BGF has appointed a new investor to strengthen its Reading-based team which supports the growth potential of ambitious businesses across the Thames Valley and Solent regions.

Harry Kernick, who is a qualified accountant, joins BGF from PwC in Reading where he was a senior associate in the M&A financial due diligence team. 

In this role Kernick worked on both the buy and sell side on a range of transactions with a particular focus on the TMT industry. Prior to that, he spent two years in PwC’s private business audit division.

At BGF, Kernick will be responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including identifying and assessing investment opportunities, managing the transaction process and supporting existing portfolio companies on their growth journeys.

“BGF’s reputation as a highly active and experienced investor with a strong track record and clear focus on sustainable investing is truly compelling,” he said. 

“There is such a wealth of exciting businesses across the Thames Valley and Solent regions, and I’m relishing the opportunity to build relationships and have a positive impact within the local business community.”

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BGF is the UK and Ireland’s most active investor, providing ambitious businesses, across a diverse range of sectors, with the growth funding and strategic support they need to realise their potential. 

Since 2011, BGF has invested over £3.5 billion across more than 500 companies, including £260 million across the Thames Valley and Solent regions.

Ned Dorbin, head of BGF’s investment team in Reading, commented: “Harry is an excellent addition to the investment team as we look to partner with even more ambitious founders and management teams across the region. 

“Harry brings valuable deal experience across a variety of sectors, with particular expertise in the TMT sector, which will add real value to our offering.”

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