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 2019 report

This report gives a comprehensive view of small business finance markets in the UK. It highlights a diversifying market, with smaller businesses increasingly using finance outside of traditional bank lending, and focuses on areas including patient capital, regional imbalances and the need to raise awareness of finance options still further.

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.

Equity Tracker 2018

This report provides an in-depth assessment of equity markets for smaller businesses using a wide range of data sources.  It reports that the UK equity finance market for smaller businesses has bounced back to record highs in 2017, following a decline in 2016.

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.

Internationalisation of European SMEs 2018

The national promotional institutions of the five largest European economies (Bpifrance, France; British Business Bank, United Kingdom; Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Italy; Instituto de Crédito Oficial, Spain and KfW, Germany)  joint study on the international activities of SMEs in the participating countries.