Healthcare & education
Livingbridge has made a private equity investment in the healthcare and education sector in almost every single year for the past two decades. We’re passionate about supporting these remarkable businesses as they strive to be the best they can be. We’re inspired by how our investees’ services are changing people’s lives for the better.
Deep expertise across healthcare and education investments
We’ve invested across the whole spectrum of healthcare and education businesses. In many areas, such as consumer healthcare, dentistry, social care and specialist education, we’ve worked with fantastic management teams and brilliant companies time and again.
This experience means that we can give a unique perspective to fast-growing healthcare businesses navigating the path through the challenges and opportunities of growth. We empower management teams as they seek to deliver the best outcomes for their customers.
As well as investing in more established areas of the market, we see ourselves as pioneer investors. Livingbridge were early backers for spaces such as foster care services, IVF services and dentistry, and we’re always happy to meet interesting businesses across the healthcare and education sector.
Our recent healthcare investment in the Dutch dentistry group, Fresh Tandartsen, reflects our experience of the growing consumerisation of healthcare, particularly in areas such as dentistry, where customer expectations continue to rise. We see many parallels between the evolving and consolidating Dutch market, and the UK dental market, where we successfully partnered with Portman Dental between 2014 and 2018, completing around 50 acquisitions.
We also believe social care will be a crucial theme in the years ahead, amid pressures such as demographic change and strained public sector resources. We’re supporting investee company Bright Futures as it expands its care and education services for young people and adults, and working with investee Helping Hands to help it develop its national network to provide hourly and live-in care across the UK.
We always look for an ability and determination to deliver consistently high-quality outcomes – and an ambition to grow. In recent times, we’ve been thrilled to be part of the journey as companies across the sector have exploited new technologies and analytics to deliver the highest-quality levels of service.
Post the exit from Livingbridge, we’ve been able to build on the building blocks they’ve put in place. We’ve really been able to continue to grow organically with the structure and the structure that was in place. We’ve actually got the ability to do some acquisitions, as well as organic growth, which is a really interesting place to be now.
Managing Director, Williams Medical Supplies
We were absolutely aware entering a partnership with Livingbridge that we would be pushed, and we would be challenged – that was the appeal. We spend a lot of time talking about strategy, around what next, where we’re focusing our priorities, where we’re allocating resources.
CEO, Habit Health
Livingbridge really does stand out in the private equity market as really understanding what providing high-quality acute care is about. They understand that quality is crucial, and they understand the need to invest to achieve scale. They really do empower the organisation and the team.
CEO, Bright Futures
How we can help
If you are looking to change the scale of your offering to customers, we have developed the expertise and network over the last 20 years to best equip you for that journey. Our growth acceleration team is a dedicated in-house resource, designed around the needs of the investees we back. Whether you are looking to acquire more customers or roll out a buy-and-build plan, we have the resources to enable you to deliver.
We also have experience supporting businesses as they navigate the ever-changing policy landscape and we understand the impact this can have on businesses in the healthcare and education sector.
In a rapidly changing market, our drive to back great businesses that make a difference is more important than ever. We believe the best businesses in healthcare and education have wonderful opportunities to flourish – and make a real difference to all our lives.
Healthcare sector case studies
Fresh Tandartsen is a leading Dutch dental group, focused on a high-quality and patient centric-approach.
Habit Group is the largest provider of integrated rehabilitation, occupational health and fitness services in New Zealand.
Helping Hands provides a wide range of tailored home care services, ranging from its hourly visiting service, to 24-hour live-in care. It also offers a nurse-led clinical care service which enables …
Bright Futures is a specialist residential care organisation supporting young people and adults with autism and learning difficulties.
Four Eyes Insight is a medical productivity and clinical service consultancy, founded in 2013 by Dr Henry Carleton and Brian Wells. Henry and Brian both come from a medical background, and the …