We invest in industry!
Alex Pawle and Stephane Leduc
Kent Business Investors
We invest in industry
We are local investors: high net-worth, Kent-based former business owners having recently sold their respective companies. We acquire B2B companies in Kent and Sussex. We contribute to each acquisition using our own money.
Our funds come from the sales of the businesses we founded. We are looking to reinvest this money in a Kent or Sussex business such as yours. We are private individuals, not business brokers, City operators or from a corporate giant.
Kent Business Investors Limited acquired in March 2020 precision engineering company Pegasus Precision Limited, based in Ashford, in a multi-million pound deal.
In this deal, Alex Pawle and Stephane Leduc, both business owners having recently sold their respective companies, invested their own cash. Alex and Stephane will invest on future deals, through Kent Business Investors Limited, with their network of high net worth former business owners.
WHO WE ARE
We are business owners and investors, based in Kent, passionate about manufacturing in the UK.
We use our own funds and those of our investor friends to acquire B2B businesses in Kent and Sussex
We always look for win-win deals.
We are looking to invest in and apply our business growth skills to B2B companies which fit the following criteria
We are especially interested in the precision engineering and instrumentation sectors.
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Alex is the founder of a successful business: Mot-Tech (35 employees), based in Paris, which provides secretarial services to large companies.
This company was sold in June 2019. Alex has reinvested a part of the proceeds in Kent Business Investors.
Passionate about small business, he is dedicating his whole career to building businesses which operate independently of their shareholders, are profitable, and driven by a few common sense values.
At KBI, Alex intends to reproduce the key lessons of his business success with all his portfolio companies:
Financial control (focus on profit first) ;
Sales and marketing focus ;
Continuous process improvement.
Alex lives near Wye, Kent, with his wife and 2 children.
Steven Thepaut, new owner of Mot-Tech, says:
"From a tiny office in 2003 with a phone/fax machine and second hand computers as sole assets, to the current state of Mot-Tech as a very profitable, well run, ISO-9001 company, with 35 full time employees, we have covered a lot of ground. Alex is to thank for most of the improvements in the processes we have undergone during these past 15 years. He transformed us from a fledgling moth of a business into a profitable company, and am grateful for having learnt with him, all these years, how to do good business. Alex also has been a respectful negotiating partner in our current MBO. He has been fair on valuation and has worked hard with me to get to a win-win situation that works for everyone. I recommend him to a business seller as a safe pair of hands for your business.
Please write to me for more information about Alex on: email@example.com"
Alex Pawle selling his company to Steven Thepaut, surrounded by bankers
We have adequate financial capability to acquire or invest in companies.
Most business acquisitions in the UK are financed by a mix of equity (the buyer’s cash), debt and deferred consideration. Some of the proceeds from the sales of our respective companies will constitute the equity portion. If required, our extensive relationships with lenders and debt funds will allow us to raise the necessary debt
We are serious investors, having experience of buying companies. Please click the press article to the right to learn more about our last deal.
Our dealmaking advisory team has a proven history of facilitating win-win deals. They will guide us so we can proceed confidentially and with minimal interruption into your activities.
Accountant and corporate finance adviser, Kreston Reeves
Andrew and his team at Kreston Reeves advise KBI on acquisition due diligence. He is based at the Kreston Reeves office in Chatham, Kent. He is Kreston Reeves’ Senior Partner.
Commercial solicitor, Knights plc
Daniel and his team at Knights plc draft the legal documentation and help with legal due diligence. He is based at Knights' office in Maidstone
Ted J. Leverette
Corporate Finance Adviser
Ted advised us on our first acquisition and continues guiding us to create win-win deals with business sellers.