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18th June 2019

UK boards lack tech expertise says Russell Reynolds report

UK boards are seriously lacking non-executive directors with skills and expertise in technology, new research from Russell Reynolds Associates a leading global leadership advisory and search firm, reveals.

Fewer than half (44 percent) of FTSE 100 companies have a technology expert on their board, falling to 37 percent for FTSE 350 businesses (excluding technology and telecoms companies). Russell Reynolds Associates defines a technology expert as someone with substantial technology experience, gained through either a senior commercial role in a technology company or a technology role in a corporate (e.g., CIO or CTO) [2].

14th June 2019

UK smaller businesses receive record £6.7bn equity finance investment, says British Business Bank report

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.

14th June 2019

 Beauhurst data reveals the most active investor types in the UK

The diversity of investor types in the UK contributes to the success of the nation's high-growth scene, as different companies have varying requirements from their backers. In Part 1 of a new blog series, Beauhurst has compiled a rundown of the most active types of investors in the UK and how they function, from venture capital to crowdfunding and angel networks. 

11th June 2019

European Buy & Build activity in 2018 reaches record high

European Buy & Build activity reached its highest recorded level in 2018 with a total disclosed deal value of £9.5 billion, according to Silverfleet Capital’s European Buy & Build Monitor. Despite increased Brexit uncertainty, the UK & Ireland remained steadfast as the most active region for add-ons.

7th June 2019

3 million UK businesses struggle to stay on top of finances

Research by Funding Options, the UK’s leading business finance marketplace, has revealed that half (51%) of UK small and medium business owners 

6th June 2019

Small buyout funds outperforming mega-buyouts says eFront

The latest research from eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, has thrown into sharp relief the differences in deployment and distribution characteristics of US LBOs funds. 

Analysis shows that small cap LBO funds are more profitable than funds that focus on target companies of larger market capitalization. In addition, small cap funds deploy capital at a faster rate and reinvest a significantly higher proportion of fund sizes than other funds. They also continue to invest significantly until year eight of the fund cycle, against a normal investment period of five years, and distribute capital much earlier than medium, large and mega cap LBO funds.

31st May 2019

Private capital finding a home in Guernsey's private equity industry

The rising trend of private capital investment is being well serviced in Guernsey due to the global finance specialist’s flexibility to meet investors’ sophisticated requirements, sector experts agreed at the 2019 Guernsey Funds Forum.

20th May 2019

Beauhurst report analyses unannounced fundraisings

In 2018, 70% of equity deals were not announced to the public, and although these deals are often much smaller than those that are announced, they can be just as (if not more) interesting. Beauhurst has taken a data deep-dive to shed some light on the more secret ones. 

16th May 2019

Tech Nation Report 2019: UK leads Europe in scaleup investment

Tech Nation, the leading scaleup-network for UK entrepreneurs, has today announced the release of its annual Tech Nation Report with data from partners including Companies House, PitchBook, GitHub, the OECD and Streetbees, and in association with the World Economic Forum.

16th May 2019

AI breakthroughs lead to unprecedented M&A growth, reveals Hampleton Partners’ report

Hampleton Partners’ latest analysis of the Artificial Intelligence M&A market reveals that over 150 deals were disclosed in 2018, up from 105 deals in 2017. The first half of 2019 is also showing impressive AI-related M&A momentum, with 65 deals already recorded and a total of near 100 deals forecast for the half-year only. In terms of market value, AI is forecast to grow from $21.46 billion in 2018 to $190 billion by 2025 – in other words, to grow nine-fold over the next seven-year period.

10th May 2019

European investment in UK tech at all-time high

Investment from European funds into the UK’s thriving tech ecosystem reached a record high of £1.89bn in 2018 (up from just £1.66bn in 2017), according to a new report published by leading law firm Penningtons Manches.

7th May 2019

Building equity clusters can accelerate growth says Economic Intelligence Wales

Wales’ share of the volume of equity deals in the UK is 3% and relatively close to its share of the UK’s economy, says research unit, Economic Intelligence Wales (EIW) in its latest report about equity clusters in Wales. The report concludes that although Cardiff is an emerging equity cluster, more needs to be done to develop the demand for equity across Wales and in more sectors.

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