kerry sharp


Scottish Investment Bank

Kerry Sharp is Director of the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB), the investment arm of Scotland’s main economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise, working in partnership with Highland and Islands Enterprise.

SIB’s role is to grow Scotland’s risk capital and funding markets, ensuring both early stage and established SME’s with growth and exporting potential have adequate access to growth capital to reach their full potential, through working in partnership with private sector investors and funders.

Kerry leads a team responsible for SE’s direct investment activities, commercial loan activities, fund investment, portfolio management, market intelligence and research, and provision of financial readiness support to companies to help them access the most appropriate growth finance.

SIB directly manages three funds – the Scottish Co-Investment Fund, the Scottish Venture Fund and the Energy Investment Fund; is responsible for the delivery of commercial loans through the Scottish Loan Scheme; has invested in two externally managed funds – Epidarex Capital’s Life Sciences Fund and the Scottish Loan Fund (now closed to new investments), which is privately managed by Maven Capital Partners; and has developed a new funding mechanism for scale-up capital in partnership with the European Investment Fund – the Scottish-European Growth Co-Investment Programme.