Phoenix Equity Partners

Phoenix Equity Partners Limited is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in middle-market management buyouts, late venture, growth capital, buyins, bolt-on acquisitions, and expansion capital transactions. The firm also assists with growth through acquisitions and joint ventures and provides follow-on investments. It seeks to invest in education; industrials; consumer; healthcare with a focus on specialty pharmaceuticals, outsourcing, and medical equipment and devices; financial services; transport and logistics; and business services sector; media; command, control and communication equipment; telecommunication, leisure; and retail. The firm primarily invests in private medium sized companies based in the United Kingdom. It typically invests between $16 million and $80 million in companies with enterprise value between $16 million and $345.5 million. The firm prefers to acquire significant stakes and seeks to have a board seat in its portfolio companies. It prefers to hold its portfolio companies for a period of three to five years. The firm prefers to provide additional equity to fund roll-out plans and follow-on investments to drive expansion. Phoenix Equity Partners Limited was founded in 2001 and is based in London, United Kingdom with an additional office in Manchester, United Kingdom.

David Burns

Managing Partner

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James Chiang

Investment Director

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Adam Corbett

Operating Director

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Louise Corner

Partner

Steve Darrington

Partner and CFO

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Richard Daw

Managing Partner

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Tim Dunn

Partner

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Richard Hill

Investment Director

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James Hope

Fund Associate

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Kevin Keck

Partner

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Edward Lunken

Investment Manager

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Zach Mueller

Investment Manager

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Sandy Muirhead

Partner

Chris Neale

Partner

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Barry Robinson

Partner

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Mark Sargeant

Partner

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William Skinner

Partner

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James Squires

Partner

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James Thomas

Partner

46 past transactions

Halfords Autocentre

Acquisition in 2006
Halfords Autocentre, formerly Nationwide Autocentres, is a car servicing and repairs firm based in the UK.
GNS, the maritime solutions company, supports more than 12,000 commercial shipping vessels and super yachts around the world. They use data intelligence to help their customers enhance safety, improve efficiency and reduce costs. Through their comprehensive suite of products and services, they deliver a broad range of solutions for real-time navigation, navigation management, voyage optimisation, regulatory compliance, ship-to-shore communications and cyber security.

HPI Group

Acquisition in 2003
HPI is an independent procurement services providers across Europe.

Seebo Interactive LTD.

Series B in 2021
Seebo Interactive LTD. provides a technology solution to create, develop, analyze, and maintain smart toys. Its technology includes software development tools, and runtime software and cloud solutions. The company also provides concept and creative support, rapid prototyping service, app developer matching, electronic sourcing support, support for production setup, PCB layout support, and post-launch support. The company’s technology also enables students and business travelers to connect with their travel gear. In addition, its technology is used in the areas of smart baby products, smart modern living products, and smart fashion products. Seebo Interactive LTD. is based in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Travel Chapter

Private Equity Round in 2016
Travel Chapter specialises in providing quality accommodation all across the travel sector. The Travel Chapter Group is a technology driven travel business that is supported by a team of industry experts. Their headquarters are in Devon in the UK and our leading brand holidaycottages.co.uk specialises in holidays across England, Scotland, and Wales. Their goal is to continue growing The Travel Chapter Group, creating more exciting brands and continuing to offer the best service for their customers.

Universally Speaking

Private Equity Round in 2021
Universally Speaking is a pre-eminent, end-to-end, game services provider for the global gaming market. Gaming is our passion and our primary focus. We are multi-award winning in Localisation and Quality Assurance, working across all time zones. We work closely with our clients and pride ourselves on our ability to become an extension of their internal teams. With over fifteen years of experience working within the games industry as sector-specific specialists, Universally Speaking is one of the industry’s most trusted game service providers. We are recommended by the industry, for the industry.

Just Childcare Limited

Acquisition in 2014
Just Childcare Limited owns and operates nurseries in the United Kingdom. It offers childcare and education services. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Ashtead Technology Ltd

Acquisition in 2008
Ashtead Technology Rentals provides integrated equipment solutions for subsea and onshore monitoring and inspection sectors. The company rents geophysical and hydrographic, metocean, non-destructive testing, positioning, ROV survey sensors, ROV tooling, subsea inspection and diving, and visual inspection equipment, as well as environmental, health, and safety equipment; and sells a range of new and ex-rental equipment. It also offers offshore personnel to offer expert guidance and support for mobilizations and for the maintenance of equipment onshore and offshore; and asset management, cable molding and connectors, calibration, custom engineered solutions, repair & maintenance, system integration, and training services.

