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Bowmark to exit The Instant Group

The Instant Group, a corporate real estate solutions provider, has agreed to merge with IWG’s digital businesses to create an independent marketplace for flexible workspace.

The Instant Group, a corporate real estate solutions provider, has agreed to merge with IWG’s digital businesses to create an independent marketplace for flexible workspace. As part of the transaction, Bowmark will sell its stake in The Instant Group to IWG. No financial terms were disclosed.

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The Instant Group, the corporate real estate solutions specialist, has agreed to a merger with IWG’s digital businesses to create the world’s largest independent marketplace for flexible workspace. As part of the transaction, Bowmark will sell its stake in The Instant Group to IWG.

Since Bowmark invested in The Instant Group in June 2018, the company has more than doubled its sales, achieving strong organic growth due to its value-added service offering, award-winning digital capabilities and client-centric business model.

Today, the group provides flexible workspace solutions to 45% of FTSE 100 and 40% of S&P 500 companies. Following the merger, the enlarged group will serve more than 250,000 businesses in 175 countries, operating 24/7 through an integrated platform in more than 40 languages.

The transaction also marks an exit for MML Capital, which first invested in 2012 and re-invested alongside Bowmark in 2018.

Tim Rodber, CEO at The Instant Group, said: “We have had a great partnership with Bowmark over the past four years and, with their support, have achieved strong growth and expanded our global capabilities. The office market has been irrevocably altered by the pandemic and, by creating a marketplace that offers solutions for hundreds of thousands of clients, Instant will be at the forefront of this change.”

Tom Shelford, partner at Bowmark, commented: “We are delighted to have supported Instant in scaling its business to meet the growing demand for flexible workspace, including its investment in its digital capabilities, international network and market-leading client service. Tim and the management team are outstanding operators and the company is now uniquely placed to continue to disrupt the corporate real estate market with its highly differentiated proposition.”

Bowmark Capital
Bowmark Capital is a leading private equity firm that invests in UK services and technology companies. Established in 1997, we manage and advise funds of over £1.5 billion and have made more than 50 investments.

With our strategic support and capital, we work in partnership with management teams to accelerate growth and build exceptional businesses. Find out more at www.bowmark.com and LinkedIn.