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Andy Rice

Andy is an Investment Director at Bestport. He leads our business development function, co-leads on new deals alongside the Founding Partners, and sits on the board of two portfolio businesses – ESL and Hilditch Group.

Since joining Bestport he has worked closely with the Founding Partners to project manage and complete our investments in ESL, Affinity, Playful Promises and Hilditch Group. He also provides hands-on support to our portfolio businesses, having acted in an interim-FD capacity to support multiple management teams.

Andy splits his time between the North East of England where he lives with his family, the Bestport office in London, and being on the road meeting new businesses, advisors and investors.

Andy joined Bestport in 2019 from Grant Thornton having spent several years in the M&A team, focussing on the delivery of transactions in the lower mid-market. He completed multiple buy-side and sell-side deals in the £5m to £50m Enterprise Value range, both in the UK and cross-border, across technology, telecoms, aerospace, engineering and business services.

Prior to Grant Thornton he spent several years in EY’s audit practice where he qualified as an ACA with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Andy also has a BA (Hons) degree in Economics from Durham University.

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