Ratos company Speed Group wins the Stora Hållbarhetspriset sustainability award


Speed Group named winner of the Stora Hållbarhetspriset award for 2022. The prize is awarded by Borås Näringsliv (the Borås local business association), the University of Borås, the City of Borås and Sparbanken Sjuhärad through its owner foundation.

Speed won the prize, with the following citation: “With a clear focus on the environment that is central to the customer dialogue, and with the largest rooftop photovoltaic system in the Nordics, this year’s winner is growing quickly. The 2022 Stora Hållbarhetspriset recipient has a goal of becoming carbon neutral by no later than 2025. Suppliers for this year’s prize-winner must meet requirements for more sustainable materials, energy solutions, transportation and work clothes. Through initiatives both large and small, the winner makes a difference and demonstrates that ecological, social and financial responsibility can go hand in hand. The winner of this year’s prize intends to support innovations related to the environment and contribute to a more inclusive local community where children and young people have a fair chance. Based on its long-term and goal-oriented sustainability agenda, the jury awards the Stora Hållbarhetspriset to Speed Group.

“Sustainability is a prerequisite for remaining an attractive employer and continuing to provide an attractive customer offering. Speed Group has integrated sustainability into its core operations in an exemplary manner. Speed Group is honoured to receive this award,” says Christian Johansson Gebauer, Chairman of the Board of Speed Group and President, Business Area Construction & Services, Ratos.

“It’s incredibly exciting to win a prestigious award like the Stora Hållbarhetspriset and validation that our focus on sustainability is making a difference. Sustainability permeates everything we do and it’s gratifying to see that employees in every department share this mindset. This distinction is a source of pride for Speed Group and will spur everyone to continue this important work,” says Jesper Andersson, CEO of Speed Group.

About the Stora Hållbarhetspriset sustainability award
The Stora Hållbarhetspriset was established in 2021 by Borås Näringsliv, the University of Borås, the City of Borås and Sparbanken Sjuhärad through its owner foundation to inspire and encourage sustainable development that generates growth.

About Speed Group
Speed offers sustainable, flexible and innovative solutions to complex logistics and staffing challenges. Sustainability permeates the entire business, and the aim is to be carbon neutral by 2025. Speed has its head office in Borås, Sweden, and logistics centres in Borås, Gothenburg and Stockholm covering a combined total of more than 220,000 square metres. The company has sales of just over SEK 1.2 billion and approximately 1,500 employees.

For further information, please contact:
Josefine Uppling, VP Communication, Ratos, +46 76 114 54 21

About Ratos
Ratos is a business group consisting of 16 companies divided into three business areas: Construction & Services, Consumer and Industry. In total 2021, the companies have approximately SEK 30 billion in net sales. Our business concept is to own and develop companies that are or can become market leaders. We have a distinct corporate culture and strategy – everything we do is based on our core values: Simplicity, Speed in execution and It’s All About People. We enable independent companies to excel by being part of something larger. People, leadership, culture and values are key focus areas.

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Inflexion announces Partnership Capital minority investment in YER


Inflexion is pleased to announce it has agreed to make a minority investment into YER, a leading Netherlands-based specialist secondment and recruiting agency. The investment is Inflexion’s second in the Netherlands in the last 12 months following its investment into e-bike component manufacturer enviolo in March 2022. The investment is being made by Inflexion’s dedicated minority investment fund, Partnership Capital II.

Founded in 1987, YER offers high scarcity talent in undersupplied fields such as engineering, IT, public sector and finance to a range of specialist end market verticals. The business has over 950 clients including ASML, Bosch, DAF, KLM, VDL and Rabobank, and operates internationally from nine local offices in the Netherlands, four in the USA and one in Belgium. Inflexion has deep experience in this sector following investments in FDM, K2 Partnering Solutions, Red Commerce, Sparta and Calco.

Working closely with the founder of YER, Jaap Kooijman, and the management team led by CEO Johan Overgaauw, Inflexion will support the growth of the business by further developing existing and new customer relationships and through continued international expansion, both organically as well as through selective M&A.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in Q1 2023. 

