Provider of technology based car parking services
Established in 2004 ParkingEye has grown to become the largest supplier of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems in the UK, capturing over 600 million vehicle recognitions annually and with over 40% of the market, ParkingEye is the market leader in ANPR car park management. The ParkingEye system is used by clients to provide remote enforcement, management information and alerting systems. The technology, which is adaptable across market sectors, is designed to ensure that car parks are used by individuals with a legitimate right to use them and allows clients to retain a fair approach to parking charges and cancellations. The business currently provides services to clients such as Aldi, Morrisons and British Land. On 23rd October 2013 Capita acquired ParkingEye for an enterprise value of £57.5 million on a cash free, debt free basis. Based in Chorley, Lancashire, ParkingEye now has around 160 employees, managing more than 900 car parks across the UK.
Climatecars is an environmentally friendly taxi service which supplies companies and individuals across London
The Climatecars story began in 2006 with Nicko Williamson. Following significant research in 2006, into the green taxi market, Nicko realised there was no low emission alternative to black taxis and many companies wanted a green taxi company. In 2007 he raised seed funds from friends and family and his own savings, providing an initial seed round of £200,000 to launch the business with 5 electric cars. In 2008 Envestors was the vital link for Climatecars to secure growth capital from a single investor, who knew the industry well and was able to enter the impending recession well capitalised and in a cash rich position. The company has been profitable since 2010 and has seen tremendous growth as a truly scalable business in a growing but yet fragmented market. Confident of the future Climatecars has many miles left in the tank and is considering moving into other cities around the UK.
Healthy fast food pioneers
POD, which raised investment through Envestors in 2008, is a healthy fast food chain offering a seasonal menu of hot and chilled dishes, healthy beverages and snacks. The Founder of POD, Tim Hall, wanted to build a business that helps people to enjoy a healthier life and nurtures those who work within it. There are now over 20 POD outlets in London and there are plans for more.
Developer of advanced composite manufacturing processes
Surface Generation engages in developing reconfigurable pin tooling for component manufacture. Its patented reconfigurable technology overcomes traditional lead time and cost issues associated with large- and short-run component manufacturing by using a hybrid subtractive and additive build strategy to create the front face of the tool, as opposed to the entire solid mould insert. Established in 2002 and based at Oakham, Rutland SG serves the international automotive, aerospace and wind energy industries. Surface Generation is a dynamic, rapidly growing, innovative business with a truly game changing patented tooling and process control technology offering which reduces OEM, Tier 1 & Material Supplier cycle times and energy consumption by over 90%. With some of the world’s most prestigious blue chip engineering businesses as clients, it is rapidly establishing itself as ‘the’ Out-of-Autoclave company in its market niche.
Purchases the freehold of "tired", well located pubs and turns them into high-quality, food-led pubs
Heartstone Inns purchases the freehold of "tired", well located pubs through an EIS fund and turns them into affordable, high-quality, food-led pubs. Currently, Heartstone Inns owns 11 pubs and the vision is the creation of a group of 30+ quality freehold food-led managed pubs in the south and south west. The acquisition strategy employed to date has been to buy and build a high quality estate in towns and villages that are accessible and reasonably close to significant numbers of people. All of Heartstone’s pubs are well recognised in recommended pub listings – in particular most are listed in The Good Pub Guide (www.thegoodpubguide.co.uk), inclusion for which is by recommendation only.
Medical accessory to assure clarity for laparoscopic surgery
The OpClear product developed by Cipher Surgical is a novel solution to one of the key challenges facing surgeons in laparoscopy (minimally invasive surgery through the abdomen) - how to maintain soil free optics throughout an operation and therefore ensure continuous operative surgical vision.
Manufacturer of innovative sustainable commercial refrigeration products
Adande manufacture patented and award winning disruptive technology for sustainable refrigeration, offering commercial kitchens (including KFC, McDonalds, Burger King and Michelin starred restaurants) energy cost savings of up to 57%.
OvuSense™ - the only fertility monitor that predicts ovulation in advance in real time and confirms ovulation with 99% clinically proven accuracy
Fertility Focus have two products to aid in fertility: the OvuSense Monitor accurately determines if a woman ovulates, the timing of the ovulation, and predicts when her next fertile period will take place. The second, the Fertiloscope, is a surgical instrument for the early diagnosis and corrective surgery of physical causes of female infertility.
