growth partner

Set up in 2015 by Richard as a way to invest in some of Britain’s most talented entrepreneurs and to nurture and scale promising businesses.

Run by Managing Partner, Gerard Downes and Investment Director, Alex Marsh, Growth Partner takes a long-term approach to investment and demonstrates a genuine desire to support business owners and their teams through the challenges of growth in order to generate strong returns for all.

Growth Partner adds value through partnership. We know how challenging it can be for those at the top of an established business, and we will be working with you to grow your business.

Typically we invest:


In entrepreneur owned and run businesses generating operating profits between £750,000 and £2million a year.

In UK based businesses, though possibly with international operations or the potential to expand internationally.

In passionate management teams with whom we can develop a step change growth plan that could take profits to £10million+.

Between £2-£4million for a significant minority shareholding.


We are entrepreneurial business people with a proven track record of growth and a passion for building successful companies. Our approach is flexible, and we can provide capital to grow, as well as financing opportunities for entrepreneurs to realise value from their work to date.

About Gerard

Gerard established AIM listed investment company Springboard plc. He became finance director and backed management teams to complete a dozen buy-ins and developed a portfolio of more than 20 early stage investments before selling the company in 2006. He started his financial career at KPMG, then moved in to stockbroking where he advised plc businesses on mergers, acquisitions and fundraising. He went on to acquire, develop and sell a document management company before focusing his attentions on restructuring and effecting operational change within marketing and communications agencies. He has served in non-executive and consulting capacities, providing objective and independent strategic guidance to boards.

About Alex

Alex has over 10 years’ experience as a trusted advisor, investor and board member, supporting ambitious entrepreneurs. Alex began his career at PwC working with a range of clients, from small owner-managed, to high growth founder-led businesses, including Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s, Ineos. He then spent six years in PwC’s Corporate Finance team advising management teams on the complete journey, from taking on investment and scaling-up through to positioning the business on exit, to achieve maximum value. He then spent three years working in venture capital and private equity, where he led investments into a range of technology and consumer businesses. Alex took board positions with the companies, building close relationships with the entrepreneurs and supporting them to overcome obstacles, implement change and deliver strategic plans for growth.

Can we help you?

We would be delighted to hear from entrepreneurs looking for support and capital. Please contact:

01423 339055

07824 440400

Current investments: