BOOST&Co is a responsible investor and supporting growth has long been an important part of our ethos and culture.
BOOST&Co plugs an important gap in the SME funding ecosystem, where other funding sources are either not available or not fit for purpose. Since 2013, we have provided flexible capital solutions to fast-growing, technology-focused SMEs in the UK to accelerate their growth. Our approach leads to increased business investment, often in the form of new employees (creating and sustaining skilled and highly skilled jobs), investment in technology infrastructure and expansion into international markets.
BOOST&Co has a truly nationwide presence, with an investment team across seven cities. Consequently, we are in a strong position to continue to meet this challenge and support growth SMEs across the UK.
We strive to achieve the strong financial returns expected by our investors and stakeholders by incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors into our investment approach and how we engage with the companies we finance.
BOOST&Co became a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in October 2019 and has formally implemented an ESG policy, setting out how we analyse and monitor our portfolio companies, from an ESG perspective.
Our investment approach incorporates ESG-specific due diligence, ongoing monitoring and a three-part screening process underpinned by objective data. We understand that a lack of comparable, objective data on ESG can be a source of frustration for investors. For this reason we have implemented the recommendations provided by the ESG Data Convergence Initiative (the EDCI), which brings together leading global asset managers and investors to align on a standardised set of ESG metrics and a mechanism for comparative reporting.
In addition, we incorporate the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our approach, focusing primarily on three of the SDGs where we believe we can have the greatest impact. We engage with these goals on various levels, advancing some through investment in our core target sectors, while approaching others internally. Either way, we commit to making a positive and measurable contribution.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. At its heart are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (the UN SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.