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Bridges Evergreen Holdings

An innovative investment vehicle providing real long-term capital and hands-on support to ambitious mission-led businesses looking to scale their impact.

Overview

Bridges Evergreen Holdings is a new kind of investment vehicle, designed to free ambitious mission-led businesses from the constraints of traditional fund structures. Evergreen is structured as a holding company rather than a fund so it can provide ongoing support over the long term, with no exit requirement. In addition to financial capital, it will also offer strategic, operational and impact management support plus access to specialist networks.

Evergreen will make equity or quasi-equity investments in employee-owned businesses, businesses delivering vital public sector services, spinouts from charities or government, social sector organisations seeking to scale, and businesses wanting to become aligned with stakeholders and scale their impact.

For more information about Bridges’ approach to investment and our thematic focus go to Our Approach.

What we offer

  • Long-term partnership without the need for an exit
  • Strategic and operational support from an experienced and entrepreneurial team
  • Robust impact management and reporting
  • Flexible approach to deal structure (equity or debt, minority or majority)
  • A stable yield for investors via dividends and interest income

Criteria

Investment criteria

Invests in profit-with-purpose companies, public sector spin-outs, social sector organisations and employee-owned businesses with a strong social purpose and a passionate management team committed to delivering impact at scale

Investment range

  • £2m – £10m

Portfolio - (A selection of portfolio companies from the Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund)

Exits

Investors, Donors & Partners

Bridges Ventures is grateful to all the investors that have backed Bridges Evergreen Holdings. The vehicle is also supported by the Bridges Charitable Trust, which is funded primarily by the Bridges Ventures team donating their profits from our other funds. Our investors include:

Investors

  • Big Society Capital
  • Greater Manchester Pensions Fund
  • Merseyside Pension Fund
  • eaga Trust

Donors

Partners

Seeking investment?

If you are looking for long-term investment and hands-on support to grow your mission-locked business,  get in touch.