Scottish Equity Partners
Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is a leading independent, owner managed growth equity and venture capital firm with a 20 year track record of successful investing. Operating from offices in Glasgow and London, SEP invests in innovative, high growth potential companies in the IT, healthcare and energy sectors throughout the UK and has a high caliber team with substantial private equity, venture capital and operational experience. The firm has recently raised a new £200m growth equity fund from blue chip European and US institutional investors and also established a £90m environmental technologies fund in partnership with SSE plc. SEP's approach is to provide hands-on support for the companies it invests in, as well as capital, and is recognized as the partner of choice by many of the UK's high growth potential companies. www.sep.co.uk
Business Growth Fund
Business Growth Fund has been established to help Britain's fast growing smaller and medium sized businesses by providing access to long term equity finance. It will invest between £2m and £10m per business in return for a minority stake and a seat on the board for a BGF director. BGF is an independent company with capital of up to £2.5 billion, backed by five of the UK's main banking groups - Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS, and Standard Chartered. It is managed completely autonomously with an independent management team. BGF is one of a range of initiatives designed to forge a new relationship between the banking sector and UK businesses, and works in close collaboration with the British Bankers' Association as well as other key business organizations across the UK. www.businessgrowthfund.co.uk
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