We set up Ignite to support management teams in building better businesses
Our entire team have helped run businesses
We are investors but we provide much more than just money
We’re interested in building businesses with strong foundations which will long outlast our involvement in the business. To achieve this, we think long and creatively about business planning and fuel growth with ambitious capital.
We all know that businesses are more than balance sheets. They’re living, fragile things which must be nurtured in different ways. That’s why we look at the companies we invest in on a smart and healthy basis.
HOW WE SUPPORT YOU
Years of experience has taught us that for smaller businesses to grow to the next level they often need support. We think there are 5 key areas:
The hardest job: finding great people and building the appropriate infrastructure and culture to nurture and get the most out of the team
Deciding where to allocate resource to enable long term profitable growth.
Management Information Systems
Using information to monitor a business’s development and using that information to make strategic decisions to accelerate growth.
Using digital tools to enhance engagement with customers and suppliers; using data in a smarter way; putting technology into products or services.
Being prepared to use money to help a business grow faster throughout the investment life cycle
We deliver support in these areas through our Development Team. We’ve handpicked them because of their experience at working through the challenges ambitious businesses face
WHAT WE INVEST IN
We invest in smaller, UK-based, businesses worth up to £30m.
We look to invest between £2-15m in a single transaction.
We know a little about a lot of sectors. We’re actually less concerned about what sector you operate in than how the business is positioned and your ambition for the future.
We’re not big into tick-lists, but the deals that get us excited will have some of the following features:
- EBITDA greater than £750k
- A clear position in the value chain
- A large end market
- Opportunity to invest further money to enhance growth
For us, growth is paramount: either showing it today or a believe that, working together, we can help ignite it.