Posted 7th January

Plumbworld completes MBO from Grafton Group

7th January 2019 - 13:03pm
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Evesham-based online bathroom products retailer Online Home Retail Limited – trading as Plumbworld – has completed a management buyout – MBO – from builders’ merchant Grafton Group Plc.

Private equity firm Panoramic Growth Equity has invested in the company as part of the MBO. The investor typically invests between £1m and £5m, with the deal being led for the firm by partner David Wilson and supported by investment director David Atkinson.

One of Plumbworld’s original founders, James Hickman, pictured, led the MBO and noted that “being independent will allow the business to take advantage of new opportunities in the online bathroom marketplace”.

Hickman founded the business in 1999, before selling it to Grafton Group in 2006. According to Plumbworld, it generated more than £26m in annual revenue and has served more than 1.5 million customers since its inception.

“The e-commerce consumer market is very fast moving and intensely competitive,” said Hickman. “It requires quick decision-making, calculated risk-taking and a ruthless focus on eliminating avoidable costs. We believe being independent will offer us greater agility and enable us to focus 100% of our efforts on delivering growth and improving profitability.”


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