Small Business Equity Tracker Infographic 2022

Record levels of equity investment in smaller UK businesses in 2021

£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

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UK tech investment soars

£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

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The venture capital market in the UK versus Europe and the US

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

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Overseas investment into the UK continues to grow

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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The British Business Bank effect

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

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