Investment as it should be

BGF was set up to address the SME funding gap in the UK. We now back hundreds of companies across a variety of investment stages, sectors and regions—with a well-capitalised, evergreen balance sheet of £3bn.

Our mission

We aim to support a large, diverse portfolio of businesses to fulfil their growth ambitions, while contributing to the economic resilience of the country. We strive to help companies scale the right way: through shared values of leading well, growing sustainably, taking thoughtful steps, keeping broad minds, and going further together. We call this good growth.

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ESG Day at BGF's Birmingham office

Our standards

BGF is dedicated to supporting good growth in entrepreneurial businesses. Reflecting our long-standing commitment to this mission, BGF is a certified UK B Corp, a member of the Diversity VC Standard, and a signatory of both the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and the Investing in Women Code.

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Winners photo from the BGF-sponsored Everywoman Awards 2023

Our approach to investing

We’re different by design. We offer a unique combination of multi-sector expertise, national coverage, and extensive value creation support. We partner with founders and management teams to add value beyond our investments, without taking control. And unlike traditional private equity, we’re long-term investors, helping businesses achieve the right exit, at the right time.

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BGF's Head of Portfolio, Ben Barker, speaking at the 2023 BGF Growth Forum

Our track record

Since 2011, we’ve helped grow the likes of Bramble Energy, Amdaris, St Pierre Groupe and Kids Planet, and launched BGF in the Republic of Ireland. Our investment model has since gained global momentum, with Australian and Canadian BGFs being set up in 2018 and 2020, respectively. Here in the UK, we’re backed by Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, NatWest and Standard Chartered.

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Modern office space at Amdaris HQ

Impact in numbers

BGF is the most active equity investor in the UK and Ireland. Alongside this, we’re proud to have been named the UK’s most active institutional investor in female-founded scaleups for four years running.

£4bn+

Investment deployed

600+

Businesses backed

£1bn+

Follow-on provided

200+

Exits completed

  • “BGF understood our culture and wanted to safeguard it. They’re hands-off, but a bit like a family – always there if you need them.”
    Royston Bayfield, Founder of Bayfields Opticians
  • “BGF offered us the perfect combination of patient capital, insight, and support.”
    Vikki Jackson-Smith, Founder of J&B Recycling
  • “BGF has been a valuable strategic partner, providing far more than just money.”
    Tom Dalby, CEO at Blue Light Card