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North West Business Insider names Xavier Woodward in ‘Professional Power’ List

Livingbridge partner Xavier Woodward has been named in North West Business Insider’s ‘Professional Power’ list (February 2020), identifying the region’s most influential individuals in the financial and professional services sectors.

Xavier, who heads up our operations in the North of England, has been an integral part of the growth of our regional offering. He has been behind many of the firm’s most high profile Northern investments, including the 2013 investment in Frank Recruitment Group and subsequent 2016 exit, as well as the 2015 investment in Sykes Holiday Cottages, which has seen revenues rise from £17m to £68m under our ownership.

The listing follows an outstanding year for Xavier, with a reinvestment in Sykes completed in January 2020, and a new investment completed in Chill Insurance in June 2020, highlighting that deals can still be done despite difficult external circumstances.

Xavier said: “It’s a fantastic personal achievement to be named on the list of the most influential people in North West professional services, and emphasises the fantastic presence that Livingbridge has developed.

“The North West is quickly becoming one of Europe’s elite regions for high growth companies, and I would love to see this develop to become a globally-renowned centre for technology-led service industries.”

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