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UK Equity Investment Market Update: H1 2021

We look at equity fundraising activity across the UK to spot emerging trends and patterns in the market.

The key findings from H1 2021

    • A record £10.7b was invested during the half—more than double the amount raised during H1 2020, and an 84% increase on the previous record in H1 2019.

    • A record 1,296 deals were announced, marking an 11% rise since H2 2020, and a 24% rise from H1 2020.

    • Risk appetite increased massively, with 384 companies securing their first equity round during the half, marking a 52% increase from H1 2020.

    • Megadeals rocketed, with 50 rounds completed at a value of £50m or more, compared with 19 in H2 2020. An impressive 26 of those were worth over £100m.

    • 31p in every £1 invested went to fintech companies, which collectively raised £3.28b across 157 rounds.

About the authors

hannah skingle

Hannah leads on Beauhurst's data-driven publications and content creation, and is an expert on emerging trends in the UK's high-growth space. Hannah studied Liberal Arts with a major in English Literature at King's College London.

Ella halmari

Ella is a visual design and data analysis specialist. She is an expert in data visualisation and content creation, playing a lead role in analysis and production of Beauhurst’s data-driven publications and brand communications. Ella holds a post-graduate diploma in Visual Communication from UAL and the IMC qualification from the CFA Society.

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