Finance and Risk Capital

The shortage of capital available in the UK is well-documented. Many laudable initiatives have been put in place to address this and should be given time to take effect. However, government and industry must ensure that progress in closing the finance gap is maintained and reviewed, and the extent to which scaleups are being supported must be reported.

Finance and Risk Capital committee

Chair: Simon Calver, UK Business Angels Association

The Committee members are Steve Bates, Shiona Davies, Keith Morgan, Luca Peyrano, Richard Phelps, Guy Rigby, Sam Smith, Marcus Stuttard, Michael Higgins, George Whitehead.

Steve Bates

CEO, BioIndustry Association
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Simon Calver

Chair, UK Business Angels Association
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Shiona Davies

Director, BDRC

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Keith Morgan

CEO, British Business Bank
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Luca Peyrano

Head of Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange
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Richard Phelps

Managing Director of Senior Relationship Management, Barclays Investment Bank
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Guy Rigby

Partner, Smith & Williamson
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Sam Smith

CEO, finnCap
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Marcus Stuttard

Head of AIM, London Stock Exchange
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Michael Higgins

Non-Executive Director, Quoted Companies Alliance
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George Whitehead

Venture Partner Manager, Octopus
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The purpose of the Finance and Risk Capital committee is to provide assessment and direction on the key needs and policy issues affecting finance and risk capital for scaling businesses. These include research, analysis and thought leadership as relates to finance and risk capital, as well as conducting reviews of finance programmes that support scaling businesses in order to develop appropriate case studies and learnings. Where relevant, specific sector support and analysis will also be undertaken.

The Committee reviews on an annual basis the existing programmes as identified in the 2014 Scale-Up Report, and assesses new programmes to put forward to the Evidence Committee. It reviews policies on finance and risk capital in the UK and internationally.


The current leading programmes endorsed by the Finance and Risk Capital Committee