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We are conviction investors

Bridges was founded in 2002 by Sir Ronald Cohen, Michele Giddens and Philip Newborough – driven by a shared belief that business and investment could play a vital role in tackling some of our most pressing social and environmental challenges.

Through careful analysis of the trends shaping our future, we have spent the last 17 years identifying investment solutions that can help to make our economy more inclusive and more sustainable – and by doing so, unlock lasting economic value.

Over time, we believe this will attract more private capital into investments that benefit people and the planet.

£1bn

Capital raised

14

Funds

160

Portfolio investments

1

Mission

Proven

Since 2002, we’ve shown that investing in a more inclusive and sustainable future – for example by creating jobs in underserved areas, or delivering better health or education outcomes, or finding smarter ways to reduce carbon emissions – can consistently create both long-term economic value and measurable societal impact. That’s enabled us to raise over £1bn to date.

2002

Bridges is founded by Sir Ronald Cohen, Michele Giddens and Philip Newborough. It launches the first fund of its kind in the UK: a growth capital vehicle targeting market-rate returns by investing in businesses with a positive social or environmental impact.

2009

Launch of our Social Entrepreneurs Fund, providing quasi-equity and operational support to ambitious social enterprises looking to scale

2010

Launch of our property investment strategy, with a focus on growth locations and needs-driven sectors

2012

Bridges celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special event featuring former Vice President Al Gore as guest speaker.

2013

We launch the first fund in the world dedicated to supporting social outcomes contracts commissioned by Government and delivered by high-impact organisations.

2013

Creation of our specialist in-house impact advisory team, to support our investment teams and facilitate the growth of the broader market

2015

Our first IPO: The Gym Group lists on the London Stock Exchange at a valuation of £250 million.

2016

Launch of the Impact Management Project, an unprecedented industry-wide collaboration to agree norms and benchmarks for understanding and managing impact

2019

Our total funds raised to date surpass £1bn, after successful closes for our latest Growth Business, Long-term Capital and Social Outcomes vehicles

Passionate

We’re passionate about using investment to find scalable solutions to the challenges facing people and the planet. Collectively, our team has decades of experience working with like-minded partners, helping them to maximise the potential and optimise the impact of their ideas.

Passionate, Bridges Fund Management

  Pioneering  

We were one of the first fund managers in the world to launch an impact-driven investment fund. Since then we’ve pioneered multiple investment products to channel private capital towards impactful SMEs, property and social sector organisations. We’ve also helped to support the broader growth of this approach through advisory work, field-building publications and our own philanthropy.

A better way of working

We strive to be ethical and responsible investors and asset-owners, taking all potential stakeholders into account in every decision we make. 

We are amongst the highest rated investment managers in the world according to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment. 

We are a registered B Corporation (in fact, we are one of B Corp’s Best for the World). 

We are also signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, The Sustainable Protein Initiative, and the Stockholm Declaration.

A better way of working, Bridges Fund Management