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BGF leads major investment in Makers to champion diversity and talent in tech


Makers, the London based provider of tech talent, has raised £7 million in a funding round led by BGF alongside existing investors Forward Partners and Educapital.

With this investment Makers will offer a wider variety of tech bootcamp and apprenticeship courses over the next three years. These will open up 5,000 opportunities in tech for people who would not otherwise have had access and provide Makers’ clients with diverse talent across their tech teams.

Founded in 2012, Makers identifies high potential career switchers without a background in tech, trains them as software engineers and helps place them with leading companies. Since its founding, the company has trained more than 3,000 people to become software engineers, successfully placing candidates with global brands including Google and Deloitte Digital.

As part of its mission, Makers is committed to championing diversity in tech. In addition to free apprenticeship programmes for students, 30% of places on its Bootcamp courses are taken as full scholarships, 40% of students are women (double the UK tech industry average) and 40% are from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds.

Led by BGF’s London-based investor Rahul Satsangi, this investment will help Makers expand its course portfolio, increasing the supply of highly trained and diverse candidates to address the significant labour gap in the UK technology industry.

Claudia Harris OBE, CEO of Makers (pictured), commented: “Ten years ago, Makers launched the first European Coding Bootcamp and five years later we continued to innovate, becoming early providers of software engineering apprenticeships. Now, with this investment, we will expand our offer across more technical disciplines, increasing the opportunity for people to switch careers into tech and enabling employers to fulfil all of their tech talent needs.

“We are driven by a vision of a tech industry that represents society and where people from all backgrounds can find work that they love. Tech shapes every aspect of our lives but is disproportionately run by people from a narrow segment of society. That needs to change. That’s why we recruit students from all backgrounds and from the day we were founded 10 years ago we have never focused on qualifications, just potential.

“We are incredibly grateful to our existing investors Forward Partners and Educapital for their continued support – and we are delighted to be working with BGF now as we take another step towards fulfilling our vision. From our early meetings it was clear that BGF’s investment team share our values and we are pleased to have their support during our next chapter.”

Rahul Satsangi, Investor at BGF, remarked: “Makers represents a unique and exciting opportunity to invest in a fast-growing mission-led business making a real difference promoting diversity in the tech sector. We are looking forward to working with Claudia and her dedicated senior leadership team to help drive the business forward in its next exciting stage of growth.”

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FSM Group has joined Ambitious People Group


FSM Group has joined Ambitious People Group with the backing of Investment company Capital A. Ambitious People Group has acquired a majority stake in the FSM Group, an international recruitment consultancy operating with four brands in 5 countries. Ambitious People Group is advancing its 2026 Vision through its strategy of Organic Growth, Buy-and-Build and Digitalisation.

Four brands, five countries

The current management of FSM Group will remain on board. In fact, several key managers will also join as shareholders. David Jacob, MD: “We are very excited about this partnership as it will allow us to further our growth plan in opening up new offices, new brands, and joining a very like-minded firm in Ambitious People Group”.

Continuing ambition

FSM Group has four specialized brands: James Woodman (Finance Recruitment), Eye Tech Solutions (IT Recruitment), Fuse Engineering and LEDR Executive Solutions. With nearly one hundred and fifty employees and 8 offices, the company is in five countries, with its headquarters in Brussels. FSM Group was awarded a Trends Gazelle for 2020 – an award for the fastest growing companies in Belgium – and Best Place to Work in 2022.

Strong growth

Dennis Grefkens, Ambitious People Group, CEO: “We are very impressed with the strong international growth that FSM Group has shown year after year. We believe that the ambitions of FSM perfectly fits with those of APG. Together we will continue to focus on digitalization, accelerated international growth and buy-and-build.”

About FSM Group

FSM Group (Fun, Success, Meritocracy) is an international recruitment consultancy, active in five countries, with just under one hundred and fifty employees, and eight physical offices in five countries. The Brands are James Woodman, EyeTech Solutions, Fuse Engineering and LEDR Executive Solutions. Started in Brussels in 2008, its specialized, candidate centric approach has ensured fast growth, and earmarked it as a market leader in helping candidates, clients and staff reaching their full potential.

