About Capital For Colleagues
Capital for Colleagues (C4C) specialises in advising, investing in and supporting the growth of existing or aspiring employee owned businesses (EOBs). Following thorough investment analysis, C4C may undertake equity and debt investments in such companies, using our own patient capital.
We have a proven management team with over fifty years combined experience in the employee owned business sector. We have a wide network of contacts and associates, as well as established access to investment opportunities. This enables us to identify and make strategic investment decisions – exclusively in employee owned businesses.
The EOB sector currently accounts for a combined annual turnover in excess of £30 billion in the UK, representing over 4% of the nation’s GDP. This sector is growing at over 10% per year and now accounts for over 450 such businesses. In spite of this growth, British EOBs traditionally suffer from limited funding options and support, as established providers of equity capital and debt have not fully embraced the opportunity, nor do they fully understand the needs of this growing sector. Consequently, Capital for Colleagues introduced a new asset class for investors by backing employee owned businesses and is now the leading provider of alternatives to debt and vendor financing.
Capital for Colleagues plc has a clearly defined strategy of advising, investing in and supporting the growth of mainly UK companies that either have an existing structure of employee ownership or are looking to establish one.
Becoming an employee owned business is now recognised as an attractive succession option for SME businesses in particular. Capital for Colleagues can advise companies on all aspects of becoming employee owned, including helping to project manage the transition. If funding is needed, Capital for Colleagues will look closely at the investment opportunity and provided our criteria are met, consider undertaking an initial equity investment. This may be supported by debt funding to support the growth of the business.
Investing in Capital for Colleagues provides investors with exposure to an alternative, distinct and strongly performing asset class. We have already made over 20 investments and we maintain an active growth strategy, in order to maintain our leading position within the EOB sector.
Notably, we are one of the very few specialists advising and investing in the EOB sector and quite naturally we have developed a strong relationship with the leading industry body, the Employee Ownership Association. This well-established link provides us with access to one important pool of potential businesses to work with, whilst also offering an additional service and resource to members of the EOA.