Private equity and venture capital

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The UK's offer

  • Six of Europe's top ten fintech deals were in the UK in the first half of 2019
  • In the last five years, £43bn has been invested in nearly 3,230 UK companies by private equity and venture capital finds in the UK
  • 972,000 people work for UK companies which have been backed by private equity and venture capital investors
  • UK-based firms raised £47.59bn of PE and VC funding during 2019

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.

 

 

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An active market

The UK is home to 136 potential future unicorns, with London ranked the top European hub.

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Europe's leading magnet for venture capital investment

UK based firms raised £47.59bn of PE and VC funding during 2019 – with 118 new funds being raised. This is an increase from the £34.12bn raised across 94 funds in 2018.

UK based firms raised £47.59bn of VC funding during 2019

£15bn

investment into the UK’s fintech sector in 2020

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of Europe’s top ten fintech deals were in the UK in 2019.

$80bn

worth of tech companies produced in the UK.

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

UK VCs have record levels of dry powder ready to deploy in 2021 and beyond, having raised $14bn in 2019 and 2020 alone

Momentum in the market

Successful divestments

Around 500 private equity companies were exited in 2019

Successful divestments

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Agricultural Bank of China

Agricultural Bank of China

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TMW Pay

TMW Pay

Podcast

Spotlight on Innovation

Spotlight on Innovation

Webinar

UK Fintech: Fundraising and Covid-19 Webinar

UK Fintech: Fundraising and Covid-19 Webinar

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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