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22nd August 2019

US and Asian investment in UK tech skyrockets

The UK tech sector has attracted more foreign investment in the first seven months of 2019 than it did during the whole of last year, according to latest industry figures, and has overtaken the US for foreign investment, per capita. 

22nd August 2019

Private equity fundraising for Central and Eastern Europe reaches decade high of €1.8 billion

Private equity fundraising for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) hit the highest annual level in a decade in 2018 with €1.8 billion, according to new data from Invest Europe.

21st August 2019

Retention fears for UK PLC as talent dilema intensifies

As the talent dilemma continues, UK businesses are ramping up their focus on retaining and upskilling their existing workforce. New research [1] from recruitment specialist Robert Half UK, reveals more than one in three senior executives (31%) believe employee retention and training are the two main talent management concerns facing their industry until 2020. Talent retention is a particular concern for large businesses (35%), compared to one in three (29%) small and medium-sized businesses.

21st August 2019

What is the future for Scotland's high growth sector?

Beauhurst has published its overview of the high-growth ecosystem in Scotland. There are almost 2,000 active ambitious companies in the country, most of which are buoyed by fairly different methods of support than the rest of the UK. Although private equity and venture capital funds dominate the funding scene across the UK, it is devolved government bodies and angel investors which are pulling the most weight in Scotland. So what do funding trends look like, and which other means of support are high-growth Scottish businesses drawing on?

20th August 2019

Beauhurst analysis of the top fund raisings for companies founded in 2019

In this article, Beauhurst highlights the top fund raisings in 2019 by companies that were founded in the same year.

12th August 2019

The US population is increasingly better off, and increasingly unequal

According to the emotively-named ‘Misery Index’, the US is better off today than ever before. Low inflation and low unemployment, the latter backed up by today’s relatively steady US jobs report data, are creating an apparently benign environment for the US population.

9th August 2019

Economic Intelligence Wales’ report highlights confidence in Welsh businesses

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Wales have higher levels of confidence than their UK counterparts, despite challenging business conditions and increasing uncertainty of UK and global economic prospects, according to the first annual report published by Economic Intelligence Wales (EIW).

The new research unit is a collaboration between Cardiff Business School, the Office for National Statistics and the Development Bank of Wales, created to monitor the activity of Welsh SMEs, factors affecting their development and the progress of the regional economy.

The development bank announced in May that it invested £80 million into SMEs in 2018/19 which is an increase of nearly 18% on the previous financial year. This is a strong demonstration of a growing appetite for investment, reflected in the increase in the number of Welsh SMEs using external finance which is 5% higher than the UK average.

9th August 2019

Start-up survival and death rates according to Beauhurst

In 2018, Enterprise Research found that almost half (45.3%) of startups don't survive beyond three years. Of the 32,200 companies that Beauhurst has tracked due to meeting one of its growth triggers, only 13% have died (15% if you include zombie companies). 7% have gone on to a successful exit, and the remaining 78% are still actively growing. So how do Beauhurst's growth triggers affect the survival and death rate of companies it tracks?

9th August 2019

Beauhurst reveals the most active venture capital firms (by stage of evolution)

There are ambitious companies at all stages of evolution that are looking for growth capital. Private Equity and Venture Capital houses are most prolific type of fund providing equity in the UK, and so they meet much of this demand. It can be generally observed that Private Equity firms invest in more established, post-profit companies, while venture capital funds have riskier portfolios filled with younger companies. However, even further specialisation can be found across these equity investors. Beauhurst looks at the most active private equity and venture capital funds in 2018, by the number of investments they made into companies at each stage of evolution; seed, venture, growth and established.

8th August 2019

Nearly a quarter of businesses worldwide are spying on their employees

As more businesses invest in surveillance technology to monitor and track employees in the workplace, questions are raised around whether the benefits override growing concerns around digital ethics, and if employers truly understand the privacy implications. With new technological developments continuing to transform the world of work, Instant Offices delves into how companies can adapt to make sure these concerns and risk are managed.

5th August 2019

France Invest & Deloitte publish sixth ESG Annual Report

France Invest, the French private equity and venture capital association, in partnership with Deloitte, and with the methodological support of Reporting 21, has published its sixth ESG Annual Report - 2018, which describes, quantifies and qualifies the French private equity industry's commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues by investment firms and their portfolio companies.

 

2nd August 2019

School's out for summer

More than a third of small business owners (38%) say they won’t be having a summer holiday this year – a problem peaking among those with larger families (45%) and young children (45%) - according to a new poll from Hitachi Capital Business Finance.

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