BGF backs family-run business Troy with £15.5 million investment

The Exeter-based business operates the largest independent network for industrial and engineering supplies in the UK.

13 June 2023

Troy, the largest independent network for industrial and engineering supplies in the UK, has today announced a £15.5 million investment from BGF to support its ambitious growth strategy.

A family-run business, founded in 1986 and based in Exeter, Troy is Britain’s leading independent MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) product distributor. It serves the industrial, engineering and trade sectors nationwide via its distribution centres and buying group of 400-plus members.

Passionate about championing independent merchant businesses, Troy delivers value for its members via instant access to more than 420 suppliers of leading industry brands at the best possible purchasing terms, a best-in-class business support system, an invaluable network of people, and an investment platform to ensure local businesses are future-proofed.

With investments in 16 member businesses to date, Troy has delivered value via system enhancements and group synergies. Troy and its members service a range of sectors, including general manufacturing, rail, renewable energy, automotive, medical, aerospace and trade, with a broad product offering including power tools, cutting tools, fixings, fastenings and PPE.

Under the leadership of Paul Kilbride, who acquired Troy in 2010, the business has experienced rapid growth and is now the largest independent distribution network in the industrial and engineering sector in the UK, with a turnover of over £300 million.

BGF’s financial support will further accelerate the company’s growth strategy. In addition to the investments Troy has made within the membership base over the last five years, there is also a significant pipeline of opportunities identified post-investment.

In addition to the funding, Troy has appointed former Wickes CEO Simon King as Non-Executive Chair, following an introduction from BGF’s Talent Network – the largest pool of non-exec talent in the UK.

Paul Kilbride, Chief Executive at Troy, said: “To deliver our strategy of structured growth, we required a minority investment partner that recognised the capabilities of Troy. We are confident that, with BGF as key allies, we will maintain our growth trajectory and realise the company’s ambition.”

The new £15.5 million investment deal was led by James Skade and Hannah Waters, investors in BGF’s Bristol-based South West team.

James Skade, BGF investor said: This is a great opportunity for BGF to invest in a thriving national business network with an excellent reputation and a huge potential for growth. We are delighted to be working alongside Paul and Simon, and look forward to supporting the business to deliver on its ambitious growth plans.

Simon King, Non-Executive Chair of Troy, said: “I’m excited to be joining the board of Troy, working alongside the wider team and BGF to capitalise on significant market opportunities and to position the business for further growth.”

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