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Risk Capital Partners invests in Small Batch Coffee

Risk Capital Partners, the private equity firm chaired by Luke Johnson, has announced that it has bought a majority stake in Brighton based Small Batch Coffee Company, the artisan coffee business. Small Batch began roasting in 2006 and has developed its own retail concept, growing to five stores across Brighton and Hove, along with two railway kiosks. Its successful wholesale business provides branded and bespoke blends to an expanding list of leading restaurants, coffee shops and cafes throughout the UK. Risk Capital Partners is supporting the existing management team, led by Nigel Lambe as chief executive, who has worked alongside the exiting founder, Brad Jacobsen, for the past five years. Co-founder Alan Tomlins will continue to head up the coffee and roasting side of the business, and existing operations manager Kris Katin will head up the retail business. The investment and buyout coincides with the raising of a new capital investment loan facility from Santander plc, to help fund growth. Both Luke Johnson and Michael Simmonds, who led the deal on behalf of Risk Capital Partners, will join the board at Small Batch.

 

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