/ABOUT US

ACTIVE INVESTMENT

We unlock the value in balance sheets and maximise shareholder value. We invest our own funds and use our experience and contacts to align interests and maximise value for vendors. 

 

We are not an investment company, and we don’t invest third party funds. This allows us to take a collaborative, non-time limited view of our acquisitions. 

  

Above all else we are active investors, we roll up our sleeves, we take board roles, and are always supportive and aligned. 

 
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EVENT-DRIVEN

CHANGE

SUCCESSION PLANNING

Selling your business is a very personal decision which can have many competing considerations. We align with the interests of exiting shareholders and find a solution for the personal considerations. We are keen to work with future generations helping them to acquire an equity position from their parents, keeping it in the family, although we can also find quick solutions where no next generation exists. 

OPERATIONAL CHANGE

All too often a radical change of operations is required to protect, or enhance shareholder value. Be it a divestment of an under-performing subsidiary, or a new way of working on the shop floor, we can provide the skills and capital required to maximise the outcome.

FINANCIAL CHANGE

Weak balance sheets often lead to stakeholder concerns. When current lenders or investors want to re-structure or exit the relationship and the business needs ongoing or extra funds, we are perfectly placed to support the business with capital and expertise.

SHAREHOLDER DISPUTE
The position a shareholder never hopes to end up in can often be resolved with a sale of the business. Value doesn’t have to be impacted because of the dispute. We work closely with the shareholders to align interests, protect the business and implement a solution through acquisition.  
 
 
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EXIT 2021

EXIT 2018

INVESTMENT

CRITERIA

UK REGISTERED SME
MIN ASSETS OF £250K
TURNOVER UP TO £20M
INCUMBENT OR INCOMING MANAGEMENT
MIN 3 YEARS TRADING
MAJORITY EQUITY POSITION AVAILABLE

OUR TEAM

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STEVE BENGER
PARTNER

Steve is a specialist in business recovery with over 30 years of global senior leadership experience. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Turnaround, and has been a Board Member since 2016

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CHRIS SCOTLAND
INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

Chris is a commercially focused Chartered Accountant (ICAEW). Having qualified in audit, Chris moved into advisory specialising in restructuring and performance improvement assignments. Since his time in practice, Chris has held senior management positions within Private Equity backed businesses.

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MARK ANDREWS
PARTNER

Mark is a financial restructuring expert and a former Insolvency Practitioner. He has held senior positions at top Accounting firms and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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GARETH BENGER
INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

Gareth is an experienced sales and marketing specialist. He joined in 2020 in a business development capacity to focus on deal origination. Gareth also works with our portfolio companies to support sales and marketing strategy.

OXYGEN EXECUTIVE NETWORK

Through the Oxygen Executive Network (“OEN”), we support industry experts with funds and expertise to acquire businesses within their sector specialism.

 

Typically, the OEN member approaches us prior to identifying a specific acquisition target. Assuming they meet our qualifying criteria, we enter into an agreement whereby the OEN member receives a minority stake in the acquisition target for no cost and a role on the board of the acquired business post-completion. 

 

We work closely with OEN members to help them identify and assess potential acquisition targets. The OEN allows industry specialists to take a step into business ownership without the need for investment from personal funds.  

 

If you would like to be considered for the OEN please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to Gareth Benger (gareth@oxygen-partners.com). 

OEN ASSOCIATES

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Ib Schjotz-Pedersen

Ib is a leading industry expert in the manufacturing sector having built and led various businesses over a number of years. Ib is a graduate of Copenhagen Business School, studying Economics and Marketing. Ib has held Directorships in a variety of companies, from multi-nationals to start ups. He also has experience of managing turnaround projects with exit strategies. His latest venture has been a Managing Partner in a £100m turnover packaging company.

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Peter Dent

Peter is a board level business improvement specialist focused on the manufacturing and life sciences sectors. Having delivered numerous tactical and strategic improvement programmes and advisory for both private equity, family owned and corporate businesses. With an eye for detail and the ability to create focus and direction where ambiguity exists,  Peter is keen to work with businesses requiring a fresh approach and direction for profitable growth

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John Tiernan

John is among the most experienced interim managers in the UK. Working within troubled businesses, he tailors and implements financial improvement strategies for Boards that find themselves operating in situations beyond their know-how. John’s track record is exceptionally broad and covers many industries, sectors and situations. He is a PWC alumnus and has an MBA (with Distinction) from Warwick Business School.

 
 

CONTACT

OXYGEN PARTNERS

OUR ADDRESS

Atlas Chambers, 33 West Street, Brighton, East Sussex, England, BN1 2RE

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