Our investment portfolio
Solingen fund investments include…
Investment June 2019
Washstation is a laundry services business with a focus on providing managed laundry services to the UK student accommodation market. Washstation is one of the leading UK laundry services business with a national coverage of customer contracts across a range of University as well as private commercial customers. Washstation manages laundry sites across more than 200 UK sites providing coverage to in excess of 60,000 bed spaces.
Solingen partnered up with Managing Director Katy Mitchell in 2019 to acquire the business from competitor JLA Group following a competitions and markets authority investigation into the businesses acquisition in 2017. Katy Mitchell had worked with the original founders of the Washstation business since the time of its formation. The acquisition by Katy will allow her to execute growth plans to expand the laundry services business into new market segments and geographic territories.
Investment July 2017
Sano is one of the leading physiotherapy businesses in the North of England. With a physio clinic network of 14 locations across Yorkshire & the North East, Sano has rapidly built an expansive coverage to provide first class physiotherapy services to its customers.
Founded by Entrepreneurial owner and Physiotherapist Matt Taylor in 2010, the business has rapidly become one of the largest physiotherapy businesses in the North of England. Investment by Solingen will support Matt in his plans to continue to build the Sano business and expand its range of services and customers.
Investment May 2017
Academic Appointments is a market leading, Yorkshire based educational recruitment business. Specialising in placement of long term temporary qualified teachers into schools, the business also provides for all the staffing requirements of its school customers from teachers through to support staff roles. Academic Appointments was founded by Mo Parkin in 2004 who has successfully grown the business to become one of the leading brands in the Yorkshire education marketplace.
Investment into Academic Appointments by Solingen was completed in May 2017 to back the management buy-out of the business led by Managing Director Pete Riley, working in partnership with the rest of the senior management team. Founder Mo Parkin remains a significant stakeholder and has taken on the role of Chairperson.
Academic Appointments has grown from a strong base in Yorkshire. The investment and the support of Solingen will help as the business continues to penetrate new geographic locations in Yorkshire and increase the number of schools it works with.
Investment November 2016
Investment March 2016
Acquired December 2014