Our proudest moments of 2016 #1

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How shall we describe 2016? Well, it was nothing if not ‘big’. But amidst all of the change, uncertainty and challenges, we – like every good business out there – achieved things that we’re really, really proud of.

So, here they are – our proudest moments of 2016.

#1 We reached £1bn invested.

In total, we’ve now backed over 160 companies. These businesses have been busy creating, making, innovating, investing and hiring. Their activities cross, well, pretty much every sector there is and this year, we’ve added big data, robotics, infrastructure, nursery care and furniture design (the list goes on) to our portfolio.

Collectively, the businesses we back employ more than 30,000 people  – a number which would make them the UK’s eighth largest private business employer.