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Development capital

Downing has been supporting management teams to develop portfolios of asset-rich or long-term revenue generating businesses for over 15 years. We provide a mixture of debt and/or equity finance along with rich sector expertise to assist entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Sectors in which we have particularly strong experience include:

  • Energy
  • Leisure
  • Care

We are continually on the lookout for new entrepreneurs to support and if you are looking to raise capital please contact investment@downing.co.uk.

Development capital
£1 million - £10 million+ investment size

We typically look for:

  • experienced management teams
  • businesses with strong asset-backing or long-term predictable revenue streams
  • equity contributions from the management team

We typically provide:

  • a mixture of debt and equity
  • up to 85% of the funding requirement alone, alongside management contribution


Energy Sector

Since 2010, we've funded more than £400 million of energy and infrastructure projects. We’re actively seeking to support resourceful and experienced management teams and developers in a variety of energy sectors, including biomass, energy storage, reserve power, energy from waste and the acquisition of operational solar and wind assets.

We typically look for:

  • energy infrastructure or energy asset opportunities
  • experienced management teams
  • proven technology
  • a pipeline of ‘shovel-ready’ projects



Within the leisure sector, the Downing team focuses on investing in pubs, hotels and wedding venues.

Licenced leisure

We have a wealth of experience in the pub sector; as at 30 September 2017, we had over £100 million of pub assets under management. Around half of the pubs we have invested in are in and around London, while the remainder are spread across a variety of UK towns and cities. We are proud that our pub investments have provided a source of employment and helped serve their local communities.

Hotels and wedding venues

Downing has partnered with leading management teams to build and operate hotels across the UK. Downing has invested over £100 million in UK hotels over the past 10 years.



Over the course of the last six years Downing-managed funds have invested over £45 million in to the elderly care space. We believe that as demand for long-term care is projected to increase in the UK, this asset- backed sector can offer strong investment opportunities.

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Important Notice

Downing’s investments place your capital at risk and you may not get back the full amount invested. Past performance and forecasts are not a reliable guide to future results. Tax treatment may be subject to change and depends on individual circumstances. Smaller company shares are likely to have higher volatility and liquidity risks than other types of main market listed instruments. We recommend that you seek professional independent financial advice before investing. We do not offer investment or tax advice.

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