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

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Zip World: High-speed growth plans

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

Sector
  • Travel & leisure

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

Deal type
  • Management buyout
LDC Region

Zip World is the award-winning outdoor adventure business which features the world’s fastest zip line, operating across four stunning locations.

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.

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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

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 brings 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, enhancing its existing sites with new rides such as Quarry Karts, the UK’s only mountain cart experience, and Titan 2, its new and improved quarry tour and zip lining experience, based in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Snowdonia National Park.

UK expansion

In Spring 2021, Zip World launched a new site in South Wales, Zip World Tower. The site is its fourth adventure destination and is based at the old Tower Colliery site in the coal mining town of Hirwaun. It is home to Phoenix, the world’s fastest seated zip line, and the Tower Coaster which is the only ride of its kind in Europe, boasting a side-by-side kart.

Awards

Go Activity of the Year

Go North Wales 2019