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We don’t have a ‘star’ culture. Instead, we work on building teams packed with exceptional, hard working people who have lived a bit and have real breadth of experience. People who want to get things done.
Here are the people making Octopus better. Just click on the names below for more details.
The Octopus Renewable Energy team, led by Matt Setchell, provides financing quickly and efficiently so our clients’ projects see the light of day. We provide equity, typically up to £5 million in value, and can also provide specialist debt, either on its own or alongside the equity. What’s more, we’re fast – our expertise means we can assess the technologies and complete due diligence efficiently.
Together with our key partner Lightsource Renewable Energy we have grown to be the UK's largest investor in solar energy.
We want to talk to our customers – and we have a team of relationship managers in Customer Services who are able to help out, whatever your question. We don’t believe in voicemail, or long recorded messages, so if you call us, we’ll pick up the phone and speak to you. You’ll never be left listening to a message telling you how important your call is.
The team is led by Kirsty Austin. We’re here to help and we love a chat, so give us a call on 0800 316 2295.
Or if you’re calling from a mobile and want to use your free minutes the number is 020 7776 7954.
Our Business Development Managers (BDMs) work closely with financial advisers and wealth managers, looking for ways to provide you with effective solutions and to help you grow your business. We understand that advisers need easily accessible support to deliver the best advice to their clients. So we have BDMs covering the whole of the UK. We won’t be far away.
Please get in touch if you think we can help. We’d love to hear from you.
We want to ensure the BDMs are able to provide a great experience to whoever they are seeing or speaking too. We provide support to the BDMs and the Strategic Partners team in the field and in the office. We are here to ensure that they and their clients have everything they could possibly need to provide a great service to the end client.
If you are ever unable to get through to your local BDM or just have any questions then don’t hesitate to call us on 020 7131 3727.
The Specialist Finance team provides finance for small and medium-sized companies using flexible debt and equity. Members of the team are able to draw on their diverse backgrounds (in strategy, banking, private equity, industry and corporate finance) to provide investment and on-going support to businesses, in creative and flexible ways.
Our Institutional Funds team works closely with institutional investors across the Octopus Group. Our responsibilities cover investor relations, communications and fundraising.
The team’s overriding objective is to develop long-term relationships with our investors, who include many leading financial institutions, pension funds, fund of funds and family offices. As a true fiduciary, the relationship we have with our investors is at the heart of our business and drives everything we do.
We currently manage £1.3bn on behalf of institutional investors through a variety of vehicles including provide equity funds and a listed fund (the MedicX fund).
The Octopus compliance team looks to ensure that we fully meet all our regulatory obligations and protect the interests of clients who have put their trust in us.
The compliance team provides advice and training to all areas of Octopus so all areas are fully aware of relevant regulations and follow them. The team also proactively monitors the business to identify any controls weaknesses and makes recommendations or how we can improve the way we work for investors.
The Intermediate Capital team typically invests between £2 million and £10 million into established, growing UK small and medium-sized companies. Investment is in the form of five-year interest-only debt and minority equity stakes. This capital is used to finance expansion plans, acquisitions or partial exits. Members of the team come from diverse backgrounds (such as banking, private equity, industry) and provide investment and on-going strategic support to businesses, by joining the board of the portfolio companies as non-executive directors. They have the ability to originate and lead deals as well as invest alongside private equity firms and banks. The Intermediate Capital team has a proven track record of strong investments and successful exits.
Octopus Capital, the group holding company, reinvests the majority of the group’s earnings. Octopus Capital’s investment mandate is focussed on making acquisitions for the group and developing a portfolio of strategic investments, including incubating new investment platforms. The portfolio is held on the group’s balance sheet and has over 25 investments including:
Octopus Capital invests in management teams and businesses that are differentiated within its sectors of focus (financial services, energy, infrastructure and real estate) and who share its passion for putting customers first – whether consumers, corporates or institutions. Octopus has a strong balance sheet and can invest between £1m and £100m in a single transaction.
Key Octopus Capital transactions include:
Our Multi Manager team manages more than 20 different funds, and discretionary portfolios, with total assets of over £1.3 billion. They invest in other funds, with global coverage across multiple asset classes, with the aim of building investment portfolios that do what we say they will. But it’s not just about choosing the right investments at the right time. The team manages risk above all else, making sure their portfolios can achieve the maximum returns for the risks taken. They think about risk so much it sometimes keeps them awake at night. But they do it so you don’t have to.
At Octopus, we know the relationships we’ve built with our intermediaries and distribution partners has been a major factor in our growth. The Strategic Partnerships team, led by Anna Pollins, focuses on developing and managing business-to-business relationships with our key distribution partners. They span a number of distribution channels, including:
- Financial adviser networks, national accounts and service providers
- Private banks and wealth managers
- Family offices and high net worth individuals
- Solicitors and accountants
- Investment wrap platforms and discount brokers
The smaller companies team at Octopus has over 100 years combined experience of investing in small growth companies. The team are responsible for over £1 billion invested in over 150 Alternative Investment Market (AIM) quoted companies across a range of products.
We love investing in smaller companies so much that we have put £1m of our own money into our funds.