September 29th 2021

Bestport Private Equity invests in rapidly growing LED lighting consultancy and installation business, ESL

London at night

ESL is a fast-growing LED consultancy that designs, supplies, and installs LED solutions for the healthcare, local authority, education, and commercial sectors.  ESL has grown over 50% in each of the last two years on the back of positive market trends as the government and commercial markets become more focused on the environment and reducing carbon emissions.

Bestport and ThinCats have provided debt and equity funding of £19m to help support continued growth of ESL.  David Hall, previously CEO of Polypipe and non-executive Chairman of Aspen Pumps, will join the board as Chairman.

We are delighted to partner with Bestport and recognise that they will bring expertise and funding to help deliver the next phase of growth for the business. It is an exciting time to be delivering energy efficient solutions to both the public and private sectors.

Paul Daly, Founder and CEO of ESL

We are excited to be partnering with Paul on the next stage of the company’s journey. ESL is an ambitious, fast growing business delivering energy saving benefits to the critical economy. We also see a big opportunity to build on the company’s success in delivering more energy efficient solutions to the commercial sector.

James Stoddart, Managing Partner of Bestport

Bestport was advised by Stephenson Harwood (legal), Spectrum Corporate Finance (debt), Wilson Partners (financial & tax), GRAPH Strategy (commercial), and Catalysis Advisory (management).