TLT advises Piclo on £1.5m Clean Growth Fund investment

Jon Gill

TLT has advised smart energy software provider Piclo on a £1.5m investment from the government backed Clean Growth Fund.

The investment is the first made by the venture capital fund, which was established in May 2020 to invest in UK clean-tech companies. Piclo has secured the investment to help fund its UK and international growth.

Corporate partner Jon Gill and solicitor Matthew Howells advised Piclo on all legal aspects of the investment round, working alongside James Thomas of HMT Corporate Finance who provided corporate finance advice.

Jon Gill, corporate partner at TLT, said: “We are delighted to have supported Piclo with this transaction. This is the first investment from the government-backed Clean Growth Fund and a great example of the benefits of having sector-specialist venture capital firms in the clean tech sector, building on existing investments in Piclo from Bethnal Green Ventures and Green Angel Syndicate.”

“Flexibility is critical to aid the transition as the UK integrates more renewable power into the mix, and it’s encouraging to see continued interest from investors in clean energy technologies and service providers.”

James Johnston, CEO and co-founder of Piclo, commented: “The investment by the Clean Growth Fund marks the next, big step forward in Piclo’s journey, facilitating and growing flexibility markets: be prepared for more flexibility, more markets and more partnerships both in the UK and abroad.

“We are grateful for the support and expert advice provided by Jon and Matt at TLT, which enabled us to complete this transaction smoothly and with confidence of a positive outcome.”

Beverley Gower-Jones, Managing Partner of the Clean Growth Fund will join the board of Piclo.