What we offer
Our ability to invest across the whole capital structure allows us to offer bespoke and flexible debt and equity funding solutions. We aim to support businesses with competitively priced financing and target investments of £5 million to £50 million per funding round.
Downing aims to collaborate with and support the management teams that we back by leveraging our extensive sector knowledge and experience in building businesses.
Our team, with collectively over 90 years of industry and transactional experience, offers quick and efficient decision making and problem-solving skills to ensure opportunities are captured and capitalised on as they arise.
Downing Development Capital is a fund that sits within Downing LLP, an FCA authorised and regulated investment manager with over 30 years’ experience.
We back ambitious management teams with track records in their sector to build responsible and impactful businesses. We focus on businesses that have long term growth trends and that are underpinned by assets with the capacity to generate predictable revenue streams. Our focus has spanned across, but is not limited to, the following sectors:
- Healthcare (e.g. elderly care and specialist care) - for more information on our other healthcare related investments, please visit Downing Ventures.
- Specialist Education (e.g. day and residential schools and FE colleges)
- Leisure & Hospitality (e.g. pubs, hotels and wedding venues)
- Education (e.g. nurseries and mainstream day and boarding schools)
- Specialist Housing (e.g. supported living)
- Other Specialist Sectors (e.g. fibre broadband, financial services, data centres and shipping)
Management - we look to support highly experienced management teams with excellent track records.
Market Conditions – we invest in markets that have strong underlying demand drivers, are underserved, and are fragmented.
Assets – our primary focus is investing in operating businesses with future proofed assets and/or long-term predictable revenue streams.
Financial Returns - we aim to achieve risk adjusted returns at a cost of capital in-line with market rates.
Location - we invest within the UK and Republic of Ireland in geographic areas with positive local market conditions and demographics.
Sustainability - central to Downing’s ethos is a commitment to be a “Responsible Investor” with a clear ESG and sustainability mandate integral to everything we do that is guided by the principles of integration, active ownership and transparency. We believe a great investment opportunity is not just financial, but also a chance to invest with purpose and we hold ourselves accountable to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment. To read more about Downing Development Capital’s Responsible Investment policy, click here.
Meet the team
Partner and Head of Development Capital
Healthcare news and views
First Day of Dealings on AIM for Arecor
04 June 2021
The time to put the spotlight on Healthcare is now
01 March 2021
British man born without hand gets real life ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Bionic arm
11 November 2020
Downing Ventures Participates in $50m Series C Funding Round to Advance Clinical Genomic Analysis Software and Data Platform
09 November 2020
Downing Wins Private Equity Investor of the Year at HealthInvestor UK Awards 2020
16 October 2020
Downing LLP selected as Finalist at upcoming LaingBuisson Awards 2020
14 September 2020
Downing Ventures Invests £1.5m in A.I. Company That Prevents Cardiovascular Disease
14 September 2020
Downing FOUR VCT Healthcare Share Class open for tax year-end investments
14 March 2019
Downing appoints new investment director to its healthcare investment team
01 March 2019
Finalist for 'Private Equity Investor of the Year' at HealthInvestor UK Awards 2019
22 February 2019
Downing LLP appoints new Partner in its development capital investment team
25 July 2018
Investment manager Downing exits five care homes following £65 million investment
31 May 2018