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RO Group launches development capital arm

The RO Group (RO) has launched RO Capital Partners, an active, early stage investment partner which will principally focus on: proptech, cleantech, and fintech investments.

The RO is a family owned group of companies established in 1932 and has been successfully investing across a diverse range of sectors since its formation.  The RO has a strong track record of growing and realising shareholder value, giving it the depth and scope needed to launch a dedicated investment business. RO will utilise its well established corporate infrastructure, which will contribute to the success of any investments made by Capital Partners. This includes in-house expertise in corporate finance, accounting, HR, IT, sales and marketing; as well as a sizeable real estate platform that brings together commercial, industrial, leisure, retail and residential developments.   

The Capital Partners team will act as an early stage investor and its senior team has considerable experience in the real estate, financial services and renewable energy sectors. The RO has existing assets in these areas, as well as access to an extensive real estate, energy and finance network that can be leveraged by investee companies to help accelerate commercialisation and growth.

Capital Partners can also offer follow on capital to support fast growing investments, as well as long term patient capital that is unconstrained by the demands of external investors. 

Edward Rowlandson, Group Managing Director, the RO Group, says: “I’m delighted to launch RO Capital Partners, a natural evolution for the RO Group. Our considerable entrepreneurial experience, built over 90 years of investment activity in more than 20 different sectors, means we are ideally placed to launch a development capital arm. We have a strong balance sheet, an existing network, the right mix of skills and a platform of assets all available to help companies flourish. 

“We would welcome enquiries from those with opportunities that match our criteria within the proptech, cleantech and fintech sectors. We believe that macro factors including changes in working habits and the move to a low carbon economy will drive the next crop of disruptive businesses to shake up old ways of thinking and we would like to partner with them.”   

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