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Investment Activity

The BVCA Research team compiles and publishes benchmark investment activity data each year for the UK private capital industry from our Investment Activity Survey.

Our annual survey captures details of the investments, divestments, and fundraising undertaken by BVCA full member investment firms each year, including investment information broken down across industry sectors, financing and investment stages, and UK regions.

BVCA Report on Investment Activity 2023

Published: 8 May 2024

Using data from the Investment Activity Survey, we tell the story of private capital in 2023, illustrating how British businesses are increasingly turning to private capital to grow and navigate global macroeconomic challenges.

Some key findings from the 2023 survey include:
  • £59.6bn raised in 2023 by UK-managed funds to be invested globally.
  • Total private capital investment in UK businesses reached £20.1bn.
  • Private capital investors supported almost 1,500 UK businesses right across the United Kingdom in 2023.
  • 9 in 10 UK companies receiving private investment in 2023 were small or medium sized – employing 250 or fewer people.
  • Private capital invests across the whole of the UK as 58% of businesses receiving investment in 2023 were outside of London.
  • Investment led out of the UK reached £31bn, as the UK remains a global hub for driving investment across Europe and beyond.

Read the report


The full, aggregated set of statistics gathered from our members can be found in our Report on Investment Activity 2023 chart book. For those interested in analysing the data, an Excel spreadsheet with all the numbers from the chartbook can also be found here.
Further information

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