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Harwood Private Equity invests in Amito

1 March 2021

Harwood Private Equity has invested in Amito, a leading provider of data centre space and managed hosting with secure, well-connected colocation services. It occupies a market leading facility in Reading of high specification and is led by Ed Butler, CEO and founder.

Harwood Private Equity acquires Medica Packaging Limited

18 December 2020

Harwood Private Equity has acquired Medica Packaging Limited through a management buy-out led by Gerard Harford (Chief Executive) and Mark Stokes (Finance Director). Medica, based in Crewe, Cheshire, is of one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of printed cardboard cartons and folded leaflets for healthcare customers.

Harwood Private Equity invests in Assisi Pet Care Limited

30 September 2020

Harwood Private Equity has invested in the pet care sector through Assisi Pet Care Limited. Assisi, led by Peter Mangion (Chief Executive), is pursuing a roll up strategy in pet care and its first acquisition is Hollings Limited, a Skipton, Yorkshire, based producer of dog treats and dog food.

Harwood Private Equity acquires HML Holdings plc

11 September 2020

Harwood Private Equity has completed the public-to-private acquisition of HML Holdings plc (HML) for £18.1 million through a recommended cash offer.  HML provides outsourced property management for residential apartment blocks. Alec Guthrie and James Howgego will continue as CEO and CFO respectively.

Harwood Private Equity exits Inspecs

27 February 2020

Harwood Private Equity has achieved a full exit from its investment in Inspecs through an initial public offering of the company’s shares on the London Stock Exchange, resulting in a successful outcome for investors.

Inspecs is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of branded and OEM eyewear to global retail chains.

Harwood Private Equity invested in Inspecs in 2017.

Harwood Private Equity V LP closed on £160 million

21 February 2020

Harwood Private Equity V LP (HPE5) closed on 21 February 2020 and achieved its hard-cap target of £160 million of committed capital. 

HPE5 expects  to  follow  the  strategy  successfully  employed  by  its predecessor funds, investing predominantly in control positions in companies across a range of sectors in the UK lower mid‐market.  The Fund seeks opportunities with enterprise values of between £15m - £50m and has a strong public-to-private capability.

Harwood Private Equity acquires APC Technology Group plc

1 November 2019

Harwood Private Equity has completed the public-to-private acquisition of APC Technology Group plc (APC) for £18.3 million through a recommended cash offer and a scheme of arrangement.  APC provides the design, specification and distribution of specialist electronic components and systems, lighting technologies and connectivity products used in a range of sectors. Richard Hodgson and Tony Lochery will continue as CEO and non-executive chairman respectively.

Harwood Private Equity acquires National Slimming and Cosmetic Clinics - subsequently re-named The Slimming Clinic

28 September 2018

Harwood Private Equity has acquired National Slimming and Cosmetic Clinics (NSC) with a management buy-in of the UK’s largest group of medicated weight-loss treatment centres.  NSC has 26 clinics across the UK and will be led by chief executive officer Maurice Kelly, who has worked within the Harwood portfolio before and has wide experience of multi-site businesses and the weight-loss sector.

Harwood Private Equity exits Curtis Gilmour and invests in Pelsis

14 August 2018

Harwood Private Equity has achieved a full exit from its 2013 investment in Curtis Gilmour, a prominent US-based manufacturer of specialist pest control equipment, and has invested into the new group created by its merger with Pelsis, a UK company and the leading European distributor of branded pest control products.  Harwood and another UK private equity investor are equity partners in the new enlarged group that will have a consolidated turnover of €125 million with significant potential for growth. 

Harwood Private Equity invests in Tradewise

20 December 2017

Harwood Private Equity has invested in Tradewise, an Enfield-based, market-leading provider of road risk insurance to the UK motor trade sector (dealers and repairers), underwritten through a partner company in Gibraltar.  Tradewise also offers cover within other niche commercial and non-standard vehicle insurance categories in the UK and certain European countries.  James Humphreys is CEO and will continue to lead the company.