£5.3 million investment (Exited by trade sale in December 2018)
AiP Catering Limited is a specialist education caterer within the state and independent sector servicing infant, primary, secondary, academy and specialist schools. The company supplies fresh, healthy foods to all ages, genders and religious beliefs. All meals are cooked fresh on site, are nutritionally analysed and conform to all government and industry standards.
EarthStream is a recruitment business that supplies specialist workers in the oil & gas, mining & resources, renewable energy and power & transmission sectors. Headquartered in London, the business has a physical presence in 10 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America and has placed candidates in over 50 countries since inception in July 2010.
£2 million investment (Exited by secondary MBO in October 2018)
The company is a leading UK glass processor. It provides specialist B2B glass processing services across a range of niche sectors, focusing on service, quality and innovation. Established in 1936, Birmingham-based MI Glass is one of the largest independent, specialist glass processors in the UK, supplying a wide range of products, including toughened glass and mirror, to the retail, transport and street furniture markets, amongst others.
Staffordshire-based Wells Plastics Limited supplies additives to global plastic manufacturers and processors that are looking to modify the properties of a broad range of plastic and polymer products in order to provide a range of enhanced properties, such as UV resistance, flame retardancy and oxo-biodegradability. The end products are then supplied to a variety of sectors, including consumer, automotive, construction and agriculture.
Wells’ growth over recent years has been driven largely by the increase in demand for its innovative oxo-biodegradable branded product, Reverte™, which accelerates the natural degradation process of plastics. Widely acknowledged as the most advanced product of its type in the market, it can reduce the biodegradation time of plastics from centuries to years or even months.
Pandora Books is a leading supplier of book collections to schools. Recognising the time pressures that teachers are under and the lack of time to spend comparing and choosing the most suitable books, Pandora offers book collections which cover a wide range of reading abilities and meets all the criteria of the National Curriculum and the National Literacy Strategy.
£4.3 million investment (Exited by secondary MBO in December 2018)
Templine Employment Agency Limited is a major, supplier of blue-collar labour covering warehouse staff, forklift truck operatives, machine supervisors, general labour and drivers – including Class 1s. It has a national footprint, operating from 30 sites – some being on-site solutions in addition to its traditional high street operations.
The company has grown rapidly in recent years both organically and through acquisitions. It has recently added a commercial recruitment arm to its portfolio of activities.
Warrington-based WHP supports mobile providers in their moves to strengthen coverage across the UK. The business provides end-to-end services for the deployment, upgrade and maintenance of mobile network masts, antennas and base stations for leading mobile network providers.
Established in 2005, Nurse Plus provides staffing solutions for domiciliary care and also temporary workers to the healthcare sector including learning disability and mental health units, prisons, hospitals and care homes. The company currently has 26 branches across the UK and is growing rapidly.
£5.65 million investment (Exited by trade sale in February 2014)
Scunthorpe-based TSC produces and supplies high-quality chilled and frozen sauces, soups, entrees and dressings to the retail and foodservice markets. TSC is a key supplier of private label soups and sauces to major food retailers, and is the supplier of choice for soups and sauces to a number of high-profile restaurant and pub chains. In 2008, TSC entered the branded chilled soup market through its development of the Glorious! fresh soup range.
Based in Manchester, Neville Johnson is a leading designer, manufacturer and retailer of high-quality bespoke fitted furniture for home studies, bedrooms, lounges and kitchens, the latter being provided through its Tom Howley brand. Targeting high net worth individuals, its recent success has been driven by a reputation for quality coupled with a high level of customer service and satisfaction.
JDP is a North East-based roofline contractor and supplier which has developed a strong presence in the social housing sector in the North East. JDP installs roofline products in housing refurbishment projects and its supply division provides Swish-branded roofline products directly to house builders.
£3.4 million investment (Partially exited via IPO in June 2015)
York-based Gear4music.com is an online retailer of musical instruments and music-related equipment. Recent growth in sales has been boosted by a major drive into European markets and the continued development of its own range of branded products which has been financed by our investment. The company is also a major retailer of well-known brands, including Fender, Gibson, Yamaha and Roland.
cmostores.com is the market leading online supplier of construction materials in the UK. The company provides the convenience of online retail, with 70,000 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 trades across four websites, roofingsuperstore.co.uk, drainagesuperstore.co.uk, insulationsuperstore.co.uk and doorsuperstore.co.uk.
Routes Healthcare is a CQC registered provider of high acuity domiciliary care located in the North of England. Established in 2005, Routes has a proven track record of providing complex domiciliary care to local CCGs and private clients. Routes is renowned for its ability to develop bespoke care packages to individual clients in short time frames. The business has extensive experience in caring and supporting clients with a variety of healthcare needs, including palliative care, complex childcare, degenerative conditions, spinal injuries, brain injuries and also mental health and learning disabilities. The business currently operates from 10 branches across the North of England.
Sparta Global, a London based IT training academy, provides clients with an alternative to the traditional methods of IT staffing supply. The academy upskills new IT graduates with intensive in-house training, enabling Sparta to supply blue-chip clients with homegrown, high-calibre IT consultants, who have mastered the technical and analytical skills required to be productive software engineers. The business operates three academies in London, Leeds and Birmingham.
YorkTest is the UK market leader in food intolerance testing. The company offers comprehensive support to customers in identifying food intolerance and then guiding them through dietary changes with the aim of addressing ailments such as IBS, migraines and skin conditions. YorkTest applies a rigorous process at its York-based laboratory to determine specific food or drink reactions, and then provides professional nutritional consultations to support and advise the customer in eliminating trigger foods from their diet – all with a simple finger-prick blood test which maximises ease of use for the customer.
The Kite Factory are an independent, London-based performance marketing agency. Using their own proprietary analytical tools, they design and purchase media campaigns to meet the client’s business objectives. The appraisal of the marketing performance enables the business to reallocate media spend away from ineffective channels, focusing on the successful channels and campaigns. As a result the clients business achieves increased profitable growth.