Small Business Equity Tracker Infographic 2022

Record levels of equity investment in smaller UK businesses in 2021

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£18.1bn

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

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88%

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

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2,616

announced deals in 2021, 17% more than 2020

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£7.6bn

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

UK tech investment soars

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£8.2bn

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

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£1.7bn

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

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£4.8bn

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

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30%

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

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

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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

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753

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

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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

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18%

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

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47%

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

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53%

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

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