Across all Octopus businesses, we now have more 150,000 customers and our investments have put more than £7.5 billion into the UK economy. We plan to keep on building businesses that will improve the lives of millions of people, because we want Octopus to be a company we’ll be proud to tell our grandchildren about.
We questioned the investment industry, because we knew that too often people felt let down or short-changed by the companies looking after their money. So, we decided to change the investment world for the better, by offering private investors and institutions simple, jargon-free products designed to solve real-life issues.
We started asking questions about the healthcare sector in the UK and Ireland, because we believe better buildings can make a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing. Today we partner with the NHS, HSE and healthcare operators to develop and invest in new GP surgeries, care homes, retirement villages, specialist education schools and private hospitals.
We challenged the venture capital industry, because we wanted to do more to support the UK’s most talented entrepreneurs. We know what it takes to turn good ideas into great businesses, and offer our portfolio companies bespoke coaching, consulting and mentoring. Based in London and New York, we’ve backed household names including Zoopla, Secret Escapes and graze.com.
We wondered why thousands of borrowers were finding it so hard to get access to property finance. So we created Octopus Property, one of the UK’s leading non-bank lenders, providing bespoke financing facilities secured on commercial, development and residential property. Known for straight-talking and a common-sense approach, we’ve won almost every industry award going.
We asked why energy companies weren’t making energy greener, smarter and more affordable for everyone. Not only are we now one of the biggest generators of renewable energy in the UK, we’re also one of the top-rated energy suppliers. With tariffs that are clear and always good value, we’re helping households and businesses to save money and carbon without ever feeling locked-in.
We wondered why so many people have such a bad relationship with their finances – and financial services providers. So now we’re developing easy-to-use products and services to help more people manage their money. We combine established financial expertise with cutting-edge technology to build smart and simple fintech products. We are also helping start-ups to bring their solutions to the financial adviser market.