INVESTMENT YEAR
2014
REALISATION YEAR
2019
SECTOR
Technology
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Field force automation solutions

Kirona was founded by David Murray, CEO and Neil Harvey, CTO in 2003 with the vision to design, build and deliver market-leading field service management solutions.

The business helps organisations to deliver exceptional field-based services in the most cost-effective way possible. Kirona is a leading provider of field force automation solutions supporting more than 25,000 mobile workers across the globe. The software and services solution enables Kirona’s clients to automatically schedule jobs, improve productivity and streamline workflows by connecting clients, offices and mobile workforces more effectively, and the product is well suited to help organisations in the housing, government, field service and healthcare sectors.

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Streamlining growth
  • We invested in 2014 in order to support the business to enhance and develop its product suite for clients within both private and public sectors, to penetrate those markets further and to expand its services into new sector verticals.
  • In 2017, Kirona expanded its client base through securing contracts with prominent businesses including utilities services provider Morrison’s Data Services and multinational infrastructure group Balfour Beatty.
  • We worked with Kirona to support the development of additional complementary IP to sell into its existing 350+ customer base and to support further expansion into new verticals including local & central government, utilities & infrastructure and retail. This included the development of a new workflow management solution launched in early 2019.
  • In 2019, we successfully sold Kirona to Advanced, a provider of business software and services, after 4 years of considerable growth and significant milestones. The sale generated a gross return of 3.1x to investors, reflecting the business’ position as an industry leader in its field.
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Kirona timeline

2003 Business founded by David Murray and Neil Harvey
2011 Livingbridge first meets team and maintains a relationship with the chief executive
2012 Kirona acquire Xmbrace, the market leading provider of dynamic scheduling software to the U.K. housing market
2014 Livingbridge invest in a secondary buyout
2015 New website launched
2016 Shortlisted for Retail Systems' technology vendor of the year.
2017 Shortlisted for best public sector project at the National Technology Awards
2018 Ranked in top 50 performing technology companies in the Megabuyte50 Awards
2018 Business selected as G-Cloud 10 approved supplier by UK Government
2019 Launch of new workflow management solution
2019 Awarded premium usability and rising star award by finances online
2019 Successful sale to Advanced, a provider of business software and services