The Rutland Way


Find out more about what sets Rutland Partners apart within the mid-market space and our approach to helping businesses work through current challenges, difficult transitions or complex development plans to reach their full potential.


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Rutland’s ESG Commitment


For Rutland Partners, effectively identifying and managing the ESG performance of investments goes beyond a box-ticking exercise.


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Empowering Management


Establishing a close relationship with management teams and empowering them to drive change in their business plays a key part in Rutland’s value-creation approach.


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Reaching full potential: The Millbrook story


Even for Rutland Partners, few deals come as complex as Millbrook – but rebuilding the testing and engineering business as a standalone entity delivered strong results in record time.


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Pizza Hut: Rising to the challenge


Catalyst for Change; from navigating a challenging franchise framework to invest in and then completely rejuvenate the brand and all aspects of its restaurant experience, Pizza Hut Restaurants UK stands out as an incredible investment story for Rutland.


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Q&A: Tim Smith, chair of Total Rail Solutions


Tim Smith initially partnered with Rutland as CEO of equipment hire business Brandon Hire, and is now chairman of another Rutland investment, Total Rail Solutions.


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Case Study – Hereford Contract Canning


Hereford Contract Canning (HCC) is a leading independent third-party canning business, providing beverage mixing and canning services to some of the largest consumer brands and own label suppliers in the UK.


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Case Study – Armitage Pet Care


Armitage is the largest independent supplier of pet treats and accessories in the UK.  The business has a number of brands with the most significant being “Good Boy”, a leading premium dog treats brand.


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Case Study - Omar Group

Case Study – Omar


Following a period of strong growth, at the time of acquisition, Omar’s manufacturing facilities were near capacity, requiring investment to bring a step-change in production. Also, the business and the team required further development and an institutional mindset to take it to the next level.


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Case Study - Aston Barclay

Case Study – Aston Barclay


Aston Barclay is leading the remarketing sector in digital innovation. With an established market reputation for high levels of customer service, Rutland’s strategy was simple; to oversee and facilitate the next phase of Aston Barclay’s development both physical and technological.


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Case Study – Woodall Nicholson


Woodall Nicholson is a designer and manufacturer of a range of specialist vehicles based on mass produced chassis from major OEMs.  Today the business is the market leader in its niche markets targeted across its three divisions: Buses, Ceremonial and Blue Light.


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Case Study – AFI Group


Rutland’s triple acquisition of AFI-Uplift, Hi-Reach and ARG in the Middle East, now under a common ownership structure with AFI for the first time, cemented AFI’s position as a leading operator in the powered access rental market and created an enlarged group that was well placed for further growth.


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Case Study - Brandon Hire

Case Study – Brandon Hire


Brandon Hire is a leading UK tool and equipment hire company . The complex carve-out of the business from Wolseley plc (now Ferguson plc) took some eighteen months to complete with Brandon Hire restructured and new branches opened.


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Case Study - CeDo

Case Study – CeDo


CeDo has a strong market share through its relationships with the majority of Europe’s largest supermarkets and discounters, supplying both own-label and branded products. However, at acquisition, CeDo was effectively two separate businesses in need of operational change, strong leadership, a clear strategy and investment.


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Case Study - Attends Healthcare

Case Study – Attends


Attends Healthcare was in grave danger of being left behind by a dynamic and fast changing market. Demand was moving from an institutional customer base to a retail and pharmacy market with some very different demands. Attends needed a hands on investor with the courage and commitment to tackle multiple challenges simultaneously.


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Case Study - Notemachine

Case Study – Notemachine


NoteMachine was a new company set up by Rutland to take over the troubled AIM-listed ATM operator, Scott Tod. Scott Tod was significantly underperforming against its competitors and reporting trading losses when Rutland acquired it in 2006.


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Case Study - Interfloor

Case Study – Interfloor


Rutland formed the business Interfloor in 2002 through an SBO-IBO deal buying two rival UK underlay businesses both struggling in a tough retail market.  The key to making this Europe’s largest and most successful underlay business lay in creating a new can-do culture.


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Case Study - Carron Energy

Case Study – Carron Energy


Rutland was the first private equity firm in Britain to invest in a power station. Uskmouth, de-commissioned in 1995 but technical difficulties delayed re-commissioning and with an electricity market in turmoil and lenders getting restless, the station was left stranded by its owners.


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Case Study - H&T Pawnbrokers

Case Study – H&T


When Rutland bought the UK’s largest pawnbroker H&T from US company Cash America, it found a business that was definitely not making the most of its potential.


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Case Study - Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Case Study – Edinburgh Woollen Mill


When Rutland acquired Edinburgh Woollen Mills retail was an unfashionable sector for financial buyers. As an unloved subsidiary, with a poor recent trading record this made EWM a difficult sale to most PE houses but fit our investment criteria perfectly.


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Case Study - Pulse

Case Study – Pulse


Pulse was one of the leading providers of branded goods to the UK home products market. At acquisition in 2007, the Pulse brands were sitting in a distressed public company that urgently needed to divest assets to raise cash and focus on its core activities.


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Case Study - Advantage Healthcare

Case Study – Advantage Healthcare


When Rutland acquired the business it was a non-core asset for its former owners operating in a market that was experiencing significant changes.  Due to a lack of focus the business had failed to adjust to a period of significant change.


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