About Ambitious People Group

Ambitious People Group is an international recruitment consultancy, active with five brands, almost two hundred employees and twenty-four offices in six countries. The brands are SAM Recruitment, Ardekay IT Recruitment, LMH Engineering, Four Life Sciences and Five Finance. Since our start in Amsterdam in 2007 we have been matching candidates and companies in different, specific sectors. Our mission is to help people and organizations to realize their ambitions. Our consultants with their specialism, deep market knowledge and large database are indispensable to make the right match. Ambitious People Group was awarded a FD Gazelle for ten consecutive years. That is an award for the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands. Grefkens: “We have doubled every four years. Together we will accelerate that growth path further.”

About Capital A

Capital A is one of the longest active private equity investors in the Netherlands, with a focus on investing in very fast (both autonomous and acquisitive) growing companies. Originally started at ABN AMRO in the 1980’s as an investment fund focused on SMEs, Capital A continued independently in 2018 with support from investors such as ABN AMRO, Five Arrows, Alpinvest, Bregal, LGT, entrepreneurs of former portfolio companies and the Capital A team itself. From offices in Amsterdam and Antwerp, Capital A manages approximately EUR 900 million in assets under management and has a portfolio of more than 30 growth companies that are predominantly active in Europe.

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Blue Horizon launches sustainable food industry jobs board and talent network

Blue Horizon

Zurich, Switzerland, 15 November 2022 – Blue Horizon, a next-generation impact investor accelerating the transition to a new Sustainable Food System, today announces the launch of an industry-leading Jobs Board and Talent Network designed to match the industry’s brightest talent with live career opportunities.    

With over 200 active job listings already, Blue Horizon’s Jobs Board is one of the largest of its kind in the sustainable food space. The listings are updated automatically so the career opportunities are always fresh, with the number of opportunities to grow as Blue Horizon’s portfolio expands and its companies mature.

Additionally, the Blue Horizon Talent Network allows individuals to privately share their career interests with Blue Horizon’s entire ecosystem of 70+ companies so they can be actively recruited.

Hiring top talent is one of the biggest challenges for many startups and these tools help to reduce the friction in hiring for the whole industry and accelerate the transition to a new sustainable food system by creating a specialist job marketplace.

Robert Boer, Director at Blue Horizon, said: “One out of five meals we’ll eat in 2035 will be made from alternative protein. However, today there are still many challenges to be solved to reach this consumer adoption. Recruiting talent is one of the biggest challenges our industry faces and with the launch of our Blue Horizon Jobs Board and Talent Network we want to address exactly that. The timing for this launch couldn’t have been any better. We currently see massive layoffs in the tech space and these are exactly the talents we need, because accelerating the transition to a new sustainable food system requires a lot of technological innovation.”

Blue Horizon Jobs Board – https://jobs.bluehorizon.com/jobs

Blue Horizon Talent Network – https://jobs.bluehorizon.com/talent-network/login


Blue Horizon Launches Sustainable Food Industry Jobs Board and Talent Network (pdf)

Blue Horizon lanciert branchenführende Talent-Plattform (pdf)

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Blue Horizon announces seed investment in Nucicer in a round led by Leaps by BayerrAYER

Blue Horizon

Blue Horizon today announced a Seed investment in NuCicer, an agri-food technology company pioneering ultra-high protein, non-GM chickpeas by harnessing the rich biodiversity of wild chickpea. The funding, is led by Leaps by Bayer, the impact investing arm of Bayer AG – the largest global seed company, with participation from Blue Horizon, Lever VC, and Trellis Road. The latest funding will allow NuCicer to scale production of its first-generation chickpea varieties with 75% higher protein content, targeting to reduce chickpea protein ingredient costs by 50%, and expand existing work with downstream partners and customers to bring affordable, sustainable plant proteins to end-consumers in 2023.

NuCicer’s machine learning and genome-guided breeding platform works to revolutionize the plant protein industry by increasing the protein content of chickpeas, a high-demand yet high-cost protein source, to reduce production costs and fulfil consumer demand. The technology is rooted in decades-long scientific research led by Professor Douglas Cook at UC Davis, the world’s preeminent expert on chickpea genetics and NuCicer’s co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer. With 40x more genetic diversity than commercial varieties, the Company’s vast germplasm library integrates wild chickpea genetics with elite cultivars through cross breeding, creating desirable traits that support major opportunities at every stage of the food system.


