Research by the Resolution Foundation found that the government’s plans to level up cities around the UK will cost billions more than originally thought, with the think tank stating that the ‘levelling up’ agenda will require investment that goes ‘far beyond anything currently being contemplated’ by the government. In 2019, a pledge to ‘level up’ the nation was made, providing people, communities and businesses with a fair chance of being equal economically.
14th July 2022
IW Capital has announced that a landmark £8.7m will be invested in Rockwater – a leading chain of high-quality lifestyle and hospitality destinations. IW has now invested over £120m in UK SMEs, helping to drive business growth across the country whilst amassing a highly impressive and sector-agnostic portfolio.
The risk of small business failure has fallen over the past year as more people turn to SMEs, providing an optimistic outlook for the UK's small business landscape. ONS figures analysed by the London School of Economics (LSE) reveal that just 5.7% of small businesses are at risk of failure, compared to 15% at the beginning of 2021.
30th June 2022
The pandemic caused small businesses to re-evaluate their strategies and many businesses realigned their regional and global markets. 77% of SMEs are now planning to take greater advantage of international trade going forward, whilst 64% believe the pandemic has changed how they will conduct business forever.
Research from Aldermore shows that 53% of small businesses made an investment in sustainability within the past 12 months, with the average spend being £61,250. SMEs are leading the way in sustainable practices, with 55% of them providing initiatives to reduce the emissions of commuting and business trips - compared to less than one-quarter of big businesses who have done the same.
15th June 2022
Small businesses are receiving vital support from their customer base, with a study from Opinium on behalf of American Express, reporting that more than half (55%) of small businesses reported seeing a rise in new customers purchasing from their business over the past six months.
Due to external factors affecting the business environment, the FTSE 100 saw the worst week for losses since June 2020 in May. This has caused Brits to change their investment habits, with a study from IW Capital showing that 29% of the population are actively looking for new investment opportunities outside of stocks and shares.
IW Capital, is proud to announce a £2m investment in Location Live - the UK’s premier locations planning specialist for the Live Marketing sector. This injection of capital will aid the group’s expansion into international markets, whilst focusing on the development of its proprietary digital marketplace and platform LO:LIVE.