I am sure I start every end of year ZeitgEISt with this sentence so at the risk of repeating myself, it has been another busy year! Being more original, albeit at risk of the understatement of the year, it has also been an unusual year!
Clearly, this year has been dominated by one issue. In Talking Points below, I outline how Covid 19 has particularly affected our sector and what the response has been. I know it has been a difficult year for many in our sector and may I take this opportunity to offer EISA’s support to you all.
As vaccines hove into view and begin to offer a light at the end of the tunnel, attention increasingly turns to the economic aftermath of Covid 19. That is why EISA recently commissioned a significant review of the early stage sector to see how companies had been impacted by Covid 19 and where the market failure and funding gaps now exist as a result. The review drew from data supplied by Beauhurst and was independently reviewed by Professor Nick Wilson, Head of Accounting & Finance at Leeds University Business School and we launched a campaign to share the results of the research and our policy recommendations on 7 December. We will be seeking to engage as much support for our campaign as possible so please do get behind this important initiative. We will be sending EISA members much more information shortly, so please watch this space!