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Friday Focus with Fashion Investor Gary Clarke

Gary Clarke, Angel Investor in leading jewellery line, Astrid & Miyu and more will join us for Friday Focus on 24th September!

Gary will share on his journey as an Angel Investor – from being the first cheque in a business, to supporting the board right the way through, and beyond, a successful exit. With a background in finance Gary will also share his story of how he got into investing in the fashion sector and the opportunities that have come from the drive for sustainable fashion.

The Friday Focus is a special feature event spotlighting the new Invest in Creative toolkit – a one of a kind toolkit designed to take investors through investing in the creative industries. In the new toolkit, Gary Clarke and over 50 leading investors and industry experts offer insights on investing in such areas as fashion, music, media tech and games.

The DCMS Invest in Creative toolkit has been developed in partnership by UKBAA and ScaleUp Institute with the support of West Midlands Combined Authority, West of England Combined Authority and Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Date and time

24 September 2021
11:10am – 12:00pm

Venue Address

Online Webinar



Gary Clarke, Director & Investor, Astrid & Miyu 

Gary Clarke is an Angel Investor and serves as Board Member at UK based start up and scale up businesses including Astrid & Miyu, Cubitts and ZeroHeight. Gary has 27 years of experience as an investor having previously served as Head of the Global Equity Team at BlackRock. Prior to that he was Head of Global Retail and Thematic Investing at J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Head of European Equities at Schroders. As an active Angel in the UK start-up community Gary invests across a diverse range of sectors with a particular passion for consumer facing businesses. 

Roderick Beer, Managing Director, UKBAA

Roderick’s career spans over 15 years of managing, founding and growing angel groups and investment platforms that have collectively deployed over £100m of equity investment in more than 500 startup and scaleup businesses. He started his career at Beer & Partners, one of the first and largest angel groups in the UK, and later helped form and grow a corporate finance firm as their COO. He is now the Managing Director of the UK Business Angels Association, the trade body for angel and early-stage investing, representing over 200 organisations and 18,000 investors around the UK that collectively deploy over £1bn p.a. in early-stage businesses.