Impact for scaleups
Investments outside of London
BGF describes itself as “the world’s most active growth capital investor.” Since its formation in 2011, it has backed more than 330 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 has continued to invest in one company a week on average since the Covid pandemic began in the UK in March 2020.
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 followed by significant follow-on funding.
The company has 14 offices in the UK and nearly 80 per cent of the investments are made into companies based outside of London. Scaleups that it has recently backed include Gousto (in which it has participated in five funding rounds), Moteefe, Appnovation, Streetbees and Bramble Energy.
It has a specialist internal team of more than 170 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 5,000-strong Talent Network.
BGF invests off its own balance sheet, allowing it to offer flexible investment structures with a mix of equity and loan notes as appropriate. BGF can also offer equity release for existing shareholders, and funding to support domestic or international expansion strategies through