. 2018 saw the value of equity finance investment outside of London increase by 29% (£616m), to stand at £2.8bn.

The East of England, North East and West Midlands are three regions driving this increase, with equity investment increasing by 118%, 115% and 81% respectively in 2018.

Several UK regions also saw large increases in the number of deals in 2018 – up by 65% in the North East, 15% in Yorkshire and Humber and 11% in Wales.

Tech sector dominates equity investment

Launched during London Tech Week, the report reveals the UK tech sector remains the focus for equity investors, with 44% of investment going to tech companies. Equity investment in tech businesses increased by 24% in 2018 with £3.0bn invested, the highest amount to date, mirroring wider equity market trends.

UK venture capital sector has grown faster than the US

The report also found that the UK venture capital (VC) sector has grown faster than the US over the last decade. Since 2016 the UK now has a higher number of VC deals relative to GDP than the US. The UK had 570 VC deals per £1trn of GDP, 18% higher in than the US, which has 482. VC backed companies in the UK are now just as likely to receive follow-on funding rounds as US companies, although UK VC deal sizes remain smaller than US deals.

Deal values rise, while deal numbers fall

Elsewhere in the British Business Bank’s report, it was highlighted that the total number of equity finance deals fell 6% in 2018, with the largest decline seen at the seed stage. The overall value of funding increased due to larger deals being made.

Total investment values increased at every stage of business growth – up by 4% for seed stage businesses, 10% for venture and 2% for growth stage businesses. Deal sizes have increased every year since 2013 and continued to do so in 2018, increasing 11% to £4.5m. This is despite fewer ‘megadeals’ showing the market is supporting a greater range of scale-up businesses than before.

Keith Morgan, CEO, British Business Bank, said: “This research by the British Business Bank shows that the UK’s SME equity finance market saw a record year in 2018 with investment amounts soaring to £6.7bn. This is a clear sign of investor confidence in British smaller businesses and their potential for growth.

“We are particularly pleased to see a 29% increase in investment outside of London. The British Business Bank continues to work to address regional imbalances in access to investment to ensure smaller businesses across the UK can access the equity finance they need to fulfil their growth potential.”

British Business Bank programmes are estimated to have supported around 9% of all equity deals in UK SMEs between 2016 and 2018, and these deals account for around 13% of the overall invested amount. The Bank is also the largest UK-based Limited Partner investor in UK Venture Capital.”

Impact of the Bank’s programmes on access to finance for smaller businesses

British Business Bank’s equity programmes are helping to address regional imbalances in access to finance. The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) and the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) contributed 20% and 16% of equity deals in the Midlands and North in 2018 respectively. Meanwhile, the concentration of deals in London completed by Bank supported funds has reduced from 70% in 2016 to 43% in 2018.

Bank supported deals for seed and venture stages are smaller than market average, tackling market failures in the availability of smaller equity deals, through its Enterprise Capital Funds programme. Whilst growth stage deals, through British Patient Capital, are larger than the market average, enabling larger deals so that scale-up companies are better funded.

Alice Hu Wagner, Managing Director, Strategy Economics and Business Development, British Business Bank said:

“The British Business Bank’s Equity Tracker report points to a maturing market for equity finance in the UK, with a small decline in the volume of deals and larger deals further down the pipeline increasing the overall value of investment.

“Standing at £4.5million, the average equity deal size in the UK is up 11 per cent on 2017. This is despite fewer ‘megadeals’ in 2018 showing the market is supporting a greater range of scale-up businesses than before.”

For further information please contact: Suzanna Jebbitt Communications Manager 07827 552 301 suzanna.jebbitt@british-business-bank.co.uk The British Business Bank team MHP Communications +44 20 3128 8589 bbb@mhpc.com.

UK Smaller Businesses Receive a Record £6.7bn Equity Finance Investment

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:12
  • UK equity investment market has grown 72% in just two years
  • Equity investment outside capital increases by 29% as London wanes
  • UK VC market has grown faster than the US
  • Tech businesses receive 44% of all UK equity investment

Embargoed until 00.01, 14 June 2019: The amount of equity invested in smaller UK businesses rose 5% to £6.7bn in 2018, the highest amount recorded, reveals British Business Bank’s annual Small Business Equity Tracker report, published today.

