Our Approach

ECI collaborate with management teams, working together to build successful businesses.


A Track Record of Success

We are one of the most experienced Private Equity firms in the UK with:


Years of Private Equity Investing


Investments Completed


UK Focused Private Equity Funds

Our Investments

We work with entrepreneurs and ambitious management teams over the long-term to achieve sustainable growth.

Helen James, Investis CEO
Ben Hood, Fourth CEO
Nick Wilkinson, Evans Cycles CEO
Peter Liney, Great Rail Journeys CEO


Continuity and shared experience are central to the way we work, so the team you partner with at the beginning will work alongside you throughout the course of the investment.


News and Insights

ECI Partners celebrates...

15 Jun 2016

As we celebrate our 40th anniversary in June 2016, ECI has undergone a full rebranding.

Our new brand and website reflect the evolution of ECI as we embark on our fifth decade of investment. 

This is the culmination of 40 years’ successful investing in high growth businesses. We believe it is important that our values and branding reflect both who we are and how we work today.  

Carefully Considered, Naturally Collaborative, Constantly Improving

Over the past 40 years we have established ourselves as the UK’s leading growth-focused private equity firm. We believe in teamwork and collaboration, supporting ambitious management teams combining their knowledge and vision with our experience.  

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support you have shown us, and look forward to working together on more opportunities in the future.


Kelvin Hughes

ECI sells ChartCo out of...

10 Jun 2016

ECI has announced the sale of ChartCo Limited, a leading supplier of digital navigation and voyage compliance services to the marine industry, and previously part of ECI-backed Kelvin Hughes Group for £55m.

ChartCo is the world's principal provider of navigational data, nautical charts, marine technical publications, compliance data and digital services. ChartCo began supplying charts for the Royal Navy over 250 years ago and today provides the leading navigational software platform, PassageManager, to the commercial marine industry. The Company provides data and services to more than 12,000 vessels globally, helping them to safely plan routes, digitally navigate and comply with local and international regulations. ChartCo is headquartered in Enfield, London, with further offices in UK, France, Netherlands and Singapore.

Since ECI invested in Kelvin Hughes, ChartCo has been transformed through investment in people, technology and niche acquisitions. Highlights include:

  • 21% increase in vessels served over the past two years
  • Recent acquisition and integration of leading maritime regulatory data provider Regs4Ships (in September 2014)
  • Development of the leading digital navigation platform, PassageManager

Lewis Bantin, Partner at ECI, commented: “It has been a real pleasure supporting Martin and his team at ChartCo, working with them to grow and develop the business. The team have built a platform that delivers digital services and products to shipping fleets in every corner of the world; a business with real global reach. This successful investment adds to our track record in helping companies maximise growth by developing their own tech platforms. We wish Martin and the team every success as they continue to build on their achievements and further strengthen their role as the leading navigational data business for the global shipping industry.”

Martin Taylor, Managing Director at ChartCo, added: “With ECI’s support, ChartCo has achieved significant growth in recent years and transformed into the market leader in commercial marine navigation. We are immensely proud of what we have achieved and we are excited about working with Equistone to further develop the business and realise its full potential.”

rhubarb wins Mid-Market...

01 Jun 2016

Congratulations to PB Jacobse and the team at rhubarb on winning Mid-Market Team of the Year at the BVCA Management Team Awards.

Now in its eighth year, the BVCA Management Team Awards recognise and reward the achievements and success of businesses across the UK which are backed by private equity and venture capital funds.

Judges’commented: “Rhubarb has established a premium brand in its market and the management team follows through on the brand promises with great food quality and service. The quality of the business also shows through in staff motivation and retention and in remarkable resilience in the face of adverse events. The rewards are now evident in impressive new customer wins and financial performance.”

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