MBO of James Tobias

Altitude Partners, a regional investment fund, has supported the Management Buy Out of James Tobias Limited, the UK’s leading provider of premium storage wall solutions for offices. Debt support came from NatWest Structured Finance.

James Tobias has developed a market leading position in the design, supply and fitting of premium storage wall systems, engineered to maximize the efficient use of floor space in commercial offices, showrooms and schools. The James Tobias product uses a unique system to construct dividing walls, which are also cupboards. The system also delivers the highest weight bearing capability within the industry. By combining both partitioning and storage together, the James Tobias product can save up to 50% of the floor space over conventional products. The products also include lockers, media walls and operable walls and are installed in a broad base of blue chip companies across the UK. The company manufactures from a 36,000 sqft factory in Bridgwater, Somerset and employs over 50 people.

The funding has allowed the management team of Phillip Jones, David McLaren and Jon Dibble to acquire the business from its retiring owner.

Philip Jones, Managing Director of James Tobias commented – “We are enjoying strong growth by supplying a premium quality product for the offices of businesses that are household names. Altitude have supported us through this MBO and with their experience and financial backing we can now capitalise on the demand for our products”.

Jonathan Simm of Altitude commented “We are very excited by the opportunity to work with the management of James Tobias to take advantage of the market growth opportunities and to build a bigger business in coming years. We hope to increase local employment in Bridgwater as the business expands.”

Altitude Partners were advised by Clarke Willmott and the management team were advised by and Foot Anstey and Francis Clark.

Isca Ventures provided transaction support services within the transaction.

We valued the transaction support provided by the team at Isca Ventures. Their blend of corporate finance and Board Director experience enabled them to provide commercial and positive insight into our business. We would highly recommend their Partner team.

Phil Jones - CEO, James Tobias