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22nd March 2021

Renewables investments outperform fossil fuels over past decade

Renewable power investors continue to outpace fossil fuel investors across the globe, signalling a broader structural trend of decline for fossil fuels, according to new report from the Centre for Climate Finance & Investment at Imperial College Business School.

18th March 2021

TechNation launches its 2020 Annual Report

Tech Nation, the leading scaleup accelerator, has released its annual Tech Nation Report, the ultimate state-of-the-nation report on the UK tech sector. 

16th March 2021

UK deeptech scaleup sector remains significantly underfunded

Research commissioned by Parkwalk shows that while 2020 saw an increase in funding for academic spinouts, this was not the case for deeptech scaleups 

The past year has demonstrated how important deeptech innovation is to solving some of the greatest challenges faced today, from finding vaccine candidates for the Covid-19 pandemic through to solving climate change and transforming healthcare. The UK’s deeptech sector is a critical part of the Government’s post-Brexit ambition for the UK to become a global ‘Science Superpower’. 

16th March 2021

Research into uni spinout investment reveals lack of growth funding

The past year has demonstrated how important deeptech innovation is to solving some of the greatest challenges faced today, from finding vaccine candidates for the Covid-19 pandemic through to solving climate change and transforming healthcare. The UK’s deeptech sector is a critical part of the Government’s post-Brexit ambition for the UK to become a global ‘Science Superpower’. 

16th March 2021

UK tech companies lead the hiring comeback with 1 in 6 jobs targeting young people

The UK Tech sector is driving growth in youth employment with 1 in 6 openings in the digital tech sector suitable for entry-level jobseekers, according to job search engine Adzuna.

12th March 2021

BVA BDRC publishes its SME Finance Monitor for Q4 2020

BVA BDRC has published its latest quarterly SME Finance Monitor report; the largest and most frequent study of its kind in the UK. Research findings have been gathered across 38 waves of interviews since 2011 and are based on more than 160,000 interviews with SMEs.

12th March 2021

500 Startups report reveals startup investor community response to COVID

500 Startups surveyed 122 investors to explore COVID-19’s impact on early-stage investment, serving as the third installment in a series started at the onset of the pandemic. This new survey sought to understand how COVID-19 has changed the investment landscape since early 2020, while also inquiring about investment plans in 2021. A significant number of respondents identified as angel investors (49%) followed by venture capital firms (32%), along with a smattering of corporate venture and family offices. The vast majority invest in the seed stage (75%), followed by Series A (58%) and pre-seed stages (56%).

10th March 2021

Record levels of smaller businesses sought financial support in 2020

 

The British Business Bank has published its Small Business Finance Markets 2020/21 report which highlights a surge in applications for external financial support, including government and local grants, among small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), with almost half (45%) of all SMEs surveyed saying they applied for external financial support in 2020, compared to 13% in 2019. At the same time, gross bank lending (excluding overdrafts) to smaller businesses rose to £104bn in 2020, 82% higher than in 2019, driven by use of the government loan schemes.

5th March 2021

AIC releases 'VCTs Explained' educational video

The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has released an educational video introducing venture capital trusts.

3rd March 2021

Global M&A hits highest February total on record says Refinitiv data

US$698.7 billion worth of deals were announced globally during the first two months of 2021, 56% more than the same period last year and a year-to-date total only exceeded twice since our records began, in the years 2000 and 2018, according to Refinitiv Deals Intelligence.

1st March 2021

Professional learning market ripe for innovation say experts

The Learning and Development (L&D) sector has reached a critical stage; with four key areas open for disruption and emerging new innovators, according to a new green paper launched by Emerge Education, the only VC fund backed by the world's leading education entrepreneurs, and FutureLearn.com, the leading social learning platform.

26th February 2021

British Business Bank delivers £73bn of loans to 1.6m businesses

The government has published new statistics that show businesses across the UK have to date benefitted from 1,593,620 government-guaranteed loans worth £72.9bn to support their cashflow during the crisis through schemes delivered by the British Business Bank.

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