Rayner Surgical Group Limited

Private Equity Round in 2017
Rayner designs and manufactures intraocular lenses and proprietary injection devices for use in cataract surgery. When Sir Harold Ridley designed the world’s first IOL in 1949, he chose Rayner to manufacture this ground-breaking invention. With more than 65 years of continuous growth and experience, we remain at the forefront of innovation. We are focused on providing the best IOLs for clinicians and patients and are driven by science to improve patient outcomes and safety. Primary IOLs Our FDA-approved C-flex aspheric (aberration-neutral) monofocal IOL, as well as our toric and multifocal IOL families are now complemented by the RayOne fully preloaded monofocal IOL injection system. Supplementary IOLs Designed to be implanted in the ciliary sulcus, Rayner Sulcoflex Pseudophakic Supplementary IOLs are available as aspheric, toric, multifocal and multifocal lenses, and offer a reversible solution for correcting residual post-operative refractive errors following the implantation of a conventional IOL in the capsular bag. OVDs Our Ophteis range offers a full spectrum of OVDs from dispersive to cohesive, enabling surgeons to select the OVD best suited to each specific cataract procedure. Ophteis FR Pro with sorbitol -- designed to deliver a new level of corneal endothelial protection from phaco induced trauma -- is the flagship product of Rayner’s ‘Ophteis’ OVD suite. Pharmaceuticals Although the intraocular lens plays a leading role in the visual outcomes of cataract and refractive surgery, the pharmaceuticals that manage the tear film and inflammation are critical to the end result. For that reason, Rayner recently acquired the business of Moorfields Pharmaceuticals. The acquisition will enable us to offer an even wider range of ophthalmic tools that aid and streamline the surgical process whilst remaining focused on the visual outcome for the patient. Rayner markets its IOL portfolio and related products worldwide through a network of distributors in over 80 countries with direct markets in UK, Germany & Austria, the United States of America, Italy and Spain. We have the world’s longest commercial history of IOL design and manufacturing and have worked with cataract surgeons for longer than anyone else. In 2016, Rayner transferred its global headquarters to a brand new state of the art manufacturing plant, which has dramatically increased the company’s production capacity.

CloserStill

Private Equity Round in 2012
CloserStill Media - often described as the fastest growing business media company in the UK - specialises in high-value, content-driven events and the nurturing of B2B or professional communities. The company operates chiefly in the healthcare and technology markets. CloserStill's portfolio includes some of the UK's fastest-growing and often award winning events including Learning Technologies. Cloud Expo Europe. The Pharmacy Show and The London Vet Show. In the last four years CloserStill has been repeatedly recognised as a leading innovator with its teams and events winning multiple Awards including Best Marketing Manager -four times in succession - Best Trade Exhibition. Best launch Exhibition. Rising Star - two years in succession - Best Operations Manager. Best Sales Person and Management Team of the Year.

Setfords Solicitors

Secondary Market in 2021
Our expert lawyers are located nationwide and work with a central support team based in our head office in Guildford. Because we use technology to enable our lawyers to work flexibly – in many cases from their homes or clients’ offices – we are able to keep overheads low and pass on those savings to our clients.

Busaba

Acquisition in 2008
Busaba provide high quality modern Thai food served in stylish surroundings.

Weststar Holiday Parks

Private Equity Round in 2005
Weststar owned and operated four high quality freehold holiday parks in the South of England.

Letts Filofax Group Ltd.

Acquisition in 2006
Letts Filofax Group Ltd., manufactures and supplies diaries. The company also provides notebooks, calendars and accessories, and address and visitor books.

Edif Group Management Ltd.

Acquisition in 2011
Edif Group is a independent provider of technical solutions to Industrial markets worldwide. Edif adds value for its customers by helping improve the quality, safety and reliability of critical assets and infrastructure. Edif provides a range of inspection, testing and consultancy services. From vendor inspection and expediting to asset integrity consultancy, capability assurance and power engineering, Edif supports clients across the lifecycle of their equipment and assets. With a network of more than 20 offices internationally, over 400 full time staff and a network of associates in excess of 2500, Edif is able to undertake projects on a global scale.

Covenant HealthCare

Acquisition in 2002
Covenant Healthcare Ltd. owns and operates hospitals and medical treatment facilities.

