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BGF [2021]

Finance and Risk Capital

Impact for scaleups


Companies backed


Follow-on investments


Investments outside of London


Growth-stage investments

Key sectors

Healthcare Impact ventures / Social Impact Life Sciences & Biotech Building & Construction Manufacturing / Advanced Manufacturing Creative, digital, film, games & media Professional services Defence & security Technology & Communications Engineering / Advanced Engineering Transport & Logistics Environmental Science & Technology Farming, fisheries & forestry Finance Food & drink

BGF describes itself as “the world’s most active growth capital investor.” Since its formation in 2011, it has backed more than 400 British and Irish companies. The investor supports a range of growing companies – early stage, growth stage and quoted – across every region and sector of the economy, and on average invests in more than one company per week. 

It makes long-term equity investments in return for a minority, non-controlling stake in the companies it backs. Initial investments are between £1m-£15m, which can be followed by significant follow-on funding.

The company has 16 offices in the UK and Ireland. Four-fifths of its investments are made into companies based outside of Greater London. Scaleups that it has backed include Gousto (in which it has participated in eight funding rounds), Decora, Emma Bridgewater and Seasalt. It has recently created a specialist advisory board in order to solidify its position in the life sciences sector

It has a specialist internal team of more than 180 people, combined with an international network of business leaders, sector experts and non-executive directors, providing a platform and capability to support management teams’ ambitions for growth. This is reinforced by dedicated in-house support with chair and senior executive selection and appointments through its 6,000-strong Talent Network.

This year BGF led the inaugural Scaleup Week, a week-long series of virtual events, with the ScaleUp Institute.

BGF [2021] website