The drive for technology investment

11th July 2019

In a period of political uncertainty, it is of the utmost importance to continue to support innovation and growing small businesses within the UK to ensure a forward-facing and global economy. Myriad opportunities exist in the UK for this, especially within our world leading tech sector.

IW Capital have commissioned research dissecting the investment community’s ambitions in backing new technologies, ethical ideas and positive societal impact. The research showed a significant ambition to support new and innovative technology firms, ranging from Biotech to Fintech. This week I discussed these findings with FTAdviser, as they support our feeling at IW Capital that investors are becoming more concerned with making their investments work for society as well as themselves.

Almost half (46 per cent) of the respondents to the 2019 Citizen Investor report said they were likely to invest in a business that makes a positive social or environmental impact. Coupling this with an ever-increasing conscientiousness around the environment and climate change paints a picture of a future facing and forward-thinking SME arena and community of investors.

The small business economy employs over 16 million people in the UK and contributes around £2trillion to the economy each year. There is huge growth potential emanating from the sector within the last decade, including 13 technology unicorns in the last year alone. This demonstrates the latent opportunities that exist in this area with the support of investors, whether through the Enterprise Investment Scheme or other routes of private equity investment.

IW Capital is keen to help SMEs that need assistance to plan for the future and find the right kind of investment in order to help them reach the next level.

To find out more about IW Capital, or for more information on investment and non-executive opportunities, please speak to a member of the IW Capital team today on 020 7015 2250, or email info@iwcapital.co.uk