Long-term, the stability of the global food system relies on improving the climate resilience of crops. Chickpeas naturally possess several climate resilient traits, including high water-use efficiency and nitrogen fixation capabilities that contribute to soil regeneration. NuCicer’s genomic-guided breeding platform enables the discovery of genetic controls for key traits that further enhance climate resilience such as tolerance to heat, drought, acidic soils, and disease.


Nate Crosser, Principal at Blue Horizon, said: “Chickpea is one of the most exciting crops that can be re-optimized for human nutrition and natural resilience. NuCicer is clearly poised to lead this movement and to deliver a new generation of affordable, sustainable, delicious, healthy plant proteins. I’d encourage all food formulators to reach out to NuCicer to learn how ultra-high protein chickpeas can transform their product offering.”

To date, Blue Horizon has raised funds of over $850 million and invested in 75+ companies with a focus on protein alternatives and food tech. Some of the firm’s investments include Tropic Biosciences, a pioneering agricultural biotechnology company focused on a crop portfolio of bananas, coffee and rice, Planted, one of the emerging leaders of plant-based meat alternatives and Mosa Meat, which is developing tissue engineering technologies to mass produce affordable, cultured meat and dairy formulation.

Blue Horizon announces Seed investment in NuCicer in a round led by Leaps by Bayer (pdf)

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ProjectiveGroup grows further with acquisition of Dutch Charco & Dique


8/10/2022 – 09:00 | Portfolio

Projective Group, the international consulting firm, has today announced its acquisition of the Dutch specialists in legal, risk & compliance, Charco & Dique. With this acquisition, Projective Group expands its team to about 700 experts across Europe.

Since Projective Group and Gimv joined forces in 2021, Projective Group has already made several strategic acquisitions throughout Europe. With this acquisition of Charco & Dique, Projective Group strengthens its position on the Dutch market.

The expertise and experience in legal, risk & compliance of Charco & Dique as well as their initiatives such as the Ministry of Compliance or their application Ruler brings Projective Group one step closer to becoming the one-stop-shop financial services provider in Europe.

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Audax Private Equity Announces Acquisition of DISA Global Solutions

Audax Group

Audax Private Equity (“Audax”) announced the acquisition of DISA Global Solutions, Inc. (“DISA” or the “Company”), a leading tech-enabled provider of employee screening, compliance, and workplace health & safety solutions, from Court Square Capital Partners. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas with operations across the U.S., DISA specializes in providing a comprehensive suite of employee testing, screening, and compliance management solutions to a diverse set of end markets. The Company differentiates itself through its proprietary consortium model, speed and quality of its full suite of testing and screening services, direct-lab network, and leading proprietary technology database & customer platforms. DISA remains focused on growing organically and through acquisition, and is seeking add-on acquisitions that help to expand its geographical footprint, enter into new end-markets, and strengthen its core existing service portfolio.

John Peterson, CEO of DISA, commented, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Audax as we enter an exciting new chapter in our history. This investment will help DISA accelerate growth and expand its employee screening, compliance, and workplace health & safety solutions offerings to customers. Partnering with Audax will enhance our ability to continue doing what we do best – providing trusted solutions to our clients.”

“We are excited to work with John and the management team at DISA. Under their leadership, the Company has differentiated itself in a large and highly fragmented market by establishing a broad portfolio of comprehensive and best in class solutions. These solutions are critical in helping DISA’s customers deliver a safer workplace for both their employees and the environment,” said Young Lee, Managing Director at Audax Private Equity. “We look forward to leveraging our prior experience and working with John and the rest of the management team’s leadership to drive growth both organically and through strategic M&A.”

Beau Thomas, Managing Director at Audax Private Equity, added, “DISA is a distinguished leader in the employee screening, compliance, and workplace health & safety solutions space. We look forward to supporting the Company through investments in technology, innovation, and talent to help accelerate the platform’s growth in both existing and new verticals and to continue to provide best in class solutions for its customers.”

