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The Access Group announces strategic investment from Hg alongside existing investor TA Associates at an enterprise value of £1 billion

The Access Group, a leading provider of fully integrated business management software to UK mid-market organisations, announced today a strategic investment from Hg valuing the business at an enterprise value of approximately £1 billion. Current majority shareholder TA Associates will retain joint control of The Access Group.

With its portfolio spanning Finance, HR, Payroll, Hospitality, Recruitment, Health & Social Care, Manufacturing & Distribution, Education and Not for Profit sectors, The Access Group is the leading vendor of mission-critical business software to mid-market organisations in the UK.

Chris Bayne, CEO of The Access Group, commented, “We have enjoyed our close partnership with the team at TA Associates, and we’re very proud of the considerable growth we’ve achieved together to date. We look forward to continuing our relationship with them and welcoming our new investors, Hg, to further assist us in our journey as one of the UK’s leading providers of cloud-enabled business application software. With these two marquee investors, we will have access to significant resources and expertise to continue to deliver innovation and value for our clients.”

“We are very impressed by Chris Bayne, his strong management team and vision for the business, focused on delivering an ever-expanding portfolio of mission-critical software to a growing base of very satisfied and loyal customers.” said Jonathan Boyes, Partner at Hg.

“It has been a pleasure to partner with Chris Bayne and his team since we invested in the business in January 2015,” said J. Morgan Seigler, Managing Director at TA Associates. “The business has experienced strong organic growth, executed 11 acquisitions, entered three new vertical markets and grown its customer base to more than 12,700 UK businesses and not-for-profit organisations. We look forward to partnering with Hg to support the company through its next phase of growth.”

Arma Partners is serving as financial advisor to The Access Group. Harris Williams is serving as advisor to The Access Group’s Management. Travers Smith is serving as legal advisor to TA Associates and The Access Group. Linklaters is serving as legal advisor to Hg.

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