Private equity is now a firmly established method for companies to access finance and grow without having to go cap in hand to the bank.
The Midlands region is embracing this new frontier and saw more private equity and venture capital investment during 2014 than anywhere outside of the capital and South East.
The Birmingham Post has this week published a dedicated supplement about the sector with support from the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA).
In his foreword to the supplement, BVCA director general Tim Hames writes: "One of our main messages of the last 12 months, especially important in the run-up to the General Election, was the importance of a national growth strategy.
"In the wake of the financial crisis, regulators, politicians and commentators were at pains to emphasise how the UK had to protect itself from future economic shocks by ensuring we were less reliant on one sector, specifically the financial sector.
"A sectoral rebalancing was seen as the obvious remedy, a fundamental restructuring of the UK economy to strengthen other industries and prevent a repeat of the fate that plunged us into the worst recession since World War II."
The full supplement can be read in this week's Birmingham Post , in shops now, and via the PageSuite website.