Jenny Tooth urges angel investors to complete UKBAA and British Business Bank survey

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UK Business Angels Association

31 October 2019

So today was meant to be the day when Boris was going to “Get Brexit finally done!”, whilst instead we are facing an extended deadline up to 31 January and a looming General Election on 12th December, bringing continuing uncertainty for our investors and the businesses they back. In the face of such economic and political chaos, the role of Angel investors in backing entrepreneurial growth across the UK could not be more significant. Yet, with so many competing policy and financial demands, there is no guarantee that the next Government will continue to give priority to a supportive environment for angel investment, especially such fiscal measures as EIS that has underpinned the growth of this asset class. That is why your support is needed more than ever to contribute to the important research on the angel market, organised by British Business Bank with UKBAA. This research will provide vital evidence to present to the incoming government and ensure that Angel investment across the UK will receive the support and backing needed for its continuing growth.

Our last research two years ago provided the evidence needed to commit significant new co-investment funds to support angel investment, including the £100m Regional Angels Programme managed by British Business Investments and the new Innovate UK £3m Regional Angel investment Accelerator programme. But to date, too few angels have participated in the 2019 online survey and we need many more investors across all the regions as well as women angels to participate in the research and ensure a robust level of data to present to policy makers.

We have only 10 days to go the close of this research and so I am asking all of our readers today to help us gain as many investors as possible to complete the 15-minute online confidential survey – Please take the survey if you are an investor and/or pass this link on to every angel investor that you know. THANK YOU!!

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