Q1 2021 Equity Market Update UK

UK Equity Investment Market Update: Q1 2021

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

The key findings from Q1 2021

  • Investors showed great confidence and tenacity, with a record 647 deals announced in Q1 2021. This marks a 13% increase from the previous period and a 23% increase from Q1 2020.
  • The amount of equity raised in Q1 2021 reached a remarkable high of £5.18b—more than half of the total raised in 2020, and marking an increase of 84% from Q1 2020.
  • A record 24 megadeals were completed over the course of the quarter, representing 4% of deal volume but 62% of total deal value.
  • The number of deals announced and the value of deals completed increased at every stage of evolution, when compared with Q4 2020.
  • Investment into tech sectors continued to soar: 36% of all pounds invested during the quarter went to fintech firms, whilst artificial intelligence saw the greatest growth in deal numbers between Q4 2020 and Q1 2021.

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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