- Espresso Education
Established in 1997, Espresso Education is the UK market leader in high quality, video-rich, digital curriculum content provision in the UK, supplying c. 50% of UK primary schools. The company specialises in taking educational concepts and applying a "real world" context to support understanding through a combination of video and multimedia resources.
ProVen VCT and ProVen Growth & Income VCT first invested in Espresso Group Limited in September 2001 and realised their investment when the company was sold to Discovery Communications Inc. in November 2013.
Celebrus Technologies is a developer of software that allows organisations to understand their customers’ interactions with their websites, mobile applications and social media channels in real time on an individual and personalised level.
ProVen VCT and ProVen Growth & Income VCT first invested in Speed Trap Holdings, the parent company of Celebrus Technologies in 2010. STH was sold to IS Solutions in February 2016.
- Saffron Digital
Saffron Digital was a global video delivery platform company providing products and services in 14 different languages to 26 countries. Founded by CEO Shashi Fernando in 2003 Saffron went on to become a pivotal player in the mobile space.
ProVen VCT and ProVen Growth & Income VCT first invested in Saffron Digital in 2007 and realised their investment in 2011 when the company was sold to HTC.
Steak is a digital marketing agency. The company's reputation for consumer engagement and delivering measurable results is reflected in its diverse client roster, which has included Selfridges, BMW and Ticketmaster.
ProVen VCT and ProVen Growth & Income VCT invested in Steak in 2007 and again in 2010, helping the company establish its international operations, before its sale to Dentsu in 2011.
Fjord is a design and innovation consultancy that reimagines people’s relationships with the digital ad physical world around them. Fjord's design prowess and innovation capabilities enable Fjord to deliver end-to-end digital transformations for its clients.
ProVen VCT and ProVen Growth & Income VCT first invested in Fjord in December 2008. During the investment period they supported Fjord's international growth and development, taking the company from three offices to nine, including openings in Istanbul and San Francisco. The company was sold to Accenture in 2013.
- Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media globally. The Grammy and Emmy Award winning catalogue features artists including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne.
ProVen VCT and ProVen Growth & Income VCT first invested in Eagle Rock Entertainment May 2007 and realised their investment when the company was sold to Universal Music Group in April 2014.
Tossed's quirky and vibrant stores offer nutritionally balanced, ethically sourced food without compromising on taste. Tossed offers smoothies, hot pots and other freshly prepared foods in addition to their signature tossed-to-order salads. Tossed is focused on delivering healthy, delicious, generously rationed dishes for all palates.
The ProVen VCTs first invested in Tossed in April 2010 and supported Tossed in its growth, until exiting the investment in 2013 when the business was sold to a group of private investors.
Altacor is a specialty ophthalmology company with a portfolio of eight pharmaceutical products. The company differentiates its product portfolio primarily through formulation or reprofiling existing compounds with established clinical activity and systemic safety.
ProVen VCT and ProVen Growth & Income VCT first invested in Altacor in 2007 and exited in 2014 when the business was acquired by Esperante, a private, Netherlands-based life science investment company.
Linkdex was founded in 2009 to help brands and their agencies grow and lead this business-critical channel. Now we employ over 80 people between London, New York and California.
Linkdex is one of the world’s leading SEO platform for in-house teams and their agencies. Over 200 such teams, covering thousands of brands, utilize the Linkdex Enterprise SEO platform across the globe, with the vast majority of the world’s largest advertising and SEO agencies using it as their primary solution.
Linkdex has now been sold to to ScribbleLive.
- Speciality European Pharma
Speciality European Pharma (SEP) is a privately owned, international, specialist pharmaceutical company with a key focus on urology and urogynaecology. SEP is present throughout Europe and beyond to market a diverse portfolio of specialist products available to treat largely urological conditions.
SEP has been sold to Juno Pharmaceuticals.www.specialityeuropeanpharma.com
Peerius is the market leader in personalisation software. Through its SMART suite of personalisation tools, Peerius personalises each customer’s online experience, one to one and in real time, at every stage of the customer journey. Each individual customer sees product suggestions, messages, promotions, images and campaigns that are personally relevant to them. The result is a proven model for increased sales and a better richer experience for customers.
Trusted by leading brands to deliver the results they need, Peerius partners with companies such as Charles Tyrwhitt, French Connection, Appliances Online, notonthehighstreet.com, Ted Baker, Topshop, Superdrug, Red Letter Days and Thomas Cook.
