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Aston Barclay is the UK’s leading independent car auction group and is leading the remarketing sector in digital innovation. With an established market reputation for high levels of customer service it provides vehicle remarketing services to fleet and dealership vendors.
Pizza Hut Restaurants has operated in the UK for over 40 years, opening its first restaurant in 1973. With nearly 270 restaurants across the UK employing more than 8,000 people it represented a scale opportunity with a management team that had a passion to rejuvenate the brand.
Millbrook is a leading facility servicing a broad range of UK and international customers and end markets and is one of Europe’s leading test, validation and engineering service providers for the automotive, transport, tyre, petrochemical, security and defence markets.
CeDo is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of household disposable products including refuse sacs, aluminium foil and cling film. The business has a strong market share through its relationships with the majority of Europe’s largest supermarkets and discounters.
Brandon Hire is a leading UK tool and equipment hire company employing over 900 people, which operates across more than 140 branches throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The complex carve out of the business from Wolseley plc took some 18 months to complete.
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.
NoteMachine is one of the largest ATM networks in the UK with over 8,000 machines across the country and is the number one independent ATM business in Europe. NoteMachine’s ATMs can be found in many locations, including supermarkets, convenience stores and leisure centres.
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.
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.
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.
Pulse Home Products (Pulse) was one of the leading providers of branded goods to the UK home products market, most notably under the Breville name. Pulse’s products were designed and engineered in the UK, then manufactured by third parties in China.
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.
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!
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