Your ambitions, your way

BGF is a long-term, minority investor, supporting growing businesses across Ireland

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Backing Irish entrepreneurs

We see potential in every corner of Ireland & the UK and are determined to support it. Since 2017, our dedicated team in Ireland has been providing long-term, minority equity investments to outstanding businesses across the country. We’ve invested €107 million into 15 Irish companies so far, to help them fulfil their growth potential.


invested in Irish businesses


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A different kind of growth investor

We are long-term investors and always take minority positions in the businesses we support. For our investments in Ireland, we’re backed by, and work closely with, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) and the main Irish banks. We also only support businesses and management teams that we passionately believe in.

We’re a minority investor so you’re always in control

We fund growing businesses as your long-term partner.

We offer flexible funding for your ambitions

We support all stages of growth through dedicated investors

We’re a minority investor so you’re always in control

BGF provides equity investments in exchange for a minority stake.

Dublin-based aerospace engineering business TEAM Accessories took BGF on board as a minority partner in 2019.

Read TEAM Accessories' story
We fund growing businesses as your long-term partner.

Our initial investments are typically between €1m and €10m and our follow-on funding supports further growth opportunities.

BGF has supported Donegal-headquartered Brindley Healthcare’s growth plans with a €10m investment.

Read Brindley Healthcare’s story
We offer flexible funding for your ambitions

We offer flexible funding to suit your needs. That could be through a mix of equity and loan notes into your business or out to existing shareholders.

Family-owned housebuilder Winterbrook is backed by BGF and has a landbank of sites across prime locations in Dublin.

Read Winterbrook's story
We support all stages of growth through dedicated investors

We invest in everyone from smaller, high-growth businesses to more established SMEs and quoted companies. Our follow-on funding means we can continue to invest through all these stages.

BGF has invested in Renegade Spirits’ Waterford whisky distillery since 2017.

Read Renegade Spirits’ story

A local partner that knows your region

Part of BGF’s philosophy is to embed ourselves in the communities in which our investee businesses are located. We opened our second Irish office in Cork in early 2020, a city in a region that has generated some of Ireland’s most successful international businesses. A growing number of household names are choosing this region for its thriving business landscape.

Why Dublin?

Why Cork?

Being local is at the heart of our approach. This means an Irish team investing in Irish entrepreneurs and Irish businesses. Our Dublin-based investors provide long-term, minority capital to help companies to scale-up and fulfil their potential.

Read more about our Dublin office

Cork and the wider area have a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem. The region has generated some of Ireland’s most successful international businesses and has long been a destination of choice for leading multinationals.

From Apple and Dell EMC to Eli Lilly and Pfizer, more and more household names are choosing Cork for its thriving business landscape, excellent services and business-friendly culture.

Read more about our Cork office

A proven track record

Set up in 2011, BGF is the UK’s most active investor in growing businesses, with a proven track record at backing successful entrepreneurs. Our in-depth experience extends across all industries, including IT, energy, life sciences, healthcare and education. Now, we’re investing in ambitious Irish companies looking to scale-up their operations, from a dedicated fund of up to €250 million.

Our activity in the UK since 2011 £3.8bn


Our activity in the UK since 2011 500+

businesses backed

Our activity in the UK since 2011 #1

most active investor in Europe


Irish SMEs need access to more patient sources of funding to support growth. Our model of investing combines long-term funding with a minority partnership which is particularly attractive to entrepreneurs who don’t want to lose control of their business.

Leo Casey, Head of BGF in the Republic of Ireland


Meet our team

Our Irish team is comprised of experienced investors from Dublin and Cork with diverse backgrounds in private equity and corporate finance, covering all sectors of the economy.

Many growing companies say they want a different kind of investor. Someone to help them scale, without taking control. To challenge them, without driving them too hard, too fast. To treat them with the honesty, respect and empathy they deserve.

That’s why we exist.
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Join some of the most ambitious entrepreneurs in Ireland. We’re always looking for the next brilliant business to back.