ThinCats provides £4m green funding for London-based waste and recycling service provider


First Mile Ltd, provider of pay-as-you-go waste & recycling services to UK businesses, has been supported with £4m in refinance and working capital funding by alternative finance provider for mid-sized SMEs, ThinCats.

First Mile was established in 2004 to revolutionise business sustainability, starting with waste and recycling, to ‘eradicate waste and make the world a greener place’. The company now offers a hassle-free, low impact, green energy waste collection service to over 30,000 customers, whilst also helping clients to measure their environmental impact and reduce their carbon footprint.

Clearwater International’s debt advisory team were the advisers to the Growth Capital Partners backed business, First Mile Ltd, and approached ThinCats for funding to support a refinance and working capital package, alongside longer-term plans to expand the existing provision.

Bruce Batley, CEO, First Mile said: “Whilst 2020 has been a tough year for businesses across the UK, responsible waste management remains a high priority and we feel that the service we provide is ever more critical.  We are looking forward to being able to offer our clients an increasingly complete sustainability package, and the ThinCats funding will enable us to take our business to the next level.”

Dave Sherrington, Regional Head of Sales, London, ThinCats: “First Mile offers a service that is important to thousands of businesses, and this funding not only streamlines their finances, but also puts them in a great position to increase the services that they offer, making it even easier for businesses to be able to dispose of their waste in a responsible and environmentally friendly way.  We are looking forward to watching their plans come to fruition.”

Chris Smith, Partner, Clearwater International: “First Mile are clear market leaders, which is demonstrated by their recent investment to develop their services further in the future. ThinCats’ funding expertise will give the business the support it needs to continue on its growth trajectory, and we’d like to wish both businesses all the best.”