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4th March 2019

Private equity professionals raise concerns about government change

Two in five (40%) private equity industry professionals believe that a change in UK government is the biggest risk to their investment appetite in the UK, compared to 20% who selected a no deal Brexit. This is according to new research* conducted by JCRA, the independent financial risk advisor which works with clients in the real estate and private equity sectors, amongst others, to develop hedging strategies that reduce costs and protect returns.

27th February 2019

Chinese VC funds outperform US and Europe says eFront report

New research from eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, has shown that Chinese venture 

25th February 2019

UK startups plan for growth despite Brexit uncertainty

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the bank of the world’s most innovative businesses, enterprises and their investors, has released the 10th anniversary edition of its Startup Outlook Report. The report is based on a survey of 1,400 startup founders and executives primarily in the UK, the US, China and Canada. Startup Outlook reveals respondents’ thoughts on business conditions, funding, exits, hiring, workforce diversity and public policy issues, including Brexit and business relocation plans. 

18th February 2019

Half of small business owners put homes and savings on the line

The latest British Bank Business Report[i] paints a worrying picture of the risks small businesses take to secure finance for their business.  Purbeck Insurance Services, the UK’s only provider of Personal Guarantee Insurance is urging the owners and directors of small businesses to seek professional advice before committing to a finance arrangement for their business and to make maximum use of the insurance protection available to owners of SMEs should their business fail.

12th February 2019

Fintech investment reaches record levels in 2018

The latest Fintech M&A Market Report from international technology mergers and acquisitions advisor, Hampleton Partners, reveals that 2018 witnessed the highest level of investment in 

7th February 2019

90% of PE firms believe AI will disrupt their sector by 2024

Intertrust, a global leader in providing expert administrative services to clients operating and investing in the international business environment, interviewed private equity professionals across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia to identify the value-add delivered by new technologies now and in the future.

6th February 2019

Female start-up founders missing out on billions

Female start-up founders are missing out on billions of pounds of investment, new research has found.  The UK VC & Female Founders report found that for every £1 of venture capital investment in the UK, all-female founder teams get less than 1p. By comparison, all-male founder teams get 89p and mixed-gender teams get the remaining 10p.

The research, commissioned by Chancellor Philip Hammond at Budget 2017 and undertaken by the British Business Bank, together with Diversity VC and BVCA, identifies specific barriers faced by female-led firms in accessing venture capital. It will help inform ongoing government work to tackle these barriers and boost the untapped economic potential of businesses. The report will be launched during a reception for leading businesswomen and the venture capital community at No11 Downing Street and hosted by Treasury ministers.

6th February 2019

The Deal 2018: Bad news but with silver linings?

Beauhurst's latest edition of The Deal 2018 shows that deal numbers dropped from 1,744 in 2017 to 1,572 in 2018, and amount invested fell from £8.6b to £7b respectively. But this figure is still well up on previous years, and the decline could be interpreted as a "correction" from the unprecedented levels seen in 2017.

Despite the overall downturn, crowdfunding platforms continue to grow with a record year in terms of deal numbers. 

Download the report here 

4th February 2019

State Street Investor Confidence Index (ICI) for January  2019


State Street Global Exchange has released the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index® (ICI) for January  2019.  


1st February 2019

One in four UK businesses expect double digit growth in 2019 says IGF

Over a quarter (27%) of business leaders are expecting revenues to grow by more than 10 percent in 2019, according to a new report by Independent Growth Finance (IGF), the leading independent asset based lender.  

Despite undeniable uncertainty in the economy, IGF’s Powering Freedom Report finds that British businesses turning over between £1 million and £500 million remain ‘bullish’ about the future. Nine in ten company leaders have concerns over Brexit yet they remain optimistic about opportunities in the year ahead. In fact seven in ten (69%) companies expect an increase in revenues.  

1st February 2019

AI in Business: 2019 Trends and Predictions from Instant Office

AI is already being implemented in businesses around the world, and while worries persist over whether robots will be taking over the workplace, some are predicting that it will actually improve and even create jobs in the future.

From devices in our homes to mobile apps, AI has already made its way into our daily lives. The workplace is no exception and AI has already helped businesses make better use of data and streamline processes. According to John Williams, Head of Marketing at Instant Offices here are a few AI trends you should be aware of for your business:

1st February 2019

UK medicinal marijuana startups take off says Beauhurst report

Last July, Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies raised $10m in equity finance. This was a significant moment in the UK’s investment scene, representing the first equity investment into a medicinal marijuana startup in nearly two decades (since GW Pharmaceuticals listed on the AIM in 2001).

Given the increasing noise about the potential of cannabis-derived drugs, and the increasingly soft stance of Home Secretary Sajid Javid, we predicted that this sector was on the tipping point of an investment “green rush”.

Our predictions have so far been borne out. Later in July Grow Biotech raised £2m in equity finance, at a £14m pre-money valuation. Under the helm of Ben Langley, an ex-Morgan Stanley trader, Grow Biotech is looking to bridge the gap between science and market in the medicinal marijuana sector. Essentially, they are looking to develop pharmaceutical IP, based on cannabis-derived compounds. Currently, they are in their R&D phase.

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