MBO of Rowan International

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2017-12-14T13:37:11+00:00

HMT, led by Partner Paul Read, Manager Tom Bradbury and Executive Corin Briault-Hutter undertook financial due diligence for Connection Capital on their investment in Rowan International to support the management buy-out. Founded 30 years ago, Rowan International is one of Europe’s largest residual stock management distributors, which specialises in buying and re-selling branded goods to the discount market. The company purchases surplus stock of fast-moving consumer goods such as leading-brand toiletries and cosmetics or household items that are [...]

Investment in ADC Biotechnology by Maven

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2017-11-29T15:16:30+00:00

Maven invests in ADC Biotechnology HMT, led by Partner Paul Read advised Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”) on their investment in anti-cancer drugs manufacturer ADC Biotechnology (“ADC”). ADC Bio operates in the highest growth sector within oncology therapeutics and has developed a unique patented Lock-Release technology for the development and manufacture of Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADC) group of cancer therapies which are designed to specifically target and kill tumour cells. Known as ‘magic bullets’, ADCs are the next generation of [...]

Investment in TRX by Edge

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2017-11-03T14:06:12+00:00

Edge invests in TRX HMT, led by Partner Paul Read and Manager Tom Bradbury undertook financial due diligence for Edge Investments (“Edge”) on their investment in Dial Square 86 Ltd, the holding company for online TV rights licensing platform The RightsXchange (“TRX”). TRX is an online deal-making platform for TV rights licensing. It enables TV programme buyers to search for content, access instant rights availabilities, negotiate a deal and sign the contract entirely online. Presently transactions in this market [...]

Investment in Trade Skills 4U by Palatine

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2017-11-24T21:37:52+00:00

Palatine invests in Trade Skills 4U HMT, led by Partner Paul Read and Manager Tom Bradbury undertook financial due diligence for Palatine Private Equity (“Palatine”) on their investment in electrical training courses firm Trade Skills 4U. Headquartered in Crawley with sites in London and Warrington, Trade Skills 4U provides a range of electrical courses for individuals who have little or no electrical knowledge who want to become electricians, while also providing further training to those already in the profession [...]

NVM invests in Knowledgemotion Ltd

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2017-11-24T21:38:52+00:00

NVM invests in Knowledgemotion Ltd HMT LLP led by Partner Andrew Thomson and Manager Tom Bradbury undertook financial due diligence for NVM Private Equity (“NVM”) on their investment in online educational content provider Knowledgemotion Ltd (trading as “boclips”). Founded in 2013 by David Bainbridge, Knowledgemotion has developed boclips, a video platform designed specifically for the education sector. boclips enables education providers to easily find, license and use video clips in their teaching products and services. The platform hosts over [...]

Porta Communications PLC secures funding from Clydesdale

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2017-11-01T11:02:39+00:00

Porta Communications PLC secures funding from Clydesdale HMT assisted international communications and marketing group Porta Communications Plc (“Porta”) secure a £3.3 million Revolving Credit Facility from Clydesdale Bank PLC (“Clydesdale”). Porta is an international consultancy business offering their clients a range of communications, marketing, design, advertising and analytical services to meet the fast changing communications and information landscape. Porta currently owns seven specialist brands with 18 offices in 9 countries across Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. HMT’s debt [...]

Jump In secures funding

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2017-11-01T11:02:27+00:00

Jump In secures funding HMT led by Partner Andrew Thomson and Senior Manager David Copp advised indoor trampoline arena operator GoJumpin Ltd (“Jump In”) on its recent development capital funding to support its continued expansion. Founded by Vernon West and Gavin Lucas together with mumpreneur Linda Willaford-West, Jump In is a leading UK leisure and recreational activities business. Jump In now has six indoor trampoline arenas nationwide in Slough, Tonbridge, Enfield, Aberdeen, Warwick and Walsall and offers jumping, fitness [...]

Investment in Xupes by Downing LLP

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2017-06-06T10:54:32+00:00

Investment in Xupes by Downing LLP HMT LLP led by Partner Paul Read undertook financial due diligence for Downing LLP (“Downing”) on their investment in leading retailer of pre-owned luxury goods Xupes Limited (“Xupes”). Founded in 2009 by Frank and Joseph McKenzie, Xupes has grown from its roots as a family business to one of the leading retailers of pre-owned luxury goods, employing approximately 25 members of staff. As well as selling high-end watches, jewellery, handbags, fine arts and antiques, [...]

