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Investment in Martinspeed

21st October, 2010

Alcuin Capital Partners today announced its investment in the management buyout of Martinspeed Ltd, a business established in 1975 to service the transport needs of artists, art collectors, dealers, commercial galleries, public galleries and museums in the UK and worldwide. The management team is led by Simon Sheffield and Christopher Kneale.

Martinspeed is situated in central London and its facilities include three warehouses with extensive temperature and climate controlled storage. The services offered by the company include storage, packing and crating, installation, transport, import and export of fine art.

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Investment in AudioGo

13th July, 2010

Alcuin is pleased to announce its investment in AudioGo, a new company established to acquire a majority stake in BBC Audiobooks Ltd, from BBC Worldwide. AudioGo was formed by a group of seven investors including former head of PolyGram Films Michael Kuhn, former Rothschild bankers Stephen Louis and Jonathan Scherer, and media investors Mike Ross and Theo Fonternel.

Formed in 2001, BBC Audiobooks is a leading audio publisher in the UK. Its products are available on CD and in downloadable formats for retail and library markets. Following the sale, BBC Audiobooks will trade as AudioGo, and will continue to publish BBC-sourced content under the BBC Audiobooks imprint. BBC Audiobooks last year recorded its one millionth download purchase, reflecting a 30% growth in digital sales on the previous year. This digital growth has helped the business secure wide visibility with audiences and fans online.

Paul Dempsey, Managing Director of BBC Worldwide’s Home Entertainment division, said: "The partnership with AudioGo Limited, announced today, will enable BBC Audiobooks to develop its catalogue and services under new ownership. This agreement mirrors the successful publishing joint ventures we have put in place for our books businesses."

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Alcuin Investment in Agrivert

6th November, 2009

Alcuin is pleased to announce its investment in Agrivert, a leading UK organic waste management company founded in 1994. Operating across the UK, Agrivert works for Local Authorities and water companies in the specialist field of organic waste processing and recycling.

The investment will be used to fund the construction of new Anaerobic Digestion and In-Vessel Composting plants by Agrivert to recycle food and green waste produced by Local Authority and commercial customers.

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Alcuin/Alpine investment in Wildnet

21st October, 2009

Alcuin is pleased to announce its investment through, Alpine Risk Services LLP, in Wildnet Limited. Wildnet is a market leading software business which provides front office solutions and consultancy services to the insurance and reinsurance industry.

Wildnet was founded over ten years ago and brings a unique business understanding, developed from decades of industry experience as both brokers and underwriters, by building customised solutions and software platforms for insurers, reinsurers, brokers and Managing General Agents.

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Investment in Alpine Risk Services

29th January, 2009

Alcuin is pleased to announce its investment in Alpine Risk Services LLP, a platform company focused on acquiring and growing speciality insurance broking and underwriting agencies.

For its partners, Alpine offers backing with an insurance industry focus and will support insurance brokers, managing general agencies and ancillary businesses through their phases of growth.

Alpine is led by Francis de Zulueta, formerly of B.P. Marsh & Partners PLC, who has over 28 years of insurance and venture capital experience.

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Investment in CW Environmental

5th February, 2009

Alcuin Capital Partners today announced its investment in CW Environmental, one of the UK's leading environmental companies for asbestos consultancy, training, surveying, asbestos remediation, land remediation and project management. Alcuin’s investment enabled CW Environmental to acquire the three complimentary asbestos businesses listed below, and will continue to support future growth.

Clearwater Environmental Ltd
Formed in 2006 to provide asbestos consultancy, training and project management. The company is UKAS accredited for Type 1, 2 and 3 surveys, bulk sampling and air monitoring.
www.clearwater-environmental.com

Woods Building Services Ltd (t/a AA Woods Asbestos Abatement)
Formed in 1994 and currently operating from three UK locations, providing a full and comprehensive asbestos remediation and asbestos management service.
www.aawoods.com

K & K Industrial Services Ltd
Formed in 1994 to provide a full and comprehensive asbestos remediation and reinstatement service, specialising in the social housing and local authority sector. Based in Stratford, East London.
www.kandkindustrial.com

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Alcuin & Indigo exit investment in Sorex Holdings via trade sale to BASF

6th January, 2009

Alcuin is pleased to report the acquisition of Sorex Holdings Ltd by BASF, the German chemical company, for an undisclosed sum. The investment was co-led by Alcuin and Indigo Capital in 2004, and the recent exit represents a most satisfactory outcome.

