Ian Downing


Ian joined BGF in September 2011 and is based in Birmingham, with responsibility for sourcing, completing and managing investments across the Midlands.

Ian’s career spans engineering, drug development and investing, including spells at Jaguar Cars as a Senior Engineer, Quotient Clinical as CFO, and an Investment Director with 3i. Ian completed over 20 investments at 3i across a range of sectors and represented 3i on the board of over 30 companies, helping them to grow and ultimately to exit via trade sale, flotation and refinancing.

Ian has a Physics Degree from Warwick University and no accounting qualifications whatsoever, but he can add up. He has experienced the feeling of not being able to make payroll at the end of the month, and he also knows what it is like to sit alongside an entrepreneur when they sell their business for a sensational return.

“I have enjoyed seeing many people create really successful and valuable companies through the application of entrepreneurial talent, relentless drive, and patient capital. Helping more companies to achieve that success is what gets me out of bed in the morning.” 

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Phone Number:
Birmingham: 0121 233 8717
Mobile: 07976 439771
Email Address: ian.downing@bgf.co.uk