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    Succession Fund

    Much has been written about the lack of long-term patient capital in support of British based businesses.   Indeed the “Macmillan Gap” as it became known had it roots in the Great Depression of 1929 and was later to spawn the Industrial and Commercial Finance Corporation, the pre-cursor to today’s 3i Group plc.

    For the business owners and entrepreneurs of Britain’s mid-sized companies (or ‘Mittlelstand’ to borrow a German phrase) however, their options from a succession planning perspective are limited.

    The traditional choices of trade sale vs public markets vs private equity are often the only options considered.   The approach via Seismic’s Succession Fund is different.  Benefiting from a flexible approach to both investment criteria and investment term Seismic and its co-investors take an altogether more entrepreneurial approach to investing.

    What we invest in:

    Whilst Seismic is a generalist investor it takes a thematic approach to identifying, targeting and sorting investee companies.

    The common themes are:

    • A desire on the part of the owner(s) to support the incumbent management team.
    • A desire on the part of the current business owner(s) to keep the ‘name above the door’.
    • Revenue generating and profitable.
    • UK based businesses.
    • Strong market dynamics with an identifiable ‘niche’ position.


    Investing in early-stage companies involves risks, including illiquidity, lack of dividends, loss of investment and dilution, and it should be done only as part of a diversified portfolio. Seismic's offerings are targeted exclusively at investors who are sufficiently sophisticated to understand these risks and make their own investment decisions.

    View the full Risk warning here.

    Seismic Venture Partners Ltd is an Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM), specialising in growth capital and venture investing and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under FRN 784448.

    Seismic Venture Partners Ltd is Registered in England & Wales No.09249524. The Registered Office address is at No.17 Cosway Street, London NW1 5NR.

    SEISMIC® is a registered trademark of Seismic Venture Partners Ltd.