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Risk Capital Partners sells stake in UK’s largest online cruise holiday company
Risk Capital Partners sells stake in UK’s largest online cruise holiday company

05 August 2016

Risk Capital Partners, the private equity firm chaired by Luke Johnson, today announces that it has sold its majority stake in Cruise.co, the company which owns the UK’s largest online cruise holiday website, Cruise.co.uk, to Bridgepoint Development Capital for £52 million.

Risk Capital Partners invests in Small Batch Coffee, the independent coffee roastery and retail coffee chain
Risk Capital Partners invests in Small Batch Coffee, the independent coffee roastery and retail coffee chain

18 November 2015

Risk Capital Partners today announces that it has bought a majority stake in Brighton based Small Batch Coffee Company the artisan coffee business.

Risk Capital Partners buys majority stake in Zoggs, the UK’s leading swim brand
Risk Capital Partners buys majority stake in Zoggs, the UK’s leading swim brand

05 May 2015

Risk Capital Partners, the private equity firm chaired by Luke Johnson, today announces that it has bought a majority stake in Zoggs, the global swimming products brand.

Flotation of Patisserie Valerie wins IPO of the year 2015
Flotation of Patisserie Valerie wins IPO of the year 2015

28 January 2015

"This award recognises that the IPO of Patisserie Holdings was a swift, well-executed flotation" states Paul May, CEO of Patisserie Holdings

Cruise.co.uk sets sail on new online horizons
Cruise.co.uk sets sail on new online horizons

01 December 2014

Cruise.co.uk expands its online database by acquiring Cruisewall.co

Risk Capital Partners backs pub operator The Laine Pub Company
Risk Capital Partners backs pub operator The Laine Pub Company

01 July 2014

Private equity firm Risk Capital Partners has invested in The Laine Pub Company, a Brighton-based multiple pub operator with a growing presence in London.

Risk Capital Partners announces the flotation of Patisserie Holdings plc
Risk Capital Partners announces the flotation of Patisserie Holdings plc

19 May 2014

Risk Capital Partners is delighted to announce the admission on AIM of Patisserie Holdings plc with a market capitalisation on admission of £170 million

Risk Capital Partners sells its stake in APT Controls to Swarco AG
Risk Capital Partners sells its stake in APT Controls to Swarco AG

07 May 2014

Risk Capital Partners (“RCP”) is pleased to announce that it has sold its substantial minority holding in APT Controls Ltd (“APT”) to the Austrian traffic technology group Swarco AG (“Swarco”). Swarco acquired 100% of APT for cash in an undisclosed transaction.

Patisserie Valerie Surges ahead with Another Strong Year
Patisserie Valerie Surges ahead with Another Strong Year

17 March 2014

Patisserie Holdings, the UK's largest patisserie café group with 137 stores nationwide and the owner of the iconic Patisserie Valerie continental café chain, today announces results for the financial year ended 30th September 2013.

Luke Johnson named Investor of the Year at the Retailers Retailer of the Year Awards 2014
Luke Johnson named Investor of the Year at the Retailers Retailer of the Year Awards 2014

11 March 2014

Luke Johnson, Chairman of Risk Capital Partners won Investor of the Year 2014, for his involvement in selling Giraffe to Tesco and also taking positions in Grand Union and Red Hot World Buffet over the last 12 months. This award is for an individual or company that has a track record of successful investment in the eating and drinking market

Risk Capital Partners backs Neilson, UK’s leading active holiday company
Risk Capital Partners backs Neilson, UK’s leading active holiday company

25 November 2013

Risk Capital Partners, the private equity firm chaired by Luke Johnson, today announces that it has backed management to acquire Neilson Active Holidays Ltd from the Thomas Cook Group for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is expected to complete in early December. Reflecting Risk Capital Partners’ optimism for a recovering sector, this is the Company’s second deal this year in the travel industry.

Risk Capital Partners buys majority stake in  UK’s largest online cruise holiday company
Risk Capital Partners buys majority stake in UK’s largest online cruise holiday company

28 August 2013

Risk Capital Partners, the private equity firm chaired by Luke Johnson, today announces that it has bought a majority stake in Cruise.co, the company which owns the UK’s largest online cruise holiday websites, Cruise.co.uk and Cruises.co.uk.

Red Hot deal for Risk Capital Partners
Red Hot deal for Risk Capital Partners

27 August 2013

Private equity investor Risk Capital Partners (“Risk Capital”) has completed its acquisition of a majority holding in Red Hot World Buffet to provide development capital for the restaurant group’s further expansion.

Risk Capital Partners sells its stake in Giraffe to Tesco
Risk Capital Partners sells its stake in Giraffe to Tesco

13 March 2013

Risk Capital Partners (“RCP”) is pleased to announce that it has sold its entire minority holding in restaurant company Giraffe to Tesco. The enterprise value of the whole transaction is £48.6 million, which represents a multiple of 8x RCP’s original valuation.

Giraffe Year End Results 2011/12
Giraffe Year End Results 2011/12

25 June 2012

Giraffe Restaurants Announces Record Year in 2011/12

Giraffe set to open its first store in the Middle East
Giraffe set to open its first store in the Middle East

18 May 2012

Giraffe Concepts are to open its first ever store outside of the UK, having signed a franchise agreement with Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR) to bring Giraffe restaurants to the UAE.

