Retail and Consumer

carwow acquires Wizzle

2021-06-23T11:23:45+00:00

HMT LLP advised car-buying comparison site carwow on its acquisition of used car-buying platform Wizzle for an undisclosed sum. Launched in 2016 with the mission of making the important car buying process easier and simpler for consumers, carwow connects online car buyers with dealers and OEMs and is the brand of choice for more than 12m users who want to research, configure and find their perfect new car online. Last year, £2.5bn of new cars were sold on [...]

MBO of Wheelwright

2021-03-06T19:26:48+00:00

HMT LLP advised leading UK wheels and automotive aftermarket wholesaler, Wheelwright Ltd on their MBO supported by Arbuthnot Commercial ABL and Caple debt funding. Originally established in 1980, Kent-based Wheelwright are the UK's leading alloy and steel wheel distributors, offering a European-wide logistics and delivery service from their 14 national and 2 international logistics facilities.  With over 40 years’ experience in the alloy wheel and tyre business, Wheelwright have a well-established reputation as the leading supplier in the [...]

Newable Capital acquires J.C. Atkinson & Son

2020-08-28T09:20:25+00:00

HMT LLP advised Newable Capital on their acquisition of a majority shareholding in leading UK coffin manufacturer J.C. Atkinson & Son (“JCA”). Founded in 1936, and based in the North East, JCA has grown through three generations of family ownership to become the leading independent manufacturer and distributor of coffins, caskets and other related products to the UK funeral market. The business now employs 150 staff across three UK locations, the company’s products have an outstanding reputation for [...]

MBI of Buckingham Fine Arts

2020-08-25T08:14:26+00:00

HMT LLP advised Blue HK Investments and their portfolio company Palace Contemporary Fine Arts Limited on the acquisition of leading UK art publisher Buckingham Fine Art Publishers Limited. Founded in 1982, Buckingham distributes original artwork and high-quality limited-edition prints to galleries and collectors globally. Recognised as one of the UK’s leading fine art publishers, the company represents some of the country’s most talented artists including Amy Louise, Andrei Protsouk, Ben Jeffery, Chris DeRubeis, Dale Bowen, Edward Waite, Emily [...]

Mobeus invests in Andersen EV

2020-07-06T13:31:06+00:00

HMT advised Mobeus Equity Partners on their £1million growth capital investment in smart electric vehicle charger designer Andersen EV. Based in London, Andersen EV designs aspirational, sleek electric vehicle charge points and uses industrial-grade electronics to deliver enhanced performance as well as advanced software for a range of smart charging functionality. The electric vehicle (“EV”) market grew by 132% in the year to May 2020, compared to a 58% drop in sales of petrol and diesel vehicles, over [...]

MBO of Pet Mate

2020-01-16T09:04:27+00:00

HMT LLP advised Ethos Partners on the management buyout of UK based designer and manufacturer of pet products, Pet Mate Ltd. Founded in 1986 by husband and wife Chris and Barbara Kirk, Pet Mate is a market leader in its pet product niche and has grown consistently at 15% per annum in recent years to over £2m EBITDA. Under the brands of Cat Mate, Dog Mate and Fish Mate, the company has established a reputation (over 30 years) [...]

MBO of Motocaddy

2019-10-23T09:00:40+00:00

HMT LLP have completed a combined buyside advisory engagement comprising debt advisory and financial due diligence for Ethos Partners on their investment in UK leading golf trolleys and accessories retailer Motocaddy Holdings to support the MBO. Founded in 2004, Motocaddy aims to bring the very best in design, build and functionality to golfers of all ages and abilities looking for reliable and affordable golf trolleys. They have developed an award-winning line of electric and push models available in [...]

Rileys Secure Funding

2019-08-01T13:37:47+00:00

HMT provided debt advisory services to Weight Partners Capital (“WPC”) on their recent fundraising. WPC secured senior debt funding from Triple Point Investment Management to inject into WPC’s portfolio business Rileys Sports Bars. Rileys is a leading chain of sports bars and incorporates the oldest and only significant remaining chain of pool, snooker and darts clubs in the UK. It has large-format managed venues across the UK operating under the Rileys brand. Rileys bars are large venues with [...]

Secondary fundraising for WaterBear Education

2019-05-21T12:44:33+00:00

HMT advised the shareholders of WaterBear Education Ltd on their secondary fundraising. Maven Capital Partners provided a follow on investment to support the business’ digital strategy. WaterBear is a private college working in partnership with a University offering Master of Arts and BA (Hons) Degree programmes to creative people. WaterBear’s industry-connected creative courses are accredited and validated by the University of Chichester. Its innovative syllabus delivers a blended learning programme, both online and on site, with a key emphasis [...]

MBO of Whiteleaf Furniture

2019-04-29T15:10:05+00:00

HMT LLP advised contract furniture manufacturer Whiteleaf on their recent MBO.    Established in High Wycombe in 1870 by specialist chair maker William Goodearl, Whiteleaf produces contract bedroom and living room furniture predominantly for the student accommodation market. Working independently or alongside design professionals, Whiteleaf offers a complete service; from manufacture & supply only, to a project managed, turn-key option; inclusive of bedroom, kitchen, lounge and communal furniture. The investment will enable Whiteleaf to grow the business and [...]

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