Private SMEs

Minority capital for growing companies

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How we’re different

BGF is the most active equity investor in the UK and Ireland. We have a unique proposition that few investment partners can match.


We’re minority equity investors always, giving you the expertise of a private equity firm, but without taking control.


We provide long-term funding, without fixed exit deadlines, so you have the opportunity to realise your growth plans.


We offer a variety of funding structures, investing a mix of equity and debt to best suit the needs of your business.


We have experienced investment teams based across the UK, guaranteeing you a partner that knows your region.

Growth funding

We provide businesses with an initial investment of £1m-£20m, with significant follow-on funding available for new growth opportunities. This investment is intended to help you scale-up through ambitious growth plans, such as product development, international expansion, M&A or succession planning.

BGF investors Paddy Graham and Gemma Hamilton outside the BGF Belfast office

Value creation

Alongside investment, our dedicated team offers extensive value creation support, including:

  • Access to our global network of business leaders and sector specialists
  • Introductions to experienced board-level non-executives
  • Exclusive events, webinars and workshops to help scale your business
  • Opportunities to learn from and collaborate with the wider BGF portfolio
SLG Brands studio

Working together

Our Growth team is located across 15 offices in the UK and Ireland. They have a proven track record of working alongside ambitious management teams to grow and exit businesses, with expertise across numerous sectors.

Meet the team  
BGF investor Sonia Powar networking at the 2023 BGF Growth Forum
  • “BGF offered us the perfect combination of patient capital, insight and support.”

    Vikki Jackson-Smith, Founder of J&B Recycling
  • “I would take investment from BGF every day of the week.”

    Eamon Donnelly, Co-Founder of Uform
  • “BGF has been an excellent partner and its investment played a critical role in our growth.”

    Vlad Nanu, Founder of Amdaris