Connection Capital: Securing next stage of growth for Mode

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An innovative provider of managed print services based in Hertfordshire, Mode Print Solutions offers hardware, software, remote and onsite support for small and medium-sized businesses across London and the South East.

Since it was founded over 20 years ago, Mode has taken full advantage of technological innovations such as cloud computing, improved printing technology and the ability to be able to fix networked printing systems offsite via remote access.

Mode now has around 700 long-term contracted customers, with a very high retention rate, enabling its impressive performance and leading to the attraction of investment.

The Gateley team approached the transaction with the usual combination of diligence, hard work and breadth of expertise we have come to expect from them. Gateley has supported Connection Capital on all our of our private equity deals over the past eight years and the Mode transaction has served to further reinforce an already excellent relationship.
Miles Otway, Partner, Connection Capital LLP

In August 2018 the company underwent a £20.5m management buy-out (MBO). The MBO was led by Connection Capital LLP, whose investor clients provided £8.1m in private equity investment, while Clydesdale Bank provided £11m of debt facilities. 

Having advised Connection Capital on numerous transactions since 2009, we were delighted to support both them and their investors on this investment. Our advice and support included providing specialist asset finance advice on Mode's key sales and purchase agreements, which are  critical to its business model, and advising on the acquisition of Mode through a double newco structure. 

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