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16th October 2018

AIMA research provides road map for new hedge funds

New research now offers a unique road map for all emerging and start-up hedge fund managers as they make their way to $1bn AUM. This has been achieved byanalysing the path to growth and crucial insights of larger, more established managers who blazed a trail in building billion-dollar hedge fund businesses.

Produced by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), alternative prime broker GPP and Edgefolio, ‘Making it Big’ is informed through an industry wide survey and a series of roundtable discussions posed to asset managers and industry allocators representing an estimated $500bn in total hedge fund AUM. Hedge fund representation in the report includes responses from 155 managers and, crucially, also reflects the opinions of 60 hedge fund allocators, accounting for approximately $89bn.

11th October 2018

Fintech M&A deals come of age with $40b transaction value in 1st half of 2018

The latest Fintech M&A Market Report from international technology mergers and acquisitions advisors, Hampleton Partners, reveals that the fintech sector reported 141 transactions in the first half of 2018, with a total disclosed transaction value of nearly $40 billion ($39.3 bn), more than 26 percent up from the prior half year. 

4th October 2018

UK Unicorns: Beauhurst's billion dollar startup list

Beauhurst has added a new hub to its website which will tracking every UK startup with a billion-dollar valuation in one easy to reach page. They ranked by the date they reached such a valuation, meaning you can now see how the club has grown over time. 

$1b startups are the pinnacle of the UK's startup ecosystem. Of the 20,000 businesses who have fulfilled our triggers for high-growth since 2011, just 14  have achieved such a high valuation. Beauhurst has publlished its up-to-date list of UK unicorns. 

2nd October 2018

Revealed: which are the most active UK angel networks?

Beauhurst has analysed the UK's leading angel networks. They have defined what makes an angel network stand apart from other types of investors, such as venture capital firms, private equity funds, and crowdfunding platforms. These collections of wealthy individuals play an important role in several localised high-growth ecosystems, such as Cambridge and Scotland. 


28th September 2018

Investor confidence falls in September says State Street

State Street Global Exchange has released the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index® (ICI) for September  2018.

24th September 2018

Big Data revolution driving $13.4 bn healthtech M&A deals says Hampleton

The latest Healthtech M&A Market Report from international technology mergers and acquisitions advisors, Hampleton Partners, reveals how Big Data is fast becoming the common currency that lies at the heart of high-value business models in the healthtech sector.

In addition to booming strategic investment in the sector, the first half of 2018 saw record private equity investment and five multi-billion-dollar deals, pushing the total disclosed transaction value to $13.4 billion with a 30-month trailing disclosed EV\EBITDA ratio in excess of 16x.

Download the full Hampleton Partners Healthtech M&A Market Report:

21st September 2018

INSEAD research shows that busy people make healthier choices

Busyness is often thought of as a modern day affliction, but it can also help you delay gratification and make decisions that benefit you in the longer-term, according to new research from the global business school INSEAD.

21st September 2018

Beauhurst reveals top backers of Britain’s university spinouts

IP Group tops Beauhurst's list of the top investors of Britain’s university spinouts since 2011 .  

19th September 2018

Scottish Equity Partners ranked in world's top 20 VC firms

Scottish Equity Partners has been named as one of the world’s most consistent, top performing venture capital fund managers by Preqin, the data and intelligence specialists for the global alternative assets industry.  

See the full rankings here.

17th September 2018

Revealed: The factors which most influence angel investors to invest

Angel investment is one of the most notable avenues for capital in the UK. Business angels tend to invest in businesses who are either in the early stages of their growth or in established companies seeking to achieve expansion, in return for equity shares.

Aside from the capital, angel investors offer a wealth of experience and have access to a depth of valuable contacts from a range of industries. Their value is signified by a study conducted by ‘Oxford Economics’, who found businesses that were backed by angels between 2010 - 2015 boasted an astonishing turnover of over £9 billion and contributed £4.5 billion to gross domestic product (GDP).

Interestingly, research conducted by ‘Company Check’ discovered that from 3,000 business owners and entrepreneurs, 38% believed a business plan was the paramount deciding factor in an angel’s intention to invest in a business. After a business plan – they thought sales figures (27%), the founder (15%), business idea itself (9%) and then the economy (8%) were focal in a business angel’s considerations.

14th September 2018

Study reveals Brits are unprepared for their financial futures

Do you have life insurance to protect your dependants? Have you started your pension pot? Do you know how much you have saved towards your retirement?

13th September 2018

UK growth companies bucking the trend says ECI Growth Survey 2018

Official statistics confirm that UK productivity growth is at an all-time low, with output per worker increasing by less than 1% in 2017. However, Britain’s growth companies are bucking the trend with research released today by ECI Partners showing that UK growth companies posted productivity gains of 13.5% for the same period, rising to 18% for companies in TMT and business services and 20% for London firms.

ECI’s 2018 Growth Survey, the only annual survey in the UK focused solely on high growth companies, polls business sentiment and analyses productivity gains. This year’s report shows that companies are achieving these gains by significantly investing in people skills, technology and social media:

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