Posted on 07 Aug 2017
YFM Equity Partners’ British Smaller Companies appoints Non-Executive Director
YFM Equity Partners’ (YFM’s) British Smaller Companies VCT plc (BSC) has announced the appointment of Rupert Cook as an independent non-executive director.
Rupert specialises in corporate and business development, with twenty five years’ experience of technology, sales, marketing and general management, including fifteen years in corporate finance and investment. Earlier in his career, he was a senior manager at Cap Gemini plc and then Director of Advisory Services at Interregnum plc.
Rupert is the founder of Red Penguin Ventures Limited, and was previously a partner at Realise Capital Partners LLP, both of which are firms which advise and invest in a range of technology businesses. He is also a partner in MKRC Ventures, which has made eight investments in early-stage technology businesses since 2014.
Rupert also became Chairman of BSC’s Investment Committee upon his appointment to the Board.
Commenting on his appointment, David Hall, Managing Director of YFM said:
“Rupert brings a wealth of experience working with smaller companies, with a keen focus on a variety of technology sectors. His expertise will be invaluable as the Company invests in earlier stage businesses.”
Rupert Cook added
“BSC has an impressive reputation in the VCT market and I am delighted to have joined the Board and Investment Committee. There is a plethora of opportunities in the technology sector at the moment and I look forward to helping the company harness these and ensure these smaller firms reach their potential.”
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About YFM Equity Partners
YFM Equity Partners are leading independently owned private equity investors. With over 30 years of experience we seek to unlock value and growth potential by providing up to £10 million of equity to fuel the development of established business throughout the UK regions. We do this by helping our portfolio companies grow niche businesses, launch new initiatives, make transformative acquisitions and upgrade technologies and systems. Through our offices in Leeds, London, Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield, we are dedicated to working alongside management teams to create long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in and a positive economic impact for the communities in which we work. We advise and manage approaching £225 million of funds.
YFM Equity Partners conducts its investment business through its subsidiary YFM Private Equity Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 122120).