Key Retirement Group Ltd

Acquisition in 2013
Key Retirement Solutions is one of the UK’s first equity release advisory services. Key Retirement Solutions are also continuing to develop and grow strong partnership relationships to help bring the range of services and products offered by the group to a wider audience.
Nexus Vehicle Management Limited, doing business as Nexus Vehicle Rental, provides corporate vehicle rental services in the United Kingdom. The company offers various services, including short-term, long-term, and flexible vehicle rentals; wheelchair accessible and adapted vehicles for hire; leisure rentals; and online driver license checking services. It also provides fleet and rental management solutions; Intelligent Rental Information System (IRIS), a vehicle rental software system that streamlines vehicle rental business through automation and integration; managed rentals for organizations running their own rental programs; and white labeling of IRIS platform. It serves companies and businesses, including the construction, retail, and fleet industries. Nexus Vehicle Management Limited was incorporated in 1999 and is based in Leeds, United Kingdom.

JIMMY CHOO

Acquisition in 2001
Jimmy Choo is a 21st century luxury accessories brand, with shoes at its heart, offering an empowered sense of glamour and a playfully daring spirit. The brand traces its roots to a bespoke shoemaker named Jimmy Choo, based in the East End of London in the early 1990s, who catered to the global jet set, including Princess Diana. The Jimmy Choo company was founded in 1996, with Mr Choo’s niece, Sandra Choi, who had been heading up design in the East End atelier, coming on board as Creative Director, a position she holds to this day. Mr Choo departed the company in 2001. The sexy cut, fashionable design, and exceptional Italian craftsmanship struck a chord with a sophisticated clientele, and the first collection enjoyed immediate success. With a goal of creating a global luxury business, Jimmy Choo attracted outside investment and the company embarked on a significant expansion across product categories, channels and geographies. A pioneer in the art of celebrity dressing, Jimmy Choo was among the first to bring shoes and handbags to Hollywood where the red carpet proved to be the ideal runway for the brand. Today, Jimmy Choo can be seen on style icons from celebrities to royalty, musicians to heads of state. The brand’s reputation as a celebrity favourite helped to fuel its rapid expansion. Its iconography was further defined by the bold and dramatic advertising portraying glamorous but strong women in towering heels and luxurious handbags, captured by photographers such as Mario Testino, Inez and Vinoodh, Peter Lindbergh and Steven Meisel and Terry Richardson. Retail development has been integral to the company’s strategy. The first Jimmy Choo store was opened in 1996 on Motcomb Street in London, complementing a distribution in some of the most prestigious multi-brand stores in the world. Two years later, the company expanded to the US, opening two stores in New York City and Beverly Hills. International expansion continued with Jimmy Choo securing locations in the premiere luxury shopping destinations of the world’s most prestigious cities including Sloane Street and Bond Street in London, Avenue Montaigne in Paris, Via Condotti in Rome, Madison Avenue in New York, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, and Ginza in Tokyo. Today, Jimmy Choo encompasses a complete luxury accessories brand. Women’s shoes remain the core of the product offer, alongside handbags, small leather goods, scarves, sunglasses, eyewear, belts, fragrance and men’s shoes. Pierre Denis was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2012 and the creative direction is overseen by Sandra Choi. Together, they share a vision to create one of the world’s most treasured luxury brands. Jimmy Choo has a store network encompassing 167 stores in 35 countries and is present in the most prestigious department and specialty stores worldwide. In October 2014 Jimmy Choo PLC was publicly listed on the London Stock Exchange with the ticker CHOO.

ASCO Group Ltd.

Acquisition in 2006
ASCO Group provides supply chain management services to the oil and gas sector and other related industries. It offers integrated supply base management services; materials management services; marine services, such as marine technical, marine control/monitoring, ship and port agency, and vessel sharing; co-mingled fuel storage services; oil and gas industry waste management services; transportation and distribution services comprising road transport, freight forwarding, and heli-freight; and technical services, including lifting, recruitment, and customs compliance and consultancy. ASCO Group also provides oil, property, safety training services; and software solutions. It primarily operates in the United Kingdom, Norwegian sectors of the North Sea, Trinidad, Canada, and Australia. ASCO Group began operation in 1967. It has its headquarters in Aberdeen in the the United Kingdom.

Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited

Private Equity Round in 2002
Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited is a company in the industry, with assets of $10.2 billion at the year ended December 31, 2013 and over 900 employees in eight countries. Founded in 2002, Aspen has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2003 (NYSE:AHL).

