Company History

A boutique investment company based in Leeds, with offices across the North East, Manchester and the Midlands, with over 120 employees.

Company Timeline

2022
September 2022

Winch & Co appoint new non-executive director, Simon Biltcliffe

Winch & Co appoint new non-executive director, Simon Biltcliffe

The Winch & Co board of directors approve the appointment of Simon Biltcliffe as a non-executive director. Simon joins Winch & Co as a businessman of over 25 years, having built his print management company, Webmart, to over £20million in revenue organically. Read more in our blog.

August 2022

Winch & Co invest over £500,000 into Eclipse Distribution

Winch & Co invest over £500,000 into Eclipse Distribution

Winch & Co took the decision in August 2022 to invest significantly in Eclipse Distribution to help counteract the headwinds of impacted supply chains brought on by the war in Ukraine. The board approved investment of over £500,000 to help bolster its position and clear down legacy credit balances left by the outgoing management. Read our blog for more.

July 2022

Winch & Co open North East branch

Winch & Co open North East branch

Winch & Co launches new North East office, with the promise of further investment in the 250,000 sq ft warehousing and distribution site that it is located on. Read more in our blog.

June 2022

Winch & Co refurbish North East office

Winch & Co refurbish North East office

Winch & Co undertake major refurbishment of its North East offices in Cramlington.

June 2022

Winch & Co invests in newly acquired companies

Winch & Co invests in newly acquired companies

As well as the upkeep in the pace of dealmaking, Winch & Co also begins investing in its incumbent acquisitions. New cap-ex purchases as well as refurbishments to owned office space helps integrate and improve profitability overall. Further advances with consolidation exercises help integrate new acquisitions with the group. Read more in our blog.

May 2022

Winch & Co partners with mental health charity

Winch & Co partners with mental health charity

Winch & Co partners with mental health charity, Hey! Let’s Talk, donating £18,000 and pledging to help support the charity longer term.

May 2022

Winch & Co’s property portfolio exceeds £9million in value

Winch & Co’s property portfolio exceeds £9million in value

Following the acquisition of DTS and its industrial estate, Winch & Co’s residential and commercial property holdings exceed £9,000,000 in value.

May 2022

Winch & Co group turnover exceeds £10million per year

Winch & Co group turnover exceeds £10million per year

Following the string of acquisitions in late-2021 to mid-2022, compounded with organic sales growth, Winch & Co group turnover exceeds £10,000,000 per annum.

April 2022

Winch & Co acquire £5million warehousing and distribution company

Winch & Co acquire £5million warehousing and distribution company

Winch & Co acquire warehousing and distribution company, Dedicated Transport Solutions (DTS) in Cramlington. Building on the transport and warehousing group. The target company also owns a 250,000 square feet industrial estate with blue chip, long-term tenants. Presenting an incredible deal for Winch & Co. Read more in our blog.

March 2022

Winch & Co begin to divest its smaller investments

Winch & Co sell Blue Bricks Magazine

As part of the discussion with lenders and the core Winch & Co management team, Nathan Winch decides to divest from smaller investments in order to further focus on the current mandate. Earlier than planned exits still presented a good return for Winch & Co. Read more in our blog.

March 2022

Winch & Co appoint new Commercial Director

Winch & Co appoint new Commercial Director

Winch & Co appoint seasoned commercial director, Debra Hart. With decades of experience in haulage, logistics, investment and finance, Debra brings a wealth of knowledge to the company, specialising in the mandate target industries. Read more in our blog.

February 2022

Winch & Co develop bespoke deal analysis software

Winch & Co develop bespoke deal analysis software

Winch & Co develops in-house bespoke deal analysis software to semi-automate transaction due diligence and financial planning.

January 2022

Winch & Co invests £50,000 in start-up business

Winch & Co invests £50,000 in start-up business

Lux Auto, a start-up vehicle rental company based in Cambridge, raises £50,000 investment from Winch & Co. Veering slightly from the core investment mandate, Nathan Winch and the management team decide to make another seed capital investment. Read more in our blog.

January 2022

Nathan Winch buys out another Winch & Co shareholder

Nathan Winch buys out another Winch & Co shareholder

After some discussions, Nathan Winch agrees a deal to buy out another Winch & Co shareholder. Increasing his stake in the business.

2021
November 2021

Nathan Winch gives keynote at HNW event

Nathan Winch gives keynote at HNW event

Nathan Winch gives keynote presentation at a high-net-worth business event in Harrogate.

