The Alternative Investment Market, like all other financial markets worldwide, has suffered in the current economic climate. In 2008, only 67 IPOs were successful compared to 222 in 2007. Funds raised last year also dropped significantly, from £6.2bn in 2007 compared to £900m in 2008.
No one can fail to notice the toll the recession is taking on companies and the economy. Every day big names are falling by the wayside, unable to remain profitable and undoubtedly the pressure on SMEs is immense.
To save pennies, more and more of us are spurning restaurants in favour of takeaways. Just-Eat.co.uk, an online portal for local restaurant takeaways, saw orders increase by 250 per cent last year.