2500

people currently employed full time by businesses in our portfolio

£46m

invested in R&D in the last three years by companies in our portfolio

£178m

of export sales by firms in our portfolio in the last year

7.5x

the proportion of female CEOs in our portfolio compared to the FTSE 250

YFM invests in small UK businesses to help them grow. Our aim is to produce strong financial returns for our investors but we also want to have a positive impact on our society and environment.

In our experience, this will often benefit the business as whole – improving productivity, retaining talent, reducing costs and increasing value. Our impact policy addresses five key areas – environment, people/society, business ethics, governance and community.

You can read the full policy here.

We work in collaboration with the management teams of our investee companies to identify specific areas of impact in which they can improve and support them in implementing and monitoring progress. We also aim to do the same at all YFM offices across the UK. Below are some current examples from inhouse at YFM and across our investment portfolio.

Impact work in our portfolio

CPMS

CPMS manage large and complex infrastructure projects for their clients in the rail industry. Their work requires the use significant amounts of materials and energy but CPMS work hard to reduce this impact on both a local and global scale. They are also committed to creating a positive working environment for their employees. Their efforts include –

  • Giving all staff five paid volunteer days a year – in the last five years CPMS employees have raised over £130,000 for local charities
  • Implementing a green procurement policy which requires all suppliers to purchase wood from sustainable sources, invests in electric/hybrid vehicles and energy efficient lighting
  • Committing to reducing packaging waste by 20% by 2020
  • Monitoring and minimising carbon emissions on every project – their recent development at Liverpool Street Station reduced CO2 emissions by approximately 290,000 tonnes per year

For more information on CPMS’ Community Kindness project, visit their website.

Friska

Friska is a chain of food-to-go restaurants with sites in Bristol, Manchester and Luton. ‘Feel good food’ has been the company motto since it was founded in 2009 and this can be seen in their comprehensive impact policy. Their efforts include –

  • Powering all restaurants with 100% renewable energy
  • Donating all unsold food to homeless shelters in the local community
  • Recycling or composting all onsite waste with zero going to landfill
  • Ensuring all staff are paid above the National Living Wage and creating a positive working environment. In light of this, Friska were recently named one of the Best Places To Work In Hospitality by thecaterer.com
  • Funding projects providing clean drinking water in rural India by donating all sales of mineral water and reusable flasks to the charity Frank Water

For more information Friska’s social and environmental impact, visit their website.

Impact - YFM Equity Partners

Switching the energy supply of our offices to renewable sources and working to minimise our overall electricity use via energy efficient technologies

Introducing a new policy in 2019 which allows all YFM staff one paid volunteer day a month to work with the charity of their choice

Reducing our office waste by moving to paperless working, increasing recycling and opting for sustainable office supplies whenever possible

Organising team challenges to raise money for worthwhile causes – our Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge raised almost £10,000 for our chosen charities.
Read more about this event here.

Encouraging our 10,000+ VCT shareholders to receive their communications digitally which has reduced printing by 80% over five years

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