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London Private Equity

A different way forward

Growing businesses in London choose BGF because we help them grow at their own pace, share their passion for success and provide a network of support when they need it.

  • London PE Landscape
  • Investment Team
  • Our History in London
  • London Success Stories

The London private equity landscape

The London private equity market is one of the most competitive in the world, with 45% of the UK’s mid-market private equity deals taking place in the capital. BGF is different from competitors in the London private equity market, with most of our investments worth between £1m and £20m.

Our origins in the financial crisis, and our funding structure, give us the unique ability to invest genuinely patient capital. So far, our London team has invested over £1bn supporting more than 150 businesses in the capital and South East region.

Tania Boler, founder of Elvie

What makes us different to a traditional private equity firm?

BGF is an investor that’s different on purpose. Unlike traditional London private equity firms, we do not seek to take majority control of the businesses we back. Instead, our minority investment model empowers business owners to grow in the way that is right for them, while we offer support and guidance.

Our value as an investor lies in our expertise across multiple sectors, our focus on supporting management teams and our patient approach. Our investment period can vary from as little as 12 months to many years, depending on the needs of the business.

Teams to support all stages of investment

Each of our teams – growth, early stage and quoted – would, by themselves, be significant players in their markets. What makes our model powerful is that we integrate them into one, each part reinforcing the others

Andy Gregory Chief Executive Officer

BGF Early Stage

Our Early Stage team leads private equity investments in some of London’s brightest and most ambitious early-stage businesses. Focusing on new ventures and startups, the team helps entrepreneurs who are ready to move beyond seed funding.

BGF Growth

BGF Growth team invests in mid-sized and privately owned companies that need help scaling up. Businesses in the BGF growth portfolio use private equity funding for a variety of purposes, such as product development, strategic acquisitions, international expansion and more.

BGF Quoted

BGF’s Quoted team invests in listed companies, specialising in the smaller end of the market. The team is experienced in providing cornerstone investment for new listings, helping to reduce fundraising and execution risk.

Our history in London


BGF is established with backing from our bank shareholders Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, NatWest and Standard Chartered. London is one of our founding investment teams. We begin backing ambitious businesses across the capital with patient private equity.


BGF reaches the milestone of 20 investments in London and the South East. This year, we back companies including renewable energy leader 3Sun Group, gym chain Gymbox and dialysis provider Renal Services.


Our most active year yet. We make 26 new investments in London and South East businesses including arts and crafts service toucanBox, education business Firefly Learning and home care provider The Good Care Group.


In the midst of the pandemic, BGF completes 10 new investments in London and the South East. These include mobile software developer Sliide and influencer brand building agency Genflow.


BGF invests over £165m in London and the South East. New investments include plant-based meat brand THIS, female technology business Elvie and energy data analytics provider Stark. BGF completes nine exits of businesses based in the region.

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