Our Value Creation Partners have been calling on all of their 100 years of collective board experience earned at some of the UK’s leading businesses, to support our portfolio companies during such uncertain times.
They are helping management teams across our portfolio to ensure manufacturing facilities are Covid-safe, transform sales channels through the use of digital and move everything from call centres to board meetings into home-working locations and video calls.
But while coronavirus has created unprecedented challenge, it’s also opened up opportunities, and those with both ambition and support have been able to seize them.
James and James
We backed James Hyde, CEO of James and James, in March 2020 to help enhance the fulfilment provider’s technology proposition and expand its capabilities.
Just two months into the partnership, our Value Creation Partners helped James and James to identify and sign a 10-year lease on a major new facility. With increased capacity at Liberty 196, James and James is now in an even stronger position to meet growing demand for its services, and continue to support the UK’s online retail supply chain.
LDC invested at a point when many investors were stopping to take stock of the changing global circumstances. Their confidence was key to helpign us adapt quickly to the new pressures from the pandemic.”James Hyde, CEO
James and James
As the pandemic struck, a number of Mi Hub’s long-standing corporate clothing customers needed to reduce their orders. Our Value Creation Partners worked with Alexandra, one of the group’s brands, to help open new sales channels, which was part of a wider multi-channel strategy and business digital transformation plan.
We supported the management team to define and roll-out a comprehensive online marketplace strategy across multiple-markets, starting in the UK and rapidly expanding across the EU and beyond. Over 1,000 products were listed on several marketplaces, including Amazon and eBay, generating £270k of additional sales in the first three months. Marketplace channels are now an integral part of Alexandra’s growth strategy.
LDC’s Value Creation Partners brought best practice experience to unlock a new E-commerce marketplace opportunity for our business. Working in partnership with the team we have created a strong new growth channel.”Martin Lynne, Managing Director
Ashtons Hospital Pharmacy Services (Ashtons) supplies medication and provides clinical pharmacy advice and compliance services to independent healthcare providers across the country. The company has also risen to the challenges presented by the pandemic.
In March 2020, we backed the management team to help drive the business’ organic growth, develop its software offering and expand its warehouse and distribution infrastructure. Our Value Creation Partners have played a key role in the journey so far.
The team have worked closely with CEO Yachna Tak to support the business’ 100-day plan. Initial projects include helping enhance Ashtons’ existing sales process, introducing a new CRM system, reviewing and optimising an existing manufacturing site and helping to deliver over £100k savings on procurement in just three months. Ashtons is now in an even better place to achieve its ambition of becoming the leading provider of specialist pharmacy services in the UK.
We turned to LDC given their track record in driving tech-enabled businesses forward.”Yachna Tak, CEO
Ashtons Hospital Pharmacy Services