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Firms look to private equity to foster growth after the pandemic

Nearly a third of medium sized businesses in East Anglia are currently looking for private equity investment as they seek to grow after the pandemic and most firms think that now is the right time to invest, according to a survey from BDO.

Its Rethinking the Economy survey of 500 mid-sized companies, showed that 30 per cent of companies are actively looking for an investor. The ability to develop new products and services was the biggest driver for firms seeking external investment followed by funding to cover immediate costs and the ability to expand through mergers and acquisitions. Overall, 90 per cent of businesses in the region think that now is the right time to invest.

John Gethen, M&A director at BDO in East Anglia, said: “From a private equity perspective, the UK is very much ‘for sale’ at the moment, with PE buy-outs at record levels during the first six months of 2021. Growing investor appetite, coupled with a substantial investment pot, means any pent-up demand from regional companies is likely to be satisfied by an injection of private equity funding, as businesses look to scale-up quickly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.”

Vinny Patel, corporate finance director at BDO, added: “…we anticipate a further influx of private equity capital into East Anglia, as well as high levels of other deal activity, in the next 12 months across key sectors.” The survey showed access to funding was a key barrier to growth for firms in the region and repaying Covid-related debts was a significant issue.

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