October 2021

Winch & Co acquire £4million haulage company

Winch & Co acquire £4million haulage company

Winch & Co acquire £4million haulage company, Eclipse Distribution Solutions based in Loughborough. This presented the perfect platform investment to begin the buy-and-build strategy for the investment mandate. Read more in our blog.

October 2021

Winch & Co acquire £1million building company

Winch & Co acquire £1million building company

Winch & Co acquire pre-fabricated building company, Browns Garden Buildings. A key acquisition to help fund the core investment team, reducing reliance on Winch & Co capital. Read more in our blog.

June 2021

Winch & Co agree sale of Olympia Supplies

Winch & Co agree sale of Olympia Supplies

Following successful turnaround of the business and its subsidiaries, Winch & Co agree the sale of Olympia Supplies to the management team for an attractive return.

May 2021

Nathan Winch focuses the Winch & Co investment mandate

Nathan Winch focuses the Winch & Co investment mandate

Nathan Winch decides to focus the Winch & Co investment mandate on transport, warehousing and distribution companies. Significant market changes presented a ripe opportunity for investment participation.

March 2021

Winch & Co appoints new Operations Director

Winch & Co appoints new Operations Director

Winch & Co appoint new, experienced operations director following Nathan Winch’s investment mandate requirements. Shaun Swinburn is appointed to the role with his vast operational expertise. Read more in our blog.

February 2021

Winch & Co acquires cleaning supplies company

Winch & Co acquires cleaning supplies company

Winch & Co acquire cleaning supplies company, Olympia Supplies based in Leeds. A company that presented scope for turnaround and growth.

January 2021

Winch & Co acquire small construction company

Winch & Co acquire small construction company

Winch & Co acquire TR1 Construction, a small building contractor located in Truro, Cornwall. Read more in our blog.

2020
February 2020

Nathan Winch develops investment mandate for Winch & Co

Nathan Winch develops investment mandate for Winch & Co

After 2 years of steady but slow returns from start-up investing, as well as some failures, Nathan Winch develops an investment mandate to target the private equity and M&A industry – with hopes of generating greater and faster returns for Winch & Co.

February 2020

Nathan Winch keynotes at business seminar

Nathan Winch keynotes at business seminar

Nathan Winch invited to give key note presentation at a business seminar in South Woodham Ferrers in Essex.

2019
November 2019

Nathan Winch keynotes property investment seminar

Nathan Winch keynotes property investment seminar

Nathan Winch gives keynote presentation at a property investment seminar, having been investing in residential property for several years as a way to deploy surplus capital from operations.

2018
August 2018

Winch & Co begin early stage investing

Winch & Co begin early stage investing

Following on from the sale of WinchPharma, Winch & Co begins using its share of the proceeds to fund early-stage start up companies and ideas. Funding a total of 10 new investments comprising of both wholly-owned and third-party businesses.

2017
April 2017

Nathan Winch buys out one of the original Winch & Co investors

Nathan Winch buys out one of the original Winch & Co investors

Nathan Winch agrees to buy the shares in Winch & Co from one of his original founding colleagues.

March 2017

Nathan Winch agrees sale of WinchPharma to Byotrol plc

Nathan Winch agrees sale of WinchPharma to Byotrol plc

Nathan Winch and the board of directors agree a sale of WinchPharma Group to Byotrol plc, a strategic move by the chemical supplier in order to inherit the NHS contracts and supply frameworks.

2016
September 2016

WinchPharma wins direct contract with large NHS trust

WinchPharma wins direct contract with large NHS trust

Nathan Winch and his team help WinchPharma win a key direct contract with a North East NHS trust, fitting over 350 wall-mounted hand sanitiser units throughout the hospital campus and signing up to supply product long term.

September 2016

Nathan Winch develops hand sanitiser technology

Nathan Winch develops hand sanitiser technology

Nathan Winch designs and develops monitoring and stockpiling automation technology for hand sanitiser usage in hospitals as another route to market for the products and services.

July 2016

Nathan Winch buys out original WinchPharma investors

Nathan Winch buys out original WinchPharma investors

Nathan Winch and Winch & Co agrees deal to buy out the original seed investors of WinchPharma, including serial entrepreneur and private investor, Mike Greene.

March 2016

WinchPharma wins contracts with more NHS trust hospitals

WinchPharma wins contracts with more NHS trust hospitals

After an extended year of networking and presentations, WinchPharma wins multiple contracts, both direct and via NHS Supply Chain, with more hospitals in the north east and south east of England.

2015
November 2015

WinchPharma launch new health and beauty products

WinchPharma launch new health and beauty products

After a successful product placement in various mail order catalogues, WinchPharma launches new range of health and beauty products aimed primarily at the skincare market.

