Sean Taylor, Founder of Zip World and LDC's Dewi Hughes at Penn Rhyn Quarry

Case study

Zip World: High-speed growth plans

Outdoor adventure business secures minority investment to add sites and attractions across the UK.

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Sector
  • Travel & leisure

Zip World is the award-winning outdoor adventure business which features the world’s fastest zip line.

Employees: 100-400 (seasonal)

Deal type
  • Management buyout

Zip World is the award-winning outdoor adventure business which features the world’s fastest zip line, operating across three stunning locations in North Wales’ Snowdonia mountain range.

Adding attractions

In December 2018 Zip World secured a significant minority investment from LDC, supported by the company’s existing banking partner, HSBC. The deal valued the business at £45m.

LDC’s investment is supporting the management team’s ongoing growth strategy as it looks to add new attractions to its current sites and rollout its adventure experiences across the UK and beyond. The business is looking to double in size over the next three years.

“We are incredibly confident in the future of the adventure tourism industry and have ambitions to deliver Zip World’s iconic experiences to more customers and create more unique new attractions.

LDC shares our enthusiasm and vision and we now have the additional capital and expertise needed to fire up our growth plans in Wales and beyond.”
Sean Taylor, Co-Founder
Zip World

Award-winning adventure business Zip World is set to fly with LDC backing

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Ambitious leaders

LDC backed Zip World’s ambitious management team, led by Co-founder Sean Taylor, Managing Director David Stacey and Chairman Giles Thorley. Thorley brought 25 years’ experience as an investor and strategic adviser to the leisure sector to the management team.

Immediate investment

The management team kick-started its growth strategy immediately following LDC’s investment and in February 2019 it announced it was recruiting 100 additional staff and submitted plans for an adventure park in a former coal mine in the South Wales Valleys. This would be the first site for the business outside of North Wales.

Awards

Go Activity of the Year

Go North Wales 2019