Equity financing

The equity financing hub for global businesses

The UK's offer

  • An equity financing hub that meets the needs of companies of all sizes and growth stages
  • The UK is Europe’s leading centre for PE
  • Access to deep pools of international capital
  • An international and diverse public market with 1,800 companies from 100 countries
  • The UK is the biggest unicorn hub in Europe

A dynamic investment environment

The UK has a mature equity financing hub with a culture of innovation, international access, deep pools of expertise and a dynamic ecosystem. Global companies of all sizes and growth stages can find the capital and fundraising expertise in the UK, from seed funding, venture capital (VC), private equity (PE) to public listing. Many entrepreneurs choose to set up their companies in the UK to take advantage of the UK’s well-developed equity funding ladder.

The UK is also the doorway to growth for global investors. It is home to a huge pool of both early stage and mature businesses, providing a rich source of investment targets.


Powerful Pensions:
Unlocking DC capital for UK tech growth

Powerful Pensions:
Unlocking DC capital for UK tech growth

Europe's leading magnet for PE and VC investment

The UK has the most mature PE and VC ecosystem in Europe with the largest number of PE and VC investors. The sector also has a highly international outlook. It connects UK and international companies with global capital.



PE investment in the UK in 2022, one third of the total PE investment in Europe


VC investment in the UK in 2022, double the value of the second largest, France


of the PE & VC funds raised in the UK in 2021 were of foreign origins


of PE &VC investment flows in 2021 were from the UK to overseas portfolio companies

Thought piece

Has Paris overtaken London as Europe’s largest stock exchange?

Has Paris overtaken London as Europe’s largest stock exchange?

One of the most international exchanges

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is Europe’s leading public market with a deep pool of liquidity and access to international investors. London houses a dense network of banks, market makers, asset managers and professional services companies who can guide companies through their fundraising journey.

The UK is an attracting listing location for prospective issuers.    


Issuer countries across all asset classes at the LSE


Foreign companies listed on the LSE, one of the most international stock exchanges globally

No. 1

stock exchange in Europe by further issuance value in 2022

Compelling investment opportunities

The UK is home to a concentration of tech, fintech, artificial intelligence and other fast-growing sectors that provide excellent investment targets. London’s start up ecosystem ranks second globally, only behind the Silicon Valley.  The UK is home to 135 unicorns, the highest number in Europe.

Underpinned by the UK’s globally recognised regulatory standards and corporate governance, listing at the London Stock Exchange represents a stamp of quality on what investors are trading on.  Foreign ownership in the UK stock market had gradually increased to 56% in 2020, reflecting UK listed companies’ appeal to international investors. 

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UK financial and professional services tech:
innovation and investor opportunity

UK financial and professional services tech:
innovation and investor opportunity

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Everything you need

The UK offers you everything you need to grow your business.

We have a global outlook, which means we understand your business needs. The depth and breadth of our offer mean unparalleled opportunities for you to grow. Innovation is what we do - creating an inspirational ecosystem where you can thrive. 

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