Welcome to InvestUK
Bringing together foreign investors and UK investment opportunities
Established in 2012, InvestUK is a market leading investment firm facilitating foreign direct investment (‘FDI’) into the UK enterprise economy.
We act on behalf of international private clients and their families to source, qualify and manage tailored private equity investments directly into unlisted UK companies.
We are closely aligned with UK Government policy on inward investment and the Tier 1 visa programme. We recognise that this flow of investment provides growth capital to back inspiring entrepreneurs and invigorate small UK companies raising finance to expand, create jobs and sustain communities. It also provides a flow of diverse cultural and professional skills from all over the world into the UK.
If you are an investor, we can introduce you to a wide range of projects with the potential to deliver excellent returns. Because all our investments are Tier 1 qualifying they also provide a route to UK residency. If you are a UK business looking for investment, we can help you secure the financial backing you need to fund expansion and realise potential.
FDI on a high
At InvestUK, we seek opportunities to source, assess and facilitate investment into UK growth SMEs for international private clients and we note promising winds behind UK foreign direct investment (FDI).
The FT’s fDi Report 2017* confirmed the UK has held on to its top ranked position as an investment destination in Europe with 22% market share worth £38bn, showing that its FDI appeal retains its dominance despite uncertainties and recent cooling.
Indeed UK Entrepreneurial activity and value creation is leading Europe. According to Octopus Ventures, one of Europe’s largest technology venture capital firms; "The opportunity to make new investments is fantastic. The UK ecosystem is thriving at the moment. It is by far the most active entrepreneurial ecosystem in Europe, with over 50 per cent more deals done in the UK than in any other European country".
On top of that, an all-time high of 2,265 FDI projects creating more than 75,000 jobswas recorded in the most recent report from the Department of International Trade for 2016-17, And importantly, this is a multi-sector, nationwide trend with the UK regions performing particularly robustly.
And in its most recent report, The Deal, into equity investment into UK unlisted growth companies, research platform Beauhurst reports the number of inward investment deals continued to grow, rising by 26.7% from the previous quarter.
UK Government’s Tier 1 investment approvals rise
Based on the most recent ONS data the Home Office confirms that the number of successful applicants for UK Tier 1 residency via investment schemes has grown 30% year on year (data release 24/8).
This reinforces the UK’s magnetic appeal to private foreign investors from all corners of the world, attracted to our language, economy, diverse culture, legal system and world-class schools and universities, as well the UK Government’s commitment to attracting the brightest and the best entrepreneurs.
As competition for working capital intensifies for supporting growth in the UK SME sector, so too does the demand for alternative sources of equity and debt finance. FDI under the Tier 1 scheme is becoming an increasingly valued source (alongside EIS and SEIS schemes and Crowdfunding platforms) and comes with the value-add of an active investor potentially offering established routes to new market, ready-made customer relationships as well as new supply chain and manufacturing solutions.
So whether in big deals or small, FDI is becoming an increasingly dynamic driver of UK investment across all industries and sectors.
*The fDi Report 2017. The Financial Times’ specialist unit dedicated to foreign direct investment
**Department for International Trade. Inward Investment Results 2016-17
*** Beauhurst . The Deal – Equity Investment in the UK. H1 2017
****Home Office Immigration statistics April to June 2017.
The UK ecosystem is thriving at the moment. It is by far the most active entrepreneurial ecosystem in Europe