According to recent figures from PitchBook, American investors are injecting record amounts of cash into Britain's technology start-up businesses due to a lack of capital from elsewhere.
The research provider found that US venture capital funds - which focus specifically on start-ups and small businesses - invested $4.4bn (£3.4bn) into UK tech players in the first ten months of this year. That compares to just $4bn for the whole of 2018.
Meanwhile, London was revealed as the leading European city for VC investment from US investors over the past five years, receiving a total of $12.7bn.
Berlin, the UK capital's nearest competitor, received just $6.5bn over the same period.
On the one hand, PitchBook's figures send out a powerful message about the strength of the UK's start-up climate.
Not only that, but they also serve as a strong counterpoint to those who argue that the UK's imminent departure from Europe will mark the death-knell for all future inbound investment.
Losing home advantage
However, partially handing the UK's brightest up-and-coming businesses into the hands of overseas also raises some concerns.
For example, it increases the risk that should a start-up become a major success, the returns generated will not be reinvested into the UK economy where they can help to drive nationwide turnover.
Likewise, an internationally owned UK start-up is also more likely to be redomiciled and/or floated in another country.
Should this happen, the opportunity for vast job creation in Britain could be lost, potentially hitting the UK's workforce.
According to the Federation of Small Businesses, UK small-to-medium-size enterprises (SMEs) currently contribute about 16.6 million jobs to the British workforce - roughly 60% of total employment.
Meanwhile, they are also expected to account for more than 50% of the UK's total private sector turnover this year by generating an impressive £2.2trn.
These figures also appear to be on a growth trend in spite of Brexit. There are currently estimated to be around 5.9 million private sector SMEs in the UK - 200,000 more than at the start of 2018.
Whatever way you look at these numbers, they point towards one conclusion: small businesses are the lifeblood of the British economy.
The rapid increase in international investment into British start-ups has been put down to a weak pound and a lack of domestic funding for companies as they look to scale up.
Currency issues aside, we see this as a vital sign that it has never been more critical for the UK's vast array of tax-efficient venture capital trusts (VCTs) to step up.
This does not just apply to technology companies either. The UK is full of fantastic, disruptive young businesses in every sector.
Like their US counterparts, VCTs generate returns for their investors by allocating their capital to a portfolio of very small, unquoted companies, such as those highlighted in PitchBook's research.
However, unlike standard funds, a VCT's involvement extends beyond investment. Good VCTs with experienced portfolio managers support their young holdings throughout the growth process.
By doing this, UK VCTs can help ensure Britain itself is the biggest beneficiary of the successes in its start-up sector.
For example, our approach is to back a range of young businesses operating in consumer-facing sectors to provide our investors with a combination of growth and income.
To do this, we look for traits such as a disruptive business model, driven management teams with plenty of skin in the game, organic growth, sustainable cash generation and strong brand identity.
We then support these companies through hands-on engagement and additional cash injections until they reach the radar of large institutional investors
PitchBook's research reinforces our view that the UK is full of exciting young firms that have the potential to be tomorrow's leaders - not just in tech, but across many other sectors (hospitality, education, fashion and wellness to name a few).
We believe it is vital for Britain itself to receive as much of a boost as possible from this wave of homegrown talent at a time when it needs it most.
VCTs can be a powerful force in achieving this.
Andrew Wolfson is CEO of Pembroke VCT