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

UK Venture Capital Financial Returns 2020

The UK Venture Capital Financial Returns 2020 report provides a comprehensive assessment of the performance of UK VC funds since 2002, and an overview of the current VC market, in light of Covid-19.

Alone together: Entrepreneurship and diversity in the UK

Our report on entrepreneurship and diversity in the UK examines the profound effects ethnic and economic background, gender and place have on entrepreneurial opportunities and outcomes.

UK Business Angels Market Report 2020

The British Business Bank’s UK Business Angels Market report 2020 reveals that angel investors across the UK are continuing to invest in early stage businesses and are optimistic about the future despite current economic uncertainty.

Small Business Finance Markets 2020 report

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 £8.5bn in 2019, up 24%, with a record 1,832 deals, up 4%, with the average deal size increasing 21% to £5m.

Equity Tracker 2020

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 £8.5bn in 2019, up 24%, with a record 1,832 deals, up 4%, with the average deal size increasing 21% to £5m.

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.

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.

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.