Leeds-based PE house strengthens national reach

Pictured are Jonathan Simm, Jamie Roberts, David Bell, David Wrench and James Savage

Fast-growing private equity house YFM Equity Partners (YFM), which has an expanding network of regional offices across the UK, is strengthening its presence in the Thames Valley.

The company has opened a new office in Reading to be closer to businesses and professional advisers in the region and build its reach across the South West where it has undertaken a raft of recent investments.

Located at Fora in Thames Tower, the company’s new offices in the city centre will house a four-strong YFM team who all live in the region, including investment partner David Wrench, a 15-year veteran of the local market.

Three other YFM partners, including ex-Altitude Partners founder Jonathan Simm, who has also spent the majority of his career investing in businesses in the region, will also be based at the new office.

“We are a ‘people’ business first and foremost, and we’ve chosen a location to enable us to be accessible to our various stakeholders. As a firm, the YFM team spends a great deal of time working closely with our investment businesses both before and after we invest, so having a proper full time office in this key region for us makes a lot of sense,” said partner David Wrench.

With an existing network of offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, the new base in the Thames Valley builds on YFM’s regional presence throughout the UK and becomes its fifth office.

YFM has a strong track record across the South West, including recent deals such as a £7m investment to support the primary buyout of the loss adjusting and claims management specialist GHG based in Eastleigh last year; and a £4m growth capital investment in the Bournemouth-based film visual effects company Outpost VFX.

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