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DMH Stallard advise the owners of Small Batch on a private equity investment

18 Nov 2015

Risk Capital Partners, the private equity firm chaired by Luke Johnson, today announced that it has bought a majority stake in Brighton based Small Batch Coffee Company the artisan coffee business.

DMH Stallard’s corporate team headed by partner, Jonathan Grant, advised the owners of Small Batch and played a pivotal role in the deal.

Small Batch began roasting in 2006 and has since developed its own retail concept, growing to five stores across Brighton and Hove, together with two railway kiosks. It's successful wholesale business provides branded and bespoke blends to an expanding list of leading restaurants, coffee shops and cafes throughout the UK.

Risk Capital Partners is supporting the existing management team, led by Nigel Lambe as Chief Executive, who has worked alongside the exiting founder, Brad Jacobsen, for the past five years. Co-founder Alan Tomlins, runner up in the 2015 SCAE UK National Championship Roaster awards, will continue to head up the coffee and roasting side of the business, and existing operations manager, Kris Katin, will head up the retail business.

Nigel Lambe, Chief Executive of Small Batch said:

"We needed lawyers with a commercial approach allied with a depth of resource to respond to the demands of a private equity investor. Jonathan Grant and his team at DMH Stallard looked after Brad, who was stepping away from the business he founded, and myself and Alan who continue with the business.

I am delighted to be teaming up with Risk Capital Partners, who have unrivalled experience in retail and wholesale food and café businesses. We have great ambition for the Small Batch brand and sought out Luke and his team when the opportunity arose.”

Luke Johnson, Chairman of Risk Capital Partners, commented:

I am a huge fan of Small Batch Coffee, not just their delicious coffee but also their cool spaces, friendly staff and meticulous attention to detail. We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Nigel and his team to help bring Small Batch to a wider audience.”

For more information please contact Chris Gape, Cobb PR on 01323 416999  or chris@cobb.pr

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