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Littlefish: Expanding service offering

Minority investment supporting management’s plans to accelerate growth at managed IT services provider.

Littlefish provides managed IT services, IT consultancy, cloud services and cyber security services.

Deal type
  • Management buyout

Managed IT services provider Littlefish has grown a strong client base across the public and private sectors.

Its clients include well-known names such as Farrow & Ball, Studio Canal, PDSA, NSK and Macquarie Energy, and it supports more than 35,000 users worldwide with a 24/7/365 service.

Led by Chairman Graham Gilbert, Chief Executive Steve Robinson and Services Director Richard Roome, Littlefish has averaged annual growth of over 40 per cent in recent years. The firm employs more than 350 people across its service centres in Nottingham and Sheffield.

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The LDC team is committed to our ongoing journey and their flexibility, strategic expertise and financial support will help accelerate our growth plan. Their considered approach, and comprehensive understanding on what we want to achieve made LDC the right fit for us.”
Steve Robinson, Chief Executive

Supporting ambitious growth plans

In April 2019 the business secured a minority investment from LDC.

This has enabled Graham, Steve and Richard, who remain as majority shareholders, to accelerate their current growth strategy through investment in new products and services, including its nascent cyber security offering.

As part of the deal, LDC also committed to providing further follow-on funding for complementary acquisitions and we’re continuing to support the business on its growth journey.

Making a splash with expansion

In November 2020 Littlefish announced there had been 228 net new members of staff that have joined the business since September 2019, this was driven by a significant rise in demand for IT services from existing customers, who have had to enact rapid Covid-driven adaptations to their operations and coincides with acknowledgement of its #PeopleMatter cultural approach, being awarded the coveted 2020 Sunday Times Best Companies 1* Star Accreditation.


Security Leader of the Year

Women in IT Excellence Awards 2019

Commitment to People Development Award

East Midlands Chamber of Commerce’s Nottinghamshire Business Awards 2019

Customer Service Excellence

Nottingham Post Business Awards 2018

SME Deal of the Year

Littlefish – Insider Midlands Dealmakers Awards 2019

Sunday Times Best Companies 1* Star Accreditation