Funding Story:

ThinCats has facilitated a 7-figure loan to Innovative Repair Group (iRG).

Employing more than 270 team members across their 11 sites, the funding has supported the future succession planning for the business and enabled the founder Stephen Peart to exit the business.

The deal was led by the experienced Senior Management Team which includes Lee Wallbank (Managing Director), Daniel Lewis (Head of Finance), Phil Dawson (Head of Compliance and HR) and Joseph Moore (Head of Commercial) with advice from Lexington Corporate Finance.]

Lee Wallbank thanked Stephen "for allowing them the opportunity to build on his legacy.” 

Alison Whistance headed up the funding team at ThinCats, working closely with lead advisor Thomas Edwards at Lexington Corporate Finance with the legals led by Ben Moylan at Freeths banking team in Bristol and Gemma Davies at Hugh James in Cardiff, who advised Management.


L to R: Joseph Moore, Phil Dawson, Daniel Lewis, Lee Wallbank, Alison Whistance, Gemma Davies, Thomas Edwards

Thomas Edwards, Director, Lexington Corporate Finance:

“We are delighted to have advised the Management Team on this transaction. iRG is an excellent business with a great customer base and strong reputation in the market place. We worked closely with the Management Team to refine its business plan and projections and structure a funding package that allowed them to facilitate the MBO whilst also allowing the business to continue along its current growth trajectory”

Alison Whistance, Director of Regional Business Development, ThinCats: “iRG is a fantastic South Wales business and I’m delighted to support the new management team at this exciting juncture. Look under the bonnet and you see a business with strong historic growth, a great team with a wealth of experience and key skills as well as excellent partnerships. They are well positioned in the market and continue to use technology to improve the customer experience and help develop innovative solutions to improve efficiency and turnaround times for their customers”.

ThinCats were introduced to iRG by Lexington Corporate Finance. Law firms Freeths and Hugh James provided legal support for the deal.

We’re delighted to secure this deal with ThinCats. For more than 20 years, the business has grown a strong and trusted relationship with car manufacturers and insurers. Working with blue chip companies such as Admiral, Direct Line, LV and Vizion means we’ve been able to build strong organic growth, in addition to a number of acquisitions in recent years. We’re looking forward to a strong start to 2020 and would like to thank everyone involved with us in this journey

Lee Wallbank, Managing Director, iRG