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Martin Audio

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Loudspeaker system producer and distributor

Martin Audio designs, manufactures and distributes loudspeaker systems for the touring and installed markets, such as theatres, stadiums, cinemas, bars and nightclubs. The company has a long established reputation in its markets providing sound systems for use by bands such as Pink Floyd, Texas and the Stereophonics, with other projects including Leeds United FC stadium, the Excel Exhibition centre, the Ministry of Sound and Fabric nightclubs. Martin Audio enjoys an international reputation for supplying high quality systems that meet the high standards of the professional audio sector.

 

Improving sales, staff and sound quality

  • During investment the business consistently grew profitably, exceeding the shareholders’ objectives. Turnover increased from £10m to £15m during the four year investment, and staff numbers increased from 40 to 60.
  • Product innovation has kept Martin Audio at the forefront of technology advances, and this was supported by investment in sales and marketing.
  • Martin Audio was sold to US based LOUD technologies in 2007, one of the world’s largest and most highly regarded professional audio and music products companies.

 

“Our partnership with Livingbridge has been a great success and has assisted the Martin Audio team in over-achieving the objectives that we set ourselves at the time of the buy out.”

David Bissett-Powell, CEO

Timeline

1971

Martin Audio established

2003

Livingbridge funded an MBO from Martin Audio’s corporate parent in 2003

2003-2007

A high quality and complete management team was already in place when Livingbridge invested. We worked with the founder to give him the ability to retire when the right acquirer was attracted to the business

2007

Martin Audio successfully sold to US-based LOUD technologies 

2014

Martin Audio’s MLA system deployed at the Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury