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Maven drives growth at Spaceright

Scottish Loan Fund exits furniture maker

David MilroyThe Scottish Loan Fund has exited furniture manufacturer Spaceright Europe after helping the firm’s growth plans.

Cumbernauld-based Spaceright works in the education sector, providing products for nurseries, schools and universities throughout the UK.

Since its original investment in May 2014, SLF has provided £2.2 million of funding to the business, initially backing the acquisition of Educational Technology as well as supporting product development for the enlarged business.

In 2015, SLF further supported Spaceright in the acquisition of Millhouse Manufacturing Design, a designer and manufacturer of a complementary range of educational toys and furniture for nurseries and schools.

Since the involvement of the fund, Spaceright has almost doubled both turnover and headcount, and now employs around 90 staff across three locations. 

Maven Capital Partners, which manages the fund, has worked closely alongside the management team at Spaceright to deliver its acquisitive growth strategy, which has been transformational for the business and would not have been possible without the support of the Fund.

SLF backing has helped diversify Spaceright’s existing product base, and allowed the company to consolidate its position as a leading supplier to the education sector and move successfully into the early-years market with a range of innovative products.

Since 2011 SLF has committed more than £80m in support of 31 dynamic, growth-focused Scottish SMEs, and is still actively investing, having completed the most recent investment in July 2016. The exit from Spaceright is the 13th achieved by SLF in four years, and has delivered another strong return for the fund.

David Milroy, investment director at Maven, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support Spaceright in achieving such strong growth since 2014.

“We have been impressed by the management team’s drive and vision, which has seen Spaceright grow, both organically and through two successful acquisitions, to create an enlarged business with a market leading early-years offering.

“Spaceright’s success exemplifies the potential for the Scottish Loan Fund to support dynamic businesses in achieving their growth aspirations.”

Alan Symon, director at Spaceright, said: “We are extremely appreciative of the role the Scottish Loan Fund and Maven have played in supporting our recent growth, and in particular with the completion of two very important acquisitions which have established Spaceright’s overall offering as the most comprehensive in the sector.”

Michelle Kinnaird, investment director at Scottish Investment Bank, said: “The Scottish Loan Fund continues to be a valuable source of finance for ambitious, growth-oriented SMEs, and it’s great to see the impact that this funding has had on helping to take Spaceright to the next level.

“We hope that other companies in a similar position will see this success and be inspired to consider how best they can finance their own growth plans.” 

Scottish Enterprise’s investment arm, the Scottish Investment Bank, is the cornerstone investor in the Scottish Loan Fund.

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