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Beechbrook provides acquisition financing to Embrace Steel Group in support of its buy-and-build strategy

30 April 2024

Beechbrook Capital (“Beechbrook”), an SME-focused private debt manager, has completed an investment in Embrace Steel Group (“Embrace” or “the Group”).

Founded in 2020, Embrace’s mission is to consolidate steel frame building design and manufacturing specialists across the UK. The Group completed its first acquisition in 2022, when it acquired Hambleton Steel, a steelwork designer and fabricator based in Hambleton, North Yorkshire, in operation since 1995.

Beechbrook’s funding has supported the Group’s acquisition of Shufflebottom Ltd (“Shufflebottom”). Shufflebottom, based in South Wales and in operation since 1977, is one of the UK’s largest independent manufacturers of high-quality steel-framed buildings for the industrial and commercial, and agricultural and equestrian sectors.

The addition of Shufflebottom to the Group will expand market presence, add expertise and resources to deliver value to customers, and strengthen Embrace’s position as a key player in the market.

Dominic Curnock, director at Embrace, commented: “Beechbrook’s support represents a strong partnership, aiding Embrace’s mission to achieve a prominent position within the UK structural steel sector. This collaboration has played a crucial role not only in the acquisition of Shufflebottom Ltd but also in laying the groundwork for future expansions as we further enhance our market presence and capabilities.”

Richard Smart, managing director, at Beechbrook Capital, added: “Embrace have crafted a clear vision and strategy for their business, driven by a compelling cultural narrative. In combining the strengths of Hambleton Steel with those of the newly acquired Shufflebottom, they are set to build a dynamic platform for growth. We are excited to support and collaborate with them as they work towards their future goals.”

Beechbrook’s UK SME strategy invests in high quality businesses supporting entrepreneurs and management teams across the UK to achieve their growth ambitions through the provision of bespoke financing solutions. This is the tenth investment Beechbrook has made from its UK SME Credit III fund.

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