Taylor Hopkinson highlights the benefits of venture capital investment with significant growth

RG Corporate Finance client Taylor Hopkinson has experienced the benefit of venture capital investment and support having delivered significant growth in the past 12 months.

The specialist clean energy sector recruiter has seen its revenues increase by 25 percent alongside an increase in profitability of 30 percent.

Operating in renewable energy markets such as solar and onshore and offshore wind, the company provides clients with senior contractors, permanent staff and executives, with founder and CEO Tom Hopkinson having led its growth and international expansion into locations including Glasgow, London, Madrid, Boston, Mexico City and Singapore.

Tom and his team have been supported, both in terms of financial investment and scale-up expertise, by funding provided by SEA Equity, which was secured through a transaction advised on by RG Corporate Finance.  A private investment firm, SEA Equity invests in medium-sized companies across the UK and Europe. 

It has particular experience in international growth and as part of the investment round, SEA Equity’s Stewart Cantley became Taylor Hopkinson chairman, bringing extensive experience of running global staffing businesses in the energy sector.

As a result, Taylor Hopkinson now has clients in more than 30 countries.

In addition to advising on the investment round, RG Corporate Finance worked closely with Taylor Hopkinson in the lead up to engaging with SEA Equity, providing strategic scale-up advice to prepare the business for international expansion and investment.

Tom Hopkinson, CEO of Taylor Hopkinson, said: “RG Corporate Finance provided excellent guidance through the process of securing venture capital investment and with the support and investment of SEA Equity we have enjoyed positive growth and international expansion.

“The business had enjoyed steady growth since I founded the business in 2009, and after seven years in operation we felt we needed a different approach to achieve the next stage of expansion. We felt our journey with our initial investors had naturally come full circle.

“For the next couple of years, I ran the business on my own and realised that to scale the business further we needed not only financial investment, but the expertise and experience of people with whom I could collaborate and plan future growth.

“To get us in to that position Carl Swansbury and the team at RG Corporate Finance provided the right strategic advice and planning so that when the opportunity with SEA Equity arose, I knew it was the right option for Taylor Hopkinson.”

Carl Swansbury, Head of Corporate Finance at RG Corporate Finance, said: “It was a pleasure helping Tom and Taylor Hopkinson’s management team secure a significant seven figure private equity investment from SEA Equity in June 2017 to help accelerate the growth and development of the business. The turnover, EBITDA and headcount growth the business has achieved over the past 12 months is truly impressive and is reflective of what is possible as a result of securing private equity investment. I look forward to seeing the business’ continued growth and success over the coming years.”

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