The principals of Claret Capital Partners have been providing growth financing to innovative businesses for more than 20 years, during which time they have backed more than 200 companies.

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Based in London, England, Claret Capital Partners (Formerly Harbert European Growth Capital) is a Leader in European Growth Lending and a proud member of Invest Europe.


Claret’s mission is to provide Technology and Life Science businesses with the Growth Capital that they need to succeed, while providing a less dilutive alternative to traditional equity fundraising. The Claret team have a significant track record of partnering with a large number of growth businesses over the last 20 years and are committed to continuing to be a trusted, market leader in the European eco-system.


We fund high growth business with proven management teams in need of less dilutive capital to drive their continued ambitions.

Our capital can be used to fund:

  • Organic growth
  • Acquisitions
  • Capital expenditure
  • Working capital
  • Research and development
  • Geographical expansion
  • Marketing and distribution channel maximisation
  • Bridge loans extending cash runway to the next capital round
  • And can support various forms of recapitalization

Our loans vary in size but are typically between €1 million to €50 million, with each business evaluated on an independent basis by our team of experienced investment professionals.

We play a supporting role and our investment is a signal we trust yours and the board’s decision making and focus on the quality of interactions rather than quantity. We can also contribute to supporting you with our extensive network in the technology investment ecosystem.


Claret Capital Partners provides financing to growth-stage European companies with strong management and proven revenue traction in substantial markets. We fund cash burning and negative EBITDA companies and profitability is not a requirement.

Typical investment structure:

  • Senior loans secured on business assets only
  • Our loans typically have a maturity of 3-5 years and are usually amortising. These can also be tranched to fit your cash flow requirements
  • We include an equity participation to enable us to participate in your future success

Claret are a team who focus on the underlying potential of the businesses they work with and really listen to management to understand the drivers of success. Having them on board was a very rewarding and successful experience for Novacyt.

Anthony Dyer, CFO

Claret has been an exceptional partner since Day 1. Beyond simply providing debt capital, the team has invested significant amounts of time in advising us on strategic matters of all sorts. They are able to think across the capital structure and have helped to create shareholder value by developing creative, flexible financing solutions together with us.

Tushar Ahluwalia, CEO and Christoph Gamon, CCO
Razor Group

We evaluated a range of venture debt funds and found the best chemistry and understanding with Claret. They’re practical, growth oriented and incredibly responsive. I’d definitely work with them again.

Dylan Collins, CEO
Super Awesome

Butternut is driven by our founding purpose of delivering health and happiness to dogs and their humans all over the world. With the help of Claret Capital we have been able to accelerate our purpose through additional investment in manufacturing and marketing in order to to expand our base of customers who love feeding their dogs fresh food. They have been an incredible partner every step of the way.

Kevin Glynn, Co-Founder
Butternut Box

Claret and the team are superb. From the very beginning they took the time to properly understand our business, went out of their way to support us and were quite involved. We’ve found a funding partner that is aligned in our values and believes in us for the long run.

Simon Hansford, CEO
UK Cloud
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