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M&A: Private Equity Acquires Simply Sustainable Consultancy

January 5, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

Private equity firm Agathos Management has acquired a majority stake in Simply Sustainable, a consultancy for ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Nicola Stopps, CEO, Simply Sustainable

Related: See all M&A deals involving ESG and sustainability consulting, technology & software firms here.

Simply Sustainable, founded in 2010, is based in London, United Kingdom, with additional offices in Berkhamsted and Amsterdam. The company has 30 employees listed on LinkedIn as of December 2022. Simply Sustainable specializes in carbon services, ESG reporting, communications and sustainable transformation programs.

SLR Consulting and QinetiQ veteran Graham Love will join Simply Sustainable as group chairman. The business will pursue organic and acquisition-led growth. In a prepared statement, Love said: “Simply Sustainable operates in a great space with significant potential for both organic and inorganic growth. I look forward to working with Nicola and her team to maximise this potential.”

Agathos is a London-based firm that invests in UK small and midsize businesses (SMBs) valued up to £25 million (US$30.1 million), in support of MBOs (management buyouts), growth capital and other funding requirements.

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In a prepared statement about the deal, Simply Sustainable CEO Nicola Stopps said: “Simply Sustainable was established with a desire to make it easy for businesses to act sustainably and create easy to follow pathways. Businesses are arguably the most powerful players in the planet’s future, and we believe in positive corporate action. After a period of considerable expansion, we’re delighted to announce this investment to further our work to date. To continue Simply Sustainable’s success, we need to do it in partnership, to help us deliver the greatest change possible. We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved on our own, so we know that with added strategic support from Agathos, who share our values, we’ll be able to deliver even more of a positive impact for our clients, the environment and society.”

Hugh Costello, partner, Agathos Management

Added Hugh Costello, partner at Agathos Management: “From our very first meeting we have been impressed by Nicola’s vision for Simply Sustainable, her evident commitment to making a positive impact and by the business that she has built over the last 12 years. We are thrilled to be partnering with Nicola and the wider team. Simply Sustainable has consistently delivered an excellent service for its clients and has a huge opportunity ahead for growth. We look forward to building quality-led scale with Nicola and the team whilst continuing to deliver an outstanding service proposition for clients.”

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