Backing high-growth, high-impact businesses
We believe businesses that are responding to long-term trends and helping to solve pressing societal challenges have a compelling growth opportunity in the next decade.
Since 2002, Bridges has been partnering with ambitious management teams who see this opportunity and want to build high-growth businesses that make a difference – particularly in areas like healthcare, education and the environment, where we have accumulated a wealth of specialist expertise.
Our capital – financial, human and intellectual – helps our businesses to accelerate their growth and realise their potential.
We chose Bridges as an investor because we felt they shared our values, understood our sector and shared our vision of what World of Books can achieve in the future.Stephen Boobyer, CEO, World of Books
World of Books
A pioneering ‘circular economy’ technology business
World of Books has pioneered the reuse and recycling of books that might otherwise go to landfill. It works with charity shops and recycling merchants to collect and buy used books, while also buying unwanted books directly from consumers through its proprietary Ziffit ‘scan and send’ app. The technology platform it has developed over the last decade enables it to re-sell as many of these books as possible, via its own website and others such as Amazon and eBay, while the rest are recycled to make corrugated cardboard packaging and newsprint.
The Hub Pharmacy
Improving health outcomes in underserved areas
The Hub aims to improve local health outcomes, with Bridges’ investment enabling the nine newly-acquired pharmacies to be refitted to provide a number of additional services, such as help with smoking cessation, weight-loss and minor ailments. In addition, they will focus on improving patient adherence to dosage regimes, helping to reduce costly drug wastage. Many of the pharmacies offer extended hours healthcare services, assisting the urgent care crisis by enabling patients to visit pharmacies late at night or on weekends.
What we offer
- £2m-£20m equity investment in businesses pursuing organic growth, buy-and-build or multi-site roll out strategies
- Hands-on support from an experienced investment team
- Detailed industry knowledge and access to a network of sector specialists
- A proven history of delivering growth and impact
- A flexible approach to deal structure