Albion manages or provides management services in respect of over £455 million. In addition to six Albion VCTs, it also manages the UCL Technology Fund and provides administration services to Albion Community Power PLC and Albion Care Communities.
Abcodia is a specialised company engaged in the validation and discover of molecular biomarkers linked to age related diseases.
Academia is an academic research sharepoint with over 4m academic members.
The UCL Technology Fund has announced its participation in the formation of Achilles Therapeutics Ltd, led by SYNCONA LLP and CANCER RESEARCH TECHNOLOGY (CRT).
Achilles Therapeutics will design therapies to target truncal tumour neo-antigens – unique flags to the immune system present on the surface of every cancer cell, which were first discovered by Cancer Research UK and the NIHR University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) funded scientists at the Francis Crick Institute and UCL Cancer Institute.
Truncal tumour neo-antigens are present on all cancer cells in an individual patient’s tumour but not on healthy cells, so could allow scientists to target and destroy tumours without harming healthy tissues.
Syncona and CRT, with the support of UCL Business (UCLB) and the Crick, formed Achilles Therapeutics with a successful financing round of £13.2 million ($17.5 million) led by Syncona with the CRT Pioneer Fund and UCLTF.
In September 2004 funds managed by Albion Ventures realised their holding in Active Hotels for a consideration of £10.4 million receivable in cash representing a 10x return.
Alto Prodotto Wind is a partnership with Infinite Renewables, a Welsh based consultancy with whom Albion Ventures is to develop three single mast, 500kWp Wind Turbines in Wales. The first turbine has been installed on a brownfield site near Ebbw Vale in Wales.
Antenova is a leading developer and supplier of high performance antennas and RF antenna modules for wireless communication and consumer electronic devices.
Anthropics Technology Ltd is a software research and development company with a world-class record of innovation in graphics and animation software.
Based in London, England, the company started its commercial operations by developing uniquely powerful animation software for leading companies in the mobile telecoms industry including Nokia, Vodafone and others.
More recently, the company has created Portrait Professional - the world's first intelligent portrait retouching software. Based on extensive in-house research, Portrait Professional has been trained with hundreds of photos of people, so it actually knows about human appearance and beauty. Consequently, Portrait Professional is massively faster and easier to use than general purpose touch-up software.
Funds managed by Albion Ventures invested £4.2 million to acquire Applecroft, a 75 bed residential care home for the elderly, in July 2003. Applecroft is located in Dover, Kent. The investment was sold in April 2006 at a significant profit.
Aridhia has built a sector-leading, differentiated informatics platform with cutting-edge analytical tools to support health care and research. It has established an international client base and a network of major strategic partners. Aridhia’s informatics platform integrates very large and complex datasets so as to make meaningful and flexible analysis possible while addressing the unique complexities of healthcare. The platform uses big data analytics to understand the relationship between healthcare events and serves two main customer needs: the effective management of chronic diseases today; and the shift to stratified medicine in the future, where a patient’s molecular profile is used to tailor preventative measures or treatments based on the likelihood of response to treatment.
Atego provides safety and mission critical software tools and related services.
Funds managed by Albion Ventures invested a total of £3.1 million in the company in a two year period from July 2002. The investment was used to acquire the technology and set up the production of Pinzgauer all-terrain vehicles in the UK. Following the award of several important military contracts, the company was sold in April 2005 to Stewart & Stevenson and is now part of BAE Systems.
Barleycroft care home developed a purpose built elderly care home for 80 residents in Romford, Greater London.
Black Swan has developed a predictive analytics platform which uses internal and external data to provide consumer insight to the world's leading brands
Blackbay specialises in the development and implementation of real-time mobile enterprise solutions and services for supply chain and field service operations.
Albion Community Power and its partner Infinite Renewables have built a new wind turbine on a brownfield site at Blaencilgoed, South Wales. The wind turbine at Blaencilgoed is a 500kW single turbine is on an industrial site supplying electricity to a nearby quarry. The location and energy delivery of this turbine is an example of “brownfield wind” which is a specialism of Albion Community Power and Infinite Renewables.
“Albion Community Power is pleased to be developing projects that help local communities take more control of their energy.” Volker Beckers, Chairman of ACP
The Bold Pub Company and its portfolio of 30 freehold properties has been acquired by leisure operator Calco Midlands
The Bravo Inns companies own and operate 30 public houses based in the North of England. The focus is on acquiring tired community pubs which are then extensively refurbished.
