Subsequent to the original investment in 2008, CloserStill built a portfolio of major exhibitions in the UK, principally in the healthcare and technology sectors.
All the events have grown strongly based on the team’s ability to build clear, well-structured propositions which they then support with very high quality content. Under CloserStill’s management many of their shows have become leaders within their vertical markets and continue to go from strength-to-strength.
In 2011, NVM backed Andy and the team again with investment of £3m to launch Closer2.
In May 2012, both CloserStill and Closer2 were partially sold to Phoenix Equity Partners to drive further acquisitions and launches across the UK and overseas. NVM retains a 10% equity stake in the business.
In March 2015, NVM supported the team for the fifth time over the past ten years following the sale of the business to Inflexion Private Equity. This represented a full exit for Phoenix and a partial exit for NVM – who re-invested £5m and will continue as a shareholder of the events company.