Microsoft is working with investment company BGF to help high-growth, innovative businesses digitally transform and unlock sustainable growth.
BGF, which has 16 offices across the UK and in Ireland, works with entrepreneurs in a range of sectors to grow their company. In doing so, they also support the UK and Irish economies.
Helping their portfolio digitally transform is a key part of every BGF business plan. As a result, many companies choose the cloud to reduce costs, work more flexibly and respond to spikes in customer demand.
Lyndon Arnold, Head of Technology at BGF, said: “Small businesses can grow very quickly, so they need a digital platform that can grow at the same pace. That’s why so many companies choose Microsoft solutions. Our strategic partnership with Microsoft helps the businesses we work with to modernise their digital footprint. It also helps them share learnings beyond technology to other topics that are top of mind for high-growth companies such as cultural transformation, diversity and inclusion, talent, accessibility and sustainability.”
BGF, which was set up to address the chronic shortage of funding available to high-growth companies, has backed more than 400 businesses since it was founded in 2011. It delivers, on average, more than one investment a week of between £1m and £15m, in addition to significant follow-on funding for investee companies.
It has invested in companies involved in technology, media, telecoms, healthcare, e-commerce, automotive and aerospace, among other sectors. One of those companies is IXICO, the London-headquartered specialist technology services Contract Research Organisation; a leading proponent in the development and deployment of AI data analytics on medical images and wearable biosensor patient data.