Vespa Capital is a lower mid-market private equity firm investing discretionary capital. Our focus is on UK headquartered businesses with enterprise values between £10 million to £40 million
Within our target segment, we seek to partner with high quality and ambitious management teams seeking to unlock the full potential of their businesses through a proven and highly professionalised private equity approach, successfully employed over several economic and business cycles.
We believe our partnership approach, deep commercial expertise and extended industrial and international network, supported by our unique investor base provides a competitive advantage in delivering shareholder value growth. Furthermore, our specific understanding of providing succession capital and successful track record of sympathetically assisting shareholder and operational transition is a fundamental strength.
Vespa Capital prides itself on providing a truly bespoke service acting as a partner for growth with full access to the senior team who have been investing together for over 15 years. Together, the partners of Vespa Capital are the single largest investor in our funds underscoring our deep focus on each and every one of our investments and ensuring a strong alignment with our management teams and investors alike.
In some senses we operate as a traditional private equity investor. However in certain aspects we are clearly and deliberately different.
Experience, seniority and cohesion of our team
Our partners have over 75 years of combined successful private equity experience, including 12 years of shared tenure. This wealth of valuable experience has encompassed over 100 company investments across a wide variety of transaction types, sectors, geographies and strategies from which the team can draw upon.
We seek to influence value creation and growth initiates through the adoption of best-in-class practices based on our long standing experience of investing in larger companies in the mid-market. Vespa Capital achieves this through the application of a rigorous, disciplined and highly systematic approach rarely seen in the lower mid-market. We have a long track record of partnering with management teams, and together, delivering significant growth and operational improvements.
We operate a true partnership model with our management teams to deliver shareholder value growth over the long-term in every investment we make - our significant financial contribution to our funds materially increases the alignment of this partnership model and is a key differentiator to other private equity investors.
Vespa Capital’s objective is to generate long term value and superior returns for its investors. We believe we have a responsibility towards society to influence our portfolio companies to act in a socially responsible way.
Firms with an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible way of operating significantly de-risk their business model and therefore achieve greater cost efficiencies and profitability, attracting higher valuations at realisation.
Vespa Capital’s policy, in overview, is to:
- Conduct business in a responsible manner, promoting appropriate environmental, labour and human rights and ethical standards in its portfolio companies and;
- When assessing potential investments, to consider environment, labour and human rights and ethical issues, as part of its due diligence process.
In determining its policy to responsible investment, Vespa Capital has incorporated the key elements of various international conventions and standards, including the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, which relate to its investment strategy.
Our decision making processes and ESG framework for our portfolio companies help to ensure they too act in a responsible manner. These include:
- Environmental – Complying with environmental law and limiting energy consumption
- Labour and Human Rights – Complying with human rights practices, considering employee working conditions and avoiding discrimination
- Ethical Factors – Promoting awareness of laws and regulations and avoiding corruption and unethical practices
- Governance – Processes to safeguard any wrongdoing and ensuring our portfolio companies are also acting responsibly
Vespa Capital recently invested in Lumi, whose technology enables virtual and mobile AGMs. By holding virtual AGMs, companies can reduce their carbon footprint and improve shareholder communication, enabling better governance.
As part of our broader commitment to society, Vespa Capital is a proud sponsor of the Haller Foundation, a charitable organisation that supports environmentally sensitive and economically sustainable farming in Kenya. Each year, Vespa Capital holds a charity golf day in aid of the Haller Foundation and to date have raised over £150,000 and helped connect the charity with new donors. Learn more about the Haller Foundation at www.haller.org.uk
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