Future Fund Approves £1.2 Billion of Convertible Loan Agreements

Press release 25 March 2021

  • £1.20bn worth of convertible loans approved for 1,236 companies
  • 40% of funding to companies outside London worth £483.6m
  • 77% of funding to mixed gender senior management teams
  • 56% of funding to companies with both ethnic minority and white senior management team members

Today the British Business Bank publishes Future Fund data that gives a detailed picture of the 1,236 companies that have been approved for £1.20bn (£1,203.7m) worth of Convertible Loan Agreements since the scheme was launched on 20 May. There have been 1,846 applications in total since the scheme was launched and the scheme closed to new applications on 31 January 2021.

This final release of monthly data shows where companies are based across the UK and the composition of the senior management teams by gender and ethnicity. This data is self-reported by the companies applying to the Future Fund.

Data by region

The data reveals, 40% of funding approved to companies for convertible loan agreements worth £483.6m have their headquarters located outside of London. Of the total amount of £1,203.7m, 15% is to companies headquartered in the South (South East and South West), 11% in the North (North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber), 8% in the East of England, 4% in the Midlands (East Midlands and West Midlands) and 3% in the Devolved Nations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). London accounts for 60% of companies, in-line with the wider market trends for equity investments. The British Business Bank’s 2019/20 Small Business Finance Markets report showed that London received 66% of equity investment by value in 2019.

Data by gender mix of senior management team

Of the 1,236 companies that have been approved and received their Convertible Loan Agreements for signature, 77% of funding is to companies with mixed gender senior management teams. Since the launch of the Future Fund more than 30 venture capital firms and angel groups have become signatories to the Government’s Investing in Women Code, alongside the Future Fund.

As part of its commitment to sign HM Treasury’s Investing in Women Code, the Future Fund will supply HM Treasury with statistics on founder gender. HM Treasury intends to publish the inaugural Investing in Women Code Report later this year.

Data by ethnicity of senior management team

Senior management teams consisting solely of ethnic minority team members and those with both ethnic minority and White team members account for 61.6% of funding to companies that have been approved for Convertible Loan Agreements so far, worth £683.5m.

Future Fund data by gender of company senior management team (self-reported by applicant)

No. of convertible loans approved Value of convertible loans approved
Solely from ethnic minorities 69 £58.4m
All white team 503 £426.4m
Ethnic minority & White team 566 £625.1m
No info given 98 £93.8m
Grand Total 1236 £1203.7m

Future Fund data by location where company applying to Future Fund is based

  No. of convertible loans approved Value of convertible loans approved
East Midlands 16 £18.9m
East of England 89 £91.7m
London 696 £720.1m
North East 34 £31.7m
North West 81 £67.6m
Northern Ireland 14 £13.6m
Scotland 22 £8.6m
South East 139 £147.8m
South West 49 £33.6m
Wales 22 £11.9m
West Midlands 39 £24.5m
Yorkshire and the Humber 35 £33.7m
Total 1236 £1203.7m

The Future Fund uses an online platform based on a recognised financial instrument, and a set of standard terms with published eligibility criteria. The process provides a clear, efficient way to make funding available as widely and as swiftly as possible without the need for lengthy negotiations.

Official statistics report senior management team composition because Future Fund is available to many companies beyond early stage. Our analysis of the company founder data, where available, shows it tracks above market figures for gender diversity.

Notes to editors

The data shown is as per 6.00pm, March 21st, 2021.

Future Fund

The Future Fund will support the UK’s innovative businesses currently affected by Covid-19. These businesses have been unable to access other government business support programmes, such as CBILS, because they are either pre-revenue or pre-profit and typically rely on equity investment. Initially, £250 million was made available by the government for investment through the scheme, to be matched by private investors, with the Treasury making clear the amount could be increased if needed. Due to the popularity of the Fund, more funding is being made available. Developed by government and delivered by the British Business Bank, the Future Fund launched for applications in May and closed on 31 January 2021.

To date, £1203.7m worth of convertible loans have now been approved under the Future Fund. This sum has been matched by at least the same amount from third-party investors. Operating on a commercial basis the Future Fund unlocks additional third-party investment on a match funded basis, creating a bridge to the next equity funding round for innovative companies with good potential.

Application processes are expected to take a minimum of 21 days from initial application to funding being awarded, providing applicants provide all the information required.

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The British Business Bank programmes were supporting more than £8bn of finance to over 94,800 smaller businesses at end of June 2020. Since March 2020, the British Business Bank has launched four new Coronavirus business loan schemes, delivering tens of billions of pounds of finance to over 1.6 million businesses.

As well as increasing both supply and diversity of finance for UK smaller businesses through its programmes, the Bank works to raise awareness of the finance options available to smaller businesses. The British Business Bank Finance Hub provides independent and impartial information to businesses about their finance options, featuring short films, expert guides, checklists and articles from finance providers to help make their application a success. In light of the coronavirus pandemic and EU Exit, the Finance Hub has expanded and it now targets a wider business audience. It continues to provide information and support for scale-up, high growth and potential high growth businesses, but now provides increased content, information and products for businesses in survival and recovery mindsets. The Finance Hub has been redesigned and repositioned to reflect this, during this period of economic uncertainty.

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