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Equity investment at record, but first-time backing falls


Investment remains high in Scotland

Scotland retained its position as one of the most active equity investment markets in the UK last year with a record number of deals, though the number of early stage firms seeking their first investment fell, according to new research.

There were 446 deals north of the border during 2020 compared to 428 in the previous year, says Scottish Enterprise.

Scotland was third behind London in top spot (2,986 deals) and South East England in second (725 deals).

It was the fourth year in a row Scotland attracted more than £400 million of equity investment, although the total amount invested decreased from 2019’s figure of £485m to £430m.

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