Lead Forensics

Chris Rigg, CEO of Mandata Group


Mandata: Supporting growth journey

Software provider to transport sector delivering on organic and acquisitive growth plans.

  • Support services
  • Technology, Media, Telecoms

Mandata is a market-leading developer of transport management software.

Deal type
  • Secondary buyout
Deal value


Headquartered in Northumberland, Mandata designs and develops software that allows road transport operators to manage workflow and data more effectively.

Its transport management system integrates a suite of end-to-end products, including traffic planning and management, tracking, telematics, and invoicing. Used by hauliers across the UK, Mandata helps its customers to improve productivity, deliver efficiency savings, and improve real-time visibility of their operations.

Lending support to a team with a vision

In May 2018 we backed the secondary buyout of Mandata in a £20m deal to support the management team’s ambitious growth strategy, underpinned by continued investment in product and proposition development, and further investment in its market-leading team.

The company supports many of the UK’s haulage businesses including 30 per cent of Motor Transport’s top 100 operators, actively managing over 10,000 vehicles, and employing 60 people at its offices in Cramlington and Leeds.

In June 2020 Mandata acquired the UK’s largest online haulage and freight exchange, Returnloads.net. Funded by LDC, the acquisition of Returnloads.net will expand the firm’s customer base and breadth of digital services. It will also help Mandata’s customers win more work and drive further visibility and productivity through their own businesses and supply chains.

In January 2021 Mandata strengthened its service offering by adding Stirling Solutions to its group. The move combines the expertise of two of the longest established software providers as they look to the future and bring the best integrated transport technology to the sector.

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This is an incredibly exciting announcement which brings together two of the largest providers of TMS solutions to the road transport and logistics sector.”
Chris Rigg, CEO
Mandata Group