Small Business Equity Tracker 2022 Infographic

Record levels of equity investment in smaller UK businesses in 2021


of equity invested into the UK's smaller businesses in 2021 - almost double its 2020 level


increase in equity investment into UK smaller businesses in 2021 compared to 2020, the highest annual growth since 2011


announced deals in 2021, 17% more than 2020


of equity investment in Q1 2022, the highest amount in a single quarter

UK tech investment soars


invested into UK tech companies in 2021, up from £4.1bn in 2020


invested into the life sciences sector, an increase of 100%


invested into software deals, more than double the £2.3bn invested in 2020


increase in the number of clean tech deals relative to 2020, with £436m invested in 2021

The venture capital market in the UK versus Europe and the US


The UK retains its position as the largest Venture Capital market in Europe in 2021, larger than France and Germany combined

Despite the UK being the European leader in Venture Capital by amount of VC investment, it still lags behind the US

Overseas investment into the UK continues to grow



deals involved an overseas investor in 2021, 58% higher than 2020

The value of deals that involved an overseas investor was £13.5bn in 2021, equivalent to 75% of the total equity invested in the year

The British Business Bank effect


of all announced UK equity deals in 2021 were supported by the Bank


of Bank-supported deals were in tech and IP-based businesses, compared to 39% of the overall market


of Bank-supported equity deals in 2019 - 2021 were outside of London

Growth stage deals supported by British Patient Capital were larger than the wider market, ensuring companies are better capitalised