Founded in 1998, DeHavilland serves over 400 customers, including corporates, non-profit organisations, investment firms and public affairs consultancies. Its real-time political intelligence and bespoke analysis enable its customers to understand the latest political and regulatory developments in the UK and Europe, informing their strategic planning, investment decisions and public affairs programmes.
Bowmark’s investment in DeHavilland creates a partnership with existing shareholder Bridgepoint, which led the buy-out of the business from Ascential plc in 2021 via Bridgepoint Growth, its UK-focused fund targeting fast-growing businesses. With a long history of investing in data and insight companies, Bowmark will provide additional capital to support DeHavilland’s organic and acquisitive growth strategy.
Donal Smith, DeHavilland’s chairman, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Bowmark. Having worked closely with the team in the past, I know that their knowledge and experience in the data and insight sector will be of great value to the business.”
David Torbet, partner at Bowmark, commented: “In a rapidly changing political and regulatory environment, DeHavilland is uniquely positioned to capitalise on its position as a trusted partner of leading UK and multinational companies by extending its service proposition and further deepening the insight it provides to its customers. We look forward to working with Bridgepoint and the management team to support further investment in product development, international expansion and strategic acquisitions.”
Duncan Calam, partner at Bridgepoint, said: “DeHavilland has delivered strong organic growth since our investment in 2021, as well as completing the successful acquisition of Forefront Advisors earlier this year – and we are excited to be working in partnership with Bowmark to support the next stage of growth.”