Equity investment outside London increases

The report, which provides an in-depth assessment of equity finance markets for growing businesses, found London’s dominance as the centre of the UK’s equity market is waning. 2018 saw the value of equity finance investment outside of London increase by 29% (£616m), to stand at £2.8bn.

The East of England, North East and West Midlands are three regions driving this increase, with equity investment increasing by 118%, 115% and 81% respectively in 2018.

Several UK regions also saw large increases in the number of deals in 2018 – up by 65% in the North East, 15% in Yorkshire and Humber and 11% in Wales.

Tech sector dominates equity investment

Launched during London Tech Week, the report reveals the UK tech sector remains the focus for equity investors, with 44% of investment going to tech companies. Equity investment in tech businesses increased by 24% in 2018 with £3.0bn invested, the highest amount to date, mirroring wider equity market trends.

UK venture capital sector has grown faster than the US

The report also found that the UK venture capital (VC) sector has grown faster than the US over the last decade. Since 2016 the UK now has a higher number of VC deals relative to GDP than the US. The UK had 570 VC deals per £1trn of GDP, 18% higher in than the US, which has 482. VC backed companies in the UK are now just as likely to receive follow-on funding rounds as US companies, although UK VC deal sizes remain smaller than US deals.

Deal values rise, while deal numbers fall

Elsewhere in the British Business Bank’s report, it was highlighted that the total number of equity finance deals fell 6% in 2018, with the largest decline seen at the seed stage. The overall value of funding increased due to larger deals being made.

Total investment values increased at every stage of business growth – up by 4% for seed stage businesses, 10% for venture and 2% for growth stage businesses. Deal sizes have increased every year since 2013 and continued to do so in 2018, increasing 11% to £4.5m. This is despite fewer ‘megadeals’ showing the market is supporting a greater range of scale-up businesses than before.

Keith Morgan, CEO, British Business Bank, said: “This research by the British Business Bank shows that the UK’s SME equity finance market saw a record year in 2018 with investment amounts soaring to £6.7bn. This is a clear sign of investor confidence in British smaller businesses and their potential for growth.

“We are particularly pleased to see a 29% increase in investment outside of London. The British Business Bank continues to work to address regional imbalances in access to investment to ensure smaller businesses across the UK can access the equity finance they need to fulfil their growth potential.”

British Business Bank programmes are estimated to have supported around 9% of all equity deals in UK SMEs between 2016 and 2018, and these deals account for around 13% of the overall invested amount. The Bank is also the largest UK-based Limited Partner investor in UK Venture Capital.”

Impact of the Bank’s programmes on access to finance for smaller businesses

British Business Bank’s equity programmes are helping to address regional imbalances in access to finance. The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) and the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) contributed 20% and 16% of equity deals in the Midlands and North in 2018 respectively. Meanwhile, the concentration of deals in London completed by Bank supported funds has reduced from 70% in 2016 to 43% in 2018.

Bank supported deals for seed and venture stages are smaller than market average, tackling market failures in the availability of smaller equity deals, through its Enterprise Capital Funds programme. Whilst growth stage deals, through British Patient Capital, are larger than the market average, enabling larger deals so that scale-up companies are better funded.

Alice Hu Wagner, Managing Director, Strategy Economics and Business Development, British Business Bank said:

“The British Business Bank’s Equity Tracker report points to a maturing market for equity finance in the UK, with a small decline in the volume of deals and larger deals further down the pipeline increasing the overall value of investment.

“Standing at £4.5million, the average equity deal size in the UK is up 11 per cent on 2017. This is despite fewer ‘megadeals’ in 2018 showing the market is supporting a greater range of scale-up businesses than before.”

For further information please contact: Suzanna Jebbitt Communications Manager 07827 552 301 suzanna.jebbitt@british-business-bank.co.uk The British Business Bank team MHP Communications +44 20 3128 8589 bbb@mhpc.com.

