Growth Capital Partners, a UK mid-market investor has boosted its deal team with the appointment of Kirsty McDonald, who joins from 3i, as an investment director. Growth Capital Partners currently manages approximately 200 million pounds ($314.1 million).
GCP, the most experienced provider of blended equity and debt to the UK’s small to medium sized businesses, has boosted its deal team with the appointment of Kirsty McDonald, who joins from 3i, as an Investment Director.
Kirsty commented: “Businesses have an increasing need for flexible, patient capital, suited to achieving their growth plans. This is key to the economic recovery. I wanted to join an investor that works with a business to help to deliver value and GCP takes an innovative approach to this. Its funding structures do not rely on third party bank debt, as it provides the majority or all of the funding in a transaction, meaning certainty of delivery.”
Bill Crossan, managing partner of GCP, commented: “In the lower-mid market we’ve cut our teeth working with smaller companies that are hungry to succeed, that are nimble enough to continue to innovate, and that operate in a segment of the market where it is still possible to drive growth.
“Kirsty has significant experience of investing in this area in fast-growing private businesses, and will be an excellent addition to our deal team.
Before joining GCP, Kirsty spent 5 years at 3i. Previously, she worked at Trinity Mirror plc, focusing on corporate acquisitions, and she was also one of the founders of a London-based strategy consultancy, providing support across a range of sectors and for companies ranging from start-ups to FTSE100.
Kristy studied at St. John’s College, Cambridge where she gained both a First Class honours degree and a Masters degree in Engineering.
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Growth Capital Partners currently manages approximately 200 million pounds ($314.1 million). It has 5 companies in its portfolio including:
• Amor Group, IT software services for the oil and gas sector
• Blueberry Group, supplier and distributor of speciality foods
• Wrap Film Systems, cling film and foil converter for food service
• Eldapoint, provider of container handling and storage for shipping
• Killby & Gayford, specialist contractor focused on heritage buildings
Growth Capital Partners typically invests in businesses with an enterprise value of between £5m and £50m in management buy-outs, development capital and secondary or tertiary buy-outs.