Future Fund Publishes Diversity Data of Companies Receiving Convertible Loan Agreements

Press release 17 December 2020

  • £975.5m worth of convertible loans approved for 971 companies
  • 39% of funding to companies outside London worth £384.9m
  • 78% of funding to mixed gender senior management teams
  • 59% of funding to mixed ethnicity senior management teams

Today the British Business Bank publishes Future Fund data that gives a detailed picture of the 971 companies that have been approved for £975.5m worth of Convertible Loan Agreements since the scheme was launched on 20 May. There have been 1,432 applications in total since the scheme was launched.

This 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 that 39% of the funding approved for companies, relating to convertible loan agreements worth £384.9m, was for businesses with their headquarters located outside of London. Of the total amount of £975.5m, 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 61% 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 971 companies that have been approved and received their Convertible Loan Agreements for signature, 78% 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 as a signatory to the code, the Future Fund will supply HM Treasury with statistics on founder gender. HM Treasury intends to publish the first annual Investing in Women Code Report in the first quarter of 2021.

Data by ethnicity mix of senior management team

Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) only and mixed ethnicity management teams account for 63% of funding to companies that have been approved for Convertible Loan Agreements so far, worth £570.4m.

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

Management Team

No. of
convertible loans
Value of
convertible loans approved
All female team 12 £13.3m
All male team 259 £191.3m
Mixed gender team 660 £727.4m
Chose not to provide data 40 £43.5m
Grand Total 971 £975.5m

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

No. of convertible loans approved Value of convertible loans approved
All BAME team 49 £40.8m
All white team 384 £331.5m
Mixed ethnicity team 460 £529.6m
Chose not to provide data 78 £73.5m
Grand Total 971 £975.5m

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 14 £18.0m
East of England 65 £73.3m
London 558 £590.6m
North East 28 £25.0m
North West 52 £51.8m
Northern Ireland 10 £12.1m
Scotland 17 £6.0m
South East 112 £119.9m
South West 41 £24.8m
Wales 14 £7.0m
West Midlands 30 £20.6m
Yorkshire and the Humber 30 £26.6m
Total 971 £975.5m

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, December 13th, 2020.

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.

To date, £720m 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.

About the British Business Bank

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The British Business Bank programmes were supporting more than £7.7bn of finance to over 94,900 smaller businesses at end of December 2019. 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 a 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 high-growth businesses about their finance options, featuring short films, expert guides, checklists and articles from finance providers to help make their application a success. The new site also features case studies and lessons from real businesses to guide businesses through the process of applying for growth finance.

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