Many companies seeking investment say they want a different kind of partner. Someone to help them scale without taking control. To challenge them without driving them too hard or too fast. To treat them with respect and help them build their future. That’s why we exist.
BGF was set up to address the long-standing lack of funding available to ambitious small and mid-sized companies in the UK, first recognised in the MacMillan Report of 1931.
Since then, we have grown to become the most active investor in UK, supporting entrepreneurs up and down the country who are shaping the Britain of tomorrow by powering up new industries and reimagining traditional ones.
BGF has taken unpreceded steps to expand the supply of patient funding across the UK, unlocking more than £2.5bn of capital and bringing together people and processes to create an effective platform to invest at a frequency unmatched by any other investor.
Through innovative thinking and a passionate team, we have created a new approach to investment that enables hundreds of ambitious entrepreneurs to access the patient capital they need – on the terms that suit them – so their businesses can flourish and grow.
BGF, as a result, became the first and only investment company to have been honoured in the Innovation category in the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
The businesses we back
We are proud to support entrepreneurs, inventors and problem-solvers who are on a mission to make a difference. Our capital reaches businesses operating across a myriad of sectors – from those that are unleashing the potential of satellite technology to better protect natural resources; transforming technical fabrics to protect firefighters across the world or developing
laser technology to take pioneering imagery of the brain to better understand degenerative diseases.
Combined, they are a powerful force, employing close to 50,000 people and generating sales of more than £6 billion.
With a footprint of 14 offices across the UK
and a team of 60+ investors, more than 70 percent of our investments have been made into businesses outside of London, reaching every corner of the UK.
The company we keep
Every good company needs a great network of contacts, but accessing people with the experience to help them grow isn’t always easy. Since 2011, we have created a network of more than 5,000 board-level executives who are passionate about using their time and knowledge to support Britain’s growing companies. Through our scale and convening power, we’ve brought these individuals into a network of knowledge and expertise that provides unrivalled resources to the companies we back.
Looking to the future
More than 200 UK businesses have decided to use BGF’s capital to pursue their growth strategies, and this number increases month on month. Our future is being shaped by the entrepreneurs who are relentlessly pursuing growth in new and better ways.
Capital has a role to play, and that role is changing – from short-termism to patience, control to support. We’re proud to be the pioneers of that change.