Taylor Hopkinson has secured investment from London-based private equity firm, SEA Equity. SEA Equity is investing a seven-figure sum to back the ambitious international growth plans of THA’s management team, led by founder Tom Hopkinson.
Taylor Hopkinson Associates specialise in the renewable and clean energy sectors, providing senior contractors, permanent staff and executives globally. Founder Tom Hopkinson has led THA’s growth and international expansion with offices in Glasgow, London, Madrid, Houston and Mexico City. SEA Equity provides growth capital for THA to further strengthen its leading market position as a renewable energy specialist.
Tom Hopkinson will continue as CEO, supported by a strong senior management team including Jeff Anderson, Fiona McRae and Donna Ellcock. Stewart Cantley, former CEO of Swift Worldwide Resources, a large global provider of staffing solutions to the energy sector, will join THA’s board as Chairman and Mike Bell will also join as CFO.
SEA Equity is a private investment firm focused on backing small and medium-sized companies across the UK and Europe. SEA Equity applies an entrepreneurial mindset and quick decision making to deploy flexible capital to fund a variety of transaction types. THA is SEA Equity’s fourth investment and the first from its recently raised £50m fund.
Tom Hopkinson, CEO of THA, commented:
“I am excited to partner and work with SEA Equity. Their investment enables us to capitalise on the opportunities ahead and to consolidate our leading market position in renewable and clean energy recruitment. SEA Equity’s support and Stewart Cantley’s experience with rapid international expansion will help us unlock enormous potential.”
Stani Schmidt-Chiari, partner at SEA Equity, added:
“We are thrilled to back Tom and the THA team to build on their impressive track record and support THA in its next phase of growth. We are delighted to provide growth capital to accelerate THA’s plans.”
Stewart Cantley, incoming Chairman, commented:
“THA has an enviable position in an attractive and growing market. I look forward to working with Tom and his team in the exciting next phase of the company’s growth.”
THA was advised by a corporate finance team led by Carl Swansbury from Ryecroft Glenton LLP and a legal team led by Kevin Devanny from Pinsent Masons LLP.
SEA Equity was advised by a legal team led by Jon Gill from TLT LLP, a financial diligence team led by Rebecca Guerin of RSM and a commercial diligence team led by Robin Illingworth of Drystone Strategy.