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5th December 2019

Property investment platforms account for an average 30% of portfolios

New regulations being introduced by the FCA later this year will restrict individual investors new to the property investment platform sector to investing a maximum of 10% of their investable net assets through these platforms.

29th November 2019

Closing the gap between small, medium and large enterprises in Wales

Economic Intelligence Wales has published its latest report on medium-sized firms and Welsh business structure. 

27th November 2019

MJ Hudson shines a light on VCTs in its new report

MJ Hudson Allenbridge has publishd the inaugural edition of its VCT Spotlight Report.  The report features information on all the VCTs fundraising in the 2019/20 tax year and provide a viewpoint of the current landscape (and performance). 

27th November 2019

Q3 2019 is strongest on record for European venture capital

European venture capital activity saw €5.9 billion invested across 296 rounds during the third quarter of 2019, the strongest quarter on record according to research by Refinitiv.

27th November 2019

UK investors rally to traditional assets amidst political uncertainty

UK investors are turning to traditional assets as a result of the political uncertainty currently facing the country, new research from Butterfield Mortgages Limited (BML) has found. 

20th November 2019

Use of EIS consistent among financial advisers despite rule changes

 

A survey of financial advisers1 on Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) has found that the level of use has been consistent despite concern that rule changes brought in by the government as part of its Patient Capital Review2 would stifle the market.  In the survey conducted by Great Point Investments, half (56%) of the advisers questioned said the number of clients using EIS has stayed the same in the last 12 months. Two thirds of advisers (67%) also said they expect to see the same level in the use of EIS by clients in the next 12 months. One in ten (10%) said they expect to see an increase and just over a fifth (23%) said they expect a fall.

 

18th November 2019

Secondary investment activity is on course for a record year, says Unigestion report
Paul Newsome, Head of Investment Solutions - Private Equity at Unigestion offers his market insights into the secondary market.

Continuing the downward trend seen in the first half of 2019, global investment activity in the private equity market was again lower in Q3 compared to the same quarter a year ago. Similarly, after a strong second quarter, global exit activity recorded a sharp fall in Q3. However, investors in private equity funds are seemingly unperturbed by market events. Fundraising recorded its largest third quarter total in the last five years, with the large end of the market particularly strong.

15th November 2019

Beauhurst Scale Up Index 2019

Beauhurst this week launched The Scaleup Index 2019. This report, in partnership with The ScaleUp Institute, examines the 5,456 unique visible scaleup businesses across the UK. It analyses everything from investments, investors and growth rate demographics, to geographical distribution, founders and executives. 

14th November 2019

SMEs hoarding record levels of cash amid Brexit turmoil

UK small and medium-sized businesses are holding record levels of cash as uncertainty surrounding Brexit persists – and it is costing them billions of pounds a year, new analysis reveals.

11th November 2019

43% of female angel investors are eyeing up exits in 2020 says HBAN survey

HBAN, the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and an initiative of Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland, has revealed that 43% of female angel investors are eyeing up exits from their investee companies in the next 12 months.

The survey, carried out by HBAN amongst angel investors across the island of Ireland, found that some 83% of female angels are particularly interested in getting involved with start-ups working in the medtech industry. At the moment, 67% of female investors have investments in this sector.

8th November 2019

Gap year: SMEs estimate filling the skills gap will cost £160m in next year

The average small and medium-sized business (SME) in the UK estimates that it will spend £160,000 to fill the skills gap in their organisation in the next 12 months, according to recruitment specialist Robert Half UK.

6th November 2019

Wealth managers are turning away more clients who fall below minimum investment thresholds

 

New research from Nucoro, a B2B fintech providing Wealth Management as a Service Solutions, reveals 57% of wealth managers are having to turn away clients because they fall below their service threshold. The average wealth manager turns away 72 clients every year, with 33% of respondents claiming they have had to turn away more potential clients in the last 12 months than they did three years ago. Just 2% of wealth managers said they are turning away fewer potential clients than in the past, while 49% say that the number hasn’t changed.

 

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