We help clients raise finance for their organisations from different sources
Mixed Finance: GK Partners facilitates access to business loans, grants, equity investment or a mix of the three sources of finance. We help clients to research, structure and validate investment-ready project and business plans, working closely with the prospective financiers and funders. We provide hands-on support from project conception to post-financing monitoring.
Finance Providers: We work with commercial, ethical and Islamic banks and funds; development agencies, national and international development banks; social impact and angel investors; and private equity funds. The finance providers use our services to ensure that the businesses they want to invest in have access to appropriate expert support through independent technical assistance.
Finance Seekers: We provide direct support to responsible businesses, social enterprises, community development organisations and public enterprises.
(GK Partners does not provide any regulated financial services)
A2F Expertise and Experience
Contract Delivery: In 2005, GK Partners was one of about twenty companies contracted by the UK government to deliver its Access to Finance programme. When the budget and responsibility was transferred to the office of the Mayor of London, the number of deliverers was reduced to five. GK Partners was retained as a contractor and the specialist service provider to the sustainable business and social enterprise sectors.
Funding Raised: GK Partners has over ten years experience of helping businesses raise millions of pounds from a variety of sources. Clients have accessed funds from commercial banks, Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs), ethical banks, government development funds; International Finance Institutions (IFIs), and development agencies.
Sector Development: In the early 2000s, the directors of GK Partners played a pioneering and practical role in the development of social enterprise management and finance in the UK. GK Partners developed and delivered training programmes for CEOs and finance managers, helping them gain the knowledge and skills needed to produce invest-ready business and project plans. The workshops and conferences were delivered in collaboration with partners such as Triodos Bank, Charity Bank, Islamic Bank of Britain (now called Al Rayan Bank), Business and Intellectual Property Centre of The British Library (BIPC), Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance (IIBI) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). We also worked with Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), with support from Community Development Finance Association (CDFA), UK Social Investment and Finance (UKSIF), British Business Angels Association (BBAA), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), PricewaterhouseCoopers and Norton Rose.