New research from Beauhurst shows that during the first half of 2017, investors put more money into British companies than ever before. In total, UK-headquartered unlisted companies attracted a record £3.03 billion of equity investment, during the first six months of 2017. This figure was up by 74.7 percent, compared to the second half of last year (2016).
International appetite for UK companies, particularly from China and Japan, is stronger than ever, though it is difficult to say whether this is because of or despite Brexit.- Head of Research, Beauhurst
The data suggests the UK is now seeing more larger transactions. In fact, the first half of 2017 saw two of the three largest deals on record in the United Kingdom. The UK’s record half for investment was in part powered by a surge of interest from overseas investors in British firms. The number of deals involving funds headquartered outside the UK was up by 26.7 percent in the first half of the year (2017).