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22 June, 2022 - 15:43 By Tony Quested

Tech businesses send equity investment in region to record high

Equity investment in smaller businesses in the East of England nearly doubled year-on-year to hit a record £1.4 billion in 2021 according to new British Business Bank research.

The number of deals grew by 14 per cent with 169 transactions recorded; technology and IP-based businesses received the greatest share of investment at nearly £1bn.

Increased equity investment in the East of England mirrors the broader national picture. A total of £18.1bn was invested in smaller business across the country over 2021 – the highest yearly amount since the data series began in 2011.

The strong momentum continued into Q1 2022, with £7.6bn of equity investment reaching smaller businesses – the highest amount invested in a single quarter at nearly double that of the £4.3bn in Q1 2021. Some £282m was invested in Q1 2022 in the East of England.

Steve Conibear, UK Network Director, South and East of England at the British Business Bank, said: “Smaller businesses in the East of England are showing incredible signs of growth with the value of equity investments almost doubling to £1.4bn. 

“We’ve seen almost £1bn invested in technology and IP-based businesses in the East of England. The British Business Bank will continue to support the region’s smaller businesses by improving access and options to secure external finance.”  

In line with the wider UK market, investment in East of England technology and IP-based businesses received the greatest level of investment reaching a value of nearly £1bn (956m) in 2021.

Furthermore, as investors adapt to more sustainability driven equity investment, the Bank’s analysis showed continued interest in clean tech investment in the East of England with total value of deals increasing to £30m in 2021. 

The Bank supported around 17 per cent of equity deals in the East of England and 14% of all announced UK equity deals between 2019-2021.  Funds supported by the Bank are more likely to invest in technology and IP-based businesses compared to the overall equity market.

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