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Why angel investment, not foreign direct investment, is key for UK SMEs

Why angel investment, not foreign direct investment, is key for UK SMEs

As the UK remains the top EU destination for foreign direct investment, Jenny Tooth, CEO of the UK Business Angels Association, comments on why UK angel investors are so important

Despite concerns over Brexit and the impact that it will have on international investments, London remains the number one city in the world for foreign direct investment. In addition to this, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham have also featured in the top 20 cities highlighting the fact that the UK contains many geographical regions that have growing industries outside of the capital city.

Jenny is of the opinion: “While it is great that the UK attracts a significant amount of foreign direct investment, it is vital that we continually recognise the importance of domestic investments and the value of angel investors in the UK. Angel investors provide crucial support and industry knowledge that mirrors their financial input. In order to ensure that UK entrepreneurs and investors can connect, the UKBAA  has launched many successful Investor Angel Hubs outside of London that serve as a focal point for the early stage investor community. These are designed to improve regional infrastructure with hubs in Manchester and Leeds opening soon. I am optimistic about British businesses and their ability to continually reach unprecedented heights, but we cannot become overly reliant on foreign direct investment, and must look at the benefits that angel investments can bring.”

Hernaldo Turrillo
Hernaldo Turrillo is a writer and author specialised in innovation, AI, DLT, SMEs, trading, investing and new trends in technology and business. He has been working for ztudium group since 2017. He is the editor of openbusinesscouncil.org, tradersdna.com, hedgethink.com, and writes regularly for intelligenthq.com, socialmediacouncil.eu. Hernaldo was born in Spain and finally settled in London, United Kingdom, after a few years of personal growth. Hernaldo finished his Journalism bachelor degree in the University of Seville, Spain, and began working as reporter in the newspaper, Europa Sur, writing about Politics and Society. He also worked as community manager and marketing advisor in Los Barrios, Spain. Innovation, technology, politics and economy are his main interests, with special focus on new trends and ethical projects. He enjoys finding himself getting lost in words, explaining what he understands from the world and helping others. Besides a journalist, he is also a thinker and proactive in digital transformation strategies. Knowledge and ideas have no limits.
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