MBO of Clamason supported by Connection Capital

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2017-08-11T12:48:40+00:00

MBO of Clamason supported by Connection Capital HMT LLP advised on the management buy-out of Clamason Industries Limited (“Clamason”) supported by Connection Capital (“Connection”) and Santander. Clamason is Europe’s leading manufacturer of precision pressings and stampings.  With facilities both in the UK and Slovakia, Clamason is a multi-award winning market leader for precision pressings in the automotive, medical and domestic sectors, with established international blue-chip clients. The Management Buy-out was supported by Connection Capital whose clients invested £5.4million in the [...]

Investment in My 1st Years by Beringea

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2017-06-06T10:54:32+00:00

Beringea invests in My 1st Years HMT LLP led by Partner Andrew Thomson undertook financial due diligence for Beringea LLP (“Beringea”) and Hargreave Hale (“Hargreave”) on their £5 million growth capital investment in personalisation site for children’s products My 1st Years. My 1st Years is an ecommerce company that provides personalised gifts for babies and children. The company was founded by Daniel Price and Jonny Sitton in 2009, and has since become a favourite with celebrities including Dannii Minogue and [...]

Investment in Newsflare by Edge Investments

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2017-06-06T10:54:32+00:00

Investment in Newsflare by Edge Investments 5 Deals of Christmas - 3 videos uploading... HMT LLP led by Partner Paul Read undertook due diligence for Edge Investments (“Edge”) on their £2.4million investment in online video news community Newsflare. Newsflare is a video marketplace platform for video creators, licensing UGC video to some of the world’s biggest media players. Newsflare matches video content to demand and distributes the content to clients and partners around the world. Newsflare provides video to a [...]

Connection Capital invests £4.6m of growth capital in IconX

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2017-06-06T10:54:32+00:00

Connection Capital invests £4.6m of growth capital in IconX 5 Deals of Christmas - 4 keys cutting... HMT LLP led by Directors Peter Wear and Holly Bedford-Bell, and Partner Andrew Thomson, advised the shareholders of IconX Ltd (“IconX”), an innovative British manufacturer of semi-automated key cutting machines, on their fundraising supported by Connection Capital LLP (“Connection”). Established in 2010, IconX has developed “My Key Machine”, a unique, self-contained key cutting machine that is able to scan and cut more than [...]

Jump In secures funding from Santander

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2017-08-11T12:38:32+00:00

Jump In secures funding from Santander HMT's 5 Deals of Christmas - 2 children jumping... HMT LLP advised indoor trampoline arena operator GoJumpin Ltd (“Jump In”) on their fundraising supported by Santander Growth Capital (“Santander”). Founded by dadpreneurs Vernon West and Gavin Lucas together with mumpreneur Linda Willaford-West, Jump In is a leading UK leisure and recreational activities business. Jump In has three indoor trampoline arenas in Slough, Tonbridge and Warwick and offers jumping, fitness and free-running classes as well [...]

Investment in Dovetail Games by Alcuin

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2017-06-06T10:54:33+00:00

Investment in Dovetail Games by Alcuin HMT LLP led by Partner Paul Read undertook financial due diligence for Alcuin Capital Partners (“Alcuin”) on their investment in simulation games provider Dovetail Games (“Dovetail”). Established in 2009, Dovetail Games is a market-leader in the development and publishing of simulation entertainment products. Initially responsible for producing the Train Simulator series of products on PC, Dovetail has expanded its range of games to include flight and fishing simulation games, available for both PC and [...]

Investment in Chic Retreats by Maven

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2017-06-06T10:54:33+00:00

Investment in Chic Retreats by Maven HMT LLP led by Director Peter Wear advised Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”) on their investment in technology company Chic Lifestyle Ltd, which operates under the brand Chic Retreats (“Chic”). Chic Retreats operates in the online B2B travel and tourism sector, enabling independent and boutique hotels, as well and luxury villas, to optimise the distribution of their rooms, rates and availability online.  The Company’s innovative software targets an under served segment of the market allowing [...]

Investment in Contact Engine by Beringea and Amadeus Capital

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2017-06-06T10:54:33+00:00

Investment in Contact Engine by Beringea and Amadeus Capital HMT LLP led by Partner Andrew Thomson undertook due diligence for Beringea LLP (“Beringea”) and Amadeus Capital on their investment in SaaS solutions provider ContactEngine. Founded in 2009, ContactEngine is a SaaS platform that automates the conversations between corporates and their customers, ensuring that crucial moments such as sales, deliveries and appointments are executed with precision and minimum effort. ContactEngine’s ground-breaking solutions have attracted major clients, including Whirlpool, Virgin Media, Sky, [...]

