Award-winning travel firm appoints new MD

Award-winning Manchester-based travel company First Class Holidays has appointed Dan Gathercole as its new Managing Director.  Dan, who has over 15 years’ experience in senior management in the sport and leisure sector, joins from American Golf, where he was Marketing Director. In his new role he will lead the growth of the company, working alongside the founders Paul Ainsworth and Sharon Mason, who now become Executive Chairman and… continued »

PHD Equity Partners acquires specialist sealants and adhesives manufacturer

Hylomar – a global leader in the manufacture of adhesives and sealants for the automotive market – has been acquired by PHD Equity Partners for an undisclosed sum. The Company, which employs 28 staff at its factory in Wigan, supplies products to many of the major car manufacturers as well as aerospace and industrial clients. Hylomar exports to over 60 countries and has subsidiaries in the US… continued »

Arts business makes first acquisition after £4m investment

Teaching Art Limited – the Newark-based arts materials supplier which runs a well-known membership club for artists – has made its first acquisition following a £4m investment from PHD Equity Partners and Praetura Commercial Finance two months ago.  The company has acquired ArtGallery (UK) Ltd, an online gallery operator which is based in Tetbury, Gloucestershire and which allows artists to sell their work to buyers worldwide via its website artgallery.co.uk. It… continued »

£4m investment by PHD shows art of the deal

Pictured from the left are Andy Dodd of PHD Equity Partners, Richard Hope-Hawkins of Teaching Art, Craig Richardson of PHD and Teaching Art’s founder John Hope-Hawkins PHD shows the art of the deal with £4m investment A supplier of arts materials which runs a well-known membership club for artists has received a £4m investment from… continued »

Hardware business nails £6m investment for growth

Olympic Fixings Group – the Lancashire-based business which supplies hardware products to the merchant trade throughout the UK and Ireland – is all set for growth after a £6m combined investment from PHD Equity Partners and Secure Trust Bank.  Olympic Fixings supplies fixings, fasteners and DIY products to over 4,000 customers including electrical, building and plumbing wholesalers. The group offers a range of over 3,300 products, many under its own brand label. Founded in 1989 by Chartered Accountant  Cliff Yates, it now employs over 60 people in Altham,… continued »

Travel firm scoops top award for 15th time

A Manchester-based travel company which specialises in tailor-made holidays to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA has won a top industry award for the 15th year in a row. First Class Holidays was named Best Tour Operator to Canada at the British Annual Canadian Travel Awards. The award is given to the operator voted… continued »

Tattoo supplies firm in secondary buy-out

A business which was founded over a century ago by the UK’s first celebrity tattooist and is now Europe’s leading supplier of body art products has changed hands in a secondary buy-out. Barber of Sheffield has been sold by PHD Equity Partners and Enterprise Ventures to RJD Partners in a deal which represents a significant… continued »

PHD Equity Partners Fund No. 2 (“Fund 2”) – Completion of First Investment

PHD Private Equity, the private equity fund focused on investing in “scale up” business opportunities has invested £2.5 million in 1st Class Holidays – the UK’s leading provider of luxury tailor-made holidays to Canada based in Manchester. The £2.5 million investment will accelerate the growth ambitions of the company and will provide an exit for… continued »

Dow Schofield Watts investment arm PHD Equity Partners invests in luxury travel company, 1st Class Holidays

PHD Equity Partners, the private equity fund focused on investing in “scale up” business opportunities has invested £2.5 million in 1st Class Holidays – the UK’s leading provider of luxury tailor-made holidays to Canada based in Manchester. The £2.5 million investment will accelerate the growth ambitions of the company and will provide an exit for Finance… continued »

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