Equity investment in the UK 2017
from the ceo
A word from our CEO on a year
that broke records.
2017 in review
The need-to-know: 2017’s biggest
trends and headline statistics.
The year of the megadeal — we
examine	the	significant	rise	of
deals worth £50m+.
At its highest level since records
began, we assess FDI’s impact.
sectors in focus
Fintech shows no signs of stopping
— which companies stand to gain
from a record year?
Subscription business is blooming:
why even clothes are now
The dawn of machine intelligence
has workers worried, but should it?
Food for thought. Is eating out on
the up, or are investors dining out
racing for the exit
Could the rise of larger deals be
affecting	exits	for	startups?
investors in focus
We take a look at the year’s top
investors by deal numbers — who
has been the most active?
Angel networks continue to hold
strong in Scotland. Have they been
affected	by	crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding has bounced back
after	a	decline	last	year.	We	take	a
closer look at activity in the space.
the big picture
How have the Treasury and BEIS
affected	growing	firms?
See how you could use our data for
your own data-driven content.
about this report
This report analyses all announced equity investment in non-listed UK companies between
1 January – 31 December 2017.
why equity investment?
Beauhurst tracks the UK’s non-listed high-growth companies. The majority of these
companies	have	raised	equity	finance	to	fuel	their	growth.	By	looking	at	equity	fundraising
activity across the UK, we’re able to see the emerging trends and patterns from the
perspective of investors and the businesses themselves.
A word from our CEO
This time last year, I wrote that
our sombre forecast for 2016 had
not been pessimistic enough.
Deals and investment both fell
This year couldn’t be more