Winch & Co Chief Executive, Nathan Winch, was proud to accept Private Equity Chief Executive of the Year in 2022 by CEO Monthly magazine, attributing his success solely to his ‘incredible team’. Read more in our blog.
Nathan Winch, Chief Executive of Leeds-based investment firm, Winch & Co, featured in the Insider Media’s 42 under 42 in 2023. Read more in our blog.
Winch & Co directors were cordially invited to the Mayor’s Charity Ball in Barnsley in November to raise money for the chosen charities. One of these charities was Winch & Co’s nominated charity, Hey! Let’s Talk – a mental health charity focussed on helping young people in Yorkshire. Read our blog for more.
Winch & Co’s management team were kindly invited to the annual Dealmaker Awards 2022, hosted by Insider Media at the Royal Armouries in Leeds city centre at the end of November 2022. Many notable guests included KPMG, AON, HSBC and Thin Cats. Read our blog for more.
Nathan Winch, CEO at Winch & Co was invited in November 2022 as keynote speaker at Barnsley College for Entrepreneurship Week. He talked about his journey in business as well as his early career. Read more in our blog.
Following a string of regulatory issues inherited from the outgoing management team, coupled with a number of unavoidable headwinds, Winch & Co took the difficult decision to place Eclipse Distribution Solutions into administration in November 2022. Winch & Co worked on a job program to ensure full re-employment of the employees, as well as working with the primary, financial creditors of the company to compensate for losses incurred. As a result of Winch & Co’s support, Eclipse was able to operate and employ people longer than it would have otherwise done. Read our blog for more.
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.
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.
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.
Winch & Co undertake major refurbishment of its North East offices in Cramlington.
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.
Winch & Co partners with mental health charity, Hey! Let’s Talk, donating £18,000 and pledging to help support the charity longer term.
Following the acquisition of DTS and its industrial estate, Winch & Co’s residential and commercial property holdings exceed £9,000,000 in value.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winch & Co develops in-house bespoke deal analysis software to semi-automate transaction due diligence and financial planning.
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.
After some discussions, Nathan Winch agrees a deal to buy out another Winch & Co shareholder. Increasing his stake in the business.
Nathan Winch gives keynote presentation at a high-net-worth business event in Harrogate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winch & Co acquire cleaning supplies company, Olympia Supplies based in Leeds. A company that presented scope for turnaround and growth.
Winch & Co acquire TR1 Construction, a small building contractor located in Truro, Cornwall. Read more in our blog.
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.
Nathan Winch invited to give key note presentation at a business seminar in South Woodham Ferrers in Essex.
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.
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.
Nathan Winch agrees to buy the shares in Winch & Co from one of his original founding colleagues.
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.
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.
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.
Nathan Winch and Winch & Co agrees deal to buy out the original seed investors of WinchPharma, including serial entrepreneur and private investor, Mike Greene.
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.
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.
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.
Nathan Winch invites more colleagues to invest in Winch & Co. Two more shareholders join the company.
Winch & Co move into office space in Leeds city centre.
WinchPharma donates Christmas presents to all the children on the paediatrics ward at Leeds General Infirmary.
Nathan Winch begins speaking at events aimed at young entrepreneurs in the UK. Invited to multiple engagements throughout the following years.
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.
Following on from the investment, WinchPharma moved into it’s offices and warehouse in August 2014
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.
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.
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.
Nathan Winch graduates university with a degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology.
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.
An old colleague of Nathan Winch joins Winch & Co as a new investor.
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.
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.
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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