Knightstone still investing and acquiring SMEs and corporate carve-outs

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Knightstone Capital, which acquires or invests in companies with turnovers up to £20m, has confirmed it is still supporting UK companies.

Nichola Ryan, Investment Executive, commented: “We are in talks with several insolvency firms and private equity companies who are seeking a new owner for a business, but equally we are talking to business owners who wish to exit for a multitude of reasons – simply the right time, retirement, cash-flow problems or to pursue other interests.

“Not all business owners want to sell, some are seeking an equity partner who can add some real value such as strategic advice or faster access to customers, particularly during these uncertain times when a ‘safe pair of hands’ is extremely valuable.”

The firm typically focuses on companies between £500,000 and £20m annual revenue, although it will consider larger ventures. Established businesses with a strong brand are preferred and the firm has the team and resources to move quickly. It recently completed on the acquisition of a publishing business during lockdown, with the entire transaction taking three weeks using Zoom video conferencing and scanned documents.

Knightstone Capital is sector agnostic but has specific expertise in digital and technology companies, media and publishing, marketing and B2B business services. It also has an interest in manufacturing, the low-carbon economy and home improvements.

The firm is based in Hatten Garden, London, but operates across the UK.

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