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BGF builds team in the South West

BGF, established to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium sized businesses, has appointed Sarah Ledwidge as an investment manager, based in its Bristol office.

Ledwidge will be responsible for identifying investable local businesses in Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and the Thames Valley, and working with them to achieve their growth plans.
 
Her appointment brings BGF’s Bristol-based regional investment team to nine people.
 
It follows recent growth capital investments of GBP4m into Corsham and Farnborough-based Skyscape Cloud Services Limited, a provider of cloud infrastructure services to the UK public sector, in April 2014 and GBP2m into Abbey Pharma (trading as Intrapharm Laboratories), the specialist pharmaceutical company, in August 2014.
 
With extensive experience in credit, restructuring, investing and portfolio management, Ledwidge joins BGF following a 12 month secondment at LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.  Based in both London and Reading, Ledwidge was an investment manager in the new business investment team, originating and transacting a number of deals across multiple sectors. Prior to this, she spent nine years at Lloyds Banking Group in a range of corporate business banking functions.
 
Paul Oldham, regional director for the South West and South Wales says: “We are delighted to welcome Sarah to the team.  BGF has enjoyed a really good six months and we are talking with more exciting companies than ever. Sarah’s extensive experience in investing in a range of businesses of all sizes and sectors will be invaluable. At BGF we like to be close to the businesses we back and we are particularly keen to build our presence in the Thames Valley and Hampshire where we know that there are many growing businesses that can benefit from BGF’s growth capital and support.  Sarah’s appointment will give us a significant boost to our coverage here.”

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