BGF strengthens Talent Network with northern appointment

BGF (Business Growth Fund), established to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium sized businesses, has expanded its Talent Network team in the north with the appointment of Victoria Robson.

Victoria joins BGF’s Leeds office and will further develop the firm’s relationships with a broad network of experienced business leaders across the region.

Victoria’s role as Talent Network Manager will be to cultivate BGF’s relationships with a range of experienced senior business leaders in order to offer BGF investee companies unique access to a pool of expert and inspirational talent.

BGF has already introduced 48 senior Non-Executive Chairman and Directors to its growing portfolio of 60 investee companies.

As a resident of the city, Victoria joins the Leeds team and will work across BGF’s seven national offices, with a particular focus on building BGF’s regional network across the north which includes Manchester, Leeds, the North East, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Victoria was formerly with Directorbank, where she gained 13 years’ experience managing the firm’s relationships with senior executives and non-executives across a range of sectors and geographies but with a particular focus on healthcare.

During her time at Directorbank, Victoria placed Executive and Non–Executive board directors on a permanent and interim basis for a diverse client base including VC funds; privately owned enterprises; mid-market private equity firms and mid-cap public companies.

Investment momentum across BGF’s Manchester and Leeds offices has been strong recently with a strong pipeline of investment opportunities on the horizon.

BGF recently completed a £2.5m investment in Rotherham based specialist interiors subcontractor Horbury Group which was the first South Yorkshire based business that BGF has backed so far and the team completed a further investment in the North East of England which will be announced in due course.

It has invested c. £30m in the county to date via its Leeds and Manchester based local investment teams.

Cate Poulson, head of the BGF Talent Network, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Victoria to the Talent Network team.

“She will be an invaluable asset to BGF as we build partnerships with management teams not only in the north but also more generally across the UK.

“Our aim is to develop a broad network ofexperienced directors with wide ranging skills, in order to drive the growth and development of the businesses that we invest in.”

Victoria said:

“Throughout my career I have built strong and enduring relationships candidates and management teams alike.

“I am delighted to be joining BGF at this exciting time. 

“BGF’s Talent Network has achieved tremendous momentum in a short space of time and I am looking forward to helping provide the level of support BGF backed businesses deserve.”

Andy Gregory, BGF’s regional director for the north, said:

“Our portfolio in the north has been growing at a fantastic pace and we need to invest in the Talent Network to match this investment momentum and in order to offer the best to our portfolio.

“We strive to be close to the companies we invest in as such, we are looking to build the investment teams in both Leeds and Manchester to keep up with the demand for growth capital from businesses in the region.”

Victoria Robson

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