Almost two-thirds (65%) of professional investors believe the securing of new trade deals will make the UK business environment more attractive to investors over the next three years, according to a new survey.
The investors interviewed, who are based in UK, Germany, and the US and collectively manage over US$300bn, believe the increased desire to secure trade deals and support businesses following the fall-out of Brexit and the Coronavirus pandemic are the main reasons for the positive outlook.
However, over the next five years, half of the investors believe that Brexit will have a negative impact on the overall UK economy.
The survey of 110 professional investors was carried out on behalf of MBH Corporation PLC, an investment holding company.
Callum Laing, CEO MBH Corporation, said: “Our research shows a clear level of overall optimism for new trade deals for the UK, and an improving business environment.”
Laing said, “Micro caps and small businesses are often the first to benefit from any uptick in economic activity following a downturn, which is what we are seeing now as the world recovers from the worst effects of the coronavirus crisis. Many of our portfolio companies are enjoying strong growth.”
MBH Corporation currently has 20 small businesses across its portfolio in the UK, and suggests those companies are usually the first to perform strongly following periods of downturn.