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An investment boutique with a fund investing in European small and medium-sized businesses which embrace the circular economy has exceeded its £50m target fund size, closing at its £60m hard cap.

Edinburgh-based Circularity Capital said has surpassed the target for the Circularity European Growth Fund I.

The boutique aims to invest in businesses which challenge the traditional “take, make and dispose” models of production and consumption. Family offices, institutional investors and major corporations are among the investors to have backed the fund so far.

Ian Nolan, co-founding partner of Circularity Capital said: “We firmly believe that our specialist sector focus and team structure is giving us an edge in identifying, sourcing and adding value to European growth SMEs,”

“By using the circular economy as a lens to invest enables us to identify opportunities that drive financial value creation in parallel with measurable positive environmental and societal impact.”

In October 2017, the company announced the fund’s first investment in a food waste business called  Winnow, followed by an investment in German firm Grover, which offers flexible ‘access over ownership’ to technology products.

Jonathan Dean, a portfolio manager, at AXA Investment Managers said Circularity Capital is a “great fit” with AXA IM’s impact investing strategy.

He said: “Of particular interest was the manager’s expertise in the circular economy, which is rapidly emerging as a scalable impact theme. AXA IM was a cornerstone investor in Circularity Capital and we are delighted to see the fund close at its hard cap.”

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