August Equity announces investment in Impact Futures and The Childcare Company

August Equity has announced its investment into Impact Futures and The Childcare Company (“Impact Futures”), alongside the existing management team. The business was established in 2016 through an MBO, led by the current Non-Executive Chairman Guy Helman, to provide apprenticeships and commercial training programs to customers in licence-to-practice healthcare end markets.

Impact Futures plays a crucial role in delivering c.5,000 apprenticeships per year to provide learners with access to high quality vocational training, allowing them greater access to job opportunities and facilitating career progression. The business also focuses on the core end markets of health & social care and early years, critical industries that will support the sustainability of our communities over the next generation.

August’s investment represents the first institutional capital investment the business has received and will provide capital to support the team on their growth trajectory, focused on organic growth in its core end markets, investment in the sales and marketing function, and targeted M&A opportunities that will provide scale and expand the business’ capability into adjacent sectors.

The transaction marks the first investment from August Equity VI (“AEP VI”), a 2024 vintage fund. The investment strategy remains consistent, with AEP VI focused on backing high quality management teams in B2B services, software and technology businesses with high organic growth and inorganic potential.

The investment in Impact Futures is very much aligned with the core August investment strategy of investing in compliance driven assets providing services to customers in critical end sectors. August’s understanding of the core end markets from its current investments in Family First, OneTouch and Orbis, provides a unique insight into the critical role apprenticeships play in training staff in these highly regulated sectors.

The August team was led by Kishan Chotai, with support from Katie Beckingham, Sam Hardy, Celine Henriksen and Michael Coates.

Guy Helman, Impact Futures and Childcare Company Chairman, commented “The Management team and I are delighted to be partnering with August Equity as part of the next phase of the journey for Impact Futures. Our focus has always been on ensuring that we provide the highest quality outcomes and solutions for our learners and client partners whilst offering a dynamic and supportive environment for our incredible workforce. It was imperative that we found a partner that shared those values and ambition for future growth and I feel fortunate that we have found that in August Equity. I look forward to continuing to support the Management team and August Equity in ensuring we provide the best solutions to all stakeholders in our critical end sectors. ”

Kishan Chotai, Partner at August Equity, commented “We are delighted to have invested in Impact Futures. We have been incredibly impressed with the business that Guy and the team have created to provide essential training and apprenticeship programs that enable their customers to operate and deliver the highest quality care. At August, we have a long-standing history of investing in businesses that are providing regulatory driven, mission critical services to customers and our understanding of the health & social care and early years end markets has highlighted the important role that apprenticeships play in facilitating compliance with regulations and career progression opportunities for employees. We are looking forward to working with Guy and the exceptional management team he has built to further accelerate the businesses’ growth both organically & through strategic M&A.”

David Lonsdale, Management Partner at August Equity, added, “The investment in Impact Futures represents a classic August Equity Investment and is aligned with our focus on primary buyouts of B2B services and software assets in compliance driven end markets. We are excited to be partnering with the team over the next phase of their growth journey.”

August Equity was advised by Investec (M&A advisory), CMS (legal), RSM (financial and tax), Strategy& (commercial) and Equator (technology).

Impact Futures were advised by Grant Thornton (M&A advisory & Tax), Burges Salmon (shareholders legal) and Womble Bond Dickinson (Management).


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