Piper invests £14m in Monica Vinader

Piper has led a £20m investment into British affordable luxury jewellery brand, Monica Vinader. Alongside its own investment of £14m, Piper has brought in US consumer specialist Winona Capital, who have invested £6m to help accelerate growth in the US. Monica Vinader founded her eponymous business in 2007 to provide customers with affordable luxury pieces
It was the passion that Piper and Winona demonstrated for our brand and our growth ambitions that really appealed to us. They stood out from all the others due to their deep understanding of how to grow consumer brands and their ability to add significant value through their networks, knowledge and in-house expertise.
Monica Vinader, Founder

Piper invests £6m in Forthglade

Piper, has made a significant investment in Forthglade, the UK’s most established maker of natural pet food. Forthglade has been making high quality, natural dog and cat food for over 40 years. Based in Devon, the business develops its own recipes using a combination of nutritionally balanced ingredients with added vitamins and minerals that contain
Although we were approached by other potential investors, from the very first meeting Piper has demonstrated the value it will bring to the table and has already had a significant impact on the business. It was this, combined with the team’s undeniable passion for creating brand legends, that set Piper apart from its competitors.
Gerard Lovell, joint Managing Director

Piper invests £6m in Hickory’s BBQ chain

Piper has made a significant investment in Hickory’s Smokehouse. Hickory’s is an American style, family friendly smokehouse and BBQ restaurant chain, with a strong focus on food quality and authenticity. Meats are slow cooked for up to 12 hours on smokers specially imported from Memphis. Guests are offered a unique dining experience (chef’s tables, milkshake
We are delighted to have selected Piper as our partner. I know we will benefit from their extensive knowledge and experience of the sector, and have already seen the value they can bring to bear so I am confident that together we will continue to build Hickory’s into a uniquely valuable business
Neil McDonnell, Founder

Piper invests £8m in Orlebar Brown

Piper has taken a significant minority stake in Orlebar Brown, one of the UK’s most exciting premium menswear clothing brands. Founded in 2007 by Adam Brown and former business partner Julia Simpson-Orlebar, Orlebar Brown immediately filled a gap in the market by providing a more tailored approach to beach and swim shorts for men. Since
Piper has worked hard to complete the deal in six weeks, so that the business wasn’t distracted at its key selling time, and are committed to building Orlebar Brown into a globally recognized, British luxury fashion business.
Adam Brown, Founder

Piper invests in a caribbean restaurant chain

Piper has taken a significant stake in Turtle Bay, the fast growing Caribbean restaurant group. Turtle Bay is the brainchild of Aj Jaya-Wickrema, who co-founded Las Iguanas, a previous Piper investment. Piper helped Las Iguanas grow from a regional operator of four restaurants into Britain’s market leading Latin American chain, delivering a 6x multiple on
I’m delighted to be working with the Piper team. Their deep-rooted experience and understanding of the sector has meant we have been able to complete this deal in a very tight time frame. For me, this was hugely important in ensuring the deal didn’t distract management from our focus on building Turtle Bay into a successful national brand.
Aj Jaya-Wickrema, Founder

Loungers invest £100,000

Loungers to invest £100,000 in training academy. Loungers is investing £100,000 a year in its new staff development programme which starts in March this year. The group, which currently employs 700 staff across its 25 Lounge café/bars and five Cosy Club sites and is targeting 70 sites by 2016, have created a 30 month rolling

Piper invests in cafe-bar chain

Piper invests in fast growing Lounge cafe-bar chain. Piper, a leading private equity specialist in consumer brands, has taken a significant minority stake in Loungers, the operator behind the highly successful Lounge café-bar chain. Loungers was founded in 2002 by a trio of longstanding friends, Alex Reilley, Jake Bishop and Dave Reid, who saw an
We first met Piper about four years ago and have been impressed with the team’s continued support and interest in our business over the intervening period. We see Piper as a great cultural fit for us and very much like the company’s desire to understand our brand and customers and the driving forces behind our success, as well as its obvious commitment to work with us as partners who can add significant value to our business. We are all now focused on scaling the business and ensuring we build an outstanding business and brand legend.
Alex Reilley, co-founder

Piper invests £8m in Be At One

Piper has taken a significant minority stake in Be At One, the highly successful cocktail bar operator. Be At One was founded by Steve Locke, Rhys Oldfield and Leigh Miller, three former bartenders who worked together at TGI Fridays in the 1990s. The trio spotted a gap in the market to produce the finest range