There were 1,204 companies in the UK backed by a buyout house at the end of 2017, according to Unquote analysis. The figure has steadily increased since 2012 when there were 1,005, which is no surprise given the rising momentum of the buyout market and supportive levels of fundraising.
Afinum seeks to grow the company's business in Germany and to expand abroad
Argos will back the France-based manufacturer and distributor of explosives for civil use
Exit follows HTGF's initial investment in the Internet-of-Things company in 2010
Acquired businesses include Bensons for Beds, Harveys Furniture, Relyon and Steinhoff UK Beds