BGF has topped a record year of investment by being named the world’s most active investor in businesses seeking growth and expansion funding in Pitchbook’s 2018 global league tables.
Pitchbook is a US firm which delivers data, research and technology covering the private capital markets, including venture capital, private equity and M&A transactions. Their annual global league tables rank the most active private equity and venture capital investors from around the world.
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BGF investing almost half a billion pounds into British businesses in 2018, averaging one deal per week. Since BGF began in 2011, it has invested over GBP1.8bn across more than 260 companies.
Stephen Welton, CEO of BGF, says: “We’re delighted to be recognised once again as the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses. We’ve had an extraordinary 12 months of investment activity across all sectors of the economy and all regions of the UK and Ireland, adding more exciting, ambitious businesses to our increasingly diverse portfolio.”
“Entrepreneurs choose to partner with us, not just because our minority approach keeps them in control of their business, but also because of our ability to provide follow-on investment to support them in the long-term as well as access to an unparalleled network.
“The next 12 months will be challenging for the investment community, particularly in terms of where we’ll see innovation from UK businesses, foreign investment appetite and domestic capital. In the UK, while we’ve seen resilience and continued ambition among entrepreneurs, it’s crucial that we continue to back motivated companies so that they don’t put their investment plans on hold due to wider economic uncertainty. In an environment where bad news increasingly dominates good news, it is more essential than ever for investors to stand up to be counted by continuing to back growth companies.”
Source – Private Equity Wire