Broadoaks VCT built and operated a 30 bedroom purpose-built home for residents with learning disabilities in March, Cambridgeshire. The company was successfully sold in March 2004.
Albion Community Power (ACP) has built a run-of-river scheme, Abhainn Bruachaig, near Kinlochewe.
Bruachaig is a medium-head 500 kW scheme located close to Kinlochewe in the western highlands.
The scheme is operational.
Employing a buy and build strategy, Careforce rapidly became a leading national provider of home care services. The company floated on AIM, which allowed the Albion funds to realise a significant part of their investment while continuing as a major shareholder. In 2007 the company was acquired by Mears Group Plc.
Cassium Technologies was a provider of IT services predominantly to telco operators. The company grew organically and by acquisitions and was acquired by Netstore Plc in 2005.
Celldex is an innovative biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of targeted immunotherapies. The technology combines vaccines with monoclonal antibodies and immune modulators as precision targeted immunotherapy for the treatment of cancer and infectious and inflammatory diseases.
Celoxica offers the quickest market data and order execution capabilities to traders, hedge funds and exchanges globally.
Albion Community Power has built a hydro scheme at Allt Coire Chaorach. It is a 2MW capacity high-head, run of river scheme. The scheme is operational.
Albion Ventures in partnership with Perth-based developer, Green Highland Renewables, has built a 2MW hydropower scheme on the Allt A’Chonais, close to Loch Carron in the Scottish Highlands.
The scheme is operational. It is generating an average 7GWh of electricity per year, enough to power up to 2,000 households.
Churchcroft VCT built and operated a 34 bedroom purpose-built home for residents with learning disabilities in Witham, Essex. The company was successfully sold in March 2004.
Cisiv is a leading provider of software for non-interventional studies for the pharmaceutical industry. Albion funds invested in the company in 2013.
Albion Ventures initially invested £1.2 million alongside City Screen Limited, the UK's leading art-house cinema operator, to develop the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse in 1999 and subsequently invested further funds to develop the Picturehouse at FACT in Liverpool in 2002, the Greenwich Picturehouse in 2004, The Ritzy in Brixton and the Exeter Picturehouse in 2005 and Cinema City in Norwich in 2007, with additional funds invested in 2009 to enable the cinemas to become fully digital.
In total Albion Ventures invested approximately £8.6 million and received total proceeds including loan stock interest, loan stock repayments and other payments over the course of the investment of over £22 million, a return of approximately 2.6x.
Cluster Seven is an enterprise software company that provides secure auditing and management of spreadsheets and user-developed applications.
ComOps is a software company quoted on the ASX which provides effective Workforce Management Solutions to the retail, logistics and healthcare sectors amongst others.
Compass Supply Solutions offers drinks logistics services to the air, cruise and rail industries.
Albion has invested £3 million in customer acquisition management company Convertr. Convertr is an award winning enterprise technology platform, launched in 2011 by entrepreneurs Emma Bowkett, CEO and Clive Brett, which helps advertisers enhance their digital marketing through real-time efficiencies in customer acquisition and data partnerships.
Funds managed by Albion Ventures have committed £8.75 million for the development of a purpose-built residential care home for the elderly.
The new facility will be located in Cumnor Hill, Oxford and will cater for elderly residents, providing hotel style accommodation including a bistro, private dining room, library and spa. Construction of the facility will start in September 2014 and will open to residents in the autumn of 2015.
Berkley Care Group, an award winning provider of elderly care services, will operate the facility. Albion and Berkley have already established a successful partnership through owning and operating Bayfield Court, a 46 bed purpose-built facility in Chingford, Greater London.
The new development will build on the model established at Bayfield Court by providing luxury facilities and exceptional care to mostly private pay residents. The home will incorporate large rooms with en-suite facilities throughout, spacious lounges furnished to a high standard and attractive gardens. The design creates an environment which enables and encourages social interaction.
Emil Gigov, a Partner at Albion Ventures, said: “These new investments are a perfect fit for Albion’s investment model in elderly care, which is focused on delivering premium services to private payers. We are confident that they will deliver attractive value to our funds’ shareholders as well as providing a much needed resource to the local communities. We are delighted to extend our relationship with Berkley Care Group, who are one of the most dynamic and innovative care home operators in the South East.”
