The Deal

A free report on all equity investment in
high-growth companies.

The Deal is our flagship yearly report examining equity investment in startups and private companies. 

We analyse investment from funders as diverse as equity crowdfunding platforms, venture capital and private equity firms, government and angel investors. 

By looking at equity fundraising activity across the country, we’re able to see the emerging trends and patterns from the perspective of investors and the businesses themselves.

The latest quarterly analysis is also available on our blog.


What’s inside?


A detailed analysis of the size and frequency of investment over time


From venture capital and private equity, to government and angel networks, we look at who is backing high-growth companies 


We pay special attention to equity crowdfunding platforms, providing more data on their activity than anyone else 

Sectors and geography

Find out which sectors are getting most investment, and examine different trends in clusters around the UK

The key findings from 2017

A record amount invested

£ b

Equity deals

Average investment size

£ m

Increase in deals


A fall in exits from 2016

About the authors

henry whorwood

Henry leads Beauhurst’s research and consultancy, and is an expert on equity finance and high-growth business. He has worked on briefs for clients including Barclays, Syndicate Room, Innovate UK, Smith & Williamson and the British Business Bank. Henry regularly gives presentations on finance and market trends at events around the country. Henry studied Classics at the University of Oxford.

Ella halmari

Ella is a visual design and data analysis specialist. She is an expert in data visualisation and content creation, playing a lead role in analysis and production of Beauhurst’s data-driven publications and brand communications. Ella holds a post-graduate diploma in Visual Communication from UAL and the IMC qualification from the CFA Society.

Where does the data come from?

All data featured comes from the Beauhurst platform, a searchable database of the UK’s fastest-growing startups and scaleups.