Stop blaming private equity, without it small businesses would be strapped for cash

Sep 15, 2021 - City AM

Private equity has been branded the bad guy for snapping up pandemic-hit business. After household names such as Asda were bought up, there was an immediate flood of warnings about price hikes. But private equity’s role as a pantomime villain is worn out. 

Big leveraged buyouts are attention grabbing, but private equity plays a vital, constructive role in funding small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). In 2019, more than £10bn was invested by the private equity community in the UK ve...