The West of England Investment Ecosystem

On Thursday 22nd March, Nick Sturge and I hosted the inaugural Quarterly Investment Briefing and soon afterwards I sent an email to all those who attended, and many others who couldn’t be there – the ‘Quarterly Investment in Brief’.

This new initiative is a response to a challenge which is often shared with me as Scale-up Enabler, that of ‘access to investment.’ As with all the challenges that they face, founders each have their own interpretation of exactly what that challenge really is – and I will soon attempt to distil this into a single blog post. In the meantime, I have turned my desktop research skills (and many conversations with regional scale-up supporters) into a summary of the investment landscape for the West of England. The series of slides linked via Slideshare below attempts to summarise all the players currently active in the region when it comes to helping scale-up founders secure funds for growth.

It’s almost inevitable that I will have missed something and I’d very much appreciate your help to fill in the gaps. My email address is at the end of this post – please drop me an email with information about missing organisations/funds/initiatives.

If you are an investor and you would like to receive invitations to future QIBs, and to see the Quarterly Investment in Brief newsletter hit your inbox, please sign up here:

If you are a budding angel investor, please come along to the ‘Effective Investor Workshop’ hosted by the UK Business Angels Association on Wednesday 25th April at 16:30: RSVP here:

If you are a scaleup founder and you would like me to share your investment proposition with this group, please send over a one page summary of your proposition at least 48 hours in advance of the QIB events.

Future event schedule: Thursday 28th June, Thursday 27th September and Thursday 6th December all 16:00 – 18:30

This blog series tells the story of the Scale-up Enabler, Briony Phillips. Briony joined the Engine Shed team on a 1 year contract in June 2017 funded by Business West, Engine Shed, The University of Bristol and the West of England Growth Hub. This group have a shared ambition – first, to identify scale-up businesses in the West of England region and to better understand their challenges and second, to design, facilitate and support initiatives that will make it easier for businesses to scale-up more effectively – in the long term.

Links and information are correct as of April 2018.

Briony – Scale-up Enabler