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10th December 2018

Governments intervene in 42.2% of all European VC investments

European governments intervene in almost half of all venture capital investments for entrepreneurs, according to new research from emlyon business school.

10th December 2018

Only 1% of entrepreneurs regret starting their own company

New research by The Recruit Venture Group has uncovered the truths behind being a business owner including:

  • Being made redundant or losing their job are top reasons people start their own company
  • Raising capital is the main challenge that people face when setting up a company
  • 1 in 10 entrepreneurs faced challenges with mental health, including self-confidence and anxiety whilst starting up their company
  • Only 1% of business owners regret setting up

A survey of 1,500 UK business owners and employees has revealed that a third of business owners never planned on starting their own company, but 75% of them now believe they are in their dream job, compared to only 13% of employees being in theirs.

7th December 2018

State Street Quarterly Brexometer Index reveals sentiment towards Brexit

State Street Corporation has launched the latest findings from its Brexometer Index, a quarterly pulse survey of institutional investor sentiment on the economic impact of Brexit.

After appetite for UK assets rose to a record high in Q3 2018, the Q4 2018 survey has brought a slightly more muted response from investors, with those intending to increase their holdings falling to 15 percent from 21 percent. Consequently, the proportion of investors looking to decrease their holdings of UK assets remained unchanged at 20 percent in Q4.

7th December 2018

Research: Size matters in private equity reporting says eFront

First study of its kind from eFront finds that larger LPs receive more information from GPs, and best practice in private equity reporting is correlated with better performing funds

eFront, the world’s leading alternative investment management software and solutions provider, today publishes “Mind the Gap: a global survey of private equity reporting practices”. The survey, the first of its kind, and covering almost 1,800 active alternative investment funds, provides the most detailed insight yet into the state of private market investor reporting, finding that larger LPs receive more information from GPs, and best practice in private equity reporting is correlated with better performing funds.

7th December 2018

3/4 of growth businesses back PM's deal over ‘no-deal’ says BGF survey

The majority (75 per cent) of the UK’s growth businesses would prefer to move forward with Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal than face further political upheaval, according to a poll conducted by BGF, the most active investor in the UK.

Launched this week, the exclusive poll represents the views of almost 200 CEOs and Chairs of small to mid-sized business. These companies are all headquartered in the UK and pursuing expansion plans in 2019. 

6th December 2018

Over a third of SMEs concerned about Brexit, says GlobalData

Brexit remains the largest concern for small businesses in 2018, as uncertainty remains over whether a deal of any sort will be reached by the March 2019 deadline, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Uncertainty surrounding a no deal remains the biggest issue, with existing arrangements for exporters and importers under threat. Similarly, sectors, such as construction, are heavily reliant on migrant workers.

GlobalData’s 2018 UK SME Insurance Survey found that over a third of respondents (36.8%) stated they were either concerned or very concerned about Brexit. This indicates there is a sizeable market for insurers to include cover for losses as a direct result of Brexit in their business policies in the short term.

5th December 2018

PIMFA Millennial Forum Report on ‘Life in the 21st Century’ Launched

PIMFA, the trade association for wealth managers and financial advisers, officially launched the third in the series of their flagship Millennial Forum research, following the theme of ‘Life in the 21st Century’, at its Millennial Forum Conference, hosted by KPMG, in London’s West End.

5th December 2018

Influencer marketing is ineffective for brands’ online ranking

Influencer marketing has risen to the forefront in recent years, particularly when harnessed with live video trends on social channels. Many brands have looked to influencers to promote their products in a seemingly 'natural' way - that comes across as a genuine recommendation - and it had proved to be a much cheaper marketing strategy than PPC or Advertising.

28th November 2018

Boost for temporary staff as digistisation creates finance team skills gap

Three quarters (75%) of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) believe digitalisation will have a positive impact for temporary employees within the finance department, according to research

28th November 2018

Female founders don’t seek investment because ‘they won’t be taken seriously’

A prominent VC firm has kick-started a campaign to increase the number of applications for investment from female founders, after discovering only 4% of 4,216 pitch decks were from female founders.

23rd November 2018

Private equity secondaries funds reach record distributions says efront

Data from eFront, the world’s leading alternative investment management software and solutions provider, shows that since the start of 2013, distributions from private equity secondaries funds globally have risen steadily to a record level. At the same time, capital calls have fallen to an historic lo

15th November 2018

2018 CIL 'State of the Nation' survey reveals positive sentiment despite Brexit

CIL, the leading management consultancy, has unveiled its annual State of the Nation Survey of management teams, private equity investors, debt providers and advisors in the UK. The findings show a slight improvement in sentiment about the economic outlook for the UK in the short term (next 18-24 months) with 18% of respondents positive and 34% neutral, compared to 16% and 30% respectively at the same time last year.

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