UK Smaller Businesses Receive a Record £6.7bn Equity Finance Investment

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:12
  • UK equity investment market has grown 72% in just two years
  • Equity investment outside capital increases by 29% as London wanes
  • UK VC market has grown faster than the US
  • Tech businesses receive 44% of all UK equity investment

Embargoed until 00.01, 14 June 2019: The amount of equity invested in smaller UK businesses rose 5% to £6.7bn in 2018, the highest amount recorded, reveals British Business Bank’s annual Small Business Equity Tracker report, published today.

Equity investment outside London increases

The report, which provides an in-depth assessment of equity finance markets for growing businesses, found London’s dominance as the centre of the UK’s equity market is waning. 2018 saw the value of equity finance investment outside of London increase by 29% (£616m), to stand at £2.8bn.

The East of England, North East and West Midlands are three regions driving this increase, with equity investment increasing by 118%, 115% and 81% respectively in 2018.

Several UK regions also saw large increases in the number of deals in 2018 – up by 65% in the North East, 15% in Yorkshire and Humber and 11% in Wales.

Tech sector dominates equity investment

Launched during London Tech Week, the report reveals the UK tech sector remains the focus for equity investors, with 44% of investment going to tech companies. Equity investment in tech businesses increased by 24% in 2018 with £3.0bn invested, the highest amount to date, mirroring wider equity market trends.

UK venture capital sector has grown faster than the US

The report also found that the UK venture capital (VC) sector has grown faster than the US over the last decade. Since 2016 the UK now has a higher number of VC deals relative to GDP than the US. The UK had 570 VC deals per £1trn of GDP, 18% higher in than the US, which has 482. VC backed companies in the UK are now just as likely to receive follow-on funding rounds as US companies, although UK VC deal sizes remain smaller than US deals.

Deal values rise, while deal numbers fall

Elsewhere in the British Business Bank’s report, it was highlighted that the total number of equity finance deals fell 6% in 2018, with the largest decline seen at the seed stage. The overall value of funding increased due to larger deals being made.

Total investment values increased at every stage of business growth – up by 4% for seed stage businesses, 10% for venture and 2% for growth stage businesses. Deal sizes have increased every year since 2013 and continued to do so in 2018, increasing 11% to £4.5m. This is despite fewer ‘megadeals’ showing the market is supporting a greater range of scale-up businesses than before.

Keith Morgan, CEO, British Business Bank, said: “This research by the British Business Bank shows that the UK’s SME equity finance market saw a record year in 2018 with investment amounts soaring to £6.7bn. This is a clear sign of investor confidence in British smaller businesses and their potential for growth.

“We are particularly pleased to see a 29% increase in investment outside of London. The British Business Bank continues to work to address regional imbalances in access to investment to ensure smaller businesses across the UK can access the equity finance they need to fulfil their growth potential.”

British Business Bank programmes are estimated to have supported around 9% of all equity deals in UK SMEs between 2016 and 2018, and these deals account for around 13% of the overall invested amount. The Bank is also the largest UK-based Limited Partner investor in UK Venture Capital.”

Impact of the Bank’s programmes on access to finance for smaller businesses

British Business Bank’s equity programmes are helping to address regional imbalances in access to finance. The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) and the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) contributed 20% and 16% of equity deals in the Midlands and North in 2018 respectively. Meanwhile, the concentration of deals in London completed by Bank supported funds has reduced from 70% in 2016 to 43% in 2018.

Bank supported deals for seed and venture stages are smaller than market average, tackling market failures in the availability of smaller equity deals, through its Enterprise Capital Funds programme. Whilst growth stage deals, through British Patient Capital, are larger than the market average, enabling larger deals so that scale-up companies are better funded.

Alice Hu Wagner, Managing Director, Strategy Economics and Business Development, British Business Bank said:

“The British Business Bank’s Equity Tracker report points to a maturing market for equity finance in the UK, with a small decline in the volume of deals and larger deals further down the pipeline increasing the overall value of investment.

“Standing at £4.5million, the average equity deal size in the UK is up 11 per cent on 2017. This is despite fewer ‘megadeals’ in 2018 showing the market is supporting a greater range of scale-up businesses than before.”

For further information please contact: Suzanna Jebbitt Communications Manager 07827 552 301 suzanna.jebbitt@british-business-bank.co.uk The British Business Bank team MHP Communications +44 20 3128 8589 bbb@mhpc.com.

