(previously Woodall Nicholson)
WN VTech is a designer and manufacturer of a range of specialist vehicles based on mass produced chassis from major OEMs. Today the business is the UK market leader in its niche markets targeted across its three divisions: Buses, Ceremonial and Blue Light.
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. The company was established in 2009 by vendors who needed their own in-house canning operation …
Omar is in the enviable position of being one of the UK’s foremost designers and manufacturers of park homes and luxury lodges, setting industry standards for quality, design and innovation. Rutland saw the potential in the Omar Group, committing to expanding the business’ capacity.
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.
Attends Healthcare is a leading player in its market and very well respected for technical excellence. But it 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.
When Rutland acquired Edinburgh Woollen Mills (EWM) in 2001 retail was an unfashionable sector for financial buyers and no more so than clothing for the over 50s. As an unloved subsidiary of Grampain Holdings with a poor recent trading record EWM fit Rutland’s criteria perfectly.
On exit Advantage Healthcare was a leading UK provider of home healthcare and healthcare staffing services with a network of 27 branches and a large database of healthcare workers. The business worked with Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), insurers and private individuals.
When Rutland bought the UK’s largest pawnbroker, H&T, from US company, Cash American, it found a business that was definitely not making the most of its potential. The conclusion, after a thorough examination of this 50 branch UK pawnbroking business, was profitable but could do better!
Rutland was the first private equity firm in Britain to invest in a power station. Uskmouth, de-commissioned in 1995, was refurbished by US utility company AES with a £120m investment intended to give it a 25-year life extension. But technical difficulties delayed re-commissioning.