Research

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 2018 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.

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.

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.

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.

Business Angel Spotlight – November 2017

Research by IFF Research and RAND for British Business Bank together with UK Business Angels Association, examining latest developments in angel investment in the UK finance market.

The Benefits of Diverse Smaller Business Finance Markets

This report examines the benefits of increased diversity of supply and heightened awareness of a diverse range of finance options, setting out what would be important to smaller businesses in such a market.

Equity Tracker 2017

This report provides an in-depth assessment of equity markets for smaller businesses using a wide range of data sources.  The Equity Tracker continues to assess equity deal activity over time and examines the characteristics of those deals, but the report also contains detailed analysis of venture capital fundraising and portfolio company exit outcomes.

Small Business Finance Markets Report 2016/17

This report gives a comprehensive view of small business finance markets in the UK. It finds an overall improvement in credit conditions in 2016, but also a lower level of small business confidence and a mood of cautiousness around seeking finance.

Building Momentum in VC across Europe

The British Business Bank has partnered with other European Development Banks to produce a research report looking at European VC markets to identify ways to increase the availability of VC funding to help businesses to start-up and grow

Equity Tracker 2016
This report covers equity investment from a wide range of funding sources including Venture Capital funds, business angels, and crowdfunding platforms to give an overall picture of equity funding conditions in 2015.

Small Business Finance Markets Report 2015/16

Our second report on the finance markets  for smaller businesses shows that the market for small business finance is improving, however a number of challenges remain.

Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Securitisation – May 2015

This report reflects work conducted by NIESR in October 2014, covering results from an informal consultation with stakeholders in the securitisation markets and a review of the academic and regulatory literature. It sets out areas of market failures that limit more active UK SME securitisation market.