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Equity investment in SMEs reached a record £8.8bn in 2020

Equity investment in SMEs reached a record £8.8bn in 2020

Equity investment in the UK’s smaller businesses increased by 9% in 2020 to £8.8bn, reveals the British Business Bank’s annual Small Business Equity Tracker. The strong momentum continued into Q1 2021, with the total value of equity investment in smaller businesses...

Merger dubbed the ‘Apple of quantum computing’

Merger dubbed the ‘Apple of quantum computing’

Quantum computing is one of those technologies that, like artificial intelligence, has been attracting the interest of investors for some time - even though few can actually explain what it involves. The technology, put very simply, involves harnessing quantum physics...

Top Tech Startups in the UK 2021

Top Tech Startups in the UK 2021

The last year hasn’t been easy for a lot of businesses, and many have had to rely on Government support to continue trading. Going forward, there is still, for obvious reasons, nervousness about how and when the economy will open up, and some confusion about the new...

Unlocking the UK’s potential with digital skills

Unlocking the UK’s potential with digital skills

Conducted in the summer and autumn of 2020, a new academic study from Microsoft and Goldsmiths, University of London, explores the current state of digital skills in UK organisations. Despite accelerated digitalisation in response to COVID-19, a clear digital skills...

Innovation finance during the COVID-19 pandemic

Innovation finance during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 caused a global economic shock. It created grave challenges for some businesses and acted as a catalyst for innovation and ingenuity for others. Private Finance for Innovation, a new report (PDF, 887KB) commissioned by Innovate UK, has examined how...

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