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BGF appoints investor as it strengthens its Yorkshire & North East team

BGF News 07.04.2022
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BGF has expanded its Yorkshire and North East team with the appointment of ‘Rising Star’, Linda Nguyenova.

Linda joins BGF from investor Endless LLP, where she spent more than three years as an investment manager. Prior to this, she worked at PwC across its Debt & Capital Advisory and Deals/Assurance teams. Linda has built up an excellent reputation in the Yorkshire market and was recently nominated as an investment rising star at the Yorkshire Businessdesk Rainmaker Awards, having previously been named in the Real Deals Future 40 Diversity and Inclusion Leaders list.

At BGF, Linda will be based from its Leeds office. She will lead BGF’s origination and business development activities across the Yorkshire and North East region, as well as supporting on all aspects of the investment process and portfolio management.

Linda’s appointment follows the arrival of John Healey as investor. John will be based in BGF’s Newcastle city centre office and will work across Yorkshire and the North East. He joined from business advisory firm, UNW, where he spent eight years advising on a number of high-profile acquisition, disposal and fundraising transactions across the North-East.

Barry Jackson, head of BGF in Yorkshire and the North East, said: “Linda has built up an excellent reputation in the Yorkshire investment community and has quickly established herself as one to watch. We’re delighted to welcome her to the BGF team and look forward to watching her build positive and fruitful relationships with ambitious businesses in the region that have the drive and determination to scale up and grow.”

To date, BGF has now invested £400 million in the Yorkshire and North East region, with recent deals including the £19 million investment in premium bar group, Arc Inspirations, together with the highly successful exits of Coppergreen Leisure Resorts and Yorkshire-headquartered bakery business Cooplands, following its sale to business powerhouse, EG Group.

“BGF has built a strong reputation in the Yorkshire business community as a forward-thinking minority investor, which holds a shared ambition to support highly scalable companies on their growth journey. I’m really looking forward to working alongside the team to forge greater links with those businesses and help them realise their potential in what’s an exciting and thriving regional hub.”

Linda Nguyenova