GIL Investments

GIL Investments is specialists in flexible deal structuring and regular acquirors of non-core assets from large public or private businesses. "My involvement with GIL spanned 9 years from 2007 to 2016 as CEO of Akcros Chemicals. From the initial set-up through the recession of 2008/9 GIL were very supportive of the management team in executing investments to improve our technology base and manufacturing capability in a difficult environment. The company thrived thereafter to build a stronger financial position from which to launch acquisitions in 2013, 2014 and 2015. GIL’s approach of guiding the Board while allowing time and space for the management team to develop the business was as enlightening as it was energising. I would strongly recommend GIL to other management teams who are considering leading their own buyouts or making acquisitions, it has been a pleasure to work with Les and the rest of the team over the years. Ultimately, it led to the successful transfer of the business to new ownership and a bright future."

Richard Banham

Investment Director

22 past transactions

Monks & Crane Industrial Group

Acquisition in 2018
Monks & Crane Industrial Group is distributes engineering consumables, maintenance, repair, and overhaul related products for the industrial market in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It offers products in various categories, such as cutting tools, tool and workholding, oils and lubrication, storage and material handling, machine tools, PPE and safety, janitorial, hand tools, abrasives, power and air tools, precision and measuring, welding/brazing/soldering, adhesives and sealants, tapes and packaging, stationery and office supplies, fasteners and fixings, bearings and transmissions, fluid power, maintenance, garage and workshop, and electrical.

Trueform Engineering

Acquisition in 2012
Trueform Engineering is designs, manufactures, and supplies public transport infrastructure hardware for various modes of passenger transport worldwide. The company provides bus shelters, bus stops, temporary stops, flags, poles, bus stop accessories, railway station products, wayfinding signage, airport signage, signage systems, canopies and walkways, design and build metalwork, digital displays, cycle and cycle storage archives, counter terrorism archives, and TFL signage and products.

Covpress

Acquisition in 2004
Covpress Limited designs and manufactures presses and assemblies for automotive sector worldwide. It provides dash panels, suspension housings, window frames, and drain cowls, as well as A, B, and D pillars; gas meters; structural components, such as bumpers, cross car beams, and engine timing covers; and air suspension reservoirs. Covpress Limited was formerly known as Sofedit UK Ltd. and changed its name to Covpress Limited in October 2003. The company was founded in 1890 and is based in Coventry, United Kingdom. As of January 11, 2017, Covpress Limited operates as a subsidiary of Liberty House Limited.

MCP Environmental

Acquisition in 2015
MCP Environmental Services LLP offers environmental survey and consulting services. The company provides asbestos surveying and removal; site work, highway construction, surfacing, and safety working consulting services. Additionally, it offers trenching, services laying, and utility reinstallation services. MCP Environmental Services LLP is based in Bradford, United Kingdom.

Erlson Precision Components

Acquisition in 2010
Erlson Precision Components is a precision component supplier to the Turbocharger, Automotive and Industrial sectors. Specialising in critical, close tolerance and complex components at medium to high volumes, Erlson has a passion for customer service, innovation and reliability.

VIP-Polymers

Acquisition in 2002
VIP-Polymers are World Class provider of Globally approved sealing gaskets. Since 1923, VIP have been at the forefront of polymer engineering and are now recognised as one of the leading Global providers of sealing solutions for a number of applications: Pipelines - for the transportation of drinking and dirty water VIP are proud to be the preferred seal supplier to a number of leading global pipe manufacturers operating in the ductile iron, clay, plastic and concrete pipeline market sectors. VIP manufactures over 3,000 products, and has introduced many new proprietary products for pipeline applications, including VIPSeal® flexible couplings, VIP-Weco no-dig pipe repair seal and Tyton-SIT gaskets for ductile iron pipe.

