The British Business Bank uses research and analysis to design, improve and create new solutions to make finance markets work better

We regularly evaluate our interventions to ensure that they continue to address effectively market weaknesses.

Our Latest Research

Small Business Finance Markets 2020 report

This report gives a comprehensive view of small business finance markets in the UK. This year’s report explores developments since the Bank’s creation in 2014 alongside a more in-depth look at opportunities for strengthening local finance markets across the UK.

UK SME exporting trends: finance and trade

This research on UK SME exporters, finance and trade is published in partnership with Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Export Finance (UKEF) and the Department for International Trade (DIT). It seeks to understand the attitudes, experiences and behaviours of SME exporters towards key aspects of international sales – both opportunities and barriers – and the role that access to finance plays.

Analysis of UK VC Financial Returns report

This report provides the most comprehensive and robust approach to date for assessing the comparative performance of UK VC funds compared to US VC funds since 2002. It draws together data from existing data sources including PitchBook and Preqin, and from the British Business Bank’s own programmes, to provide as comprehensive a picture as possible of the Venture Capital asset class and its performance. and makes a specific case for UK VC within global VC allocations.

The Future of Defined Contribution Pensions

This report provides an in-depth assessment of the case for defined contribution (DC) pension scheme investment in venture capital and growth equity, and proposes solutions to overcome key risks and challenges to access. It aims to enable better long-term retirement outcomes for the UK’s defined contribution pension savers, with a focus on commercial solutions that could be implemented in the private sector.

Equity Tracker 2019

This report provides a unique, in depth picture of equity finance for smaller businesses.  It reports that the UK equity finance market is strong with investment reaching a record £6.7bn in 2018 – up 72% in two years and the second successive year of a total over £6bn.

VC and Female Founders 2018 research

The British Business Bank, Diversity VC and BVCA are joining forces on an industry-wide initiative to build the first clear picture of the representation of women, and diversity more broadly, in the pipelines of UK VC firms. Funds are invited to make contact to share their anonymous data.

Using Intellectual Property to Access Growth Funding

The British Business Bank, in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Office, examines the challenges facing SMEs in using Intellectual Property as collateral for lending. It shows that firms with Intellectual Property have lower rates of default and loss than those without, and suggests further avenues of enquiry to address current market failures.

Going Digitial: The Challenges Facing European SMEs – European SME Survey 2019

A joint study from Bpifrance, France; KfW, Germany; Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK), Poland; Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO), Spain and the British Business, UK on the digital transformation of SMEs in France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

UK Business Angels Market Report 2018

The British Business Bank, in collaboration with the UK Business Angel Association, examines the latest developments in angel investment in the UK finance market. The UK Business Angel Market report reveals a clear regional disparity in terms of where angel investors are based, and where they invest.