UK Smaller Businesses Receive a Record £6.7bn Equity Finance Investment

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:12
  • UK equity investment market has grown 72% in just two years
  • Equity investment outside capital increases by 29% as London wanes
  • UK VC market has grown faster than the US
  • Tech businesses receive 44% of all UK equity investment

Embargoed until 00.01, 14 June 2019: The amount of equity invested in smaller UK businesses rose 5% to £6.7bn in 2018, the highest amount recorded, reveals British Business Bank’s annual Small Business Equity Tracker report, published today.

Equity investment outside London increases

The report, which provides an in-depth assessment of equity finance markets for growing businesses, found London’s dominance as the centre of the UK’s equity market is waning. 2018 saw the value of equity finance investment outside of London increase by 29% (£616m), to stand at £2.8bn.

The East of England, North East and West Midlands are three regions driving this increase, with equity investment increasing by 118%, 115% and 81% respectively in 2018.

Several UK regions also saw large increases in the number of deals in 2018 – up by 65% in the North East, 15% in Yorkshire and Humber and 11% in Wales.

Tech sector dominates equity investment

Launched during London Tech Week, the report reveals the UK tech sector remains the focus for equity investors, with 44% of investment going to tech companies. Equity investment in tech businesses increased by 24% in 2018 with £3.0bn invested, the highest amount to date, mirroring wider equity market trends.

UK venture capital sector has grown faster than the US

The report also found that the UK venture capital (VC) sector has grown faster than the US over the last decade. Since 2016 the UK now has a higher number of VC deals relative to GDP than the US. The UK had 570 VC deals per £1trn of GDP, 18% higher in than the US, which has 482. VC backed companies in the UK are now just as likely to receive follow-on funding rounds as US companies, although UK VC deal sizes remain smaller than US deals.

Deal values rise, while deal numbers fall

Elsewhere in the British Business Bank’s report, it was highlighted that the total number of equity finance deals fell 6% in 2018, with the largest decline seen at the seed stage. The overall value of funding increased due to larger deals being made.

Total investment values increased at every stage of business growth – up by 4% for seed stage businesses, 10% for venture and 2% for growth stage businesses. Deal sizes have increased every year since 2013 and continued to do so in 2018, increasing 11% to £4.5m. This is despite fewer ‘megadeals’ showing the market is supporting a greater range of scale-up businesses than before.

Keith Morgan, CEO, British Business Bank, said: “This research by the British Business Bank shows that the UK’s SME equity finance market saw a record year in 2018 with investment amounts soaring to £6.7bn. This is a clear sign of investor confidence in British smaller businesses and their potential for growth.

“We are particularly pleased to see a 29% increase in investment outside of London. The British Business Bank continues to work to address regional imbalances in access to investment to ensure smaller businesses across the UK can access the equity finance they need to fulfil their growth potential.”

British Business Bank programmes are estimated to have supported around 9% of all equity deals in UK SMEs between 2016 and 2018, and these deals account for around 13% of the overall invested amount. The Bank is also the largest UK-based Limited Partner investor in UK Venture Capital.”

Impact of the Bank’s programmes on access to finance for smaller businesses

British Business Bank’s equity programmes are helping to address regional imbalances in access to finance. The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) and the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) contributed 20% and 16% of equity deals in the Midlands and North in 2018 respectively. Meanwhile, the concentration of deals in London completed by Bank supported funds has reduced from 70% in 2016 to 43% in 2018.

Bank supported deals for seed and venture stages are smaller than market average, tackling market failures in the availability of smaller equity deals, through its Enterprise Capital Funds programme. Whilst growth stage deals, through British Patient Capital, are larger than the market average, enabling larger deals so that scale-up companies are better funded.

Alice Hu Wagner, Managing Director, Strategy Economics and Business Development, British Business Bank said:

“The British Business Bank’s Equity Tracker report points to a maturing market for equity finance in the UK, with a small decline in the volume of deals and larger deals further down the pipeline increasing the overall value of investment.

“Standing at £4.5million, the average equity deal size in the UK is up 11 per cent on 2017. This is despite fewer ‘megadeals’ in 2018 showing the market is supporting a greater range of scale-up businesses than before.”