StreamSearch.LIVE

Series C in 2000
StreamSearch LIVE engages in producing live original video programs, series, features, segments, and feeds at television programs. It provides media and telecommunications companies with a unified and scalable system of tools and processes for developing, discovering, and redistributing innovative live video content offerings.

Redington

Private Equity Round in 2019
Redington Limited offers financial advisory services. The firm provides investment strategy, risk management, asset allocation, collateral management, and market research and consulting services. Additionally, it offers risk monitoring, benchmark, client development, and business planning services. Redington Limited was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

Vivid Toy Group Limited

Acquisition in 2003
Vivid is a independent branded toys and games companies, licensing, designing, manufacturing and selling a combination of in-house developed toy and games IP and third party intellectual property licenses to major retailers in the UK, France, Germany, Benelux and US markets including Tesco, Argos, Wal-Mart, Carrefour, Toys“R”Us, Smyths, The Entertainer and Amazon.

Bridge Leisure Management Ltd.

Acquisition in 2015
Bridge Leisure Management Ltd was formed in 2008 to provide professional management support and consultancy for the caravan holiday park industry. Their team of experts has many years of experience managing high profile holiday parks. Clients include independent holiday park owners, large operator groups, investors and corporate administrators. They have worked with well known names including Pontins, KPMG, Deloittes and Barclays.

Mobius Life Limited

Acquisition in 2019
Mobius Life Limited provides unit-linked life insurance services for institutional pension schemes, advisers, trustees of institutional pension funds, life insurance companies, individual clients, and asset managers in the United Kingdom. It offers investment administration, creation of blended and white-labelled funds, trigger monitoring, transition management, and pension scheme reporting; and investment platform, DC pension, DB pension, and asset manager solutions. Mobius Life Limited was formerly known as Investment Solutions Limited and changed its name to Mobius Life Limited in February 2014. The company was incorporated in 1995 and is based in London, United Kingdom. Mobius Life Limited is a former subsidiary of Alexander Forbes Limited.

Acorn Care and Education

Acquisition in 2005
Acorn Care and Education is the UK’s leading independent provider of specialist education, foster care and residential care for vulnerable and hard to reach children.

Precise Media Group

Acquisition in 2006
Precise is a business information group. We provide media monitoring, analysis, brand services and software applications to PR, communications, media and marketing professionals

Spy Alarms Limited

Acquisition in 2020
Spy Alarms Limited manufactures, installs, supplies, maintains, and monitors security and fire alarm. It offers burglar alarm, CCTV, door entry, system maintenance, monitored alarm, fire protection, and intruder alarm for home and business security. The company serves football league club, golf clubs, factories, offices, care homes, schools, and homeowners. Spy Alarms Limited was incorporated in 1985 and is based in Orpington, United Kingdom.

Signum Technology

Private Equity Round in 2012
Signum Technology Limited, through its subsidiaries, designs and manufactures safety and critical service flow control products. It offers safety marine breakaway couplings and fast connecting camlock couplings for the offshore oil industry; breakaway couplings and emergency release systems for onshore and offshore transfer of hazardous and non-hazardous products; and ship-to-ship, ship-to-shore, and bunkering LNG transfer systems. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in Westbury, United Kingdom. As of July 10, 2019, Signum Technology Limited operates as a subsidiary of Trelleborg Industrial Solutions.

NFT Distribution

Acquisition in 2006
NFT has been at the forefront of chilled food & drink logistics since the company was established over three decades ago.

Riviera Travel

Acquisition in 2014
Riviera Travel celebrates an astounding 30 years of providing high quality escorted European & Worldwide tours and river cruises plus offering unrivalled value for money. tHEY are incredibly passionate about our holidays, river cruises and service, and their entire staff both in the UK and overseas is dedicated to ensuring that they meet, indeed exceed the expectations of our discerning and loyal customers.

Nineteen Events Ltd

Private Equity Round in 2018
Nineteen Group are world-class organisers of B2B exhibitions & conferences.

Sygnature Discovery

Series A in 2017
Sygnature Discovery is an independent provider of integrated drug discovery resource and expertise. It undertakes hit identification, hit-to-lead and lead optimization projects, and complete drug discovery programs. Core capabilities include medicinal chemistry, in vitro bioscience, computational sciences and informatics, DMPK/physical sciences, and project management. Sygnature operates from state of the art facilities in Nottingham and employs over 200 staff, most of whom are PhD scientists.

