Views from the bridge: At OBM, we are constantly gathering data, ideas, and government policy from across the worlds of energy, mobility, health and technology to ensure up to the minute insights can be applied to your business opportunities.

UK Venture capital investment in UK tech continues to grow in 2020– Tech Nation Report 2021 summary -

30 March 2021

Investors may be interested to hear about the recent data published in this year’s report by Tech Nation, the UK government-funded research organisation, which shows that UK tech venture capital (VC) investment is now third in the world, after China and the US.  Venture capital investment in UK tech start-ups grew in 2020 despite uncertainties such as Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic.  In 2020, UK deep tech investment rose and is ranked third in the world, and UK tech investment by sector highlights large increases in transport, energy and security funding.  An interesting fact is that investment into seed stage companies is decreasing as a share of overall VC funding, which makes it more difficult for start-ups to raise funds.

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak before giving his 2021 budget speech.


UK budget report 2021

13 March 2021

On the 3rd March 2021, Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered the UK’s 2021 budget, setting out the government’s tax, spending and coronavirus recovery plans.  Here is a summary of the policy decisions in the sectors which are of relevance to our clients.

- COVID support

- Taxation

- Investment

- The Green Economy 

- Technology

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak before giving his 2021 budget speech.


Online buyer matching event targets Japanese food and drinks market11th -16th March 2021 Registration deadline: 18th February 2021

4 February 2021

To expand and promote overseas exports of foods and beverages made in Japan, the Osaka Chamber of Commerce (OCCI), in collaboration with the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC), will be running an online matching event. Aimed at targeting overseas buyers, the event will further strengthen the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the two countries.  A recruitment deadline has been set for the 18th February 2021. During this time, OCCI aims to establish the types of products buyers are interested in. Once confirmed, Japanese organisers will identify suitable suppliers who match the requirement before the virtual meetings take place in March.  Click here for registration details.

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Our CEO Masako Eguchi-Bacon’s interview on Forbes Japan Re: UK’s innovation ecosystem

6 January 2021

Our CEO Masako Eguchi-Bacon introduced some examples of the UK’s innovation and start-up ecosystem in an interview with Forbes Japan on the 6th January.