For further information please contact: Suzanna Jebbitt Communications Manager 07827 552 301 suzanna.jebbitt@british-business-bank.co.uk The British Business Bank team MHP Communications +44 20 3128 8589 bbb@mhpc.com.

UK Smaller Businesses Receive a Record £6.7bn Equity Finance Investment

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:12
  • UK equity investment market has grown 72% in just two years
  • Equity investment outside capital increases by 29% as London wanes
  • UK VC market has grown faster than the US
  • Tech businesses receive 44% of all UK equity investment

Embargoed until 00.01, 14 June 2019: The amount of equity invested in smaller UK businesses rose 5% to £6.7bn in 2018, the highest amount recorded, reveals British Business Bank’s annual Small Business Equity Tracker report, published today.

Equity investment outside London increases

The report, which provides an in-depth assessment of equity finance markets for growing businesses, found London’s dominance as the centre of the UK’s equity market is waning. 2018 saw the value of equity finance investment outside of London increase by 29% (£616m), to stand at £2.8bn.

The East of England, North East and West Midlands are three regions driving this increase, with equity investment increasing by 118%, 115% and 81% respectively in 2018.

Several UK regions also saw large increases in the number of deals in 2018 – up by 65% in the North East, 15% in Yorkshire and Humber and 11% in Wales.

Tech sector dominates equity investment

Launched during London Tech Week, the report reveals the UK tech sector remains the focus for equity investors, with 44% of investment going to tech companies. Equity investment in tech businesses increased by 24% in 2018 with £3.0bn invested, the highest amount to date, mirroring wider equity market trends.

UK venture capital sector has grown faster than the US

The report also found that the UK venture capital (VC) sector has grown faster than the US over the last decade. Since 2016 the UK now has a higher number of VC deals relative to GDP than the US. The UK had 570 VC deals per £1trn of GDP, 18% higher in than the US, which has 482. VC backed companies in the UK are now just as likely to receive follow-on funding rounds as US companies, although UK VC deal sizes remain smaller than US deals.

Deal values rise, while deal numbers fall

Elsewhere in the British Business Bank’s report, it was highlighted that the total number of equity finance deals fell 6% in 2018, with the largest decline seen at the seed stage. The overall value of funding increased due to larger deals being made.

Total investment values increased at every stage of business growth – up by 4% for seed stage businesses, 10% for venture and 2% for growth stage businesses. Deal sizes have increased every year since 2013 and continued to do so in 2018, increasing 11% to £4.5m. This is despite fewer ‘megadeals’ showing the market is supporting a greater range of scale-up businesses than before.

Keith Morgan, CEO, British Business Bank, said: “This research by the British Business Bank shows that the UK’s SME equity finance market saw a record year in 2018 with investment amounts soaring to £6.7bn. This is a clear sign of investor confidence in British smaller businesses and their potential for growth.

“We are particularly pleased to see a 29% increase in investment outside of London. The British Business Bank continues to work to address regional imbalances in access to investment to ensure smaller businesses across the UK can access the equity finance they need to fulfil their growth potential.”

British Business Bank programmes are estimated to have supported around 9% of all equity deals in UK SMEs between 2016 and 2018, and these deals account for around 13% of the overall invested amount. The Bank is also the largest UK-based Limited Partner investor in UK Venture Capital.”

Impact of the Bank’s programmes on access to finance for smaller businesses

British Business Bank’s equity programmes are helping to address regional imbalances in access to finance. The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) and the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) contributed 20% and 16% of equity deals in the Midlands and North in 2018 respectively. Meanwhile, the concentration of deals in London completed by Bank supported funds has reduced from 70% in 2016 to 43% in 2018.

Bank supported deals for seed and venture stages are smaller than market average, tackling market failures in the availability of smaller equity deals, through its Enterprise Capital Funds programme. Whilst growth stage deals, through British Patient Capital, are larger than the market average, enabling larger deals so that scale-up companies are better funded.

