Technology traders and founders representing over £560bn in capital raised and fund property beneath administration have expressed reduction in regards to the rescue of Silicon Valley Bank UK in an open letter to Rishi Sunak and banking regulators.
More than 860 business figures have put their names to the letter, which was coordinated hours after HSBC Holdings stepped in to purchase SVB UK for £1 because it teetered on the point of insolvency.
Leading names together with Richard Reed of Jam Jar, the enterprise capital fund, Chris Sheldrick, founding father of What3Words, Tim Weller, the Trustpilot chair, and Niklas Zennstrom, the CEO of tech investor Atomico, signed the letter.
They mentioned the rescue of SVB UK would “preserve the momentum and energy of the UK tech sector and its wider significance to the whole of the UK, keeping UK tech innovators at the forefront of job creation, economic growth and finding solutions to the world’s biggest problems”.
“This is a pivotal second for the UK, and this a lot wanted readability for UK founders will guarantee they will keep on working onerous to construct their corporations.
“The UK can now continue to be seen globally as a centre for the best entrepreneurs, backed by a tech friendly government, who understand businesses need for stability.”
SVB’s chapter within the US triggered plans for the Bank of England to put the UK arm into an insolvency process, with regulators and ministers engaged in a frenetic weekend scramble to discover a purchaser.
HSBC’s choice to step in got here after talks with a variety of different banks, together with JP Morgan Chase, Oaknorth Bank and Bank of London.
Mr Sunak was personally concerned within the discussions, which culminated in an settlement shortly earlier than markets opened on Monday.
The deal preserved depositors’ money and can see SVB UK function as a subsidiary of HSBC’s UK arm.