Our Company

History

From its origins as a syndicate investing in Scottish companies, Braveheart Investment Group plc has evolved, via organic growth, acquisition and joint venture, into a stockmarket-listed group focused upon four specialist areas: equity, debt, advisory services and fund management. All products are specifically SME focussed.

2017

Andrew Burton retires from Braveheart

Viv Hallam appointed Executive Director

Strategic investment made in Gyrometric Systems

2016

First strategic investments made in Paraytec and Kirkstall

Sells stake in White Rock Capital Partners

2015

Buys out the remaining shareholders in Ridings Holdings Limited

Chief Executive Geoffrey Thomson steps down

Termination of partnership with CrowdCube and London Co-investment Fund

2014

Selected as a consortium partner, to manage the London Co-investment Fund

Braveheart Investment Group, in partnership with Crowdcube Ventures Limited, launches the Crowdcube Venture Fund

2013

Disposal of Envestors Limited

WhiteRock Capital Partners wins Private Equity Firm of the Year at the Northern Ireland Dealmakers Awards

NEON Capital Partners Limited (managers of the Finance Yorkshire Equity Fund) acquires the fund management business of sister company Viking Fund Managers, and is renamed Viking Fund Managers Limited ('VFM')

Braveheart Ventures Limited renamed Strathtay Ventures Limited

2012

Acquires Neon Capital Partners Limited (managers of the £48m Finance Yorkshire Equity Fund)

Appointed to manage the £50m Growth Loan Fund in Northern Ireland; WhiteRock Capital Partners formed

Wins mandate to manage the £10m Lachesis Fund (University Challenge Seed Fund)

2010

Acquires Envestors Limited

2009

Acquires Viking Fund Managers Limited

Confirmed as accredited lender under Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme (EFG)

2008

Launches Strathclyde Innovation Fund

2007

Acquires WL Ventures Limited (renamed Caledonia Portfolio Realisations)

Flotation on Alternative Investment Market of The London Stock Exchange (AIM)

2006

Launches Alpha EIS fund

2004

SMART Equity Scheme rolled-out to Scottish universities

Braveheart Ventures Limited authorised by FSA

2003

Braveheart Investment Group plc formed and acquires Braveheart Ventures Limited

Appointed by Scottish Executive as one of the first partners in the £40m Scottish Co-investment Fund

Joint pilot equity scheme for university spin-out companies launched with Bank of Scotland and University of Edinburgh under SMART Equity Scheme

1997

Braveheart Ventures Limited formed as investment syndicate