Albion Ventures LLP first invested in Dexela in May 2006. Dexela had developed technology to optimise the use of low-dose X-rays for 3-Dimensional imaging, focused initially on the detection of breast cancer. At the time the Company had low revenues and 6 employees.
Following investment Dexela built and trialled its proprietary X-Ray imaging system. It also developed a portfolio of software modules for imaging reconstruction and visualisation. Further investment in 2008 allowed the company to acquire a detector company, enabling the development of its own range of flat-panel CMOS-based digital detectors, optimised for use in low-dose X-Ray applications. Following launch in 2009, these detectors quickly became market leading, leading to rapid, profitable growth. The Company was sold to Perkin Elmer, a US-based global healthcare technology company, in June 2011. Albion Ventures invested £2.6 million in the Company, and expects to achieve up to 3x return on investment.
Albion Community Power and its partner AlphaGen Renewables announce the biogas project in Docking, Norfolk is now generating enough energy to power 120 homes.
Docking is a landfill gas project under a 20 year contract with Norfolk County Council to install and run a microgeneration landfill gas engine on the existing site. The project represents the first step towards a portfolio of high yielding, small scale biogas projects with AlphGen Renewables.
Dolphin Nurseries is building a group of private children’s day nurseries in the south-east and London. The holding was sold in 2004.
Dragon Hydro has developed a 375kW hydroelectric power plant in the county of Gwynedd, Wales. The plant was commissioned in October 2013 and is now operational.
Drummond Court VCT built and operated a 36 bedroom home for residents with learning disabilities in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. The company was successfully sold in March 2004.
Dysis is a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets imaging systems for the non-invasive, in-vivo detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions.
Earnside is an anaerobic digestion plant. The plant has 20 year contracts to take sorted food waste which is used in methane-based electricity production, gaining income from feed-in-tariffs over 20 years.
Egress is the leading provider of email and file encryption software and services, offering innovative, on-demand, cloud-based data security. This enables organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors to share confidential information with external third parties.
Elateral enables clients to transform the way they manage the distribution, usage, adaptation and execution of marketing communications materials.
Non-conventional machining for industrial gas turbines for power and aerospace sectors and turbochargers for the automotive sector
Evolutions is a full service post production house providing a complete range of video, audio, grading and dvd services.
Exco InTouch is a leading electronic Patient Reported Outcomes and patient engagement software business.
Fasttrack Resources handles the recruitment of temporary staff in the rail sector.
Freeline Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company based at UCL's Royal Free London Hospital and is focused on the development of liver-directed gene therapies.
Gene therapy has the potential to transform lives for people with severe diseases by providing a long-lasting, safe and reliable source of enzymes to the blood. The Company’s next-generation AAV gene therapy platform has been developed by Professor Amit Nathwani, Professor of Haematology at UCLB, and it builds on the successful haemophilia B phase I/II trial conducted by him with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis. The results of the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrated that all ten treated haemophilia B patients showed safe and sustained expression of blood clotting Factor IX after a single administration. The company will develop and commercialise gene therapies for bleeding and other debilitating disorders. Freeline’s shareholders include Syncona LLP, UCLB and UCL Technology Fund.
Fryers Walk VCT built and operated a 34 bedroom home for residents with learning disabilities in Thetford, Norfolk. The company was successfully sold in March 2004.
December 2009 funds managed by Albion Ventures LLP realised their holding in Geronimo Inns VCT realising a total return of just over £2m in just 18 months.
Albion has built a 1MW hydropower scheme on the Allt Gharagain, close to Loch Gowan in Western Scotland.
The scheme is operational. It is generating an average 3.1GWh of electricity per year, enough to power up to 850 households.
Albion Community Power announces another project in association with Infinite Renewables, a 1.5MW wind turbine project on land next to the Goathill Quarry, Easter Bucklyvive, Fife, Scotland.
Grapeshot is a London and New York based ad tech company providing keyword technology that matches advertising messages to relevant online content. Improving engagement between advertising and audiences, delivers more efficient and effective campaigns to both advertisers and content publishers.
Vibrant Energy is one of the leading providers of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) in the UK.
