Sector Business Services
Location Coventry, UK
Investment type Partnership Capital
Date of exit August 2015
Investment status Exited

Rhead Group

The company

Rhead Group, the international professional services consultancy, has built a strong track record delivering large infrastructure programmes for the energy, power generation, defence, transport and utilities sectors. Managing a portfolio of major capital projects, the company serves clients all over the world. In 2014, Rhead Group won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

Growth strategy

With ambition to capitalise on the prolonged period of investment in UK infrastructure and significant opportunities in international markets, Rhead’s management team sought an investment partner to finance growth, support their acquisition objectives and help improve their own infrastructure.

Our partnership with Inflexion supported Rhead in acquiring four complimentary businesses, diversify our service and sector offering, and broaden our reach. Rhead’s highly skilled and committed team now work across a wide range of sectors and markets. Nigel Curry, CEO of Rhead Group

The Inflexion difference

We immediately built a strong rapport with Nigel Curry, Rhead’s CEO, and his management team; acquisitive growth and international expansion were the focus of our partnership. Inflexion supported four transformational add-on acquisitions increasing Rhead’s geographic reach, broadening its offering and customer base. Two of these acquisitions were in the Australian market, creating a strong presence in this key region. The company now has offices in the UK, Australia, Singapore and the UAE, and is recognised for achieving significant international growth having been recently ranked in the top 10% of The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 2015.

During our partnership with Rhead, Inflexion worked closely with the management team introducing a highly experienced Chairman, as well as undertaking a digital audit to identify areas of improvement in systems and processes, aiding efficiency and assisting in the hire of a new Information Technology Director.

We worked with management to secure a buyer that was suitable for Rhead Group and its ongoing growth ambitions. Costain Group PLC acquired the business in August 2015.