Development Capital

We partner with exceptional management teams to help realise their growth ambitions and maximise the potential of their business by providing flexible funding solutions, strategic support and access to our networks.

What we offer

We partner with businesses across the UK and Ireland typically seeking between £5 million and £50 million of initial investment.    

Flexible funding - ability to act as a single source of funding by providing bespoke equity and debt funding solutions, including minority, majority, joint venture and debt only structures.  

Long-term partner - capability to provide multiple rounds of funding as the business grows and with a source of capital that allows us to take a long-term partnership view.  

Range of transactions types - flexibility to support organic growth, acquisitions and management buyouts. 

Strategic support - we collaborate with and support management teams by leveraging our extensive network, sector knowledge and experience in growing businesses.  


What we look for

Our primary focus is investing in operating businesses with underlying assets and/or long-term predictable revenue streams.    

Experienced Management - we value relationships and work with ambitious management teams with strong track records to build impactful businesses. 

Growing Markets - we like to invest in underserved and fragmented markets that benefit from strong underlying demand drivers. Our investments have spanned across, but are not limited to, the following sectors: 

  • Healthcare (e.g. elderly care and specialist care) 
  • Education (e.g. special educational needs schools, nurseries, mainstream schools and FE colleges) 
  • Leisure & Hospitality (e.g. pubs, hotels and day visitor attractions) 
  • Housing (e.g. retirement living, supported living, housebuilders) 
  • Other Specialist Sectors (e.g. fibre broadband, data centres and asset rental) 

Responsible Investment and Sustainability - Downing integrates analysis of ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors into our investment decision-making process, with a recognition that they present opportunities to protect and create value. We share best practice and support companies to help drive a positive contribution to society and the environment. 


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