Provided occupational health services to large corporate customers
Haemostatix is developing first-in-class topical clotting agents for the treatment of bleeding. The technology is based on a novel class of molecule that binds directly to fibrinogen to promote haemostasis. The lead candidate PeproStat, an ultra-fast topical haemostat addressing a $1bn market globally. Albion sold its stake in Haemostatix to Ergomed in May 2016.
Hawkwell VCT owned and operated the Hawkwell House hotel in Oxford. The hotel was extended and refurbished and the company was successfully sold in October 2002.
Hilson Moran provides consultancy in building services, sustainability, facilities management and other services and is firmly established as a leading service engineer to commercial office, retail, leisure, hotel and residential projects such as “The Gherkin”, Wembley Arena and the Olympic Village at Stratford. The company employs more than 200 staff based in London, Manchester, Farnborough, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.
House of Dorchester manufactures premium chocolates.
Albion has led a £1.65m funding round in the mobile fan engagement and sports marketing company InCrowd Sports (“InCrowd”). Albion Ventures are investing alongside Sky and a number of angel investors.
The management team is led by Aidan Cooney who previously set up the world’s leading sports data company, Opta, also backed by Albion Ventures. He is joined by two former IMG executives and a technology group borne out of the University of Sussex Innovation Centre.
InCrowd develops mobile apps for professional sports clubs underpinned by the unique technology solution developed by the team at the University of Sussex. The technology solves the problem of poor connectivity in crowded places and allows phones to share all available connectivity, rather than compete for it.
InCrowd apps contain real-time content, match analysis and interactive fan games which directly engage sport’s most committed fans. InCrowd currently works with 10 football clubs including Middlesbrough and Watford and will be investing heavily in technology to create digital sponsorship rights for clubs and leagues. With over 50% of the UK’s advertising spent on digital, this will be a major growth area for sport sponsorship over the next five years.
In 2007 AVL engineered a profitable exit to a secondary MBO.
Kew Green VCT (Stansted) Limited owns the long leasehold interest in and operates the 254 bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel at London Stansted airport.
Lab M has long enjoyed an international reputation for the high quality and range of its dehydrated culture media, routinely used in microbiology laboratories around the world. It was acquired by Neogen Corporation in 2015.
ACP built a run-of-river hydro scheme, Liatre Burn, on the Glen Cannich estate. The 500 kW high-head scheme is located near Loch Mullardoch in Glen Cannich, some 35km south-west of Inverness.
The scheme is operational.
Lombardy Court VCT built and operated a 24 bedroom home for residents with learning disabilities in Ipswich, Suffolk. The company was successfully sold in March 2004.
Masters is a global healthcare solution provider, distributing a comprehensive range of prescription drugs and medical supplies, specializing in Named Patient Supply, in over 90 countries worldwide.
Memsstar (formerly called Point 35 Microstructures Ltd) is a technology leader in MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) processing, with their proprietary memsstar® range of specialist etch and deposition equipment and unique process integration knowledge.
Mi-Pay specialises in delivering fully outsourced on-line payment solutions to digital ecommerce clients, primarily in the mobile sector. The primary focus is processing pre-paid top ups online on behalf of customers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Mirada Medical, a spin out from Siemens, has developed software that allows images from multiple sources to be combined to provide greater clinical certainty in diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
My Meds & Me provides a web-based solution for the capture of adverse event, product complaint and targeted medical information for pharmaceutical companies. The pharmaceutical industry processed six million such events in the year prior to investment and is experiencing strong growth in this area.
Albion has sold UK based mental health hospital Nelson House to Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Care UK for £8 million.
The company owned and operated Bayfield Court, a 46 bed care home for the elderly located in Chingford, Essex. The home won a number of care industry awards during the period of Albion’s investment and was sold successfully in December 2014 to one of the largest industry consolidators.
Odyssey Glory Mill developed and operated the Odyssey Glory Mill health and fitness club near Beaconsfield. The company was successfully sold in December 2004.
OmPrompt offers customer automation management solutions that streamline order-to-cash processes for global manufacturing companies.
OmPrompt launched its award-winning cloud-based service in 2005. OmPrompt now leads the market for customer automation management in the consumer goods, medical device and logistics sectors. Customers include Groupe Danone, Kellogg's, Kimberly-Clark, Corporation, Unilever, Medtronic inc., Smiths Medical, Stryker Corporation, DSV and CEVA.
