2016 has been a defining year for Britain’s private sector businesses. The country’s bustling community of relentless entrepreneurs – particularly those driving innovative, high-growth scale-ups – promises to steer how the UK economy looks and performs for the foreseeable future. As the economy adjusts to a series of transformative political and financial events that will significantly alter the UK’s domestic and international business profile, the private sector has proved its resilience. With British scale-ups stimulating productivity across the nation’s entrepreneurial hubs, Chancellor Philip Hammond’s assertion in the Autumn Statement that “Britain is open for business” is truly appropriate for 2016 and beyond.
Throughout the year, IW Capital has eagerly observed and updated our investor network on key industry events, and their subsequent impact on SME investments. With national investor sentiment forming a priority theme across the national research we drive, our future-facing reports have unveiled encouraging levels of confidence and support towards UK scale-ups in the context of this year’s portfolio strategy. Furthermore, as an increasing number of investors have already stated that they were both optimistic about the future growth prospects of SMEs, and are considering alternative finance as part of their investment plan across the next 12 months, the private sector ranks equally high on the agenda of both private investors and the British Government.
As we prepare for 2017, IW Capital has rounded-up the key economic and political events to affect British SMEs over the course of 2016, highlighting their broader impact on the SME investment landscape. Furthermore, with Brexit negotiations set to commence in March 2017, this report also provides an outlook on what the next 12 months are likely to mean for our community of scale-ups.
We look forward to working with our network of private investors over the year ahead and supporting the exciting SMEs that are driving productivity and growth across the UK economy. On behalf of IW Capital, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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