Baillie Gifford is an independently owned investment management firm. It is owned and run by 39 of its senior executives who operate as a partnership, a structure which has endured for over a century and which provides stability for clients and motivation for employees. It enables them to manage the business for the future as well as the present,with the emphasis on genuine long–term thinking rather than lurching haplessly between short term targets. Baillie Gifford is unique in the UK in being a large-scale investment business that has remained an independent private partnership. This ownership structure has allowed them to keep their efforts focused entirely on their clients and their investments.