Bristol-based XCD, a cloud-based HR and Payroll software provider, has raised £2m to support its organic and acquisitive growth strategy.

Founded in 2011, the firm has grown to have over 30,000 users across 35 countries benefitting from its range of Salesforce powered services.

XCD received investment from renowned UK tech entrepreneur and investor Vin Murria OBE in 2015, who also took on the role of company Chair.

CEO Simon Fowler joined the business in 2017 to drive a new growth strategy for the business which now has 70 employees.

The backing from investor BGF will support XCD’s expansion plans, bolstering its sales and marketing capabilities and enabling the exploration of strategic acquisition opportunities.

Simon Fowler, CEO of XCD said: “We are extremely excited to be partnering with BGF with this investment. It not only means our plans are funded, but also gives us validation that an investor with a reputation such as BGF’s believes in what we have achieved up to this point.

“It was clear to us from the outset that BGF was a great match given the team’s extensive experience in the tech sector. We felt they could clearly see what we are trying to achieve in building on the momentum we have created as the UK’s only HR and Net Payroll solution on the Salesforce platform.”

Alex Snodgrass, an investor at BGF who will join the board of XCD, added: “XCD has built an industry-leading offering which has fuelled an impressive growth trajectory in recent years. With high profile clients spanning a multitude of sectors and a proven track record of success, the business is poised to build on its growth to date and realise its full potential on a global scale.

“The value of XCD’s remotely accessible, cloud-delivered HR software cannot be understated amid the challenges presented for organisations by the Covid-19 pandemic.”