Opta Sportsdata is a leading European provider of sports data and analysis. Opta uses proprietary technology to collect and analyses statistical data for a range of sports.
Albion backed Opta from February 2008. In total the funds had invested approximately £2.1 million over three rounds of funding. As a result of the sale, funds managed by Albion have generated a return of over three times their investment.
In 2010 Albion invested £6.5m in Orchard Portman to acquire a nursing home and constructed a 23 bed psychiatric care hospital as an extension to the existing building. The sale of Orchard Portman will result in the creation of one single psychiatric care hospital with a total of 46 beds, renamed Cygnet Hospital Taunton.
Orchard Therapeutics is a biotechnology company dedicated to bringing transformative gene therapies to patients with serious and life-threatening orphan diseases.
Orchard Therapeutics is a spin-out from the Institute of Child Health (ICH) at UCL, commercialising a gene therapy platform with the potential to cure a range of rare childhood genetic disorders in a single treatment. The company’s programmes use the potential of ex-vivo autologous haematopoietic stem cell gene therapies to restore normal gene function in severe and life-threatening inherited disorders, including immunodeficiencies and a range of neurological disorders, and have demonstrated excellent safety and efficacy in ongoing clinical trials. Orchard’s shareholders include F-Prime Ventures, UCLB and the UCL Technology Fund.
Oviva is a digital health business providing medical nutritional counselling. The company has developed mobile technology solutions that enable its dietitians to provide superior care in a highly efficient way. Oviva is headquartered in Zurich and currently has operations in Germany and the UK.
Oxford Immunotec is a medical diagnostics company developing new tests for various diseases based on its innovative, patented T cell measurement technology. The company was founded in 2002 based on world-leading research at the University of Oxford. The company's main product is the T-SPOT.TB test, a cellular blood test for the detection of active and latent TB infection. Having vastly improved characteristics, the T-SPOT.TB is replacing TB skin testing in most healthcare systems worldwide.
Oxsensis is an industrial technology company pioneering a new breed of optical instrumentation for precision controls in super harsh environments, with a range of “clean-tech” applications such as highly efficient car and aero engines, and in industrial, electrical, nuclear and space applications. Their revolutionary next-generation instrumentation is designed to enable improved engine efficiency for cleaner power. Some of the world’s leading aerospace and power generation companies are closely involved in the development of their range of fibre-optic instrumentation. Established in 2003 and based in Oxfordshire, Oxsensis is a winner of The Carbon Trust Innovation Award and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Award.
Palm Tree Technology has developed LiveEnsure™, a cloud-based mobile authentication solution. The business, headquartered in Palo Alto, authenticates users in consumer and B2B environments.
Panaseer is an emerging cyber security company that helps security leaders to answer the question, "How Secure are We?” Panaseer uses the latest data science techniques and Big Data technologies to provide Security Intelligence to its blue chip customers.
Payasugym is a fast growing business that enables gym users to visit a wide range of health and fitness clubs on an occasional or temporary basis, without the need to subscribe for long term memberships or undergo inductions and fitness assessments.
Payasugym was founded in 2010 by Jamie Ward and Neil Harmsworth with backing from Harm Tegelaars, who founded and successfully built up Cannons health & fitness chain. To date the company has signed up more than 1,700 health and fitness facilities, representing a third of the market. These include Hilton Livingwell, Pure Gym, Energie and Virgin Active, as well as large public facility operators such as Greenwich Leisure.
Payasugym customers can be members of a gym near home but also wish to use a facility near work (or vice versa), business travellers, people who are trialling various gyms or those who prefer not to be tied down to an annual membership or visit a club occasionally or for a limited period.
Peakdale Molecular offers a range of products and services to its pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers to accelerate their drug discovery initiatives. The Company's approach is based upon its strength in synthetic organic chemistry and the desire to further innovath through novel compounds and methodologies.
Perpetuum is an industrial technology company that has developed a unique energy harvesting device (micro generator) that generates electricity from vibration.The technology has been used to develop a product which harvest electricity from vibrations in industrial machinery to power wireless sensors on that machinery.
Premier VCT (Bristol) owned and operated the Holiday Inn Express near Bristol Templemeads station. The company was successfully sold in September 2002.
