British Design Fund 2

British Design Fund 2

Investing in UK design and manufacturing.


What is the aim of this fund?

"The Fund’s mission is to help create, invest and grow companies."

Damon Bonser, Twenty20 Mentoring Limited

The Fund will seek to identify the most ambitious and scalable opportunities in the design sector today and believe that the Fund has the right investment approach and access to quality deals that have the potential to deliver exceptional returns. We will assist the Investee Companies to build products that people want and need. In doing this, the Fund will invest in some of the UK’s potentially most exciting design companies, helping them grow and taking them to the next level of their development.


Damon Bonser-1Key Individuals - Damon Bonser is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience of building and running product design and manufacturing businesses. The CEO, investor and mentor started out in business when he was in his mid-20s, after finishing university. Fast forward to October 2019 and the BDF has invested just under £1m into six companies, with the aim of expanding their portfolio over the coming years.

Damon is supported by a team of experienced investment professionals with backgrounds in venture capital, private equity and entrepreneurship.


At a glance

Investment goal


Relative risk

High / Adventurous - Capital at Risk

Risk 7

Invests in

UK Product design



Target Return

3x return after six years

Not a reliable indicator of future income.



Open to new investors. Fund close date 31 March 2020. The minimum investment is  £10,000.

Fund Details

Investment Strategy

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The British Design Fund 2 invests in and provides support for UK product design and manufacturing companies. As per John Mathers (a director of Twenty20 Mentoring and former Design Council CEO), the UK has become “the second-largest design sector in the world and the largest design industry in Europe”.

The Fund is driven by a mentoring team with strong retail and product experience, and this team (headed by Damon Bonser and John Mathers) maintains several close partnerships and relationships with design institutions and accelerators such as Design Council’s Spark2, the New Designers Show, Luma ID design agency, and the Central Research Laboratory. Through these initiatives, as well the Fund’s wider network and ongoing marketing activities, the Fund has access to a selection of investment opportunities in the product design and manufacturing sector for the Fund to potentially invest in.

  • The Fund will leverage the expertise of the team that comprises Twenty20 Mentoring Limited, in order to successfully research, identify, invest in and grow early-stage UK based companies in the product design and manufacturing sector.
  • Twenty20 Mentoring Limited will act as the Company Mentor to the Investee Companies. The Company Mentor will provide Mentoring Services and other services to the Investee Companies under a mentoring services agreement between the Company Mentor and the Investee Companies. The Company Mentor will also act in collaboration with other industry practitioners, investors, and advisers to support the Investee Companies.
  • The Fund has access to a selection of investment opportunities in the product design and manufacturing sector for the Fund to potentially invest in.
  • The Company Mentor team’s combination of expertise in industry, strategy, legal, business development, and financing seeks to reduce the risk in commercialising innovation and to help enable the Investee Companies to gain rapid penetration in their market.
  • The Company Mentor will seek to ensure that the Investment Manager is assisted by there being:
    • A pre-investment selection process;
    • A strong PR campaign
    • Ongoing access to deal flow; and
    • Driving results through relevant post-investment support.

Example Prior Investments

Kokoon Headphones

Kokoon’s, Bluetooth, noise-cancelling headphones which uses sensors and audio within a feedback loop to monitor, protect, and induce sleep.

Lutra Marine

Lutra Marine supply precision, environmentally friendly dredging equipment to the marine and other sectors

Funded by the British Design Fund

KTech Manufacturing Limited

kTech manufacturing is an idea for a new range of products, using the 221 series of connectors from Wago.


Investor Charges

Full initial charge 0%
Annual management charge 0%
Administration charge 0%
Performance fee 20%


Investee Company Charge

Initial charge 5%
Annual management charge 2/4%

An annual charge is payable to the Investment Manager by each Investee Company of between 2% to 4% of the amounts invested in the Investee Company, determined by the level of support required by the Investee Company.


Please check the fees section of the Information Memorandum for full details. All fees and charges are stated exclusive of VAT, which may be applicable in some cases. Any fees and charges payable by the investee companies or the underlying businesses do not directly come out of your investment. However, they will effectively reduce the returns generated by investee companies and therefore directly impact your investment.

British Design Fund 2



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Important Information

Eligible Investors

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To invest, you must be an eligible investor. To be an eligible investor, you must be qualifying as one or more of the following:

Risk Warning

Important information for private investors – Reliance on the information provided here to engage in any investment activity may expose an individual to a significant risk of losing all of the property or other assets invested. Your attention is drawn to the risk section contained within the Information Memorandum. Investments are typically in unquoted shares in small companies, the value of which can be volatile and are often difficult to sell. Nothing on this website constitutes investment, tax, financial, legal, regulatory, or other advice by Sapphire Capital Partners LLP.

The value of an investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the full amount invested, and you may therefore lose some or all of your investment.

If you are unsure of the suitability of any investment for your circumstances, please contact your independent financial advisor or other professional advisor authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) who specialises in advising on investments of this type. Tax reliefs depend on individual circumstances. There is no guarantee however that the tax reliefs (such as EIS reliefs, CGT reliefs or IHT relief) will be available on any investment made or that if it is initially available, it will not be subsequently withdrawn. Any references to tax laws or rates are based on current legislation, all of which are subject to change and are provided as a guide only. Prospective investors are advised to take their own investment and taxation advice and should consult their own professional advisors on the implications of investing.

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Past performance is not a guide to future returns. 


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