Airedale Group announces Rubicon Partners as new shareholder

Airedale Group, one of the UK’s market leading specialists in the installation and servicing of catering equipment, has announced Rubicon Partners has made a significant investment into the Group. Rubicon Partners is a hands-on investment partner focused on the acquisition and long-term strategic development of complex industrial businesses in Europe and North America.

The management team, led by CEO and main shareholder Rob Bywell, together with Rubicon Partners have acquired all shares of the Airedale Group. As a result several minority shareholders, including Rockpool Investments, have sold their stake in the business

Commenting on the investment, Airedale Group’s CEO Rob Bywell said: “This is a significant and exciting step forward for the Group. Over the last seven years, with support from Rockpool, Airedale has solidified its position as the leading kitchen design & installation business in the UK, whilst simultaneously building a truly national commercial kitchen maintenance platform. The acquisitions of SCC in 2014 and Flowrite in 2019 has allowed the Group to create an unrivalled maintenance proposition with a combined total of over one hundred and fifty national service technicians.

“For our next phase we have been looking for a partner with both industry experience and the financial capacity to help us grow to the next level in terms of service offering (both product and technology). We also wanted a partner that could assist the Group in internationalising this service proposition. Rubicon are an ideal fit with a proven pedigree and a history of success in supporting businesses to reach their full potential.”

“Our philosophy is to continue to build a Group of highly complementary brands that are specialists and leaders in their respective sectors but will also work closely together to increase our value proposition to our customers. With Rubicon Partners backing we have the capacity to make further investments, both in our current operations, and by seeking to acquire complementary businesses that will broaden and deepen the services we offer. We intend to continue to deploy capital where we believe it aligns to our strategic vision and long term objectives. With the guidance of an experienced partner in Rubicon, we are looking forward to moving these plans on at pace.”

Rob ends by saying: “On behalf of all the team, I would like to pay tribute to John Rhodes & Peter Bywell who are both retiring. They were true entrepreneurs who not only had the enterprise to start and successfully grow Airedale into a major player, but also recognized its potential and supported a new management team to take the business forward. I know they are leaving, proud of what has been achieved over the last 35 years, and with the business in good shape for an exciting future.”

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