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Friday June 23, 2017
It has been a week defined by a hat-trick of significant events: Monday saw the official start of Brexit negotiations, followed by Wednesday's Queen's Speech and today's one-year anniversary of the EU referendum. Investors, consumers and the private sector are now eagerly waiting to see how these key events unfold and, in particular, what the forthcoming Brexit process will mean for them.
To this end, in the coming weeks Asset Match will be releasing the second report in its Brexit sentiment series, examining the attitudes of the UK's investor community towards the country's high-growth companies, Brexit and what the next Government will mean for private sector progression. The first edition of the report provided a timely analysis into the attitudes of UK consumers towards scaling SMEs; its findings were resoundingly positive, with a significant proportion of UK consumers optimistic towards the future growth potential of UK businesses during and following Brexit.
Providing greater clarity and direction around this pertinent issue, on Tuesday Chancellor Philip Hammond made a speech at Mansion House in which he laid out the Government’s four-pronged approach to Brexit negotiations. For businesses, this included securing a comprehensive agreement for trade in goods and services, negotiating mutually beneficial transition arrangements to ensure stability during Brexit, and supporting the UK’s financial services industry.
During these negotiations, it is fundamental that the interests of private companies and the shareholders who support them are realised and protected. For investors, the ability to release locked-up equity will ensure they are in a position to readily support scaling UK businesses. Asset Match will continue to offer businesses an alternative liquidity option while granting shareholders the opportunity to sell their shares through our regular online auctions.
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