- Longstanding UK event services provider acquired by private equity firm
- New leadership appointed to drive expansion into Europe, starting with northern England
- Companies positioning themselves to capitalize on post-pandemic event industry comeback
Buyout Positions Provider for International Growth
An established provider of critical services for major sporting and entertainment events in the UK has just been acquired by a private equity firm in a move signaling ambitious growth plans.
The company, referred to only as “CSP” in a press release announcing the acquisition, was purchased by an investment group called Norland Equity Partners (NEP).
While not a household name, CSP has quietly provided services like traffic management, security, and parking to high-profile events for nearly 30 years. Their client list includes major sporting events like the Wimbledon Tennis Championship, The Open Golf, and the Epsom Derby.
With NEP now backing CSP, the company is setting its sights beyond the UK for the first time. The goal is to scale up service coverage across Europe, starting with expansion into northern England.
New Leadership Ushers in Expansion Era
The acquisition by NEP brings leadership changes that will guide CSP’s shift into a new era as an international provider.
Ola Lawal, Managing Partner of NEP, will join CSP’s leadership team. Lawal brings over 20 years of experience accelerating business growth.
CSP’s current Director of Operations, Alan Neill, will step up as Interim Chief Operating Officer during the transition.
The company’s longtime Managing Director will shift into an advisory role. And CSP’s founder will remain on the board as a Non-Executive Director, offering guidance during the expansion.
An entrepreneurial leader named Chris Daniels, with expertise in scaling companies, has come aboard as Chairman of the board. He will steer CSP’s growth and oversee corporate governance.
Investor Brings Financial Backing for Expansion
With the acquisition, CSP now has the backing of NEP and its investor partners to fund its plan to scale up operations.
The U.K.-headquartered company will expand its geographical coverage nationally and internationally to meet customer needs. A new northern England office has already been established.
CSP’s leadership recognized that joining NEP provides strategic resources to capitalize on market opportunities. NEP has experience accelerating business growth and an extensive track record across sectors.
The new board’s guidance will also be invaluable as CSP rolls out its long-term vision and further invests in its workforce and technology capabilities.
Poised to Capture Post-Pandemic Events Rebound
The timing of this acquisition and expansion strategy positions CSP to benefit from the major rebound anticipated in the live events industry.
With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, there is huge pent-up demand for a return to large-scale sports, entertainment events, and conventions. CSP’s services will be vital in safely managing the influx.
Their established reputation for operational excellence and customer service gives them an advantage. CSP seems primed to increase its market share in the U.K. and now expand into continental Europe.
Other providers in the space will surely take notice of this ambitious growth plan backed by fresh capital. More disruption in the event services sector likely lies ahead.
Outlook Remains Favorable for Live Events Reemergence
Early data indicates the return to in-person events should drive growth for years to come as organizers make up for lost time during the pandemic.
That bodes well for specialized service providers like CSP with the operational experience to handle complex events and the financial resources to scale.
Companies that lagged on innovation and customer service during COVID-19 slowdowns could see their market share erode as the industry ramps back up.
CSP’s expansion comes at an opportune moment. With its new leadership and investor backing, this industry stalwart is ready to meet the challenge and potential of a full-fledged live events reemergence.
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