From the onset of the pandemic, businesses have continued to innovate, investing in research and development to launch new products and services; and many have collaborated with one another, often pivoting their business models to respond to changing consumer demands and to tap into new market opportunities.
Businesses in tech-enabled sectors have fared well, with many recognised for their resilience and ability to disrupt entire industries for the better, while start-ups in business services have also driven growth. It is these stories that have piqued the interest of investors.
According to a report by Dealroom, Northern Europe has been one of the fastest growing regions for venture capital investment in the first half of 2021. This indicates the appetite of investors to back disruptive and innovative businesses. Yet we also know that historically early-stage, scale-up businesses in the UK have struggled to find the right investment partner and in August 2020 it was estimated that we faced a £15 billion funding gap.
In our latest publication, Corporate Finance Partner Heath Snyder and Associate Director Alex Starling, discuss the funding landscape for early-stage, scale-up businesses in the UK and share advice for those companies looking to raise external capital in order to drive growth.
Early-stage businesses in the UK face a £15 billion funding gap