Jenny Tooth shares her hope that the next government will continue to support angel and early stage investment


UK Business Angels Association

12 December 2019

As we all cast our votes today and try to ignore the predictions by the pollsters, we can only hope that the next government will continue to support the angel and early stage investment across the UK and will recognise the important role that our community plays in backing innovation and growth.

It’s been a challenging year for us all, with the many political twists and turns and especially over these past few weeks of electioneering when all decision-making in key government departments has been on hold. Meanwhile, I know that our investment community has continued stalwartly to back entrepreneurs throughout this period, with many important deals being done across the regions, as we have highlighted in these newsletters and on our website.

For UKBAA as a trade body, it has been difficult to represent our member’s interest throughout this period, but we are determined to provide a strong voice to the new Government on behalf of our investors. With this in mind, we will be polling your views in the early part of January to ensure that we can provide clear messages on what more needs to be done to build and maintain a thriving and effective investment ecosystem in the year ahead – and ensure that the tax system will continue to underpin the early stage investment market here in the UK.

As we all begin to look ahead to a time of rest and celebration, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and readers for their support this year and for the fantastic work that you have been doing to enable many more entrepreneurs here in the UK to access the investment they need to achieve their growth ambitions.

We very much look forward to working with you all in the year ahead and on behalf of UKBAA, send you all our good wishes for the festive season and success in 2020.

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