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Nexus Investments is the specialist venture division of Nexus that is focussed on EIS and Scale-Up companies, clients and investors. It comprises of Nexus Investment Management Limited (“NIML”) and Nexus Investment Ventures Limited (“NIVL”), both of which are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

The division is part of the long established Nexus Group, founded in 1994 and currently managing over £2 billion of assets. Amongst its current activities, the Nexus Group manages the FTSE-250 listed Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) Primary Health Properties Plc (“PHP”). It is also owner of Investor Publishing, a specialist division with publishing, information and events activities serving the Healthcare and Education investment communities globally.

The Nexus Group, and many members of the Fund’s Investment Advisory Committee, have over 25 years of experience starting, backing, advising, scaling and exiting entrepreneurial and private equity backed businesses.

For more information on Nexus Investments’ portfolio go to

  • Founded Nexus in 1994, grown to over 70 staff
  • ​Cambridge University
  • Personal Investor in multiple EIS companies
  • Managing Director of FTSE 250 Company Primary Health Properties PLC
  • Joined Nexus in 2013
  • Developed NIVL since joining from Deloitte
  • Oxford University
  • Originated majority of NIVL portfolio companies and sits on the boards or advisory boards of over 5 existing portfolio companies
Tony Brown
Tony Brown
  • Joined Nexus in 2002, extensive expreience in Finance, Banking and Healthcare
  • NED of Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust 2008-2016
  • Glasgow University
  • CA (ICAS)
  • Joined Nexus in 2017
  • Degree in Chemical Engineering, Bath University
  • He has completed Level 1 and 2 of the CFA Program



From late 2013 inception, Nexus Investments initially pursued a deal by deal strategy arranging over £10m of investment into more than 20 EIS qualifying companies across our 4 chosen sectors of focus: Data, Digital, Education and Health.

The funds were provided by co-investors (private investors, strategic investors and corporate investors) who could select individual deals to support, and Nexus’s principals, who always seek to align via investment in each deal as a pre-requisite of selection i.e. put our own skin-in-the-game.

In late 2018, the Scale-Up Fund was then launched as a natural extension of this, to build on that promising record. As a small Alternative Investment Fund (“AIF”), it applies a Fund management approach, building and managing for each investor a private portfolio across our next 8-10+ EIS deals, and spread across the 4 sectors.

By careful selection of founders, deal valuations and terms on the way in; then actively nurturing and supporting our portfolio founders via board, advisory and other supportive activities (such as financing and strategy); and as a result of only backing firms we are prepared to risk our own private capital on:- a promising track record of superior paper performance for some of our EIS companies, and across our portfolio overall, has gradually been built. Which compares favourably to the experiences of some EIS Funds and some private company EIS investors in recent years. Since late 2018 we have begun to see a number of positive partial exits also commence, some at very impressive multiples / IRRs.

See our portfolio since 2014 at

A Scale Up Fund Making a Positive Difference

Active management of mission-driven, founder-led entrepreneurial brands.