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

The Committee members are Steve Bates, Shiona Davies, David Gammon, Michael Higgins, Keith Morgan, Luca Peyrano, Guy Rigby, Juliet Rogan, Luis Santos, Sam Smith, Marcus Stuttard, George Whitehead, Henry Whorwood.

Steve Bates

CEO, BioIndustry Association
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Shiona Davies

Director, BVA-BDRC

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David Gammon

Founder & CEO, Rockspring
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Michael Higgins

Non-Executive Director, Quoted Companies Alliance
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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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Guy Rigby

Partner, Smith & Williamson
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Juliet Rogan

Co-Head, High Growth and Entrepreneurs, Barclays
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Luis Santos

Head of Lending, Business Banking, Barclays
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Sam Smith

CEO, finnCap
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Marcus Stuttard

Head of AIM, London Stock Exchange
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George Whitehead

Venture Partner Manager, Octopus
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Henry Whorwood

Head of Research & Consultancy, Beauhurst
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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.

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