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Bristol Private Equity Club celebrates five years of supporting city's entrepreneurs

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17 September 2021

Members of Bristol Private Equity Club (BPEC) celebrated five years of supporting business growth in the city with a party overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Entrepreneurs who have invested £10 million into fast growing businesses and some of those who have received funding celebrated at the Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin in an event that had been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The party had an extra swing as a few hours before a deal was completed that saw Auroch Digital, which club members backed three years ago with investment funds, sold for £6 million to Sumo Group plc, marking a successful and profitable exit from the project.

Within 24 hours BPEC was also highly commended in the South West Dealmakers Awards in a category for venture capitalists and private equity.

Club founder Jerry Barnes said: “Even in the last difficult year our members have invested £3 million in 14 deals with local businesses that are at the forefront of healthcare and app development, across many sectors.

“It was great to get so many people together once again and celebrate what has been achieved in creating wealth, jobs and business in Bristol. To be part of a life-changing deal for Auroch, who as videogame developers are in a fast-growing sector, is also very satisfying.”

Bristol Private Equity Club has more than 100 successful local business people as members. They invest in South West businesses to enable them to grow.


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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