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IGF – “A funding partner who could hit the ground running, be quick to respond throughout the deal process and provide solid ongoing support as we grew the business.” – Paul Thompson, Managing Director
Founded by mergers and acquisitions specialist Paul Thompson, Ignite Capital (Ignite) brings his considerable experience to bear in the buying, managing and selling of businesses. The company assists individuals and organisations navigate the process of acquiring a business, selling a business or attracting investment for growth. Ignite also itself acquires profitable owner managed businesses in resilient and growing industry sectors.
Ignite’s first own acquisition was Albert E James & Son Ltd. This multi-generational family business is a specialist manufacturer and wholesaler of wild and caged bird feed and racing pigeon corn mixtures. Not only is it the only seed manufacturer in the South West, it is also renowned for its two own brand feed ranges, Country Wide and Willsbridge. In addition, the business is a prominent importer and wholesaler of a range of feeds from across the globe.
With the current owners wishing to retire, Ignite sought a multi-strand finance deal that would both support the acquisition and provide headroom for growth going forward.
Ignite chose IGF for its ability to provide the ‘one stop shop’ finance solution Ignite required. IGF were swift to engage and provided close support throughout the acquisition. Albert E James & Son Ltd is now primed for growth, both organically and via exciting new product lines.
Paul Thompson, Managing Director, Ignite Capital, said:
“This was our first acquisition and so we needed a funding partner who could hit the ground running, be quick to respond through the deal process and provide solid ongoing support as we grew the business. IGF came up initially in our long list of funders and have proven to be a great find. We got a great result.”
Richard Spielbichler, ABL Director, Independent Growth Finance, said:
“We are delighted to be supporting Paul with the development of such a superb business as Albert E James. We were able to showcase our pragmatic and insightful approach to getting deals over the line and we look forward to being able to support both Ignite and Albert E James as they both go from strength to strength.”
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