Premier VCT (Dartford) built and operated the Holiday Inn Express near Dartford bridge. It was initally built as an 80 bedroom hotel and then extended to 120 bedrooms. The company was successfully sold in November 2000.
Premier VCT (Mailbox) owned the long leasehold interest in and operated the 90 bedroom Ramada hotel in the Mailbox in Birmingham. It originally opened as a Days Inn before becoming a Days Hotel and was later rebadged as a Ramada hotel.
Prime Care operates on the South Coast of England, providing home care services to elderly and disabled clients. The company has won a number of presigeous awards for the quality of care it delivers.
Proveca focuses on the re-engineering of existing generic medicines to make them appropriate for use by young people. The company is currently developing a commercialisng medicines for children in the fields of cardiology, neurology and pain management.
PSCA International operates an information portal for the public sector in the United Kingdom. The company also publishes various print and online publications related to public service events and public sector recruitment and provides data services. In 2008 AVL achieved a profitable exit to a secondary MBO.
PSE provides world leading predictative modelling software and services to many of the largest companies in the world, including over 60 Fortune 500 companies. PSE brings a step-change in the technology available to develop, design, optimise and innovate.
Q Gardens owns and operates the seven acre freehold Abbey Garden Centre at Fareham in Hampshire.
Radnor House is a 7 - 18 independent co-educational day school in Twickenham, located in stunning historic buildings on the banks of the River Thames. Formerly the site of Alexander Pope’s mansion where he entertained the literary elite of his day, the buildings have been transformed into a school combining a sense of history with the latest educational provision. The school employs an outstanding team of professionals who have developed a highly successful and innovative approach to education provision.
Radnor House, Sevenoaks is a co-educational independent school for students aged three to eighteen, located near Sevenoaks, Kent.
In Radnor House, Seveneoaks, Albion and the Radnor House School management team have identified a unique opportunity to expand the Radnor House model by enhancing the school’s culture of academic achievement and first-rate pastoral care, as well as making the necessary investment to provide new facilities and modernise existing ones where necessary. Radnor House, Sevenoaks used to be known as Combe Bank School
Red-M is an expert wireless consultancy and systems integrator, enabling organisations to fully realise the benefits of wireless systems by providing insight into the opportunities and challenges of current and future wireless technologies and creating mission critical wireless networks. Red-M’s capabilities span all wireless technologies which it applies across a wide range of blue-chip customers and locations including shopping centres, stadia, railway stations and hospitals. Red-M also provide Network Services which offer a suite of last mile and building to building radio based Ethernet connectivity solutions. Red-M was sold to Team Telecom Group in 2012.
Regenerco Renewable Energy Ltd was formed in 2010 in partnership with Industrial Solar. It provides small businesses and councils access to free rooftop solar installations providing them with sustainable source of power, and providing the Albion funds with a longterm, inflation protected source of income
Albion Ventures has invested and committed to invest up to £3.5 million in growth capital to enable Relayware to expand and continue to develop its market leading indirect channel collaboration solution.
Mike Morgan, Chief Executive Officer stated:
“We are delighted to partner with such an experienced software investor as Albion. The Albion team bring real depth of understanding of our target markets and the application of our technology and we believe their strategic support will help us achieve our ambitious growth plans.”
Albion Community Power has built a hydro project on the River Arkaig, Achnacarry, Spean Bridge, Scotland.
Albion Ventures have committed up to £6.75 million for the development of a purpose-built residential care home for the elderly, the new facility will be located in Hillingdon, Greater London, providing hotel style accommodation including a bistro, private dining room, library and spa. Berkley Care Group, an award winning provider of elderly care services, will operate the new facility.
Albion Ventures has invested £1.5m in automotive technology specialists SBD, headquartered in Milton Keynes with offices in North America, Japan and India.
SBD are specialists in automotive technology, providing independent research, evaluation and strategic services to 95% of the world’s leading car manufacturers.
Sift group Sift is one of the UK’s leading digital media experts; working with over 1,000 organisations, helping them to deliver effective online business solutions.
Albion has invested £1.25 million in partnership with Scottish Equity Partners and Scottish Enterprise to fund the growth of Silent Herdsman Limited, a market leading platform for the automated detection of livestock health conditions.
