Case study

ATG Access: Removing barriers to growth

Minority investment helped specialist manufacturer to secure valuable assets and grow internationally.

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Sector
  • Industrials

ATG Access is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of high security vehicle barrier systems.

Deal type
  • Development capital
Exit type
  • Trade sale
Exit date

22/02/2019

Exit value

£22.5m

The Team

ATG Access is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of high security vehicle barrier systems, with products being used the world over, from Blackpool to Beijing.

These systems are now designed into all new major infrastructure projects, such as airports, stadia, railway stations, office developments and shopping centres, and are used to secure buildings and venues from vehicular impact and terrorist attacks.

International ambition

In February 2013, the management team at ATG Access accelerated its plans to target UK and international growth after securing a significant minority investment from LDC. Our investment and support helped the team to achieve its international growth strategy.

Innovative developments

During its partnership with LDC, the management team also invested heavily in innovative new product development. This included launching Surface Guard, a lightweight hostile vehicle mitigation barrier for use in the temporary event security market.

Surface Guard has already been commissioned more than 250 times, including at high-profile events such as the London Marathon, Proms in the Park at Hyde Park and the Blackpool Illuminations switch-on.

LDC has been a hugely supportive and strategic partner, helping the group unlock its potential in new overseas markets and supporting our continued product development story.”
Gavin Hepburn, Managing Director
ATG Access

Continued success

With LDC’s support, ATG continued its expansion into multiple new overseas markets and by 2019 exports accounted for 40 per cent of total sales and the business had customers in more than 30 core markets worldwide, including Germany, Spain, China, Australia and Singapore

In recognition of this expansion, ATG scooped International Business of the Year, in partnership with the Department for International Trade, at the Liverpool ECHO Regional Business Awards.

Protecting growth

During the partnership with LDC, ATG increased employee numbers by 40 per cent and annual sales by 30 per cent to £21.1m for the year to October 2018.

In February 2019, LDC completed the sale of ATG Access to Hill & Smith Holdings plc in a deal which valued the business at £22.5m.

Awards

International Business of the Year

Liverpool ECHO Regional Business Awards 2018