Experian are reporting a not insignificant dip in deal volumes for Q1, despite the value of these fewer deals being greater than last year. At the same time, Business Growth Fund are reporting their "strongest quarter to date".
So, what's really going on? Well, like many other things, you just need to peek through the headlines to discover the truth. One deal made up around two thirds of the total value reported so, in real terms value was way down too. But, hey, journo's don't let the facts get in the way of a dramatic headline!
With investment levels up*, this could be an indication that business are focused on growth strategies more than M&A activity, even though they can be one and the same. *This is not a true comparison, and never will be, but another good headline thrown out by the media - BGF is one national body, Experian is reporting regional figures gathered from a small number of advisors who choose to contribute to a report.
What does this really mean for you and / or us? Well, not a lot. Many factors determine "confidence", not least timing. If you want to be more in charge of how such things affect you, call us now on 01865 784462.