Peerius has now been sold to Episerver.www.peerius.com
- Third Bridge
- Third Bridge (previously known as Cognolink) is a leading primary research firm focused on facilitating consultations between investors and leading industry specialists worldwide. With headquarters in London, and offices in Shanghai, New York, Hong Kong and New Delhi, its team of research professionals understands the nuances of each local market and is able to respond 24 hours a day. Its clients include private equity firms, hedge funds, and management consultants who seek to gather information and develop insights regarding critical investment decisions. https://www.thirdbridge.com/en
Established in 2002 in the United Kingdom, Watchfinder has grown organically under the careful stewardship of co-founder Stuart Hennell to become the leading platform to research, buy and sell premium pre-owned watches, both online and through its seven boutiques. In addition, Watchfinder operates a highly qualified customer service centre and employs around 200 employees worldwide.
The ProVen VCTs invested in Watchfinder in 2014 to support its ambition to harness this market opportunity and create an international platform for pre-owned luxury watches. The ProVen VCTs completed the sale of their stake in Watchfinder.co.uk Limited (“Watchfinder”) to Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods group in July 2018.https://www.watchfinder.co.uk/
- APM Healthcare
APM Healthcare is the holding company of Community Pharmacies (UK) Limited which is aiming to become a prominent niche player in the prescription pharmacy sector. Its premise is simple: to be located as part of, or adjacent to, the doctor’s surgery.
ProVen VCT and ProVen Growth & Income VCT first invested in APM Healthcare in August 2011 and realised their investment when the company was sold to Day Lewis Group in 2017.www.apmhealthcare.co.uk
- Campden Wealth
Campden Wealth is an independent family owned business providing unrivalled knowledge, intelligence and connectivity for family businesses, family offices and significant private investors worldwide. For the past 22 years, Campden Wealth and the Institute for Private Investors have delivered membership services, peer-to-peer private meetings, educational programs, proprietary research, news and analysis for families and family offices. All vital resources to their future success.
ProVen VCT and ProVen Growth & Income first invested in Campden Wealth in March 2011 and the loan was fully repaid in 2016.www.campdenwealth.com/
Celoxica is a leading provider of hardware accelerated low-footprint, ultra low latency market data, order entry and risk trading solutions for the global financial services industry. Headquartered in the UK with offices in Chicago and New York, Celoxica delivers trading solutions to automated trading firms, banks and brokers seeking to optimise the performance of their trading applications across multiple asset classes in all market conditions, whilst reducing their total cost of ownership.
ProVen VCT and ProVen Growth & Income VCT first invested in Celoxica in June 2014 and the loan was fully repaid in 2016.www.celoxica.com/
Chargemaster Plc is the UK’s leading provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Benefiting from over 25 years of experience working within the telematics and vehicle-orientated industry, Chargemaster provides a comprehensive, flexible and practical range of electric vehicle charging solutions.
ProVen VCT and ProVen Growth & Income VCT first invested in Chargemaster in July 2014, and realised their investment when the company was sold to BP in 2018.https://chargemasterplc.com/
Charterhouse Leisure, trading under the name “Coal Grill & Bar”, is a growing restaurant chain providing informal dining and drinking in a comfortable and modern atmosphere. The company has 8 restaurants and has plans to roll out the chain nationwide. Coal restaurants offer a vibrant, casual dining experience, serving a range of grills, tapas, salads and pasta made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
ProVen VCT and ProVen Growth & Income VCT first invested in Coal in 2008 and realised their investment when the company was sold to Sunshine Capital Ltd in 2018.
- Cross Solar PV
Cross Solar is a residential rooftop solar PV (photovoltaic) developer managed by ISIS Solar. ISIS is one of the UK’s largest residential PV developers, and was one of the first to offer free solar panel installations to homeowners. Through the company’s program, homeowners receive all of their electricity for free, for up to 25 years, and in return Cross Solar benefits from 25 year guaranteed feed in tariffs.
The ProVen VCTs exited Cross Solar in 2015
- Big Data Partnership
Big Data Partnership is EMEA’s leading big data specialist solution provider. The company offers data science, big data engineering and certified training and support to diverse industries, including web, financial services, telecoms, utilities, defence and media. Big Data Partnership helps customers unlock the value in complex data.
Big Data Partnership’s extensive client list boasts several leading Fortune 500 companies, for whom they provide scalable and reliable solutions to capture, store and analyse big data to solve problems, identify new revenue streams and develop customised solutions that meet specific customer requirements.
MyOptique Group is revolutionising the £20 billion European optical industry by cutting out the high street middle man – and providing its customers with a superior service and significant savings. The group is the clear European leader in the growing online optical segment with a full offering covering all three major segments in the eyewear market – prescription glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses – via its Glasses Direct, Sunglasses Shop, LensOn and MyOptique websites.