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School playground equipment makers

Based in Holt, Wiltshire, Playforce was founded in 1998 by Edward and Rachael Webb with a £5,000 Princes Trust Loan. Identifying the need for high-quality playground equipment, Playforce offers a wide range of creative play equipment from ‘wobble walkways’, timber trails and climbing walls to outdoor classrooms and shelters. All are designed to inspire children to have fun and stimulate their imagination.

Playforce was recognised as a brand at the forefront of innovation in a sector that’s enjoyed renewed focus in recent years. The team wanted to build on this success to create further growth. At time of investment, the managing director said, “We have experienced industry leading growth over the last three years with a particular emphasis on the education sector. I am delighted to have secured funding and expertise from Livingbridge to push forward our growth plans.”

 

“The investment will ensure that service, growth, and innovation remain at the forefront of everything we do.”

Edward Webb, Managing Director

Timeline

1998

Playforce was founded with a £5,000 Princes Trust Loan

2007

Identified as one of the fastest growing companies in the UK in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2008

Livingbridge backs MBO. Over the investment period management team expanded to allow original founders to move into non-executive positions

2014

TCL Group, the outdoor estate management and landscape installation business, acquires Playforce