Investment in Channel Mum by NVM

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2017-06-06T10:54:33+00:00

NVM invests in Channel Mum HMT LLP led by Partner Andrew Thomson and supported by Directors Peter Wear and Holly Bedford-Bell and Senior Manager Julia Carruthers, advised Channel Mum Ltd (“Channel Mum”), the UK’s first parenting Youtube community on their recent equity fundraising with NVM Private Equity (“NVM”). Siobhan Freegard, the Founder and Managing Director of Channel Mum is a highly successful entrepreneur who founded in 2000 the UK’s biggest parenting website Netmums. In 2011, HMT advised Siobhan and the [...]

Investment in MPB by Mobeus

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2017-06-06T10:54:33+00:00

Investment in MPB by Mobeus HMT, led by Partner Paul Read and Senior Manager Adrian Howells undertook financial due diligence for Mobeus Equity Partners (“Mobeus”) on their £2.1 million investment in the UK’s largest online marketplace for photographic equipment MPB. Based in Brighton, MPB was founded by Matt Barker in 2008. The business has developed a custom-designed technology that provides a more efficient and enjoyable way of selling and buying used camera equipment and is now the UK’s largest online [...]

Investment in Thread by Beringea

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2017-06-06T10:54:33+00:00

HMT advises on Beringea's investment in Thread HMT, led by Partner Andrew Thomson undertook due diligence for Beringea LLP (“Beringea”) on their investment in UK men personal styling service provider Thread Ltd (“Thread”). Founded in 2012 by entrepreneurs Kieran O’Neill, Ben Phillips and Ben Kucsan, Thread is a free online personal styling service, offering tailored advice to men on how to dress. Thanks to their unique combination of personal stylists and algorithms, Thread is able to sort millions of items [...]

Investment in Hive Online Ltd by Encore Capital

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2017-06-06T10:54:33+00:00

Investment in Hive Online Ltd by Encore Capital HMT, led by Partner Paul Read and Manager Antonia Fernandez undertook financial and tax due diligence for Encore Capital (“Encore”) on their investment in Hive Online Ltd (“Hive”). Established in 2005, Hive is a provider of unique code on-pack printing promotional services to FMCG companies. The company provides a patent-pending, end-to-end platform that uses unique codes to verify that a consumer has purchased the product enabling FMCG brands to measure the effectiveness [...]

Investment in Vantage Finance Ltd

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2017-06-06T10:54:33+00:00

Investment in Vantage Finance Ltd HMT, led by Partner Paul Read and Manager Antonia Fernandez, undertook financial due diligence for lower mid-market private equity firm  Chiltern Capital LLP (“Chiltern”) on their investment in Thames Valley-based Vantage Finance Ltd (“Vantage”). Established in 2004 and based in Gerrards Cross, Vantage Finance is a leading master broker offering property lending solutions spanning commercial mortgages, bridging loans, development finance and secured loans on a national basis. Chiltern Capital has taken a significant minority stake [...]

Investment in Little Black Dress

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2017-06-06T10:54:33+00:00

HMT helps online fashion retailer Little Black Dress source funding for growth following launch of exclusive Alesha Dixon range HMT, led by Partner Ian Barton arranged and advised on the development capital investment in Little Black Dress who have just launched their Spring/Summer collections including exclusive designs from Alesha Dixon. Based in Manchester, Little Black Dress is a leading fashion brand specialising in occasion wear. Their online store offers a wide range of party and occasion dresses from renowned brands [...]

Investment in GEV Group by Maven Capital Partners

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2017-11-24T21:40:37+00:00

Investment in GEV Group by Maven Capital Partners HMT, led by Partner Paul Read and Director Holly Bedford-Bell undertook financial due diligence for Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”) on their investment in leading group in renewables sector GEV Group (“GEV”). Maven invested £5.4 million in GEV. GEV has four main divisions which operate across multiple markets and global locations: GEV Wind Power, Subsea Masters, Oxifree and GEV Offshore one of the leading specialist in Oil & Gas engineering. The £5.4million investment [...]