Bearmach Limited

Acquisition in 2007
Bearmach is a dedicated supplier of quality assured parts and accessories that are suitable for the full range of Land Rover vehicles. Founded in 1958 as a family company, Bearmach (Bearings + Machinery), has grown to become one of the largest independent suppliers of parts and accessories suitable for Land Rover vehicles worldwide. Our continual investment and innovative approach to the market has enabled us to remain leaders in our industry. Bearmach was the first company to specialise exclusively in parts and accessories for what is dubbed the best 4x4 by far, and over the years we have built up stocks of over 17,000 lines including genuine, OEM and Bearmach-branded parts.

Stan Chem International

Private Equity Round in 2014
Stan Chem International is a group of companies who provide a diverse product offering on a global basis across chemical, personal care, agriculture and bio agronomy markets. The Stan Chem group of companies are unified by their dedication to supplying raw materials and ingredients of the highest quality. We achieve this by focusing on high manufacturing standards, excellent customer interaction and strategic continuous innovation.. Product quality and traceability are important to us. Our aim is simple: to provide the right product, at the right price with the correct specification, packaged and tested as per our customers’ requirements.

Go Inspire

Private Equity Round in 2008
Go Inspire is provides marketing support services. The company provides designs for branding, direct mail, POS, print, websites, and digital media; direct mail services; website, show reel, 3D, and production and animation solutions for web and digital media; and personalized or litho print solutions. In addition, it offers direct and transactional mail, election, and multi-channel marketing services for retail, financial, media and technology, mail order, charity, and travel and leisure sectors.

Oliver Ashworth Group

Acquisition in 2015
Oliver Ashworth Group provides building and industrial products supplier.

Camvac Limited

Acquisition in 2008
Camvac Limited is a supplier of vacuum coated films & laminates for a wide range of food, technical and industrial packaging applications. From its UK base it supplies markets such as Liquid Packaging, Food, Medical, Converter, Construction, Insulation and other wide ranging Specialist applications. Camvac's worldwide sales are via Agents, Distributors, Licencees and its Direct Sales Team.

MCP Environmental

Merger/Acquisition in 2016
MCP Environmental Services LLP offers environmental survey and consulting services. The company provides asbestos surveying and removal; site work, highway construction, surfacing, and safety working consulting services. Additionally, it offers trenching, services laying, and utility reinstallation services. MCP Environmental Services LLP is based in Bradford, United Kingdom.

Akcros Chemicals

Acquisition in 2005
Akcros Chemicals manufactures and supplies chemical additives for polyvinylchloride and polymers industries.

Davicon Mezzanine Floors Ltd.

Acquisition in 2009
Davicon is the recognised brand leader for quality mezzanine floors and support steelwork, with over 30 years experience supplying to customers exclusively through a professional network of distributors. Davicon has a unique advantage – it’s the only large mezzanine floor supplier that manufactures in-house with the latest 3D-CAD/NC technology; this, coupled with a highly experienced design team means Davicon is able to exactly match customer requirements, offer reduced lead times and has complete control over the quality and delivery of its projects.

Lander Holdings Limited

Merger/Acquisition in 2020
Lander Holdings Limited supplies automotive products. The company was incorporated in 1981 and is based in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Oliver Ashworth Limited

Merger/Acquisition in 2015
Oliver Ashworth Limited, trading as Ashworth, supplies pipelines, valves, and fittings products to mechanical services, drainage, fire protection, and industrial process markets. The company offers flanges, press-fit systems, push-fit systems, pipe hanging systems, grooved jointing systems, tube clamps, cast iron rainwater systems, cast iron drainage systems, drain testing equipment, EN10255 tubes, boilers, gauges, pumps, water heaters, radiators, showers, dosing pots, powrmatic equipment, polypropylene systems, dual containment systems, ship ballast systems, vessel drinking water systems, and marina refueling systems. Its customers include mechanical services contractors; plumbers; heating engineers; drainage contractors; local and government authorities; fire protection contractors and fabricators; petrochemical companies; original equipment manufacturers; and in-house company engineers. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is based in Radcliffe, United Kingdom. Oliver Ashworth Limited is a former subsidiary of Saint-Gobain Limited.

