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We’ve given many companies funding when they’re starting out, and watched some of these companies grow, and grow, and grow. Although it’s worth remembering that investing in smaller companies puts investor capital at risk and investors may not get back the full amount invested.

Over the years, we’ve backed some of the brightest smaller companies out there. Names you might recognise, such as Zoopla Property Group, Global travel company Secret Escapes and SwiftKey – the mobile phone app bought by Microsoft in February 2016.

We also invest in more established smaller companies looking to scale, like identity management software Ubisecure, catering market place City Pantry and cloud-based telephony provider Natterbox.

We’re big believers in the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) too, which is home to more mature smaller companies that typically are already worth hundreds of millions of pounds. Some of our larger investments include veterinary services provider CVS Group plc, identity management specialist GB Group plc, life-science e-commerce company Abcam plc and British pub chain Young & Co’s Brewery plc.