About

Transforming Industries

We are venture builders, not venture capitalists. We invest more than just funds; we invest our knowledge and experience, our ideas and our infrastructure.

Working alongside entrepreneurs and co-founders, we support our ventures from startup to scale to exit, giving them access to the global networks and business development services they need to grow.

This support is bolstered by the innovation partnerships we forge with big businesses. Our digital expertise helps them be more agile, while their global scope helps our ventures scale faster.

Founded in 1998 Blenheim Chalcot traces its roots back to netdecisions, the internet services group. Already back then we set out to build companies to transform industry sectors. And since then we’ve become the UK’s leading venture builder, with portfolio sales of over £300m, more than 3,000 employees, and a successful track record of over 40 companies.

Our approach to transforming industries has always been the same. We identify high growth sectors, typically undergoing some market, technology or regulatory discontinuity, and look to build scalable platforms that satisfy a real customer need. We aim to build profitable companies, with sustainable business models.

Blenheim Chalcot key stats

  • Founded in 1998

  • A successful track record of over 40 businesses

  • Portfolio sales of over £300m

  • Employing over 3,000 people

  • Over £500m assets under management

How we do it

We’re run by entrepreneurs.
Our Partners are entrepreneurs first, and are involved in every venture at every stage. Outside the boardroom they work side by side with the teams, sharing their experience and connections. Working this way since 1998 we’ve built businesses across IT, financial services, education, software, sport and media.

We accelerate ventures with in-house services.
Our ventures have direct access to the business support and professional services they need. These include technology, talent acquisition, talent development, community, finance and accounting, legal, property, digital services, marketing and sales.

We create the right environment for growth
Our early stage ventures work together in shared spaces, designed to encourage collaboration and innovation. Knowledge, networks and experience are continuously shared, with all the support they need under one roof.

We trust people.
Realising the potential of a business starts with seeing the potential in people. We develop talent by matching the right people with the right ventures and giving them the freedom to succeed.

We are patient.
When we believe in an idea, a business or a person, we persevere, going through as many iterations as needed to learn if it can work. We don’t have ‘fund schedules’ so we’ll keep our money invested and keep investing our money, as long as it takes.

We share our networks.
We connect ventures with our global network. These transformational partnerships open up new sales and development opportunities, helping to accelerate venture growth.

We are innovation partners.
We work with big businesses, providing the tools and the talent for them to innovate so they can be more agile, adaptive and better positioned to out-manoeuvre their competitors.