Patisserie Holdings Fast Track and Profit Track Nominations
Patisserie Holdings Fast Track and Profit Track Nominations

15 April 2012

Patisserie Holdings achieves a hat-trick of success having been ranked at number 52 of the 2011 Fast Track 100, number 79 of the 2012 Profit Track 100 and number 88 of the Buyout Track 100, all within the space of a year.

Patisserie Valerie Enjoys Record Year
Patisserie Valerie Enjoys Record Year

31 January 2012

Patisserie Holdings, the owner of the legendary bakery chain Patisserie Valerie, announces results for the financial year ended 30th September 2011.

Tile Depot Continues on Track to Double Store Portfolio
Tile Depot Continues on Track to Double Store Portfolio

31 January 2012

Tile Depot continues on its goal to double its store portfolio with the opening of four new sites in the last year.

Risk Capital Partners Divests 50% of East Shareholding
Risk Capital Partners Divests 50% of East Shareholding

10 October 2011

Risk Capital Partners have sold 50% of their shareholding in womenswear retailer EAST, to clothing and accessories retailer Fabindia, based in New Delhi. This brings Fabindia’s total stake in EAST to 62.5%.

Giraffe Year End Results 2010/11
Giraffe Year End Results 2010/11

29 June 2011

Giraffe Restaurants Announces Record Year in 2010/11

Risk Capital Partners backs leading artisan bakery
Risk Capital Partners backs leading artisan bakery

11 May 2011

Risk Capital Partners LLP, the private equity firm, today announced they have become shareholders in Bread Ltd, in conjunction with the company’s management and founders of GAIL’s.

Risk Capital Partners ends 2010 with two profitable exits
Risk Capital Partners ends 2010 with two profitable exits

05 January 2011

Risk Capital Partners LLP the entrepreneurial private equity firm successfully sold two of its investments in December 2010.

Patisserie Holdings Year End Results
Patisserie Holdings Year End Results

08 November 2010

Patisserie Holdings announce year-end sales up 14%.

Giraffe Year End Results 2009/10
Giraffe Year End Results 2009/10

29 June 2010

The Giraffe Restaurant Group Announces Record Year in 2009/10.

Risk Capital Partners backs fast growing accident repair business
Risk Capital Partners backs fast growing accident repair business

11 June 2010

Private equity firm Risk Capital Partners LLP (“RCP”) has taken a majority stake in DWS Bodyworks, (“DWS”) the dominant crash repairer in London.

Three Risk Capital Partner Finalists for Retailers Retailer of the Year Awards 2010
Three Risk Capital Partner Finalists for Retailers Retailer of the Year Awards 2010

03 March 2010

Risk Capital Partners portfolio company Giraffe won Deal of the Year 2010, for its acquisition of 11 Tootsies restaurants.

Seafood Holdings ranks highly in the latest Sunday Times Deloitte Buyout Track 100
Seafood Holdings ranks highly in the latest Sunday Times Deloitte Buyout Track 100

07 February 2010

The Sunday Times Deloitte Buyout Track 100 has ranked Seafood Holdings at Number 12.

Risk Capital Partners appoints senior investment partner
Risk Capital Partners appoints senior investment partner

02 November 2009

Risk Capital Partners, the entrepreneurial private equity firm founded by Luke Johnson, has appointed Michael Simmonds as a partner.

Downturn creates acquisition opportunities
Downturn creates acquisition opportunities

27 October 2009

Risk Capital Partners signs third bolt on acquisition this year – proving timing is right for buy-and-build model.

Giraffe acquires eleven sites from Clapham House Group
Giraffe acquires eleven sites from Clapham House Group

13 October 2009

The Giraffe restaurant group, announces today it has agreed the purchase of 11 Tootsies from the administrators of Tootsies Restaurants Limited

Risk Capital Partners closes £75 million institutional fund
Risk Capital Partners closes £75 million institutional fund

03 March 2009

Risk Capital Partners LLP, the private equity firm, is pleased to announce the successful closing of its first institutional fund.

Risk Capital Partners increases its exposure to the transport and traffic management sector
Risk Capital Partners increases its exposure to the transport and traffic management sector

10 April 2008

Risk Capital Partners’ portfolio company, APT Controls Group, has acquired SignPost Solutions Ltd (SPS)

Risk Capital Partners creates UK’s largest group of patisseries
Risk Capital Partners creates UK’s largest group of patisseries

31 May 2007

Risk Capital Partners purchases Druckers Vienna Patisserie, combining it with their London-based Patisserie Valerie to dominate high-growth sector

Risk Capital Partners invests in Public Recruitment Group PLC
Risk Capital Partners invests in Public Recruitment Group PLC

27 April 2007

Private equity investor Risk Capital Partners has invested £5 million for a 28% stake in Public Recruitment Group (PRG).

Luke Johnson’s Risk Capital Partners invests in security technology company APT Controls
Luke Johnson’s Risk Capital Partners invests in security technology company APT Controls

05 February 2007

Risk Capital Partners has bought around 45% of APT Controls Ltd, valuing the business at over £10 million.

Risk Capital Partners creates another full exit
Risk Capital Partners creates another full exit

01 December 2006

Risk Capital Partners announces its fourth full exit in the past 15 months with the sale of its entire holding in Loewy.

Giraffe attracts 3i Group as new investor alongside Risk Capital Partners
Giraffe attracts 3i Group as new investor alongside Risk Capital Partners

10 November 2006

Risk Capital Partners announces that Giraffe, has attracted £10m of investment from 3i Group plc for a minority stake.