Phoenix announces investment in Forest Holidays

Forest Holidays (or the “Company”), which owns and operates secluded eco-cabins and treehouses on nine sites across Britain’s National Forests, is pleased to announce that Phoenix Equity Partners (or “Phoenix”), the mid-market private equity firm, is acquiring a controlling stake alongside existing shareholders The Forestry Commission and LDC.

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Phoenix Equity Partners announces investment in Sygnature Discovery

Phoenix Equity Partners ("Phoenix"), a leading UK middle-market private equity firm, today announces an investment in Sygnature Discovery Limited (“Sygnature” or “the Company”) alongside the current management team, led by CEO and founder Simon Hirst. The transaction will provide Sygnature with additional investment to support the Company’s continued development and growth.

Sygnature is a leading provider of outsourced drug discovery services to UK and overseas biotech and pharma companies. Sygnature operates from state of the art facilities in Nottingham and employs over 200 staff, most of whom are PhD scientists. Phoenix will work with Simon Hirst and the Sygnature management team to accelerate the growth of the business.

Kevin Keck, Partner at Phoenix, said: “Sygnature is a very well-respected business with a strong reputation in an attractive and growing segment of the pharma services sector. Simon and his team have built a great company with a fantastic track record of undertaking high quality scientific research. We are delighted to be partnering with them at a time of continuing rapid growth and significant opportunity in the drug discovery market.”

Simon Hirst, CEO of Sygnature, commented: “We are extremely proud of our people and our culture at Sygnature, which is focused on undertaking leading edge research in drug discovery and providing a great service for our customers. We are excited to be working with Phoenix – our partnership will provide us with investment to expand our business further and to provide a broader range of services for our customers.”

Sygnature is Phoenix’s fourth investment from its 2016 Fund and third this year, following investments in The Travel Chapter, Rayner Surgical and Global Freight Solutions

Phoenix Equity Partners completes sale of Key Retirement Group

Phoenix Equity Partners (“Phoenix”), a leading UK middle-market private equity firm, is pleased to announce that it has completed the sale of Key Retirement Group (“KRG” or “the Company”), a leading provider of financial products for retirees, to funds managed and/or advised by Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager, for a transaction value of £208 million. The transaction was first announced on 18 April 2017 and has now received regulatory approval.

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Strong working cultures make successful investments

The phrase ‘workplace culture’ is often associated with start-ups and tech firms.

From four-day weeks to free in-office sushi bars, there’s plenty of buzz around the new, innovative strategies that young companies are using to attract and retain the best talent, and boost employee happiness and productivity.

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