08 Jun 2015
We are delighted to announce that the Association of Investment Companies has recognised YFM for producing the best VCT report and accounts in 2014 for BSC2’s December 2014 accounts. This recognises the best communication in our industry and is a great accolade.
27 Apr 2015
YFM Equity Partners’ portfolio company President Engineering Group (“PEGL”), a business specialising in niche engineering products for the industrial gas and energy industries, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade in recognition for its outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years.
14 Apr 2015
YFM Equity Partners, one of the UK’s leading investors in small businesses is providing £2.5m in development capital to support the growth plans of the founders of Ness, a womenswear lifestyle retail brand. As part of the deal, experienced retail executive Dean Murray joins the business as Chairman. Clydesdale Bank will continue to support the business with £1m of banking facilities.
05 Jan 2015
YFM Equity Partners and co-investors Neptune Calculus and Kaye Enterprises have sold their minority stakes in the business making a 5x return on their original investment.
22 Dec 2014
YFM Equity Partners, one of the UK’s most active investors in small businesses is providing funding to support the management buyout and future growth plans of Wakefield Acoustics, a specialist industrial acoustic engineering business, in a £4m deal. The MBO is being led by Lee Nicholson who, with over 12 years’ experience in the business, will become Managing Director. Chris Brown, current chairman of Thermal Energy Ventures with almost 25 years’ experience in the engineering sector, will join as non-executive Chairman.
01 Dec 2014
27 November 2014: YFM Equity Partners is investing £3.35m into the £4m management buy-out (MBO) of Business Collaborator – an established provider of collaboration software to the construction sector and a leader in the nascent Building Information Modelling (“BIM”) software market. Experienced software Chairman Richard Beaton is leading the MBO of the business from previous owners UNIT4.
25 Nov 2014
YFM Equity Partners is providing funding to support the management buyout and future growth plans of ACC Aviation. The investment comes from YFM Equity Partners’ British Smaller Companies VCT funds and from YFMEP II its co-investment fund. ACC Aviation has built an excellent reputation for providing services to clients across the world in all aspects of aircraft leasing, charter and flight management. The financial details of the transaction are not disclosed.
10 Nov 2014
YFM Equity Partners has invested £3m in the £6m management buyout (MBO) of Springboard Research, a leading provider of retail performance monitoring; providing footfall, dwell time and conversion rates, sales analysis and data driven insights. The investment injection will enable Springboard to capitalise on business growth opportunities in the UK amongst retailers and property owners, as well as further expansion in North America and Europe. The current UK market alone for such services is estimated to be worth at least £0.5bn
03 Nov 2014
YFM Equity Partners backs the MBO of Cambrian Park & Leisure Homes, Wales’s largest Holiday Lodge builder
YFM Equity Partners, one of the UK’s most active investors in small businesses has invested £3m in the management buy-in and buyout (BIMBO) of Cambrian Park & Leisure Homes Ltd, which designs and makes timber holiday lodges for the UK holiday park market, together with its sister company, Cambrian Kitchens. Shawbrook Business Credit is providing a £4m working capital facility to the business to facilitate growth.
24 Oct 2014
YFM Equity Partners announces the opening of a £30m fundraising for top performing generalist Venture Capital Trust, British Smaller Companies VCT plc (BSC VCT) and its sister fund British Smaller Companies VCT2 plc (BSC2 VCT) (together BSC VCTs). The improved economic climate and a strong pipeline of demand from UK regional businesses is the key driver for this year’s fundraising. From July 2013 to date, BSC VCTs have invested £32.2m into 10 businesses across the UK.
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