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Realise your vision with Pembroke

We are committed to helping strong management teams realise their vision for building companies. From start-ups to more mature businesses, we invest in founders and management teams we have confidence in across industries we believe have exciting growth prospects. In turn, we anticipate entrepreneurs will often seek the financial advice and operation and strategic expertise that our team can provide.

We only invest in companies where we can add value over and above simply providing capital, and where we are confident our resources and experience can be most instrumental in their growth. We are hands-on investors, providing a supportive framework and access to unparalleled talent across our Board, management team and range of industry advisors.

If you would like us to take a look at an investment proposal, please fill in our investment proposal form below:

We seek
companies that are:

Already generating revenues of £1m+
Operate within our target sectors, including consumer, technology and business services
Have established an early customer base and refined an initial product or service offering
Are looking for capital to expand production, locations, team size or product range
Meet the VCT qualifying company criteria

Founder Stories

Secret Food Tours

Founded in 2013 by friends Nico Jacquart and Oliver Mernick-Levene, Secret Food Tours helps travellers discover the best bites in destinations all over the world.

Since we invested in 2018, the business has grown exponentially. The food and beverage tour company has developed a scalable and profitable business model and now operates in over 65 top-tier cities across four continents and has more than 31,000 five-star reviews. 

Led by passionate guides, the tours highlight the foods loved by locals and overlooked by tourists, creating a truly unique culinary experience.

Peckwater Brands

Peckwater Brands is the creator of data-driven virtual food brands. It develops delivery-only, fully-serviced food concepts to increase revenue for existing restaurants, its franchisees.

We caught up with Leo Bradshaw and Sam Martin, Co-Founders of Peckwater Brands, who launched the business in 2020.

Peckwater allows independent restaurants to optimise their existing kitchen infrastructure, cooking orders for Peckwater Brands alongside their day-to-day operations. The business benefits all parties, enabling restaurants to increase revenue and earnings whilst providing consumers with more choice and driving more transactions through delivery platforms.

Since Pembroke’s investment in 2021, the business has gone from strength to strength launching in France and Germany, and increasing turnover 11x from £300k to over £3.5m per month.


We recently spoke with Lucy Goff, founder of LYMA, a pioneering brand in the wellness industry.

In 2018, LYMA launched the world’s most advanced supplement, heralding a new era for the industry. The LYMA ecosystem has continued to evolve since Pembroke’s initial investment in 2018, with the creation of the world’s most powerful at-home laser device and a skincare range which has been hailed as a breakthrough in combating signs of skin ageing.

Having experienced first-hand through a previous investment how difficult it was to gain credibility in the supplement market, LYMA stood out as a point of difference to us. LYMA’s supplement formula incorporates patented ingredients carefully dosed at active levels to ensure optimal effectiveness. The extensive research supporting these ingredients and their dosages is derived from over 200 clinical trials, further attesting to the scientific rigour behind LYMA’s approach. Additionally, the Laser is the first ever clinic-grade beauty laser to be cleared by the FDA for home use.


COAT was launched in 2020 to address the issues associated with the $90bn legacy paint industry and meet the needs of a more contemporary consumer by focusing on quality, sustainability and customer experience. Taking advantage of the founders’ combined experience in the paint industry and consumer marketing business, COAT offers a range of hand-made-to-order paints with free next-day delivery.

We invested in COAT this summer (June 2021) and here we catch up with the founders, Rob and Rob, on why they bought this premium sustainable paint brand to the market.


We caught up with Popsa founders, Liam and Tom on how they started the successful photobook app in 2016 and grew the business to a team of 50+.

Popsa is a photobook app that, through the use of proprietary machine learning algorithms, has reduced the time it takes for customers to produce photobooks from 2 hours to an average of just 6 minutes.


Check out our interview with Plenish founder, Kara Rosen. We invested in Plenish in 2013 and sold our stake in the business in June 2021 for a 2.3x return.

We talk to Kara about how she started the successful juice and nut milk brand and her challenges along the way.


Check out our interview with ME+EM founder, Clare Hornby. The successful womenswear brand founder and mother of two talks about where she gets her inspiration from for her collections, how she incorporates family life into the brand and what it’s been like to work with Pembroke over the years.

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    Document Library

    Pembroke VCT Annual Report & Accounts 31 March 2024
    This document presents the annual report for the period ended 31 March 2024.
    March Newsletter 2024
    Read the latest news from Pembroke VCT and its portfolio companies.
    September Half Yearly Report 2023
    This document presents the half-year report for the six month period ended 30 September 2023.
    September Newsletter 2023
    Read the latest news from Pembroke VCT and its portfolio companies.

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