Mill House Inns

Acquisition in 2000
Mill House Inns owned and operated more than 50 high quality managed pubs in the UK. The majority of pubs were wholly-owned, located in commercially attractive areas.

Forest Holidays

Acquisition in 2017
Forest Holidays offers luxurious woodland cabins, many with private hot tubs, set exclusively on Forestry Commission land.

Andrew Page Ltd.

Acquisition in 2010
Andrew Page Limited is a distributor of quality vehicle components, workshop equipment, tools and diagnostics, our aim is to ensure our customer's have complete satisfaction from the full service we provide. With currently 102 branches and rapidly expanding, Andrew Page remains to this day, one of the UK's most successful motor factors.

Capital Economics Ltd.

Private Equity Round in 2018
Capital Economics is one of the independent economic research companies in the world. We provide country and regional research on the US, Canada, UK, Western Europe, Japan, China, India, Latin America, Emerging Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Emerging Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It provide overview services covering the global economy and financial markets, and have dedicated services providing research on commodities and on the property sector.

The Gym Group

Acquisition in 2013
Founded in 2007 The Gym Group, is the original low-cost gym in the UK. Now with over 720 thousand members and more than 150 gyms we are the fastest growing gym business in Europe with over 22% of the UK low cost market. We have big growth plans aiming opening between 15 and 20 more gyms each year! Our 24/7, no contract, low-price offer is a compelling proposition that is transforming the UK health and fitness sector. Memberships start from just £12.99 a month and provide unlimited access to our high-quality fitness facilities and equipment, along with some of the most highly trained, qualified and friendly staff in the industry.

Global Freight Solutions Ltd.

Private Equity Round in 2017
Global Freight Solutions Ltd., an enterprise carrier management company, provides parcel and carrier management services for retail and B2B shippers in the United Kingdom. The company specializes in multi and omni-channel delivery solutions. Its portfolio of software and services include enterprise carrier management software, parcel management, shipping system, parcel collection and tracking, delivery options, automated carrier selection, invoicing and reconciliation, claims management, and international delivery services. The company was founded in 2001 and is based in Horsham, United Kingdom. It has locations in Warrington, Coventry, Horsham, Bristol, Newbury, and Chichester, United Kingdom.

Gaucho Grill

Acquisition in 2006
Gaucho offers fine dining with an emphasis on authentic, high quality Argentinian steak and operates 14 restaurants in the UK and 3 international sites in Buenos Aires, Dubai and Hong Kong.

IMO Carwash

Acquisition in 2002
We are the world’s largest Car Wash company and every year we wash over 34 million cars in 13 countries. Since we began we have washed over 800m cars throughout the world. We offer a consistent quality car wash at great value for money at over 836 locations around the world. In the UK we trade as ARC and IMO in the rest of the world. IMO Car Wash Group is the largest dedicated car wash company in the world and was founded in Germany in 1965. The group has expanded to include over 330 sites in Germany, 300 in the UK and over 300 sites throughout the rest of Europe and Australia. The IMO experience offers quality, speed and value for money through a unique conveyor wash system which can wash up to 4 cars at a time, with guaranteed results every car

1000heads Group Limited

Private Equity Round in 2019
We are the Word of Mouth People. We help brands to be more social; to talk to people, and to be talked about by people. We help brands to get their stories to travel further and faster, building sustained relationships and advocacy as they go. We have experience across multiple sectors including Telecommunications, Travel, Retail, Media, Finance, Automotive, and FMCG.

Partnership Assurance Group

Acquisition in 2005
Partnership Assurance Group provides non-standard annuities to individuals with medical and lifestyle conditions.

Palletways Group Limited

Acquisition in 2004
Palletways is Europe’s largest provider of express palletised distribution services. With our strategically positioned network of depots and hub operations, we’re unrivalled in our ability to connect your business to the whole of Europe.

Porthaven Care Homes LLP

Acquisition in 2011
Porthaven Care Homes LLP, a care home company, offers nursing care, residential care, dementia care, and respite care services for elderly people. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Windsor, United Kingdom with locations in Congleton, Aylesbury, Farnham, Stokenchurch, Buxton, Carshalton, Kidlington, Chipping Norton, Macclesfield, Marlborough, Cheltenham, and Bradford On Avon, United Kingdom.