Future Fund publishes diversity data of companies receiving Convertible Loan Agreements

Future Fund publishes diversity data of companies receiving Convertible Loan Agreements
24.06.2020 10:53 am

Future Fund publishes diversity data of companies receiving Convertible Loan Agreements

Lending , Banking

The British Business Bank publishes Future Fund data that gives a detailed picture of the 252 companies that have been approved for £236.2m worth of Convertible Loan Agreements since the scheme was launched on 20 May. There have been 623 applications in total in the first month of operation. Government has said it will keep the size of the scheme under review and consider increasing it if needed. This data shows where companies are based across the UK and the composition of the management teams by gender and ethnicity. This data is self-reported by the companies applying to the Future Fund.

Data by region

The data reveals, almost half (45%) of funding approved to companies for convertible loan agreements worth £106m have their headquarters located outside of London. Of the total amount of £236.2m, 22% is to companies headquartered in the South (South East and South West), 11% in the North (North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber), 6% in the East of England, 3% in the Midlands (East Midlands and West Midlands) and 3% in the Devolved Nations –(Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). London accounts for 55% of companies, in-line with the wider market trends for equity investments. The British Business Bank’s 2019/20 Small Business Finance Markets report showed that London received 66% of equity investment by value in 2019.

Data by gender mix of management team

Of the 252 companies that have been approved and received their Convertible Loan Agreements for signature, 79% of funding is to companies with mixed gender management teams. Since the launch of the Future Fund more than 30 venture capital firms and angel groups have become signatories to the Government’s Investing in Women Code, alongside the Future Fund. 

Data by ethnicity mix of management team

BAME only and mixed ethnicity management teams account for 56% of funding to companies that have been approved for Convertible Loan Agreements so far, worth £118.5m.

Keith Morgan, CEO, British Business Bank said: “The Future Fund plays an important role in providing funding for innovative businesses across the UK that are unable to access other forms of funding. While the scheme was not set up to address wider well-known structural issues in the UK’s equity finance market for smaller businesses, I’m delighted to see this early evidence of the diversity in the management teams of the Future Fund companies. I am also extremely pleased to see so many venture capital firms and angel groups have become signatories to the Investing in Women Code, alongside the Future Fund.”

Future Fund data by gender of company management team (self-reported by applicant)

Management

Team

No. of

convertible loans

approved

Value of

convertible loans approved

Mixed gender

176

£177.4m

All male

66

£45.1m

All female

3

£3.2m

Chose not to provide data

7

£10.4m

Total

252

£236.2m

Future Fund data by ethnicity of company management team (self-reported by applicant)

Management

Team

No. of

convertible loans

approved

Value of

convertible loans approved

Mixed ethnicity

113

£105.3m

All white

109

£94.1m

All BAME

12

£13.1m

Chose not to provide data

18

£23.6m

Total

252

£236.2m

Future Fund data by location where company applying to Future Fund is based

 

No. of

convertible loans

approved

Value of

convertible loans approved

Scotland 

5

£1.5m

Northern Ireland 

3

£2.5m

Wales 

5

£2.9m

North East 

8

£8.2m

North West 

13

£11.5m

Yorkshire and the Humber 

6

£6.9m

West Midlands 

9

£7.5m

East Midlands 

2

£0.8m

East of England 

19

£13.3m

South West 

10

£8.2m

London 

136

£130.2m

South East 

36

£42.8m

Total

252

£236.2m

 

Future Fund opened for applications on 20 May 2020. Provided that applicants provide the information required during the application process in a timely manner, it is expected that the process will take a minimum of 21 days from initial application to funding being made available. Convertible loans are reported as approved at the point the Convertible Loan Agreement document is issued by Future Fund for signature. The time to applicants subsequently receiving funds will depend on the speed with which they complete the documentation.

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