Blackfinch Group

Blackfinch are an EIS and alternatives fund manager, with experience in the EIS and BPR spaces.

The Blackfinch management team is based in Gloucester, and accordingly are focusing their efforts on less competitive regional businesses with potentially more attractive valuations which have high growth potential.

Blackfinch invest in the UK’s most innovative new firms, focused on early stage companies across sectors with technological potential. Blackfinch support disruptive businesses, offering products that address real world needs, with the capability to make an impact in global markets.

Blackfinch’s expertise and networks ensure access to deals not commonly circulated in the market. Following investment Blackfinch provide active business support on all aspects of development. Working closely with management teams, we help to scale companies, and build businesses for the long term.

Richard Cook – 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 company’s growth and expansion within the UK retail market. Previously, Richard worked in senior roles within Merrill Lynch and the Bank of New York.

Richard Simmonds – Chief Investment officer

Richard has 15 years’ senior experience in financial services spanning projects, corporate finance and fund management, with a specialism in asset-backed fund management. Prior to joining Blackfinch, Richard held roles at NatWest, FTSE and Credit Suisse in London and New York. Richard holds an Executive MBA, the Certificate in Discretionary Investment Management, and the Diploma in Financial Planning.

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