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Reading cyber company secures multi-million investment from Growth Capital Partners

6 April 2021
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Reading headquartered Cyber security services company, Bridewell Consulting, has secured multi-million investment from Growth Capital Partners (GCP). The deal, which sees the private equity firm take a minority stake in the business, forms part of a wider five-year growth strategy for Bridewell. Scott Nicholson and Anthony Young will retain ownership over the company strategy and leadership as Co-CEOs, with GCP acting as a strategic partner.

The funding will enable Bridewell to continue to scale at pace in the UK and Europe, as well as facilitate a wider expansion in North America and Asia. Bridewell will also use the capital to accelerate its end-to-end cyber security and managed security services, in particular the expansion of its Managed Detection and Response service and its 24×7 Security Operations Centre.

Anthony Young, Co-CEO, Bridewell Consulting, said: “Bridewell has been on a tremendous growth journey over the past eight years. We are now one of the UK’s largest independent providers of end-to-end cyber security services and have created a company that staff are proud to work for and customers are proud to work with.  As we enter our next stage of growth, it’s critical we retain our culture and service excellence, which is exactly what the investment will enable us to do.”

Scott Nicholson, Co-CEO, Bridewell Consulting added: “The relationship with Growth Capital Partners will enable us to scale effectively and continue to deliver enterprise cyber security services and tangible business value to our clients. GCP has a long standing successful track record of supporting fast-growth technology services business. Its focus on partnership, sustainable ambitious growth, and people development fits perfectly with Bridewell’s culture and values.”

Established in 2013, Bridewell Consulting is one of the fastest growing, privately-owned, UK cyber security companies, with 75 per cent year-on-year revenue growth since FY18. Headquartered in Reading, Berkshire, the company listed at number 8 on the Thames Valley 100 Growth Index in 2020 and has supported over 100 clients in the last 12 months alone in industries including critical national infrastructure, financial services and central government. This successful track record is supported by a team of over 80 employees, with plans to double this figure by 2022.

Richard Shaw, Partner, GCP, said: “The requirement for cyber security services is set for continued fast growth, with the risks and ever-changing threat landscape becoming an increasing Board level priority. Bridewell’s relentless focus on delivering expert solutions as a trusted advisor to its clients, its extensive accreditations, investment in people and pro-active managed security services approach, means that the business is ideally placed to continue its fast growth trajectory both in the UK and overseas. We are delighted to be partnering with the Bridewell team and look forward to supporting its exciting growth plans.”


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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