INVESTMENT YEAR
2008
REALISATION YEAR
2014
SECTOR
Services
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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.”

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Playforce timeline

1998 Playforce was founded with a £5,000 Princes Trust Loan
2007 Identified as one of the fastest growing companies in the UK -Sunday Times Fast Track 100
2008 Livingbridge invest
2014 Livingbridge realise investment