|Heron Capital invests in businesses with significant growth potential. Recognising that one of the major challenges in running a growing business is having the time and support to effectively “work on the business as well as in the business”.||We also provide strategic support and commercial oversight in the companies we invest in. In addition Heron also provides financial management services, ensuring that our expertise is available to all companies.|
Heron invests in early stage businesses with significant growth potential, typically by taking an equity stake although we are also open to considering other funding structures/mechanisms. Heron likes to get actively involved in its investments, providing both time and experience to ensure they achieve their goals. Our professional staff have sufficient experience to have a business focussed outlook and can relate to the entrepreneurs’ world.
We can provide your company with additional financial management resource, whether it be for operational or strategic reasons. We recognise that as businesses grow so management access to data and analysis becomes more important. Our staff have significant experience in all aspects of Finance from a variety of sectors.
We can help companies that have already grown significantly but are looking for ways to take their business to the next level. Our experience and background means that we are not limited to investing in start-up and early stage businesses. Each of Heron’s partners have established and grown successful businesses, and they also have a strong track-record of helping others to do so. We have all worked closely with teams outside finance and are able to consider the bigger picture in an organisation.
Heron is keen to work with other investors who have an appetite for private equity investing. You may be a private individual who is keen to benefit from Heron’s infrastructure to find and manage investment opportunities. Or perhaps you are another private equity business looking to spread risk and access a wider pool of investment opportunities, contacts and knowledge. Either way, we would be very happy to talk with you about working together.
Gonzalo Trujillo graduated from Brunel University with a degree in Engineering, and then joined PricewaterhouseCoopers to qualify as a chartered accountant. He then pursued an international career across Europe with Xerox Corporation before his passion for growing businesses and technology brought him back to the UK. Here, he played a pivotal role in one of the most successful AIM listings at the time. Subsequently, he became CFO for Global Renewables, a leading developer of environmental infrastructure projects in the UK where he was instrumental in negotiating the largest PFI project in the sector. Gonzalo is a Director and Investor in a number of award winning Companies including Pieminister, Orchard Pig, Sawdays, Bare Earth and DHS where he brings his experience in entrepreneurial business building, finance and strategic management.
Matthew Northover graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in economics, and then qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. He subsequently joined Astra Zeneca’s strategy and planning department before moving into investment banking. During his time in the City Matthew worked for JPMorgan, RBS and UBS, and gained specific experience of a range of industry sectors including media, consumer and healthcare/pharmaceuticals. In 2005 Matthew left banking to become a founding partner of PMM Partners, a private equity firm focussing on the real estate sector which currently has c£200m of assets under management. He is a board member of two property investment funds and prior to joining Heron, Matthew had already established a portfolio of “start-up” and “early stage” active investments in companies where he has been providing strategic and commercial advice and guidance, as well as funding.
Mike Hilton has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University. After training as a consultant with the LEK Partnership, he entered the City in 1994, joining Dresdner Kleinwort Benson as an equity analyst. In 2002 Mike joined UBS as a Managing Director and Head of European Media Sector research. He won the prestigious Extel award five times between 2000 and 2005 after being voted best media analyst in Europe. In 2006 Mike left the City and became a founding partner of PMM Partners, a private equity company which had an initial focus on the real estate sector. Over the last decade Mike has made a number of angel investments and provides strategic advice to a number of companies. Notable investments include Shazam, the music recognition company which is now valued at over $200m, and Yoomi, which has designed a self-warming baby bottle.
Julian Telling helped establish and build one of the UK's largest retail financial services groups which was listed in 2005, leaving the business in 2008, and selling out to pursue a variety of interests. He has subsequently taken on a number of directorships in both private and listed businesses in sectors ranging from financial services to plumbing, to aviation. Julian also has a variety of pro bono positions. Outside of work, Julian’s interests include flying; he holds a professional pilots license and regularly flies for a small airline.
Allan Rosengren has extensive operational experience of building successful businesses in the financial services sector during the past 25+ years. He has a strong leadership, strategic, financial and change management background and has been instrumental in a number of mergers and acquisitions of private companies, as well as making investments in a range of business sectors. He is well connected and has many close contacts in the City. As Chief Executive, he led the team which listed Sumus Plc on AIM in 2005 and its subsequent merger with Lighthouse Group Plc in 2008 to form the largest AIM-listed IFA group in the UK. Allan left that business in late 2011 to devote more of his time to his other business interests.
Gill Warren qualified with a degree in economics from University of Bath, and trained as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, before moving across to top FTSE100 multinationals ( BP plc, Allied Domecq plc), particularly in international tax restructuring, project planning and change management. A qualified Business and Life Coach and businesswoman, Gill has run and worked with successful small and medium businesses for the last ten years. A sound financial and practical business thinker, Gill is passionate about helping businesses to succeed, focusing on strategy, systems and processes. This includes coaching and mentoring business executives to see where they are being held back in taking the business forward. Gill is also author of an award-winning book to help small businesses set up successfully and has collaborated on another couple of books about saving money and business strategy.
Andrew Venner has a degree in Economics, Accounting with French from Bristol University and qualified with Ernst & Young in 2001. After experience in both audit and due diligence departments, he left to join Cadbury Schweppes in 2002 where an opportunity soon arose to work for the European Beverages arm of the business, Orangina Schweppes in France. Here Andrew helped implement a number of reporting improvements during a period of considerable change. On returning to the UK in 2007 Andrew took on the role of Group Financial Controller at Spear Group, a global label manufacturer based in South Wales.