‘Silent Herdsman’, is a collar that works by sensing the cow’s head positions in three dimensions. Farmers are alerted when a change in movement pattern is detected. They can detect if the animal’s hind legs begin to lower, which is one of the first signs of illness, or if the animal starts becomes agitated, a sign that it is on heat. The collar has the ability to communicate with a farm base station by radio and wirelessly and the information is passed to the farm computer 24/7.
The collars contain a computer chip with an algorithm of the behaviour of thousands of cows, against which the wearer’s movements are benchmarked.
The key differentiator of the SHL product over its competitors is that the computer chip software can be updated remotely meaning the user only has to buy and install one set of hardware.
The technology was developed by a spin-out group from The University of Strathclyde.
Founded in 1998, Sparesfinder provides data solutions to international corporates with significant inventory management needs, including parts management and data cleansing, across multiple locations and multiple IT systems.
Clients include world leaders in the petrochemical, tobacco and mining industries
Street by Street Solar Programme was formed in 2010 in partnership with Engensa. It provides homeowners access to free rooftop solar installations providing them with sustainable source of power, and provides the Albion funds with a long term, inflation protected source of income
Data management services and software
Symetrica specializes in the detection and identification of radioisotopes for Security Applications.
Working predominantly with prime contractors and government agencies, Symetrica design, develop, test and deploy detection equipment for use by law enforcement personnel, customs officers, the emergency services, military personnel and first responders.
Albion Community Power has committed £1.8m to fund the development of a 500kW single wind turbine on a freehold site in Tredegar, in South Wales. in partnership with Infinite Renewables.
The site is located on the land next to Waldron Commercials, Tafarnaubach Industrial Estate. The turbine is already produce power and is predicted to generate over 1,400MWh of electricity per year. ACP, which is the majority shareholder in the project, has forecast an inflation linked IRR of 13% for a period of 20 years.
Tender Loving Childcare operates purpose built nurseries predominantly positioned on NHS hospital sites. The company operates an innovative business model enabling it to provide a high quality environment while minimising the cost of development of each nursery. The investment was sold to Learning Care Group in 2008.
The Bear Hungerford Limited owns and operates the 41 bedroom Bear Hotel in Hungerford.
The Charnwood Pub Company owned and operated 10 public houses in central England. All have now been sold.
Since November 2005 funds managed by Albion Ventures have invested £9.5 million in The Crown Hotel (Harrogate) Limited to acquire The Crown Hotel in Harrogate and undertake an extensive refurbishment programme.
The Place Sandwich owned and operated the 37 bedroom Bell Hotel in Sandwich. Following extensive refurbishment and revival of the hotel's trading, the company was sold to Shepherd Neame in September 2011.
The Stanwell Hotel is located near Heathrow Terminal 5 and has been extended and refurbished to create a 53 bedroom boutique hotel.
The Weybridge Club is set in 30 acres of Surrey countryside between Weybridge and Walton. Members can indulge in a luxury spa therapy, relax by the swimming pool or work away any stress in our fully equipped gym.
Albion Ventures invested in The Weybridge Club in April 2005.
Thebigword provides translation and localisation services worldwide. Using innovative technologies, the company has become one of the fastest growing businesses in its industry.
Tower Bridge Health & Fitness Club was acquired by Third Space in 2014. The sale generated an attractive return for the Albion funds and the founders.
The company provides learning technology solutions to schools in the UK and Australia. Albion exited its investment in September 2015.
Albion have successfully exited its investment in Vivacta Limited, a medical diagnostic company developing proprietary sensors and readers for rapid, point-of-care (PoC) testing.
The Wareham care home at the site of the old Sandford St Martin’s School near Wareham is due to open in the summer of 2017. The home will provide luxury facilities for 64 residents and will include a café, library, cinema room, hairdressing salon, a dedicated activities room, a variety of lounges and secure garden space.
Workshare provides document collaboration software that enables business professionals to accurately create and control high-value content more efficiently.
More than 1.8 million professionals in 70 countries utilise Workshare solutions to increase productivity and safeguard their confidential information, ultimately securing their intellectual property, customer relationships and business reputations.
Xceleron pioneered the use of AMS analysis in pre-clinical and clinical development. AMS analysis provides critical human metabolism data at an early stage in the development process. The bulk of the operations are now run out of Maryland, US. Albion exited Xceleron in January 2017