About Us

The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is the industry body and public policy advocate for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK.

For more than three decades we have represented the industry and delivered authoritative research and analysis, proprietary publications, specialist training, topical conferences and best practice standards.

Our membership comprises more than 750 influential firms, including over 325 private equity and venture capital houses, as well as institutional investors, professional advisers, service providers and international associations. We work together to provide capital and expertise to growing businesses, to unlock potential and to deliver enhanced returns to the millions who directly and indirectly invest in our industry. 

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Our mission

The BVCA exists to connect all of the internal components of the private equity and venture capital industry - investors, fund managers, entrepreneurs and companies, advisers and service providers - to each other, and to represent their interests to government, parliamentarians, officials and regulators, the media, other sections of the business community and society at large.

We seek to improve the efficiency of the sector, individually and collectively, by widening access to it and awareness of it, to assist personal and professional development through training programmes and to produce research publications of value recognised both within the industry and beyond it.

Our history

The BVCA, like the industry it represents, has changed immeasurably since its foundation in 1983, as the sector has grown into one of the biggest success stories in the British economy.

Since our founding in 1983 the private equity and venture capital industry has been transformed from a cottage industry into part of the mainstream economy - making Britain one of the leading centres for private equity in the world.

In the early eighties, the BVCA's primary objective was to secure recognition from the government and policy organisations. Today, governments and policymakers at home and abroad seek our opinion on a wide range of issues - regulatory, fiscal, technical and legal - as the BVCA has become the respected voice representing a world-class industry, as well as a model for new and existing national private equity and venture capital associations across the globe.

View the history of the BVCA Chairmanship here.