How do we service the high-growth SME community through our investments?

BGF is proud to be the most active investor in growing SMEs in the UK and Ireland. From trailblazing sports brands to family-run manufacturers, our patient, flexible equity investments have helped over 225 businesses scale up and succeed. And they’ve won us awards, too. This year, BGF became the first and only investor to be honoured for Innovation in the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Our offer to SMEs

Why are we different?

Long-term capital

We provide long-term growth capital to support your growth strategy, be it to make acquisitions, accelerate a site roll-out, develop new products or expand your management team.

And we don’t rush you. Unlike many other equity investors, with a balance sheet of over £2.5bn backed by the UK’s leading banks, our investment timetable is dedicated by the needs of your business - not the other way round.

Our initial investments are between £1m-£10m, with the potential for significant follow-on funding.

We won’t take the reins

BGF is a non-controlling equity partner, meaning we only ever take a minority stake in the businesses we back and you stay in control of the day-to-day running of your business. A typical equity stake ranges from 10%-40%, and we have no drag rights.

Flexible investments

One size never fits all. We can provide a mix of equity and unsecured loan notes, funding for both acquisitive and organic growth strategies, and can provide equity release to existing shareholders.

More than just money

Many SMEs tell us that it’s not just funding that they need, but the right introduction at the right time. Our Talent Network is an unparalleled resource of board-level executives and sector experts that can provide advice and guidance when you need it most. Take Giggling Squid, the fast-growing Thai restaurant chain in the South East. Using a £6.4m investment from BGF, the company will open a further 10 sites a year for the next five years. BGF introduced Giggling Squid to Simon Kossoff, chair and former CEO of Carluccio’s, who joined their board as non-executive chair to provide strategic support for their ambitious rollout plans.

A local presence

We have offices all over the UK and Ireland, enabling our investors to be fully embedded in the SME community within their region. We run local industry-specific workshops and networking events, and our annual CEO conference, highlighting the power of entrepreneurial activity across the whole country, is now a flagship event in the UK.

Stories we've helped

After taking the “emotional step” to sell a minority stake in his business, founder Tom O’Hagan is confident he’s found the right type of patient capital plus associated support to realise his goal to become the top UK company to work for. Read more...
Firefly’s co-founders Simon Hay and Joe Mathewson created the education technology solution out of their “own frustrations” about offline studying while doing their GCSEs, and continue to achieve full marks for international scale-up success. Read more...
Renal Services
The UK’s first privately operated independent chain of kidney dialysis clinics Renal Services was one of BGF’s earliest investments and was chosen as one of the 1000 Companies to inspire Britain 2017. Read more...
Gousto has overcome numerous scale-up challenges thanks to its strong values, people-focused culture and unequivocal commitment to organic growth, confirming its prize as one of the UK’s most innovative food tech companies. Read more...
ToucanBox is among the UK’s fastest-growing education technology businesses thanks to early backing from the co-founders of Innocent Drinks and equity investment from BGF. Read more...
BGF is driven by the hard work and commitment of all its people. We like to think ourselves every bit as passionate and entrepreneurial as the businesses we back.