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 700 influential firms, including over 300 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

To aid understanding around the activities of our members, promote our industry to entrepreneurs and investors as well as to Government, the EU, trade unions, international media and the general public. We communicate the industry's impact and reinforce the crucial role our members play in the global economy as a catalyst for change and growth.

Our history

The BVCA, like the industry it represents, has changed immeasurably since its foundation over 30 years ago, as the sector has grown into one of the biggest success stories in the British economy.

2017 Chair

Helen Steers


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 policy makers 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.

Annual Review

BVCA Annual Review 2016/17

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Further information


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