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Introduction

The home of proven enterprise.  At Dowgate, we advise and raise capital for entrepreneur-led businesses where management have a proven track record of creating shareholder value and significant equity stakes in their businesses, aligning them closely to the interests of all shareholders.

Our Culture

We are an independent Corporate Broker and Advisor with the majority of the business owned by our employees. We embrace a partnership culture that is entrepreneurial and creative in thinking.

The pools of capital we access include institutional investors, wealth managers, family offices and high net worth individuals through our Asset Management business.

Our Team

We are a highly-focused team advising and marketing a select group of high-quality growth companies.

Our Approach

We work with quality growth companies and have seven guiding principles which we adhere to.

Domiciled in the UK & operating in areas we understand

Ownership of the business held by management is significant and meaningful

We know, like and trust the team

Growing markets with structural tailwinds

A sensible valuation with a clear pathway to public markets

Top line growth with consistent and visible journey to high quality earnings

Entrepreneur-led businesses

Supporting Proven Entrepreneurs

Our track record is demonstrable…

We have advised Sir Martin Sorrell on the creation of S4 Capital Plc since inception in May 2018 and have raised approximately half a billion pounds for the company for acquisition purposes.  Sir Martin was CEO of WPP for 33 years, building it from a £1 million “shell” company in 1985 into the world’s largest advertising and marketing services company with a market capitalisation of over £16 billion on the day he left.

 

 

We floated Franchise Brands for Stephen Hemsley in August 2016.  Stephen led Domino’s to an IPO on AIM in 1999 and took the company from a market capitalisation of £25 million to around £1.8 billion, membership of the FTSE250 Index and from around 100 to over 900 stores in a rapid period of growth spanning nearly two decades.

 

 

 

In September 2019, we listed National World as a cash shell. We initially funded the shell with £5m enabling Exec Chairman, David Montgomery, to implement a strategy of consolidation of audience reach, digital focus and modernisation of local news publishing. David has a long history in the newspaper industry, he was CEO of Local World, an aggregator in the regional news area which was acquired by Reach in 2015, returning 4X to investors. He founded Mecom Group in 2000 and was CEO of Mirror Group from 1992 to 1999. 

Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder & Executive Chairman of S4 Capital

“I have worked with the Dowgate team (especially Lorna, David, James and Paul) for over three decades. Their expertise, especially in small and medium cap companies made them the natural partner for us, as we developed our plans to build a new age/new era advertising and marketing services solution for the digital marketing communications industry. In 2018, the Derriston shell provided the platform for S4 Capital to list on the LSE, having merged with MediaMonks, with Dowgate providing technical support throughout the process. They also introduced shareowners that have repeatedly provided growth capital to support our development, as we have grown to become a group with a well over £4B market capitalisation.”

Stephen Hemsley, Executive Chairman of Franchise Brands

“I have worked with members of the Dowgate team for over two decades. They advised on the IPO of Franchise Brands in 2016, introducing shareholders that have provided growth capital as we have significantly grown the business through acquisitions. In April 2020, Dowgate helped us raise funding to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, which enabled us to support all of our stakeholders. With the pandemic behind us, we are now working with Dowgate to deploy this capital as we accelerate our digital transformation, enabling us to deliver our medium-term financial targets.”

David Montgomery, CEO of National World

“I have worked with members of the Dowgate team for over three decades. Their expertise in shell companies made them the natural partner for me as I developed my plans to build a modern platform for news publishing. We floated National World as a cash shell in September 2019 and, despite the disruption from the Covid-19 pandemic, we completed the acquisition of JPI Group in December 2020. We needed to move quickly to acquire the group, and the Dowgate team facilitated this by using an innovative structure of Convertible Loan Notes. We now have a shareholder base that has provided us with growth capital as we pursue further opportunities.”

 

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