Many companies seeking investment say they want a different and better kind of partner. Someone to help them scale, without taking control. To challenge them, without driving them too hard, too fast. To treat them with the honesty, respect and empathy they deserve.
- £1.6bn invested
- 239 companies backed
- 74% invested outside London & South East
- £430m follow-on funding provided
- 14 BGF offices
- #1 most active growth investor in the world
Business Growth Fund was set up in 2011 to offer growing companies and ambitious entrepreneurs patient capital and strategic support. Today, they are the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in small and medium-sized companies. An established and independent company, BGF has £2.5bn to support a range of growing companies – early stage, growth stage and quoted – across every region and sector of the economy. Hundreds of companies are using their equity capital investments to accelerate growth.
With 14 offices, BGF are close and relevant to the businesses they invest in and take pride in being more flexible, patient and supportive than any other funding provider. They help discover sources of new growth potential, then work in partnership to make a difference.
Recognising that companies need more than just money, BGF provides practical and strategic support directly through their own team and also through access to their broader networks. This team has now grown to over 150 people and their network is made up of one of the largest pools of board-level executives. Collectively, the companies in their portfolio employ close to 50,000 people. They want to see more entrepreneurs using their capital to not only scale-up their own business but also, collectively, to drive economic activity and with it increase employment, exports and growth.
Here at NSS, we are part of that exciting vision.
Winner:The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Innovation