Flexible fitness to suit your lifestyle
PayasUgym.com is an online aggregator of gyms in the United Kingdom. It allows its users to purchase gym visits (valid from 1 day to 3 months) without the need of inflexible gym membership. The company has been successful in proving its business model and attracting a critical mass of customers (circa 310,000 to date). On the other hand it already offers over 2200 gyms to become the world’s largest gym network. The growing awareness of PayasUgym.com within the leisure/fitness industry is leading to accelerated adoption by gym partners who realise that the old subscription-based business model is under stress in mature markets like the UK, US and continental Europe.
Manufacturer & supplier of electric vehicle charging infrastructure
Chargemaster Plc is the UK’s leading provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Benefitting from over 25 years of experience working within the telematics and vehicle-orientated industry, Chargemaster provides a comprehensive, flexible and practical range of electric vehicle charging solutions. Its charging stations are specially developed to accommodate new technological advances and the growing demands of the electric vehicle industry. Chargemaster works in partnership with leading energy providers, vehicle manufacturers, government agencies, management consultancies and property development and blue chip companies. Chargemaster is the largest UK supplier of public, workplace and home charging units in the UK and has supplied over 50,000 charging points across Europe. The company works in conjunction with Qualcomm Inc as licensee for wireless electric charging. The company operates its own manufacturing facility at Luton Airport which is currently producing over 2,000 charging units a month and operates to ISO9001 quality standards.
Quality testing solutions for the worldwide food safety market
Solus Scientific develops, manufactures and distributes quality rapid test kits for the food industry. Using immunoassay based kits for pathogen detection, meat speciation, allergen and mycotoxin detection. Solus is focused on delivering efficient and cost effective testing solutions to food testing laboratories, manufacturers and retailers world-wide.
Digital Receipt Repository. A solution for individuals and companies in managing and retrieving receipts
Paper receipts are dead, it is not a question of “if” it’s a question of “when”. Paperless Receipts Limited (PRL) is currently the UK’s default provider of an electronic solution to the pain of managing, storing and retrieving receipts for proof of purchase and business expense purposes.
Real-time medical diagnostics
Zilico Limited is developing the next generation of diagnostic devices that remove subjectivity, increase accuracy and deliver results in real-time. These characteristics allow for the improvement and extension of clinical screening programmes, globally. Zilico's product portfolio is centred on its patented Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) technology which has applicability across a wide range of neoplastic conditions.
BookingTek (Day Office Ltd)
The #1 real-time, meeting and group booking software for hotels of all sizes
BookingTek, a company that provides hotels with booking and payments software, raised £2.2m of investment from Mobeus Equity Partners
Online price comparison aggregator for financial services
ComparaMeglio.it is the reference point for those who want to save time and money in the search for the cheapest insurance in Italy. It is the only gauge of insurance and financial products, free independent and regulated by both IVASS in Italy and the FCA in the UK. The operational hub is in Rome where the experienced management team are exploiting rapid e-commerce sale growth (the large and fat car insurance market for example) within the scale and structural advantages of the Italian market by comparison with the very successful UK market. In addition to the sales of insurance products the company have recently started comparing and selling personal loans and mortgages and is expanding further into credit cards and bank accounts. The company itself is London based and qualifying for the tax benefits of EIS. ComparaMeglio.it is a fast growing price comparison business in a growing market working with key partners and is well-positioned to drive and benefit from industry transformation. It will be a strong acquisition target for other Industry Aggregators, Insurers and Banks in years to come.
Europe by train, made easy
Loco2 addresses the problem of why trains across Europe cannot be searched and booked as easily as flights. Loco2.com is an independent online platform that fully integrates with booking systems of European rail operators, enabling customers to simply compare prices, plan itineraries and book pan-European train tickets in one place.
Leading voice biometric solutions for identity verification
VoiceVault is a leading supplier of “voice biometric"(VB) solutions for identity verification. It uses a recorded voiceprint, which is more unique than a fingerprint, to determine who someone is, as opposed to what they are saying. It takes less than 30 seconds to capture a voiceprint, which is done through a series of prompted utterances and under 5 seconds to identify the person on return. The solution can be multilingual, is resilient to background noise, colds and recording attacks.
