We target high-growth opportunities, supporting start-ups and early stage businesses, aligning with investor interests, and unleashing entrepreneurship.
We’re focused on the UK’s most innovative and disruptive new firms, with digital and technology potential. We believe that EIS funding, together with strong, active business support, can fuel economic growth in start-ups.
Backed by extensive expertise and a broad network of relationships, the portfolios bring access to EIS tax benefits, along with prospects for significant returns.
RICHARD COOK FOUNDER AND CEO
Richard has been Chief Executive Officer of Blackfinch since 2009. He has been involved in the structuring and management of investment assets for over 14 years. Richard conceptualised and launched the Blackfinch brand and has overseen the growth and expansion of the company within
the UK retail market. Previously, Richard worked in senior banking roles within Merrill Lynch and the Bank of New York.
RICHARD SIMMONDS PARTNER & CIO
Richard has 15 years’ senior experience in financial services with extensive project, corporate finance and fund management experience across multiple asset classes. Richard holds an Executive MBA from IE Business School, the Certificate in Discretionary Investment Management, and the Diploma in Financial Planning. Prior to joining Blackfinch, Richard held roles at NatWest, FTSE and Credit Suisse in London and New York.
PAUL ROUS VENTURES PARTNER
Paul Rous has over ten years’ experience as an entrepreneur, investor and active supporter of early stage businesses. His professional background spans the military, tourism, hospitality, finance, asset management and technology. He has worked with Goldman Sachs, Freeman, and Generation Asset Management a $1.4billion asset management business. Paul co-founded Fuel Ventures, a London-based seed venture capital fund and active accelerator focusing on early stage digital businesses, which he exited in 2016.
DAVID CRAVEN VENTURES PARTNER
David is a veteran entrepreneur and portfolio manager, bringing 25 years’ experience creating and growing businesses to deliver significant shareholder returns. He is a digital pioneer, having taken UK tabloids online, and co-founded and built Internet service providers LineOne (Tiscali) and Chello Broadband from start-ups. Other roles and achievements include: launching the first online editions of Trinity Mirror Group titles; co-founding United Pan-Europe
STUART TYLER-LLOYD SENIOR VENTURES MANAGER
Stuart joined Blackfinch in 2018, bringing over 20 years’ experience in investment management, focused on institutional investment. Throughout his career, Stuart has been responsible for multi-billion pound portfolios. Stuart is an Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals, a member of the CFA Institute, and a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
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