Ten Education Limited / Isfield Investments
Cavendish is pleased to announce the sale of The Key through a management buy-out backed by the family office, Isfield Investments.
The Key is a pioneering digital knowledge management and event company providing professional information and support to senior teachers and governors in the UK. The Key was started in response to a government initiative in 2007. Since then it has grown to become a well-run, sustainable business which serves a membership of nearly 50,000 school leaders and governors in over 9,000 schools. The Key provides these school leadership teams with information and guidance in response to their questions, data insights, conferences on topical issues and magazines.
Cavendish was appointed to sell the business in 2013 and managed a process involving a number of strategic buyers and financial investors. Isfield Investments emerged as the preferred investor due to the valuation they placed on the business, their close alignment with management’s strategy and their scope to make available additional resources to back management’s plan to further improve and expand the services offered by The Key to its members.
Andrew Jeffs, Partner for Business Services at Cavendish, commented:
“The Key is a shining example of a wider trend in the economy where entrepreneurs are embracing digital technology to deliver services in more flexible and efficient ways. This approach creates truly scalable businesses which are currently of great interest to both trade and financial buyers.”
Alex Cheatle, founder of The Key commented:
“Since its launch, The Key has grown into a wonderful business in its own right led by a talented and pioneering team, committed to supporting improvement in school leadership. In exiting the business, it was important to me that it be at the right price for the shareholders and to an investor who recognised the unique character of The Key and was committed to its future success.
I believe the sale to Isfield Investments achieves this and the Cavendish team have been with us every step of the way.
“The finnCap Cavendish team has achieved a truly outstanding result for our Shareholders. Their knowledge of our business, the sector and the buyer landscape, as well as their commitment throughout to the process, was critical to our success.”
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The finnCap Cavendish team played a critical role in helping us to secure the right partner and home for our business. The team’s recruitment sector expertise and commitment throughout the deal was second to none, I would have no hesitation in recommending them to other business owners considering M&A.”
“I have loved working with Andrew, Ben and Hugh at Cavendish! Hamilton Fraser is more than just a company to me. For me to sell, any deal had to deliver value but also see the business find a great new home. Cavendish always listened and provided their advice on these points and how best to achieve what I was looking for. I am delighted to have found the perfect partner in GRP with their support.”
“We are delighted with the support received from the finnCap Cavendish team throughout this process. Mike and the team ensured that we prepared meticulously, identified the right pool of potential investors and worked closely with us, the management team and our legal advisers to deliver a great outcome for the Shareholders. We wish the Intelling team and RDCP all the best in their next phase of growth.”
“This transaction is a hugely important step in the company’s development, strongly positioning the business for its next phase of growth, allowing us to meet the growing need for secondary school students to learn in an independent, fluid and remote manner.”
“Cortland shares our core values and our customers focus, and their additional resources will help us accelerate our growth in the UK market.”
“Thank you to John and your fantastic team at FinnCap Cavendish for your unwavering support, dedication, work ethic and belief in Xexec’s mission. John, Mike and Sam were instrumental in bringing the deal to a successful completion and provided invaluable guidance throughout the process.
We look forward to our new partnership with the Castik and Abry teams who are the ideal partners as we continue to expand our business and pursue the next phase of our strategy.”
‘The finnCapCavendish team were great to work with, they took time to listen, properly understand our objectives and tailored the process to get a fantastic result for us. They really understood the value drivers in the ICT sector and had access to all the key buyers for our business, they were able to efficiently manage the sale process maintaining the great relationship we’d built we Adept as our preferred buyer.’
“Thank you to Jon, Steph and Chirag for their tireless efforts in recent months. Jon offered invaluable leadership and strategic advice, while Chirag and Steph provided diligent and supportive guidance throughout. They also behaved throughout as one would expect friends and confidants to act, which is very helpful in a confidential situation. We were delighted with the result and very, very pleased to have had the three of them as our team.”
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