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BGF backs Bolton-based medical devices company Medicina

BGF News 12.16.2013

BGF has made its third healthcare sector investment, by providing medical devices company Medicina with £6m capital.

Medicina is the UK market leader in the enteral feeding device sector. The company designs and distributes syringes, tubes and pumps which administer nutrition to a patient, both in hospital and at home. The business, which is based in Bolton, was founded by CEO Ken Harrison in 1992. Clients include the NHS and a number of leading homecare companies.

This investment was led by BGF’s Manchester team.

The investment will allow Medicina to capitalise on growth opportunities in the UK and international markets, as well as support new product development and provide for future acquisitions. Galvin Mould joined Medicina as Non-Executive Chairman bringing with him wide-ranging senior level experience in the healthcare sector.

Medicina was the fifth investment made by BGF in the North during 2013 and took the total invested in the year to £35m. Other businesses backed included Better Bathrooms, one of the UK’s leading bathroom retailers; VTL Group, the manufacturer of precision engineered parts for the automotive industry; Xercise4Less, the low cost gym group and York Mailing, the UK market leader in the specialist production of retail flyers, media inserts and quality catalogues. Collectively they employ over 1,200 people and represent a variety of industry sectors.

This was also the third healthcare sector investment for BGF, having backed Shuropody, the specialist footcare provider and retailer and Springfield Healthcare, Yorkshire and Humberside’s largest independent provider of domiciliary care.

Medicina was introduced to BGF by BTG Corporate Finance and the company is banked by RBS.

Ken Harrison, CEO of Medicina commented: “We see a number of exciting ways to grow the business both in the UK and overseas. As part of our growth strategy, it was important to find the right long term investor to partner with. BGF demonstrated a strong interest in the business and we believe that they are the right partner for us.”

Neil Inskip, Investment Manager at BGF, commented: “We are delighted to be backing Ken, who has grown Medicina to be the UK market leader in its sector. BGF’s capital and support will help the Company take advantage of the significant opportunity to grow both domestically and overseas. BGF was established to provide long-term capital to ambitious companies and Medicina meets all of the criteria we look for when selecting investments.”

Andy Gregory, Regional Director for BGF’s Northern team, commented: “Our Northern presence continues to go from strength to strength. We have now backed ten exciting companies across a huge range of sectors – from manufacturing and retail through to healthcare and hospitality. Having invested £35m this calendar year, we have continued to expand our team as we look to meet the strong demand from ambitious, growing companies who require development capital.”