Private equity and venture capital

Engine of growth

The UK's offer

  • 2,500 UK companies received investments from private equity and venture capital funds in the last five years
  • Four of Europe’s top 10 deals in 2018 were UK-based
  • 31.5% of all venture capital investment in Europe was invested in the UK in 2018
  • More venture capital investment into tech than any other European hub

A dynamic investment environment

The UK, with its culture of innovation and partnership, deep pools of expertise and dynamic ecosystem is the ideal environment for the innovative start ups and growth company opportunities that venture capital and private equity firms need.

The UK is home to a huge pool of early-stage businesses and mature businesses in the UK, providing a rich source of investment targets. It has grown to be Europe's leading centre for venture capital, with its share of the European market growing from 31 percent to 42 percent in ten years. 

 

 

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An active market

In the last five years, £32bn has been invested in more than 2,500 UK companies by private equity and venture capital in the UK.

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Europe's leading magnet for venture capital investment

Venture capital investors committed €2.7bn to UK companies in 2018, ahead of France at €2.2bn and Germany at just under €1.6bn

£16bn

investment into the UK’s fintech sector

the highest in Europe in 2018

$1.3bn

capital raised by artificial intelligence firms

in the UK in 2018 - a record

6x

growth in venture capital investment

into the UK artificial intelligence sector from 2014 to 2018a

Compelling investment opportunities

Tech unicorns, dynamic fintech firms and cutting edge AI developers - all key targets for venture capital and private equity - are concentrated in the UK. Only New York and Silicon Valley have produced more digital tech startups worth over £50 million than London. 

Tech stars that have received venture capital investment in the UK include Transferwise, Deliveroo and Revolut.

Healthy returns

14.5% since-inception returns generated for pension funds and other investors by UK private equity and venture capital

Healthy returns

Momentum in the market

692,000 people work for 3,380 UK companies which have been backed by private equity and venture capital investors

Momentum in the market

Successful divestments

Around 500 private equity companies were exited in 2017

Successful divestments

Partner story

Agricultural Bank of China: 'The opportunity set for businesses is constantly growing.'

Agricultural Bank of China: 'The opportunity set for businesses is constantly growing.'

Partner story

State Bank of India: 'London’s value proposition is extremely compelling.'

State Bank of India: 'London’s value proposition is extremely compelling.'

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. 

Choose the UK