Chris Manson, CEO of Newable
Chloe Shakesby

London investment network secures £10m to fund early stage businesses

A London investment network has announced that it has secured £10m in funding to support its nationwide portfolio.

Newable Ventures has teamed up with Bristol Private Equity Club (BPEC) to secure the £10m in new funding from British Business Investments.

The investment will be used to fund early stage businesses across the UK, with the commitment split between Newable’s Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) fund and a separate pool to back entrepreneurs and businesses across the South West.

Chris Manson, CEO of Newable, comments: “This funding commitment forms part of an exciting and ambitious drive to level up business investment across the UK and increase the amount of capital being invested into small British businesses at the core of our economy.

“Newable Ventures’ investment model, combining its EIS Fund with experienced business angels, is a powerful recipe for providing patient capital to high growth early stage UK companies.

“The wide-ranging support that Newable provided to some 25,000 SMEs in 2019 also demonstrates our role as more than just a source of capital but as a unique provider of an eco-system of services that can help small businesses thrive.”

Jerry Barnes, founder of Bristol Private Equity Club, said: “As the largest and most active Angel Investor in the South West, with 100 members, we know that there is an exciting range of innovative SMEs in the region that can make a major contribution to prosperity with the right support.

“We are very much looking forward to co-investing with Newable and British Business Investments, helping to select the entrepreneurs and businesses that will go on to achieve great success

Judith Hartley, CEO of British Business Investments, said: “This innovative business model, which leverages the expertise of both Newable Ventures and BPEC, enables British Business Investments to invest alongside two angel networks and the Newable Ventures EIS Fund through our Regional Angels Programme.

“This initiative will significantly increase the availability of early stage capital to support growing smaller businesses across the South West of England and also the rest of the UK.”

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