Fast growth businesses in the UK are flying. Across a number of sectors from fintech to biotech, digital media, marketing and entertainment, scale-up businesses are attracting increasing interest from venture capital funds. But the financing requirements of these businesses can be complex, as many are pre-profit while investing in people and building market share.

Why Shawbrook?

We draw upon deep industry expertise and a unique understanding of the lower mid-market space, enabling fast and informed decision making and a dedicated team so support a seamless execution and on-going support. 

  • Continue to invest in product and infrastructure;
  • Acquire users and build market share;
  • Maintain focus and momentum; and
  • Preserve equity by raising funds without diluting share capital

Key client characteristics

  • Presence of existing investor (venture capital, private equity or family office) in company shareholding
  • Enterprise value +£10m (based on previous fund raising)
  • Growth of 20%+ forecasted for next 12 months
  • Minimum existing sales revenue of >£2m
  • Existing contracts with diversified client base
  • Working towards break-even

About our Venture Debt facilities

A product designed specifically to help fast growth companies, our Venture Debt solution is a finance facility designed to help VC-backed businesses continue to grow rapidly between funding rounds.

  • Quantum: £1m - £10m limit
  • Term: 3 year term
  • Debt to equity: ≤ 33%
  • Security: Debenture
  • Initial capital repayment holiday followed by capital and interest repayments through to maturity
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Working with businesses you support

Explore our funding solutions for Private Equity investors supporting UK mid-market SMEs.

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Working capital

Maintaining sufficient financial headroom is critical in ensuring that your business is resilient and capable of dealing with whatever the future might hold. We provide a range of solutions to help you manage your working capital, using either your assets or cashflow as security.

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Event financing

Acquisitions, management buy-outs, employee ownership transitions, re-structuring, investing for growth. These are pivotal events for any business, and almost always dependent on access to funding.

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Assets & equipment

Funding to support investments in assets and equipment. Whether it’s leasing or purchasing capital equipment or machinery, or funding significant investment in soft assets or intangible costs associated to CAPEX.

Outstanding in your field

We work with most sectors across the UK. Here's a spotlight on some of the sectors we work with.

Useful information

Useful links to more information in case you’ve not quite found what you’re looking for.

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Contact us

If you need to get in touch with our team, you'll find the right person here.

Help with our products

If you're an existing customer or you've got questions on how our products work, visit our help centre for support.

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Business insights hub

We break down the latest data, insights and topics to help SMEs understand the key issues affecting their business.

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News & case studies

Read our latest news and find out more about the businesses we have supported.

Adviser or Business Introducer?

We work with a range of corporate debt advisers, accountants, lawyers, and other knowledge based introducers to find solutions for their clients. 

If your business is introducing clients to the right partners and we haven't spoken before, we understand that a conversation is just the start.

Explore our Private Equity and Sponsor products

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Unitranche

Sector-agnostic and a pure cashflow lend, Unitranche is designed with speed and simplicity in mind to support Sponsor-backed UK SMEs.

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Recurring Revenue Finance

Our Recurring Revenue facility is suited to high growth sponsor-backed UK businesses with quality revenue streams seeking to develop both product and sales capability.

Our business

About Shawbrook

Shawbrook is a different kind of bank, built to accommodate individuality, diversity and the dynamics of the modern world. We combine great technology and the expertise of our people to understand our customers’ individual requirements and to meet their evolving needs.

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Sustainable strategy

Our sustainability strategy is designed to create value for our customers, colleagues, communities, suppliers and shareholders, while having a positive impact on society and the wider environment. 

Making a difference together

As official banking partner of Saracens Rugby Club, we are proud to champion elite women’s sport by supporting the growth of both women’s rugby and netball as lead sponsor of the Mavericks.