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23rd October 2019

The six girls leading a new generation of entrepreneurs: born this millennium

Children are naturally creative, but these entrepreneurs capitalised on their ideas by creating huge businesses from scratch. 

23rd October 2019

Private Markets are on the rise among Wealth Managers says Delio report

The conversation on private markets is changing among Wealth Managers, according to a recent report by Delio.

Private markets are going mainstream, as Wealth Managers increasingly establish or grow private market propositions. Nine out of ten surveyed already offer private market propositions or are planning to launch one; with direct investments and impact investments emerging more and more in the market.

22nd October 2019

Private equity fund performance dips in 2019

eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, has published its latest Quarterly Private Equity Performance report, showing that private equity funds globally have maintained a high level of performance, despite falling from the record level seen in 2017. Sharply reduced selection risk and shorter time-to-liquidity signal strong activity and a solid exit and refinancing environment.

17th October 2019

AI tipped to revolutionise marketing sector which attracted $2.5bn investment in 2018

Unprecedented volumes of data and advances in AI are transforming the marketing services industry, according to a report released today by leading technology advisory and investment firm GP Bullhound. 

AI and the Services Revolution reveals that investments in marketing-related AI have grown steadily, with $2.5bn of investments in emerging companies in 2018 – and $1 billion invested in Q2 2019 alone. A total of $11bn has been invested in the sector since 2014.

11th October 2019

Share of funding to women-led firms doubles in less than a decade

A report from the Female Founders Forum – with a foreword from Rt Hon Liz Truss MP – reveals that while the percentage of deals to female-led teams slightly dipped in 2018, female-led businesses represent a growing share of investment activity and receive similar rates of follow-on funding.

  • Female-founded startups are receiving a growing share of investment. In 2011, 11% of startups that raised equity investment were female founded. By 2018, this figure had nearly doubled to 21%. 
  • Of the 6,147 investment deals made in 2018, 17.9% went to companies with at least one female founder, down from 18.2% in 2017.
  • Nonetheless the total amount invested in businesses with at least one female founder in 2018, as a percentage, was 11.4%, up from 9.9% in 2017.

10th October 2019

Angel Investment Network reports strong annual revenue growth

Angel Investment Network (AIN), the world’s largest online angel investment platform, has announced strong growth, with annual revenues up 9.4% year on year and a record number of deals for the broking business. AIN connects startups with angel investors and now has more than a million users in total on the platform.

AIN received over 100,000 pitches in the past year from entrepreneurs across the globe, with the figure doubling over the last two years. Alongside existing markets there has been a rapid growth of startups coming from emerging markets. Meanwhile investors registering on the site have surged nearly 40% year on year, now standing at more than 200,000 registered business angels.

8th October 2019

Europe: home to global leaders against a challenging backdrop

There are many reasons why investors might want to avoid Europe. Slowing growth, political crises and the ongoing Brexit uncertainty present several challenges and could make investors think twice before investing in the region. 

7th October 2019

#MeTooPay campaign launched for equal pay for women in business

Launching the #MeTooPay campaign, more than 100 of the UK’s most successful women seek to end pay discrimination. Fronted by Moya Greene, the former boss of the Royal Mail, it is to be seen whether companies will take notice and level the playing field for female business leaders. 

4th October 2019

Research reveals PE firms must focus on insurance cover of portfolio companies

New research from Mactavish, the leading expert on commercial insurance placement and disputes, reveals many private equity firms are not placing enough focus on the quality of insurance cover in place at portfolio companies.

4th October 2019

UK SMEs face £145k skills gap as war for talent endures

The average UK SME faces a skills gap that would impact total revenue by £145,000 in the next year, rising to £318,000 in the next five years, according to new independent research[1] from Robert Half UK, the recruitment specialist.

3rd October 2019

Scaleup Nation: The Rise of Scaleup Businesses in the UK

The phenomenal increase of scaleups in recent years has seen the UK make great advances in support of high-growth businesses. In light of this, John Duckworth, Managing Director at Instant Offices delves into the rapid growth of a Scaleup Nation and what the key factors are to help SMEs step up to the next stage of development.

3rd October 2019

AI is gaining investment, but investors DO NOT want AI investments advice

IW Capital - an EIS-specialist Venture Capital firm in London - has unveiled a nationally representative report revealing the sentiments of a population of 2004 high net-worth and retail investors regarding robo-investors and advisors. 

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