October 2015

WinchPharma win manufacturing contract with Betterware and Kleeneze

WinchPharma win manufacturing contract with Betterware and Kleeneze

After the natural expansion into the personal hygiene and care industry, Nathan Winch wins manufacturing contract to supply Betterware and Kleeneze (later becoming EasyLife) with their shampoo, moisturiser and lotion products.

September 2015

More investors join Winch & Co

More investors join Winch & Co

Nathan Winch invites more colleagues to invest in Winch & Co. Two more shareholders join the company.

August 2015

Winch & Co move into new offices

Winch & Co moves into new offices in Leeds city centre

Winch & Co move into office space in Leeds city centre.

2014
December 2014

WinchPharma donates presents to children’s ward at LGI

WinchPharma donates presents to children’s ward at LGI

WinchPharma donates Christmas presents to all the children on the paediatrics ward at Leeds General Infirmary.

November 2014

Nathan Winch begins speaking at events

Nathan Winch begins speaking at events

Nathan Winch begins speaking at events aimed at young entrepreneurs in the UK. Invited to multiple engagements throughout the following years.

September 2014

WinchPharma exhibit at the IPC in Glasgow

WinchPharma exhibit at the IPC in Glasgow

WinchPharma and the team exhibit at the national Infection Prevention and Control Conference in the Glasgow NEC. This was the first time the company had a presence at a large-scale industry exhibition event.

August 2014

WinchPharma moves into new warehouse

WinchPharma moves into new warehouse

Following on from the investment, WinchPharma moved into it’s offices and warehouse in August 2014

June 2014

WinchPharma exhibits at the Birmingham NEC IPC show

WinchPharma exhibits at the Birmingham NEC IPC show

Nathan and his product team exhibit at the Birmingham NEC for the first time, showcasing the new product brand, Athenian Hygiene non-alcohol sanitiser and personal hygiene products.

June 2014

WinchPharma raises investment

WinchPharma raises investment

In early 2014, Nathan Winch decided to raise investment to help service the newly awarded NHS contract framework as orders for the company’s products began to come in from the supply chain network. After raising £100,000 in June 2014 from private investor, Mike Greene, he then launched the business, stockpiling product, before beginning marketing to NHS trusts across the UK.

May 2014

Nathan Winch becomes finalist at FSB Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Nathan Winch becomes finalist at FSB Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Nathan Winch becomes finalist at the FSB Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards in London for his appearance in the media surrounding WinchPharma and their achievements as a business.

2013
June 2013

Nathan Winch graduates university

Nathan Winch graduates university

Nathan Winch graduates university with a degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology.

June 2013

WinchPharma win NHS contract

WinchPharma win NHS contract

After focusing in on cleaning and hygiene products guided by the newly appointed board of directors, Nathan decided to team up with an antimicrobial technology company called Byotrol plc. Using their technology, Nathan developed the Athenian Hygiene suite of alcohol-free cleaning and hygiene products, specifically targeting high risk areas in clinical environments. In June 2013, WinchPharma wins a share of a £39million NHS framework agreement to supply hand sanitiser and cleaning consumables directly into NHS trust hospitals and government departments.

March 2013

New investor joins Winch & Co

New investor joins Winch & Co

An old colleague of Nathan Winch joins Winch & Co as a new investor.

2011
September 2011

Nathan Winch starts sandwich year at University of Leeds

Nathan Winch starts sandwich year at University of Leeds

Nathan Winch starts his sandwich year at The Leeds Institute for Genetics, Health and Therapeutics (now LICAMM) laboratory, clinical and applied biomedical research facility. He worked in Reproduction & Early Development training as a research technician – showing particular strength in departmental procurement roles.

February 2011

WinchPharma move into DMC in Huddersfield

WinchPharma move into DMC in Huddersfield

WinchPharma move into the Digital Media Centre office campus in Huddersfield, close to the university where the Winch & Co founders were studying at the time in Molecular Biology, Business Management and Computer Sciences.

2010
December 2010

Winch & Co founded

Winch & Co founded

In late 2010, Nathan Winch founded WinchPharma, a medical products company whilst reading for his degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Huddersfield, during his sandwich year working at the Leeds Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics. After spotting a gap in the market for affordable, fast moving medical supplies to public and private institutions, he founded his business, incorporating the company in August 2011 after building a team. Winch & Co was incorporated on 24th August 2011 as the holding company for Nathan and his colleagues to collectively invest in the new venture.


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