Flint Global

Political, policy, regulatory and competition advisory

Date of investment
December 2021
GCP team members
Contributing Sustainable Development Goals


Flint is a political, policy, regulatory and competition advisory firm that specialises in advising clients on complex business issues where government and business meet. They have three service areas: Policy and Political Analysis, Competition and Regulation and Markets and Investor Advisory.

Flint operates from offices in London and Brussels, employing over 100 people.

We partnered with founders Ed Richards and Simon Fraser and the wider management team, through a minority investment in December 2021.

Our investment partnership

Flint has delivered remarkable growth since it was founded in 2015. The business is differentiated by the calibre and experience of its people within both the private and public sectors and embedded relationships with an exceptional blue-chip client base.  

Flint expertly combines technical capability with political knowledge, making it a market leader in a rapidly developing growth market. It is recognised for its deep sector expertise in financial services, pharma, technology, telecommunications, energy, and sustainability.

Our track record of supporting professional services businesses to scale made GCP a natural partner for Flint’s next phase of growth.

Strategic support through our Growth Toolkit

Since our investment we have closely supported Simon and Ed and their team with numerous strategic growth initiatives, leveraging our Growth Toolkit and Network:

People & Organisation

  • Providing hand-ons support to source senior hires in the back office
  • Creation of a new board seat for a member of the Partner group
  • Creation of an Operational Exco team sitting between the board and the wider business
  • Input on development of the organisational structure
  • Support for wider equity participation amongst senior employees

Funding for growth

  • To underpin deliverability of the deal, GCP provided all of the funding for the transaction at completion, with flexibility to refinance at a later date with the right funding package

Driving Growth

  • GCP’s Network Director is working with the Flint team to make introductions to relevant target clients
  • Investing to accelerate growth in Europe

Systems & Processes

  • An interim CFO is supporting with development of MI and greater automation in the finance function
  • Management accounts production being brought inhouse with the recruitment of a Management Accountant

Doing the right thing - our role in sustainable investing

As a people business, developing talent and creating a diverse and engaged workforce is key to Flint’s success and the wellbeing of its employees. Examples of initiatives in this area include:

  • Lunch and learn sessions with internal and external speakers to encourage knowledge sharing.
  • A formal Diversity Plan and Diversity Working Group which anyone from across the business can join.
  • Established line management, mentoring and buddy programmes; and
  • Frequent opportunities for client secondments.

Flint also partners with charities to create a number of internship opportunities each year for individuals from disadvantaged and minority communities.

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