Who we are
Buy and Build is at the heart of every investment we make and we are a market leader in supporting companies pursuing this strategy.
We are a new, specialist investor with the benefit of our partners having worked together previously for almost a decade. In January 2018, we identified a significant market opportunity to invest in technology and services businesses up to £50m in Enterprise Value and launched the Horizon Capital partnership.
Our investment approach is based on a simple, repeatable value creation model with transformation at its core. Buy and build is at the heart of every Horizon Capital investment and we are a market leader in supporting companies pursuing this strategy. Our proven track record investing in technology and services business is unparalleled, with 80 add on acquisitions completed in our first 3 years.
Our sector focus on technology and services coupled with our buy and build approach is what makes us truly unique.
The Horizon Capital team has a deep understanding of the dynamics of technology and services businesses built from years of experience investing in these sectors. Our sector focussed approach enables us to stay ahead of the trends in our market and means we are often early investors into high growth niches.
The sector experience we have also makes us strong and empathetic partners to the management teams we work with.
We embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and approach throughout an investment’s journey with us. We work in close partnership with our management teams, jointly defining mutual success and planning the growth trajectory and key milestones together.
We also give practical support, governance and ongoing financial investment in pursuit of our agreed growth plan. We can draw on an extensive network of experts to deliver strategic guidance in any aspect of business management and operations.
We support all of our companies in driving growth as part of our jointly defined approach. We’ve developed particular expertise in ‘buy and build’ where we work with our management teams to develop the right balance of acquisition and organic growth.
Strategically selected acquisitions help expand market share, extend geographic reach, build scale and add new capabilities – creating valuable, market-leading businesses with 60 add on acquisitions completed in our first 3 years.
We also work with our management teams to accelerate organic growth. We help develop a structured and agile approach to demand generation, selling and customer engagement.
We invest in mission-critical systems, infrastructure and processes. Most importantly, we focus on the people – we help recruit and retain management talent and other expertise from our extensive network.
Words from our Portfolio Company CEOs
”When selecting a partner, Horizon Capital stood out as a specialist investor who truly understood our business and the market we operate in. Their deep sector knowledge and experience has been crucial in supporting our ambition to become a true market leader.Sapphire SystemsIan Caswell - Founder
”A proven track record in backing acquisitive companies in fragmented markets made Horizon Capital an ideal partner for our business. Their impressive sector knowledge has played a vital role in helping us satisfy our long term ambitions.AgilicoSimon Davey - CEO
”At the start of our ambitious growth journey, Horizon Capital identified a unique opportunity to consolidate the highly fragmented UK Education Software market. Working closely with their team has enabled us to complete 9 transformative acquisitions over the past two years.Juniper EducationGavin Freed - CEO
”Horizon Capital identified a fast growing market and with their support and capital Ascent is growing organically at above market rates, whilst extending our capability through selected acquisitions. This is the second time I have worked with them in the Technology sector.AscentStewart Smythe - CEO
”Horizon Capital has played a critical role in driving Sabio’s transformational business journey. Over the past three years, we have grown from a domestic to a pan-European business whilst more than tripling our EBITDA.Sabio GroupLee Shorten - Chairman
”Horizon's tenacity in completing 3 acquisitions simultaneously has created a platform from which to build a unique business in the exciting and fast growing market.Strat 7Barrie Brien - CEO