Driving growth guide to getting investment ready


Driving growth: how to get your early-stage business investment ready


Early-stage scale-up businesses in the UK can struggle to find the right investment partner. Heath Snyder Corporate Finance

From the onset of the pandemic, businesses across the UK have responded quickly to the COVID-19 crisis. They 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, with sub-sectors such as logistics, warehousing and e-fulfilment benefitting from the boom in online retail. It is these success stories that have piqued the interest of investors as businesses have become more visible, appreciated and investable. 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, with UK businesses securing $17.1 billion of investment in the first half of the year – up 2.7x year-on-year *1 . This clearly 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 *2 . Within this guide, we take a closer look at 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.

Alex Starling Associate Director Corporate Finance Manchester +44 (0)161 359 7104 alex.starling@frpadvisory.com Heath Snyder Partner Corporate Finance Manchester +44 (0)161 359 5705 heath.snyder@frpadvisory.com


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