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A Track Record of Success

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

40

Years of Private Equity Investing

253

Investments Completed

10

UK Focused Private Equity Funds

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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

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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.

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News and Insights

ECI wins twice at North...

13 Jul 2016

ECI is delighted to have won two awards at this year's North West Rainmaker Awards.

We were awarded both Team of the Year, and Exit of the Year for the sale of Citation for £185m in February, which gave a 5.4x multiple. 

On winning the award for Citation's exit Steve Tudge, a Managing Partner at ECI said: “Investing in business great. It’s fantastic to find lots of interesting businesses, but there’s nothing which can replay the joy of a successful exit, so Citation was definitely a highlight.”

He added: “Citation’s a great story about what private equity can do. The business when we bought it from the founders was an interesting business with an interesting market position, but actually had a lot of flaws.

“The management team we’ve worked with at Citation has created a fantastic business with demonstrable growth, but also, in the current market, resilience as well.

“So we were able to demonstrate to the buyers of the business just how secure the future was and that attracted a lot of value. 5.4x return is great. The reason we all work in this area is to get returns like that.”

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ECI sponsors Consumer...

06 Jul 2016

ECI is proud to be sponsoring the Consumer Business of the Year - a brand new category - at the 2016 Growing Business Awards.

Previous winning and shortlisted companies at the Growing Business Awards include SkyScanner, Fever Tree, Innocent Drinks, Made.com, Just Eat, The Gym, 99p Stores and Secret Escapes. Being shortlisted has helped catapult many of these names on to their next phase of growth.  

We are delighted to have Simon McMurtrie, previously CEO of Direct Wines (Laithwaites) joining us as a judge for the award. 

Nominations of potential companies can be made by anyone, so if you manage, advise, are on the board of or are invested in an exciting high growth, scalable business within the consumer sector then why not nominate them now?

Supported by Amazon and the CBI, the Growing Business Awards were launched in 1999 and have been celebrating exceptional businesses and outstanding entrepreneurs across the UK ever since.

Over the last 4 decades ECI has backed many iconic brands in the consumer sector, including Sunsail, HolidayAutos, Laterooms, Café Rouge, Games Workshop and Bloomsbury Publishing.

If you have any queries about this award, please contact George Moss.

ECI plugs into IT Lab

24 Jun 2016

ECI has invested in IT Lab to support the company’s position as a market-leading business and help finance its next phase of growth.

IT Lab is ranked within the top five European and top 50 global managed services suppliers and operates out of offices in London, Manchester and Cape Town. The award-winning company is a provider of IT managed and technology related services to SME and mid-market companies operating in 12 sectors across the UK and, via its global partners, 13 countries across the world.

IT Lab provides a wide range of services to its 860 corporate customers, helping them utilise and leverage technology to achieve their business objectives.  The company provides a range of services including IT support, cloud services, ERP software implementation, technology transformation and change projects, strategic consulting and data analytics.

The market in which IT Lab operates is forecast to grow 8% per annum between 2015-2018, as companies continue to leverage value added relationships with their key technology and outsourcing partners, relying on them for core technology services and capabilities, but also strategic guidance in a rapidly changing technology landscape.   

IT Lab is benefitting from these growth drivers. Revenues have increased 49% CAGR between 2013-2015 and EBITDA has risen 87% CAGR over the same period. 

The growth outlook for the Company remains strong due to low levels of customer concentration, low levels of churn, as well as a broad base of clients across different sectors including professional and financial services, public services (including housing associations), Not-for Profit, sports and stadia and manufacturing.

IT Lab has a strong management team led by Peter Sweetbaum. Peter was most recently a Senior Technology Adviser in the Cabinet Office driving the UK Government’s transformational technology strategy.

With a work force of 325 employees, IT Lab is recognised for its positive working culture, having featured multiple years in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For.

ECI specialises in backing high-growth companies and has a successful track record partnering with businesses in the TMT B2B space, with other recent and current investments including Citation, XLN, Fourth, Wireless Logic, CarTrawler, Avantia, ATG Media, Imagesound and Investis.

ECI’s investment will help IT Lab to continue to grow organically, build its portfolio of services and continue its successful M&A strategy.

Tom Wrenn, Partner at ECI said:

"IT Lab is a fast-growing IT services provider focused on the mid and SME markets. Businesses are increasingly outsourcing IT services to cut costs, and boost productivity and systems resilience.  We believe IT Lab is very well positioned for further growth, and we look forward to working with Peter and his team to help them realize their full potential.”

Peter Sweetbaum, CEO of IT Lab, said:

"We provide vital IT services to SME and mid-market companies that are the backbone of the UK economy. We are totally focused on helping our clients achieve their business objectives, leveraging technology to operate more effectively, more flexibly and more competitively and supporting them as they grow. IT Lab is in a very exciting growth phase with tremendous potential to expand our capability and reach.   

We are very excited about partnering with ECI as we embark on the next stage of our journey."

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