Bvca Northern Ireland Forum

BVCA | Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

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BVCA | Private Equity & Venture Capital Association


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This day provides an opportunity for the private equity industry to come together with senior leaders from local companies to network and discuss growth and investment strategies for businesses in Northern Ireland. Although they rarely capture the headlines, Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the Northern Ireland economy. These businesses make up over 99% of the total number of businesses in the local economy, a proportion very similar to all other regions in the UK. Furthermore, the entrepreneurial spirit appears to be alive and well in Northern Ireland, having more businesses per head of population than Wales, Scotland and all regions across the North of England. Given the vibrancy of the region, this day will bring together founder owned businesses and investors from growth to buyout to come together and discuss the Cities investment activity


  • Entrepreneurs & Investors: Networking lunch
  • Welcome address
  • Tim Hames, Director General, BVCA
  • The entrepreneurs view of private equity Interview
  • Interviewed by Richard Moorhead, Partner, HNH Corporate Finance
  • David Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer, Boojume
  • Rodney Lowry, Group Chief Executive Officer, Lowe Rental
  • Is private equity/growth capital the right partner for businesses in Northern Ireland?

Panel discussion

  • Moderated by John McGuckian, Partner, Tughans
  • Simon Doherty, Investment Associate, Lonsdale Capital
  • Gemma Hamilton, Investment Director, BGF
  • David Wilson, Partner, Panoramic Growth Equity

Closing remarks Michael Moore, Director General, BVCA


Michael Moore

The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) has appointed Michael Moore (pictured), former Liberal Democrat MP and Scottish secretary of state, as its new director general. Moore succeeds Tim Hames and will take up the position later this year. Currently a senior advisor...

Tim Hames

Tim Hames is the Director General of the BVCA. Tim started his professional career as a Lecturer in Politics at Oxford University where he obtained a doctorate and specialised in American and British Government. He became a journalist at The Times assuming the roles of Assistant Editor, chief lea...

David Maxwell

I have 25 years restaurant experience in the US, UK and Ireland. My first job was collecting glasses in a bar in Belfast and since then I’ve worn every hat in the business, gaining valuable experiences that have helped me hugely in my current role. I am the MD of Mexican fast casual brand Boojum ...

Rodney Lowry

Rental of catering and refrigeration equipment to Events/expo's/retail globally Experience Group Chief Executive Officer Company Name Lowe Rental Ltd Dates EmployedMay 2008 – Present Employment Duration11 yrs 4 mos global event rental services with service centers throughout UK / Ireland/ Germ...

John McGuckian

John has extensive experience in the Corporate legal sector, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity/venture capital investments and general company law, shareholder and governance matters. He regularly acts for both purchasers and vendors of companies, investors (in...

Simon Doherty

Since joining in September 2017, Simon has worked on the acquisitions of Elite Electronics and Cross Rental Services. He previously spent over three years at a UK based corporate finance boutique advising on the sale of businesses across a range of sectors. Prior to this, he completed internship...

Gemma Hamilton

Gemma joined BGF in August 2013 and is based in our Edinburgh office. Gemma’s role is to identify and successfully execute investments for BGF across Central Scotland and Northern Ireland. Deals transacted to date include Bob & Berts Group, Bar Soba, River Ridge Recycling, Stevenswood, ACS Cl...

David Wilson

David is one of the three founding partners of Panoramic Growth Equity, which was established in 2009 in Glasgow to help fill the equity gap suffered by smaller companies in the UK. Panoramic are now investing their second fund, and with £100m under management, currently have a focus on £1-5m inv...

Richard Moorhead

Richard is a Director in our Corporate Finance practice and has over 10 years' lead advisory experience spanning private equity sponsored buy-outs and investment, company sales, acquisitions and debt refinancing. He qualified as an accountant with Deloitte in Nottingham and subsequently spent fou...

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