In 2011, £786m (well up from £620m in 2010) was invested in 193 UK/Irish companies (213) by 228 investors (234).
“The growth in value is particularly interesting,” says Ascendant md Stuart McKnight, “as there was significant drop in investment in the fourth quarter when just £129m was invested compared to £143m in the same period in 2010 and £210m in Q3 2011.”
In Q4 2011, only £129m was invested in 48 companies by 73 investors
The 10 biggest deals (with disclosed values) consumed 39% of funds invested, included: Wonga (£73m), Nexeon (£40m), Cellnovo (£30m), Just Eat (£30m), Enecsys (£25m), Oxford Nanopore (£25m), ECO Plastics (£24m), Shazam (£20m), A Shade Greener (£20m) and Media Ingenuity (£18m).
The busiest investors were EnterpriseIreland, Scottish Enterprise, Eden, Octopus, Pentech, Braveheart, DFJ Esprit, Index, Accel, Finance Wales and IP Group
61% of deals involved more than one investor; private investors participated in 28% of all deals; US investors contributed to 11 deals, European investors 17 and Trade investors 34.