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BGF invests GBP10 million in The Coaching Inn

The Coaching Inn Group has secured a further GBP10 million investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund) to support a planned GBP50 million expansion across the UK. 

The Boston, Lincolnshire headquartered business currently operates 12 coaching inns and will use the capital to increase the size of its portfolio to 25 properties by March 2019.
The GBP10 million injection follows an initial investment of GBP4.5 million from BGF in March 2015, which helped the group to purchase and operate an additional six properties.
The Group, which doubled its EBITDA in the first six months of this year and reported a 33 per cent increase in sales, is listed as one of London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.
With three acquisitions already in the pipeline and due for completion by early next year or before, the group is in a strong position to achieve its goal of 25 properties within the next two years.
The Coaching Inn Group founder and CEO Kevin Charity says: “Having set a target of doubling the estate in five years, we’ve almost hit that target in less than two years. This latest investment from BGF is testament to the strength of our business model and we’ve now set even more ambitious growth targets. The investment from BGF means that we are on track to achieve our growth plan without financial distractions or cash flow restrictions. 
“We now have a tried and tested formula and ultimately our goal is to acquire the right properties in the best locations, and sensitively restore them in line with the character of their local surroundings.”
The Coaching Inn Group has 12 historic venues across the UK and has built a strong reputation in the industry for transforming high quality coaching inns through the introduction of its premium casual dining brand, the Eatery & Coffee House.
Mark Freer, BGF, says: “The Coaching Inn Group continues to go from strength to strength. Kevin and his management team have ambitious plans for the business. That is something we are keen to support and we are delighted that the additional funding we have provided today will help accelerate the growth of the business even further.”

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