Investment in BEST by Percipient Capital

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2017-11-24T21:40:50+00:00

Investment in BEST by Percipient Capital HMT LLP led by Partner Paul Read and Director Holly Bedford-Bell undertook due diligence for private equity firm Percipient Capital (“Percipient”) on their investment in energy saving products manufacturer British Energy Saving Technology (“BEST”). Based in Cornwall, BEST designs and manufactures energy saving products for motors, lighting, refrigeration and air conditioning. Their real-time energy management system Eniscope is used by many customers worldwide including restaurant chains, sports clubs, retailers and data centres. The investment [...]

Investment in Virtua by Connection Capital

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2017-06-06T10:54:34+00:00

Investment in Virtua by Connection Capital HMT LLP led by Partner Paul Read and Director Holly Bedford undertook due diligence on the investment in specialist telecom engineering firm Virtua UK Ltd (“Virtua”) by Connection Capital Ltd (“Connection Capital”). Based in Wiltshire, Virtua provides services from design and installation, to testing and optimisation, for expanding and upgrading mobile networks on behalf of the major UK mobile network operators. Their client base also include commercial estate owners of major developments such as [...]

Investment in Channel Mum by ITV

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2017-06-06T10:54:34+00:00

Investment in Channel Mum by ITV HMT LLP led by Partner Andrew Thomson and Manager Julia Carruthers advised Channel Mum Ltd (“Channel Mum”), the UK’s first parenting Youtube community on their recent fundraising. Giant broadcaster ITV acquired a minority stake in the Business. Siobhan Freegard, the Founder and Managing Director of Channel Mum is a highly successful entrepreneur who founded in 2000 the UK’s biggest parenting website Netmums. In 2011, HMT advised Siobhan and the other shareholders of Netmums on [...]

Investment in D3O by Beringea LLP

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2017-11-30T10:34:48+00:00

Investment in D3O by Beringea LLP HMT LLP led by Partner Paul Read, Senior Manager Vivienne Day and Manager Adrian Howells undertook due diligence for private equity firm Beringea LLP (“Beringea”) on their $13 million investment in developer of smart materials D3O. Based in Brighton, D3O is a ground-breaking impact protection solutions company that licenses a range of unique patented smart materials. Its technology is used to produce a shock absorbing material that can be found in a range of [...]

Investment in The Light Cinemas Ltd by Connection Capital

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2017-06-06T10:54:34+00:00

Investment in The Light Cinemas Ltd by Connection Capital HMT LLP led by partner Andrew Thomson, director Paul Read and manager Adrian Howells advised Connection Capital LLP (“Connection”) on their investment in London based leisure and entertainment company The Light Cinemas Ltd (“Light Cinemas”). With three cinemas across the UK and Germany, Light Cinemas aims to provide a unique entertainment experience in a friendly relaxed environment that offers excellent customer service and value for money. Featuring the latest blockbusters, independent [...]

Redeem Holdings Limited secures £15 million investment

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2017-11-30T10:33:09+00:00

Redeem Holdings Limited secures £15 million investment HMT, led by partner Andrew Thomson and associate director Peter Wear, advised Redeem Holdings Limited (“Redeem”), the leading international provider of mobile phone and electronics recycling and recommerce services, on its recent £15 million fundraise. Redeem is a global leader in the provision of recommerce, recycling and refurbishment of mobile and electronic devices, predominantly mobile phone handsets, for mobile network operators (MNOs), retailers and corporates. Redeem has grown revenues at around 50 per [...]

Investment in ISN Solutions Limited by Maven Capital Partners

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2017-11-30T10:18:58+00:00

HMT, led by partner Andrew Thomson advised Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), one of the UK's leading private equity managers, on their £4.6 million investment in ISN Solutions Limited (“ISN”), a leading provider of global IT infrastructure services to the upstream oil and gas sector. Maven is recognised as one of the UK's most active SME investors, operating from six regional offices investing in dynamic later-stage private companies across a wide range of industry sectors. Maven currently manages over [...]

Investment in Disposal Cubicle Curtains Limited by Beringea

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2017-11-30T10:20:11+00:00

HMT advised Beringea LLP (“Beringea”),  the growth capital investor that manages the Proven Venture Capital Trusts, on their £3 million investment in Disposable Cubicle Curtains Limited (“DCCL”), trading as All in One Medical. DCCL manufactures and distributes an evolving range of patented, best in class, disposable curtains and blinds which actively destroy deadly and harmful pathogens.  Distributed to medical institutions, DCCL’s products are manufactured and shipped from its manufacturing plant in Wolverhampton, UK. Part of Beringea’s investment was [...]

