Puma Private Equity saddles-up £2.35m investment in British cycling brand, Le Col
Puma Private Equity has completed an investment of £2.35 million into the fast-growing British cycling brand Le Col. Founded in 2011 by ex-professional cyclist Yanto Barker, Le Col has its DNA in the pro peloton, and brings high-performance kit to consumers with a quality formerly reserved for professionals.
The company’s partnerships with Eurosport, Strava and Sigma Sports have created thousands of new fans – including Sir Bradley Wiggins. In 2018, he worked with Le Col to create his own range with the brand, Le Col by Wiggins, and also moved his Team Wiggins kit from Rapha to Le Col.
Partnering for growth
Tommy O’Sullivan, Managing Director at Puma Private Equity, led the investment, which has an option to increase to £3.5 million. Speaking on the deal, he said:
“Guided by Yanto’s performance insight, design expertise and drive for perfection, Le Col is becoming the go-to brand for cyclists looking for the best kit. Our investment will support the team to leverage the explosive growth it has achieved over the last 12 months, ensuring Le Col continues on its exciting journey.”
Le Col’s growth was exponential in 2018. Having raised £1 million from crowdfunding in 2017, its overall revenues more than doubled, while eCommerce sales increased sixfold.
Le Col’s CEO, Yanto Barker, said of the investment:
Yanto Barker, Founder of Le Col
“We are delighted to partner with Puma; their support will be key in facilitating the next phase of Le Col’s growth. The gains we’ve made in the past two years have been exceptional and this latest investment will be instrumental in taking our market-leading products to a global cycling audience.”
About Puma Private Equity
Puma Private Equity is a leading provider of growth capital to small and medium-sized businesses across all sectors and regions of the UK, delivering investments between £2-10 million and partnering with management teams to accelerate growth and help businesses achieve their potential.