New Investment Director for BGF

July 2011 

London - the £2.5 billion Business Growth Fund (BGF) today announced the appointment of Alistair Brew as an investment director, based in London. Alistair joins from Octopus Ventures.

Alistair’s main role will be to identify and successfully execute investments for the Fund. He will also sit on the board of some of the Fund’s investee companies.

Stephen Welton, CEO of the Business Growth Fund, said:

“It is our plan to appoint good deal originators and also people with considerable hands on experience of working with smaller businesses to drive growth. Alistair joins with excellent skill in both and is a significant addition to our growing team.”

Alistair Brew commented:

“It will be exciting to work for an organisation that has unparalleled financial resources focused on funding growth and expansion for UK companies.”

Alistair has 10 years of small company investment experience initially at Close Brothers and then at Octopus Ventures, where he was involved in a large number of growth capital and management buyout transactions, across multiple sectors and throughout the UK. In the majority of cases, Alistair also joined the board of the investee companies. Alistair began his career at Price Waterhouse with direct entry into the Business Recovery Services team.

Alistair has an MA in Modern History from Oxford University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is married with three children and lives near Guildford.

The BGF team now totals 34 people, and is actively recruiting experienced investment professionals across the UK.

The BGF has been established to help fast-growing UK businesses achieve their full potential and play their part in securing Britain’s long term economic recovery.