LONDON – 15 June, 2017 – SEA Equity announces its investment into Taylor Hopkinson Associates (“THA”), a leading provider of contractors, senior staff and executives to global renewable and clean energy companies. SEA Equity is investing to back the ambitious growth plans of THA’s management team, led by founder Tom Hopkinson.
Taylor Hopkinson Associates specialises 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 provided growth capital for THA to further strengthen its leading position as a renewable energy specialist.
Tom Hopkinson will continue as CEO, supported by a strong senior management team. 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.
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.
Stani Schmidt-Chiari, partner at SEA Equity, added: “We are excited 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.”
Tom Hopkinson, CEO of THA, commented: “I am thrilled 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 energy recruitment. SEA Equity’s support and Stewart Cantley’s experience of rapid international expansion will help us unlock our enormous potential.”
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.”
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.
THA was advised by a corporate finance team led by Carl Swansbury from Ryecroft Glenton Corporate Finance and a legal team led by Kevin Devanny from Pinsent Masons LLP.