Sorex manufactures rodenticide and general insect control products, and was originally an investment led by Alcuin in 1996 in a buy-out from Shell, which was successfully realised in a recapitalization in 2001. After retaining a close relationship with the management team, Alcuin and Indigo co-led a subsequent £9.5m investment in 2004 to part-fund Sorex’s acquisition of Whitmire Microgen from Johnson Diversey. This created a strong global market position for the enlarged Sorex business in the niche pest-control market.

Alcuin and Indigo Capital had previously worked together on the successful investment in Menzies Hotels », which was led by the Alcuin team in 2000.

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TTA acquires Worldchoice

9th October, 2008

TTA Group the owner of the Travel Trust Association, a travel trade association, today completed the acquisition of Worldchoice, one of the UK’s largest consortia of travel agents. The merged company will have a combined membership of almost 900 travel agencies and tour operators. Worldchoice shareholders will receive 275p per share as a result of TTA’s £4.5 million offer.

The Travel Trust Association is a travel trade association, whose membership consists of Travel Agents, Tour Operators and Travel Organisers. The Travel Trust Association exists in order to offer 100 percent financial protection to consumers and has been doing so for over fifteen years.

Worldchoice is a buying consortium of travel agents established in 1976. Worldchoice currently has over 400 travel agency members, making it one of the largest High Street travel groups in the UK.

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Augentius wins Fund Administrator of the Year award

8th October, 2008

Augentius Fund Administration has been named as the Private Equity Fund Administrator of the Year 2008 by Private Equity News in its third annual awards for Excellence in Advisory Services. The award comes soon after Global Custodian magazine’s Private Equity Fund Administration Survey 2008 named Augentius as the highest-rated fund administrator in London.

Augentius is a specialist provider of fund administration services to the Private Equity industry. Back-office and infrastructure support services offered by Augentius include assistance on fund establishment, maintenance of all accounting/financial records, production of quarterly reports for LPs and corporate governance.

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Adapt PLC ranks 15th in the Tech Track 100

28th September, 2008

Adapt PLC has been named, for the second year running, as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Britain according to the 2008 Tech Track 100, published by The Sunday Times. The Tech Track 100 is an annual ranking of Britain's fastest-growing private tech companies based on sales growth over the latest three years. Adapt has moved up in 2008 from 25th to the 15th fastest growing company in the survey.

Adapt is a Managed Services company specialising in co-location, data-hosting and other telecoms services. Adapt resells high quality co-lo capacity on behalf of Level3, Global Switch and BT to 1,000+ growing SME companies in the London area.

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Investment in Glide Technologies

2nd April, 2008

Alcuin Capital Partners announced today its latest investment in Glide Technologies. The investment provides Growth Capital to support the continued growth of the company, which is based in London.

Glide provides integrated software and online services to the PR and press offices of blue-chip companies in the UK and around the world.

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Alcuin closes first independent fund

7th December, 2007

Alcuin Capital Partners today announced the first closing of its first independent growth capital fund, backed by cornerstone commitments from Alliance Trust, Celox and Parish Capital alongside other investors. The fund continues the team’s focus on equity and mezzanine investments in growing, profitable smaller-middle market companies.

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Investment in TTA Group

13th November, 2007

Alcuin Capital Partners today announced the buy-out of TTA Group the owner of The Travel Trust Association.

The Travel Trust Association is a travel trade association, whose membership consists of Travel Agents, Tour Operators and Travel Organisers. The Travel Trust Association exists in order to offer 100 percent financial protection to consumers and has been doing so for over fifteen years.

The transaction supported the existing management team and founder shareholders, who will also now be joined by Simon Hargreaves as Chief Executive. Previously a partner at Accenture, Simon most recently ran the direct-to-consumer insurance operations of Lloyds Abbey Life.

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Centric acquisition by Adapt

5th July, 2007

Alcuin Capital Partners announced today that Adapt had completed the acquisition of Centric Telecom, making it one of the UK’s specialist providers of internet access and co-location to the SME market in London. Centric was previously owned by Alchemy, the leading private equity firm.

Adapt is a Managed Services company specialising in co-location, data-hosting and other telecoms services. Adapt resells high quality co-lo capacity on behalf of Level3, Global Switch and BT to 1,000+ growing SME companies in the London area.

Alcuin originally invested in Adapt in June 2006 to support the management buy-out of the business from the Margolis Group. Since the MBO the company has grown very strongly and was ranked 25th in the 2007 Techtrack 100 survey compiled by the Sunday Times.

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