Online supplier of construction materials

May 2017

£8.7 million investment

The business... is the market leading online supplier of construction materials in the UK. The company provides the convenience of online retail, with a vast range of products available to customers delivered direct to home or to builders on-site. Customers are supported by a technically trained customer service team who hold a comprehensive understanding of the products and are on-hand to support the customer throughout their journey with CMO.

The business now operates across six specialist “Superstore” websites, providing products across Roofing, Drainage, Insulation, Doors, Tiles & Floors and Trade websites.

The deal...

CMO was founded in 2009 and set-out to disrupt the building products market by creating one of the first pureplay online operators in the market. The business provides an unparalleled product range at competitive prices and supported by market leading customer service.

The business grew rapidly from inception and the founding shareholders had stepped back from the day to day operations. KCP supported the management buyout of cmostores in May 2017 with an £8.7 million investment.

KCP value-add...

Since our investment we have:

  • Supplemented the senior management team, including the recruitment of a Non-Executive Chair, CEO and CFO
  • Enabled the business to invest in staff, new premises and the IT platform to support the rapid growth trajectory
  • Sourced and supported the execution of a bolt-on acquisition
  • Supported the team through development of a 5-year strategic plan