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£4.9bn – the highest on record – was invested into the UK’s fast-growth businesses, across 2,989 transactions.
But deals into seed-stage companies tumbled in the second half of the year.
Crowdfunding platforms increased deal activity by 46%. Crowdcube and Seedrs were most active investors in 2015.
Life science investment hit record high of nearly £700m, largely thanks to Neil Woodford’s investments.
London increased its dominance, taking 52% of the total invested in private UK companies.