Key Technologies

Acquisition in 2004
Key Technologies Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides engineering solutions in the areas of Defense and Homeland Security. The company manufactures and supplies specialist ammunition, 12 gauge, EOD, and public order solutions through a distribution network worldwide. It also engages in design, electronic manufacturing, and through-life system engineering services. Key Technologies Ltd. was founded in 2003 and is based in Cradley Heath, United Kingdom.

Total Polyfilm

Acquisition in 2004
Total Polyfilm is a producers of high quality polythene film products. They are dedicated to quality and their objective is to exceed their customer’s product and service expectations. In pursuit of this, they provide an extensive technical resource to their customers, offering the opportunity to evaluate current and future packaging needs. This is supported by continuous investment in their facilities, staff and new product development programmes.

Road Transport Media Ltd.

Acquisition in 2011
Road Transport Media is publishes Commercial Motor, Motor Transport and Truck & Driver magazines. It organises the annual Motor Transport Awards and runs Tip-ex and Tank-ex - the UK’s only exhibitions dedicated to bulk transport. In 2015 it launched Freight in the City, a new initiative for anyone involved in helping to make freight transportation as clean, safe and quiet as possible.

KRG Specialist Engineering Services Limited

Merger/Acquisition in 2019
KRG Specialist Engineering Services Limited, a contract manufacturing company, manufactures and delivers precision engineered components and assemblies to oil and gas, aerospace, and pump manufacture markets in the United Kingdom and internationally. It offers tooling assemblies, actuator assemblies, casing drive assemblies, quils, composite valve blocks, annulus wing blocks, production wing blocks, tubing head spools, H4 wellhead housings, conductor housings, tubing hangers, piston housings, Xmas tree alignment spools, wear bushings, spring housings, locking mandrels, cladded valves, GV stems, and flow loop tee pieces for oil and gas markets. The company also provides split casings, barrel casings, hubs, connectors, volute casings, delivery covers, impellers, wear rings, long shafts, and spacer sleeves for pump service markets; and landing gears, retraction brackets, and engine casings for aerospace markets. In addition, it offers aftermarket, clad welding, non destructive testing, heat treatment, engineering project management and delivery, supply chain management, and pump refurbishment services. KRG Specialist Engineering Services Limited was formerly known as KRG Industries Ltd and changed its name to KRG Specialist Engineering Services Limited in February 2019. The company was founded in 1978 and is based in Coatbridge, United Kingdom.

ICoNiChem

Acquisition in 2016
ICoNiChem is a specialist manufacturer of cobalt-based salts and compounds. The business supplies into a wide variety of applications including catalysts, pigments and animal nutrition. The business is led by a strong local management team and supplies a global customer base from a manufacturing and R&D facility in North-West England.

Monks & Crane Industrial Group Ltd

Merger/Acquisition in 2018
Monks & Crane Industrial Group Ltd. distributes engineering consumables, maintenance, repair, and overhaul related products for the industrial market in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It offers products in various categories, such as cutting tools, tool and workholding, oils and lubrication, storage and material handling, machine tools, PPE and safety, janitorial, hand tools, abrasives, power and air tools, precision and measuring, welding/brazing/soldering, adhesives and sealants, tapes and packaging, stationery and office supplies, fasteners and fixings, bearings and transmissions, fluid power, maintenance, garage and workshop, and electrical. The company also provides head protection, eye protection, ear protection, respiratory protection, hand protection, corporate clothing, footwear, fall arrest, first aid, spill control, and site safety products; and integrated supply chain management solutions. It serves marine and automotive; and aerospace, food and drink, engineering, and leisure markets. The company was incorporated in 1938 and is based in Wednesbury, United Kingdom. It has additional offices in the United Kingdom. As of September 1, 1990, Monks & Crane Industrial Group Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of Wurth Holding Gmbh.