MBO of GMG Property Services Group

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2017-11-29T20:14:52+00:00

HMT, led by director Paul Read, undertook financial due diligence for leading mid-market private equity firm LDC and management, on the buy-out of GMG Property Services (Holdings) Limited (“GMG”), the UK’s leading provider of software services to estate agents. LDC supported the £17.8 million MBO. Luton-headquartered GMG was founded in 2007 and is the UK’s largest supplier of software, technology and design solutions to the property industry. The business, which employs over 170 people across its network of [...]

MBO of Virgin Wines

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2017-11-29T20:18:05+00:00

HMT, led by partner Andrew Thomson and director Paul Read, undertook financial due diligence for leading private equity firm Mobeus Equity Partners (“Mobeus”), Connection Capital and management, on the buy-out of Virgin Wine Online Limited (“Virgin Wines”), the major UK wine retailer. Norwich based Virgin Wines was founded in 2000, and sells boutique high-quality wines produced by small independent winemakers.  The business, which employs approximately 160 staff, had revenues of £35m in the year to June 2013, and [...]

Acquisition of Millbrook Proving Ground

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2017-11-30T10:21:07+00:00

HMT, led by partner Andrew Thomson and executive Julia Carruthers, advised specialist turnaround and restructuring investor Rutland Partners LLP (“Rutland”) on the acquisition of Millbrook Proving Ground Limited (“Millbrook”), one of Europe’s leading test and engineering solution providers, from US automotive giant General Motors. Bedford-based Millbrook was founded in 1969 and specialises in engineering services for the automotive, energy and defence markets. Through leading independent technology centres located at the heart of the UK automotive and fuel industries [...]

Beringea Investment in Skills Matter Limited

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2017-12-07T16:32:15+00:00

HMT advised Beringea LLC on their $5 million investment in Skills Matter Limited. Skills Matter Limited, based in London, was established in 2003 and has grown to become Europe’s largest provider of open source and agile training and events for the worldwide software developer community. This new funding will be used to provide even more opportunities for its community to collaborate with the world’s top technology experts through expert talks, meet-ups, training courses and hackathons. In addition, they [...]

Semafone Limited completes £1.9m fundraising from Octopus Ventures

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2017-12-07T17:12:41+00:00

HMT, led by partner Andrew Thomson, advised Semafone Limited on its £1.9m fundraising from Octopus Ventures. Based in London, Semafone Ltd was founded in 2009 by a consortium of call centre professionals, who were instrumental in the development of ‘Semafone’; a fraud prevention software for use in call centres. Semafone aims to secure sensitive data passed over the phone, including bank details, personal identification data and credit/debit card transactions.  Without interrupting caller and agent dialogue, customers input their [...]

Management buy-in buy-out of Action Sports Media Limited

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2017-12-08T15:52:02+00:00

HMT, led by partner Andrew Thomson, acted as reporting accountants for Electra Quoted Management and Clydesdale Bank plc in their funding of the BIMBO of Action Sports Media Limited and the simultaneous acquisition of Permanent Publishing UK Limited and 4130 Publishing Limited. Darryl Newton and Patrick Franklin, directors of ASM, together with Alastair Ramsay, the previous CEO of Dennis Publishing, which published Maxim, This Week and Auto Express, and James Carter, a current director at Dennis Publishing (“MBO [...]

Management buyout of Secomak Limited

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2017-12-08T16:12:07+00:00

HMT negotiated the management buyout of Secomak, from its parent company, Halma plc. Middlesex based Secomak was established in 1902 and since then, has become a leading name in the provision of innovative drying and shrinking solutions to the beverages and food markets. HMT acted as financial advisors to the management team, which included negotiating the purchase price, securing debt funding and project managing the various parties through to completion. HMT commented: “We were delighted to assist the [...]

Fundraising of Gyro Group plc

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2017-12-08T16:34:28+00:00

HMT acted as reporting accountants on Gyro Group plc’s £3 million fundraising to fund a partial management buyout and future growth. Gyro Group plc was founded in 1991 and has offices in London, Geneva, Stockholm, Amsterdam, New York and San Francisco.  It provides integrated marketing services, including brand strategy, direct marketing, advertising, media planning and event management. The finance was provided by a syndicate led by Octopus Asset Management. Andrew Thomson commented: “The investment will allow Gyro Group [...]