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BGF expands South West team

Investment and finance firm BGF has appointed Liam Pursall as an investor and Georgie Stratton in direct origination as part of its growing team based in the South West and Wales.

Pursall joins from Foundation Investment Partners, where he spent four years focusing on UK buy-outs with an enterprise value of between £5m and £50m. Prior to this, he spent five years in the Corporate Finance team at EY.

His role at BGF will see him working across all areas of the investment process, from meeting entrepreneurs and management teams seeking funding, to developing new investment opportunities and working to support the growth plans of BGF’s extensive portfolio, with a focus on the Thames Valley region.

Stratton joins from PwC, where she worked in a business development role for two years having joined from a similar position at law firm Burges Salmon.

Her direct origination role will see her focusing on the sourcing of new investments and bolt-on acquisitions for portfolio companies across Reading, Bristol and Cardiff.

The pair will strengthen the offering of the 16-strong regional team, led by Ned Dorbin.

Dorbin, head of BGF’s investment team in the South West and Wales, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Liam and Georgie to BGF as we continue to build our team. This year we have averaged one deal a week through what has been a very challenging time for ambitious companies.

“More and more entrepreneurs are reviewing their funding options, whether that is in consideration of a potential capital gains tax increase, a refinancing of CBILS loans or identifying new growth opportunities.”

He added: “Liam and Georgie both bring highly valuable expertise and will enhance our capacity to meet more business owners and management teams across the South West and Wales.”

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