Investments in non-tech UK businesses reaches “record” levels for first half of 2014

Equity funding up by 27% on 2013 with number of individual deals up by 15%, report finds

Equity investments in UK companies from “traditional” industries outside of the technology sector have reached “record” levels for the first six months of 2014, according to a new report from data firm Beauhurst.

Said to reflect a “willingness [for investors to] look beyond companies anchored in the tech sector”, the study found that the percentage of total investments taken up by companies with no tech aspect increased from 24% in 2011 to 45% for the period January to July 2014.

Non-tech industries which have enjoyed significant growth for the first half of 2014 include the professional services sector with £338m invested so far; overtaking its £279m funding total for the whole of 2013, as well as the retail sector, industrials, and leisure and entertainment industries, which are all above 50% of their total equity investment in 2013.

The level of equity investments in UK businesses across all industries, including tech, is up by 28% on 2013 and 48% on 2011, with the number of individual deals up 15% on 2013 and 58% on 2011.

Beauhurst co-founder and CEO, Toby Austin, commented on the findings:

“It’s great to see more traditional, less technology-focused growing companies finally getting a look in. It will be great for the economic recovery and will encourage diversification in the business community.”

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