Harris Williams served as financial advisor to Audax and Piper Sandler and Stifel served as financial advisors to the Company. Ropes & Gray served as legal counsel to Audax and Dechert served as legal counsel to the Company.

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Change of ownership for leading migration service provider: Serco Group Plc acquires ORS Group


Funds advised by Equistone Partners Europe (“Equistone”) have sold their majority stake in ORS Group (“ORS”), a leading European provider of immigration services in the DACH region and Italy. The company has been acquired by Serco Group Plc (“Serco”), an international governmental service provider. Equistone acquired ORS in July 2013 and helped strengthen its international presence by entering the German and Italian markets.

ORS Group – short for Organisation for Refugee Services – was established in Zurich in 1992 and specialises in offering immigration services with a focus on public customers and governments in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The internationally recognised group, which enjoys a leading position in Europe, ensures that refugees receive professional care from their arrival and housing, through the care they receive during their asylum proceedings, to the assistance given to them with their professional and social integration. ORS Group currently has over 2,000 employees.

Equistone secured a majority stake in ORS in July 2013 and has worked in close collaboration with the management team since then to help the company expand its international presence. For example, the company successfully entered the German and Italian markets in recent years. With its sale to Serco, ORS is joining an experienced international service firm that specialises in providing migration-related services for national governments, in addition to other services.

Jürg Rötheli, CEO of ORS, states: “Demand from governments for support services in the area of migration has risen consistently in recent years. Thanks to the new partnership with Serco our customers will benefit from an even stronger global network. At the same time, we will also guarantee the same level of service and professionalism that customers have come to expect. Our new partner’s support and expertise will help us to keep developing ORS, while maintaining our commitment to quality services and high standards of care.”

David Zahnd and Stefan Maser led the transaction on behalf of Equistone. Equistone was advised by KPMG (M&A) and Vischer (Legal & Tax).

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CD&R to acquire Atalian and OCS to form a Global Facilities Management Platform

Clayton Dubilier Rice

Platform Forged with Two Leading Family-Owned Businesses

Atalian OCS Logo
Thursday, July 28, 2022
London and New York

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (“CD&R”) announced agreements under which CD&R Fund XI and affiliates will acquire the Facilities Services business of OCS Group (“OCS”) and have made a binding and irrevocable offer to acquire Atalian, approval of which is subject to the information and consultation requirements of its works councils. The transactions will create a global facilities management (“FM”) platform centered around two leading family-owned businesses.

The platform will be a global FM player with a leading presence in Europe and Asia-Pacific across cleaning, security, catering, and multi-technical services, among others.

“We are excited by the opportunities that the creation of this platform represents,” said Christian Rochat, CD&R Partner. “Both companies operate in established markets with steady long-term trends. They fit well together with similar values and customer-focused philosophies. We look forward to supporting the teams in developing a leading FM platform with an enhanced customer proposition, drive growth and operating excellence.”

The acquisitions are subject to the above-mentioned conditions and clearance from the relevant regulatory authorities. They are expected to be completed in the second half of 2022.

About Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Founded in 1978, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is a private investment firm with a strategy predicated on building stronger, more profitable businesses. Since inception, CD&R has managed the investment of more than $40 billion in more than 100 companies with an aggregate transaction value of more than $175 billion. The Firm has offices in New York and London. For more information, please visit www.cdr-inc.com.

About Atalian
Atalian is one of the world leaders in Facility Management. An independent company established across four continents, Atalian supports organisations in the outsourcing of services for buildings. The company offers cleaning, catering, security, and other building services. Atalian operates in the most diverse business sectors and environments with a global and integrated range of services that meet the highest requirements. For more information, please visit atalian.com.

About OCS Facilities Services
OCS delivers critical and essential services to support more than 20,000 customers to keep their businesses running 24 hours a day. From offices and hospitals to stadiums and retail parks, to manufacturing plants, airports and courtrooms, OCS protects assets and people, delivering services to customers across multiple sectors in communities every day. 68,000 colleagues expertly deliver an essential and comprehensive range of facilities management services internationally, including in the UK, Ireland, Middle East, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia and Bangladesh. For more information, please visit www.ocs.com.

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