Specialist foreign exchange provider utilising technological innovation
We are pleased to report that Ebury secured $83m of equity funding from Vitruvian Partners, a major PE house in November 2015. Ebury has now raised in excess of $110m of funding, including £1.5m of equity from Envestors' members in 2013, making it one of the best funded financial technology companies in Europe. Existing investors 83 North and Greylock also participated in the round. This new investment is set to fuel company expansion into the US and is expected to provide an exit opportunity for early shareholders. Ebury serves the international transaction needs of companies with £10 million-plus turnover, covering more than 80 currencies and offering proprietary technology solutions for automated payment, risk and compliance. Licensed and regulated by HM Revenue & Customs and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority, Ebury is a team of professionals with more than 20 years’ experience in the foreign exchange markets.Since its founding in 2009, Ebury has amassed 10,000 corporate customers and 300 employees worldwide.
Software to help companies dominate search engine marketing by understanding their competitors’ budgets and strategies
The search engine marketing (SEM) industry is huge with google alone representing $43bn annually and growing at 18-30%pa in major markets. Businesses spend billions on SEM and especially pay-per-click (PPC) advertising because of fierce competition. The problem is that very large sums of money are wasted in guessing, testing and refining campaigns in an opaque market. In the PPC market Adthena’s patent-pending technology solves the wastage and opaqueness problem allowing enterprises to outperform their competition using competitive intelligence.
A reinvention of the current account banking service to be more suited to modern families’ needs, by helping them save as they spend
Ffrees is a reinvention of the current account. It is a digital current account operating on web and mobile devices, offering a VISA debit card, with a Ffrees points savings account; it provides free bill payment and budgeting tools and sms-based account updates.
Tevva Motors Ltd
A new generation of electric range-extended delivery trucks which cost less to operate than diesels, with zero emissions where it matters - in cities.
The creation and launch of the worlds most iconic designer boutique decorative paint range.
Master Paintmakers Ltd. is a spin out from an international paint group who have been manufacturing the highest quality paint and coatings for over 120 years. The company has developed a range of luxurious paints in collaboration with a number of iconic brands, including Conran & Partners and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Envestors has introduced equity investment of £1.25m.
Onco BioTek provides solutions for cancer treatment in pet dogs.
OncoBioTek advocates the study of spontaneous cancer in dogs as a pre-clinical model of reference for the development of new cancer treatments. This activity is available to pharmaceutical companies as a CRO providing full service. In parallel, OncoBioTek i) identifies in its unique platform in vitro and ii) provide the clinical development in dogs, anticancer compounds resulting from human health.
Soup With Benefits! Super plant-based soups selling in large chains including Ocado and Holland & Barrett.
Soupologie are successfully shaking up the soup sector, disrupting the norm and creating soups that are far removed from what people are used to seeing in their local shops and supermarkets. We are the only brand with a whole range of plant-based soups, free from dairy and gluten, with no added sugar or cornflour. Our range breaks traditional soup seasonality as well as working with Paleo, alkaline, 5:2 and all the latest food trends attracting a younger demographic into this category. Soupologie are already creating an online buzz towards their innovative superfoods with unique recipes as well as appearing in many national newspapers and magazines. Over the last 10 months Soupologie’s Ocado sales have seen a growth of 630% as well as being listed in 140 Holland & Barrett store (extending to 250 stores within 2 months).
Closing the gap between the online and in-store retail experience, GoInstore disrupts the way in which multi-channel retailers engage with consumers.
Ombar is re-defining chocolate by making premium chocolate bars from unroasted raw cacao and other natural, healthy ingredients.
Orthogem has developed a med device to access the spine fusion market and is seeking funding to realise this opportunity
Innovative technology for Foreign Exchange trading, generating exceptional returns.
Sugru is the world’s first mouldable glue that turns into rubber
Calligo, the Channel Islands’ leading cloud solution provider
Calligo, the Channel Islands’ leading cloud solution provider, today announces that it has reached an agreement with Investcorp for it to invest $20 million. This is one of the largest inward investments to be made into a Channel Islands’ technology business. Founded in 2012, with the aim of leveraging jurisdictions that offer a robust data protection framework, Calligo provides a trusted, privacy conscious cloud solution to businesses across the globe. Calligo’s proprietary cloud platform offers the highest levels of data protection along with application performance guarantees, commercial flexibility and a personalised support service. Calligo services hundreds of clients worldwide from its locations in Jersey, Guernsey, Switzerland, Singapore and Bermuda. The investment by Investcorp will accelerate Calligo’s international expansion with new office locations in Guernsey, North America and the UK. Calligo is well positioned in the fast growing public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market, which grew 51% in 2015 and is expected to more than triple in size by 2020. Mid-size enterprises represent the fastest growing, most underserved business segment with a cloud adoption rate of only 5%. During the first nine months of 2016 Calligo grew its revenues by over 100% year-on-year.