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Circular economy deals set to spike in 2022

In a new report by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP, figures show that more than £1.5 billion of capital has been deployed into UK Circular Economy businesses over the past four years. This accounts for a total of 296 investments across equity and debt.

Annual deal volumes grew by two thirds from 2020 to 2021 alone and the average disclosed cheque size increased from £7 million in 2018 to £9.3 million. Venture capital accounted for 50% of 2021 transactions, followed by mid-market private equity leading on 22% of investments and debt funding making up 15% of deals.  

The Investment into the UK Circular Economy report found growth capital investor, BGF has been the most active UK circular economy investor over the past four years with 12 deals completed in the sector. Circularity Capital has established itself as the leading specialist circular economy investor with six investments over the same period.  
 
BDO’s research also found 33% of Circular Economy deals have been done in the manufacturing and industrials sector, another third have been in food and drink, and 22% have been in retail, leisure and consumer markets.

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