About us

About us

IW Capital offers investment opportunities in growing UK companies

IW Capital focuses on originating, structuring, leading and managing investment opportunities for our expansive network of high net-worth individuals, ultra-high net-worth individuals, family offices, wealth managers and IFAs. With an executive team boasting over 100 years of collective experience in SME investment, IW Capital is renowned for its leading expertise in structuring and delivering growth funding to SMEs. Our investment portfolio is actively managed, providing investors with regular in-depth reports on progress of the investee companies.

Meet the IW Capital Team

Luke Davis – CEO
Luke has been fully immersed in the SME and private equity sectors throughout his career. As well as founding IW Capital in 2011, Luke is also the Co-founder of Crowdfinders which champions private investment into high-growth businesses. During his time in charge of IW Capital, Luke has helped facilitate hundreds of millions of pounds worth of investment into Britain’s SME landscape through the EIS.


Tariq Attia – Private Client Director
Tariq advises his vast network of High Net Worth Individuals, Wealth Managers and IFAs on their SME investments in both the equity and debt arenas, and has personally raised tens of millions of pounds for some of the UK’s leading SMEs. Tariq holds a BSc degree in Economics from the University of Reading, the Investment Advice Diploma and is a Chartered Member of the CISI.

Alan Armstrong – Head of Investment and Chair of the Investment Committee.
Alan brings a wealth of private equity knowledge and experience to IW Capital. Having excelled as both a private equity professional and an owner manager of a private equity backed business, Alan understands the needs of both businesses and investors.
Alan sits on the Board of a number of other investments, working closely with the management teams, and is also the Chair of IWC’s Investment Committee, which appraises all investment opportunities.

Mark Pearson – Head of Intermediary Relationships
Mark has worked in the Financial services arena for 35 years , with wide experience in Banking , Financial advice and Business  Development . Mark has raised several hundred million in the UK tax efficient space through a large network of IFA’s , Family Offices , Wealth Managers , Private Banks and Accountants in both the equity and debt arenas and  personally raised £200m in his previous role with Rockpool Investments . Mark is  currently working towards the Investment Management Certificate.

Jasper Falk – Investment Committee Member
Jasper is a partner at Ekins Guinness, a fund management and investment research firm. He has over 20 years experience in Investment Banking having established and managed JPMorgan’s Global Inflation trading business which assisted clients in hedging and managing liabilities. He was also a member of the Fixed Income Management Committee. Jasper read Engineering and Management Studies at St Catharine’s College Cambridge, and holds the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma.


Toby Franklin – Investment Committee Member
Toby is a partner at Acuity Investments LLP, a private equity fund focussed on financial services investments. He sits on the board of four companies. He has thirteen years’ experience in private equity at Acuity and previously at Bregal Capital LLP. His earlier career was spent in both strategy and finance roles at a variety of UK retail financial institutions. Toby has an MBA from the Tuck School, Dartmouth College and a BSc from the University of Warwick.

Major General Walter Courage, CB, MBE – Senior Advisor
Walter is a director and one of the founding members of The Risk Advisory Group plc. His career was spent in the army, which he joined from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1961. He is a Transatlantic Board Member of British American Business Inc, a trustee of Shotover Estate, Director of Courage Underwriting Limited and a Director of Weee Systems Limited, He is an investor in upwards of 20 start up companies, chairing one of them and actively involved in others.

Sanjay Patel – Investment Director
Sanjay has over 20 years of experience of providing equity and debt capital to SME’s, primarily through his time at 3i and RBS where he led a number of transactions and worked closely with management teams through to exit. He qualified as an accountant at Ernst & Young and has also worked at Walt Disney TV International. Sanjay read Law at Kings College London.

Douglas Lidgitt

Douglas Lidgitt – Investment Director
Douglas brings over 10 years experience to the team including a wealth of corporate finance experience in investments, M&A and financial diligence. He has focussed on mid and lower market transactions within the private equity space including direct investments and providing board level advice on growth strategy, exit objectives and board augmentations. Douglas holds a BA (hons) degree in Business Economics from Durham University and the ICAEW (ACA) qualification.


Christopher Soames – Investment Director
Christopher has over 10 years experience of working in the private and public equity markets. The last 5 years have been focused on providing funding and managing equity/debt investments into UK SMEs from HNWs and Family offices. He has been responsible for sourcing, transacting and managing private equity investments into tech, healthcare and education sectors along with property developments.

Jack McCarthy – Investor Relations
Jack specialises in debt and equity fundraising for high growth SME’s in the UK. As part of his role, Jack works with a mixture of HNWI’s, family offices and financial institutions. Jack holds a degree in BSc Economics from the University of Liverpool in addition to the Investment Advice Diploma.


Michael Higley – Investor Relations
Michael is an accomplished small cap private equity professional with 8 years’ experience within the tax efficient space. Michael works closely with High Net Worth individuals, Sophisticated investors, IFA’s and intermediary clients to help them invest in private companies.
Michael holds a BA (Hons) degree in leisure business and sports management from Cardiff University and is a member of the CISI.

Mercedes Pike – Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office Manager
Mercedes studied at the University of the West of England and has gained valuable experience across various sectors since leaving. Her roles at IW are to support the CEO, as well as ensuring the smooth and effective running of the office, as Office Manager.

Jess Hargreaves – Head of Client Services
Since graduating from Victoria University of Wellington, Jess has gained experience in financial services administration, project management and training. She assists the team and clients with all administrative aspects of the business.

Victoria Mc Boyle

Victoria Mc Boyle – Client Services
Victoria has recently graduated from Oxford Brookes University completing a combined course of English Literature and Media, Communication and Culture. Victoria ensures that client’s needs and enquiries are dealt with as high priority and in a prompt and effective manner.

What Defines IW Capital

EIS Relief


We combine the interests of individual investors to create exciting opportunities for our investor network.

EIS Fund


All opportunities are presented to our clients but investors choose which businesses are right for them.

Enterprise Investment Scheme Relief


IW adopts a rigorous approach to assessment and due diligence prior to the investment.


Enterprise Investment Scheme Tax Relief


The IW executive team has over 100 years of expert business experience.

Enterprise Investment Scheme Funds


IW professionally manages the whole process, through to exit, on behalf of the investor.