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Gardner Aerospace

Gardner Aerospace is an award-winning leading Tier-1 supplier of detailed parts and added-value services to the global aerospace industry. 

Headquartered in Derby, UK, Gardner operates from 10 manufacturing facilities across the UK, France, Poland and India. In the year ended 31 August 2016, the business reported turnover and EBITDA from continuing operations of £132 million and £24 million respectively.

It employs over 1,400 people and counts among its customers some of the biggest names in aerospace, including Airbus and Rolls-Royce.

Better Capital invested in February 2010 after Gardner failed to secure new investment to fund on-going losses. Under Better Capital's ownership, Gardner received injections totalling £41 million, most of which has gone into funding bolt-on acquisitions and capital projects. Since 2010 it has grown revenue by 152% and EBITDA by 615%.

Gardner was sold to Ligeance Investments, a subsidiary of Chinese aerospace and mining group Shaanxi Ligeance Mineral Resources.

video_placeholder Winner - BVCA National Management Team Awards 2017

Private equity impact

  • £41 MILLION OF INVESTMENT

  • SUPPORT FOR ACQUISITION STRATEGY

  • SIGNIFICANT INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION – FROM 600 STAFF IN UK IN 2010 TO OVER 1,400 IN UK, POLAND, FRANCE AND INDIA TODAY

  • 152% REVENUE GROWTH AND 615% EBITDA GROWTH BETWEEN 2010 AND 2017

  • MASSIVE INVESTMENT IN CAPEX AND WORKFORCE TRAINING

Achievements

WINNER - BVCA MANAGEMENT TEAM AWARDS 2017

  • BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION MANAGEMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR - MIDLANDS



Location
Derby

Backers 
Better Capital: 2010 – 2017