South East M&A Barometer: High growth business trends
The acquisition and sale of companies is an important indicator of growth when assessing the health of the UK economy. We take a closer look at the M&A activity of high growth companies in 2023 in our South East M&A Barometer.
When there are high volumes of acquisitions, it is indicative of a dynamic and growing economy. However, when there are slower volumes, there can be a negative feedback loop for the wider economy. We looked at the M&A activity of early stage high-growth companies in the South East in 2023 and considered what that means for the market in 2024.
Understanding market conditions and what investors are looking for helps to inform decisions and manage risk. The key findings highlighted in the report are:
- The South East is the most active region for high-growth M&A outside of London
- 11% of high-growth activity was completed in the ‘analytics, insight & tools’ sector
- Food and drink processors saw a higher proportion of activity than elsewhere in the UK
- We expect more M&A activity in the South East in 2024 compared to that of 2023.
The South East M&A Barometer report