Alice Hu Wagner, Managing Director, Strategy Economics and Business Development, British Business Bank said:

“The British Business Bank’s Equity Tracker report points to a maturing market for equity finance in the UK, with a small decline in the volume of deals and larger deals further down the pipeline increasing the overall value of investment.

“Standing at £4.5million, the average equity deal size in the UK is up 11 per cent on 2017. This is despite fewer ‘megadeals’ in 2018 showing the market is supporting a greater range of scale-up businesses than before.”

For further information please contact: Suzanna Jebbitt Communications Manager 07827 552 301 suzanna.jebbitt@british-business-bank.co.uk The British Business Bank team MHP Communications +44 20 3128 8589 bbb@mhpc.com.

UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 Tuesday 2nd July 2019, Illuminate at the Science Museum, London

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:56
Toast to this year’s success stories at the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 black-tie gala dinner at Illuminate at the Science Museum in London on Tuesday 2nd July.

The 2019 Awards recognise the important innovators and disruptors who have received investment from angels, VCs and other sources of finance to build and grow their businesses over this past year. It is not just a celebration of the entrepreneurs themselves, but the investors who have brought both risk capital and vital business experience, support and connections to help these businesses further achieve their growth potential.

Connect with some of the most progressive angel and VC investors from across the UK and celebrate industry successes from the 2018 year, all while enjoying a 3-course dinner and a champagne reception.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://awards.ukbaa.org.uk.

UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 Tuesday 2nd July 2019, Illuminate at the Science Museum, London

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:56
Toast to this year’s success stories at the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 black-tie gala dinner at Illuminate at the Science Museum in London on Tuesday 2nd July.

The 2019 Awards recognise the important innovators and disruptors who have received investment from angels, VCs and other sources of finance to build and grow their businesses over this past year. It is not just a celebration of the entrepreneurs themselves, but the investors who have brought both risk capital and vital business experience, support and connections to help these businesses further achieve their growth potential.

Connect with some of the most progressive angel and VC investors from across the UK and celebrate industry successes from the 2018 year, all while enjoying a 3-course dinner and a champagne reception.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://awards.ukbaa.org.uk.

UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 Tuesday 2nd July 2019, Illuminate at the Science Museum, London

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:56
Toast to this year’s success stories at the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 black-tie gala dinner at Illuminate at the Science Museum in London on Tuesday 2nd July.

The 2019 Awards recognise the important innovators and disruptors who have received investment from angels, VCs and other sources of finance to build and grow their businesses over this past year. It is not just a celebration of the entrepreneurs themselves, but the investors who have brought both risk capital and vital business experience, support and connections to help these businesses further achieve their growth potential.

Connect with some of the most progressive angel and VC investors from across the UK and celebrate industry successes from the 2018 year, all while enjoying a 3-course dinner and a champagne reception.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://awards.ukbaa.org.uk.

UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 Tuesday 2nd July 2019, Illuminate at the Science Museum, London

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:56
Toast to this year’s success stories at the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 black-tie gala dinner at Illuminate at the Science Museum in London on Tuesday 2nd July.

The 2019 Awards recognise the important innovators and disruptors who have received investment from angels, VCs and other sources of finance to build and grow their businesses over this past year. It is not just a celebration of the entrepreneurs themselves, but the investors who have brought both risk capital and vital business experience, support and connections to help these businesses further achieve their growth potential.

Connect with some of the most progressive angel and VC investors from across the UK and celebrate industry successes from the 2018 year, all while enjoying a 3-course dinner and a champagne reception.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://awards.ukbaa.org.uk.

UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 Tuesday 2nd July 2019, Illuminate at the Science Museum, London

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:56
Toast to this year’s success stories at the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 black-tie gala dinner at Illuminate at the Science Museum in London on Tuesday 2nd July.

The 2019 Awards recognise the important innovators and disruptors who have received investment from angels, VCs and other sources of finance to build and grow their businesses over this past year. It is not just a celebration of the entrepreneurs themselves, but the investors who have brought both risk capital and vital business experience, support and connections to help these businesses further achieve their growth potential.

Connect with some of the most progressive angel and VC investors from across the UK and celebrate industry successes from the 2018 year, all while enjoying a 3-course dinner and a champagne reception.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://awards.ukbaa.org.uk.

UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 Tuesday 2nd July 2019, Illuminate at the Science Museum, London

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:56
Toast to this year’s success stories at the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 black-tie gala dinner at Illuminate at the Science Museum in London on Tuesday 2nd July.

The 2019 Awards recognise the important innovators and disruptors who have received investment from angels, VCs and other sources of finance to build and grow their businesses over this past year. It is not just a celebration of the entrepreneurs themselves, but the investors who have brought both risk capital and vital business experience, support and connections to help these businesses further achieve their growth potential.

Connect with some of the most progressive angel and VC investors from across the UK and celebrate industry successes from the 2018 year, all while enjoying a 3-course dinner and a champagne reception.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://awards.ukbaa.org.uk.

UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 Tuesday 2nd July 2019, Illuminate at the Science Museum, London

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:56
Toast to this year’s success stories at the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 black-tie gala dinner at Illuminate at the Science Museum in London on Tuesday 2nd July.

The 2019 Awards recognise the important innovators and disruptors who have received investment from angels, VCs and other sources of finance to build and grow their businesses over this past year. It is not just a celebration of the entrepreneurs themselves, but the investors who have brought both risk capital and vital business experience, support and connections to help these businesses further achieve their growth potential.

Connect with some of the most progressive angel and VC investors from across the UK and celebrate industry successes from the 2018 year, all while enjoying a 3-course dinner and a champagne reception.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://awards.ukbaa.org.uk.

Connected Investing Newcastle

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:55

Connected Investing Newcastle, from UKBAA in partnership with Innovate UK, will look at the major shift in emphasis towards regional funding support and lift the lid on the latest initiatives open to both the investor and start-up communities.

With a huge shift in emphasis towards regional funding support, the Connected Investing event series will lift the lid on the latest initiatives open to both the investor and start-up communities.

Connected Investing will feature the latest updates from newly emerging funds, including the British Business Investments £100m fund and Innovate UK’s regional angel investment accelerator.

We will also take a look at how the changing face of funding has placed more emphasis on the importance of angel investment and hear from inspirational entrepreneurs and their journey to building and exiting successful businesses.

Finally, the event will end with an evening of networking over drinks and canapés.

The Connected Investing event series is being delivered through a partnership between UKBAA, the trade body for early stage investing and Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

To find out more visit http://connectedinvesting.ukbaa.org.uk.

Connected Investing Newcastle

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:55

Connected Investing Newcastle, from UKBAA in partnership with Innovate UK, will look at the major shift in emphasis towards regional funding support and lift the lid on the latest initiatives open to both the investor and start-up communities.

With a huge shift in emphasis towards regional funding support, the Connected Investing event series will lift the lid on the latest initiatives open to both the investor and start-up communities.

Connected Investing will feature the latest updates from newly emerging funds, including the British Business Investments £100m fund and Innovate UK’s regional angel investment accelerator.

We will also take a look at how the changing face of funding has placed more emphasis on the importance of angel investment and hear from inspirational entrepreneurs and their journey to building and exiting successful businesses.

Finally, the event will end with an evening of networking over drinks and canapés.

The Connected Investing event series is being delivered through a partnership between UKBAA, the trade body for early stage investing and Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

To find out more visit http://connectedinvesting.ukbaa.org.uk.

Connected Investing Newcastle

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:55

Connected Investing Newcastle, from UKBAA in partnership with Innovate UK, will look at the major shift in emphasis towards regional funding support and lift the lid on the latest initiatives open to both the investor and start-up communities.

With a huge shift in emphasis towards regional funding support, the Connected Investing event series will lift the lid on the latest initiatives open to both the investor and start-up communities.

Connected Investing will feature the latest updates from newly emerging funds, including the British Business Investments £100m fund and Innovate UK’s regional angel investment accelerator.

We will also take a look at how the changing face of funding has placed more emphasis on the importance of angel investment and hear from inspirational entrepreneurs and their journey to building and exiting successful businesses.

Finally, the event will end with an evening of networking over drinks and canapés.

The Connected Investing event series is being delivered through a partnership between UKBAA, the trade body for early stage investing and Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

To find out more visit http://connectedinvesting.ukbaa.org.uk.

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