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YFM Scale-Up Continues with New Investment Director Hire

YFM Equity Partners has announced the latest in a raft of new hires with the appointment of Investment Director, Matt Gordon-Smith.

Matt, who joins the firm from Mobeus Equity Partners, will help to augment YFM’s presence in the South as part of the firm’s ongoing scale-up plans.

YFM has achieved impressive growth during the last two years, appointing a host of new investment experts and increasing funds under management by over 50% to £550m. The firm’s headcount has increased by over 30% in the past 12 months and its portfolio has grown to incorporate some of the UK’s leading tech innovators.

As Investment Director, Matt will source new investment opportunities and help the YFM team in the South to support more high-growth UK businesses through growth equity, whether for organic or acquisitive expansion.

Matt brings a wealth of experience with him. Prior to joining YFM, he spent seven years as an Investment Manager for Mobeus, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing potential investment opportunities in SMEs across the UK. This followed an eight-year stint in the corporate finance team at HMT LLP, where Matt was an Associate Director.

Jamie Roberts, YFM Partner and Head of New Investments in the South, said: “Matt has the depth of expertise and length of experience that we need to help to position YFM at the forefront of the private equity market, as we continue to grow. He is passionate about identifying investment potential and supporting UK businesses to scale-up and make an impact in their own sectors. He will be an invaluable addition to our team.”

Matt added: “YFM’s growth over recent years has been phenomenal, so this is a really exciting time to be joining the team and helping to further bolster its capacity. The firm has a dynamic, collaborative culture. I look forward to being a part of this and turning my expertise to the benefit of investors and the businesses that YFM supports.”



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About YFM YFM invests £2m to £10m into businesses with strong growth potential located across the UK through a regional network of offices in London, Leeds, Manchester, Reading and Birmingham. YFM Equity Partners are specialist, independently owned, private equity investors. Having recently celebrated 40 years of investing experience, our portfolio may have changed over the years, but our ethos has remained the same – to support small businesses across the UK in their next phase of growth. We seek to unlock value and growth potential by providing up to £10 million of equity to fuel the development of established business throughout the UK regions. We do this by helping our portfolio companies launch new initiatives, make transformative acquisitions, and upgrade technologies and systems. We are dedicated to working alongside management teams to create long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, and make a positive economic impact for the communities in which we work. We manage funds in excess of £420 million which include venture capital trusts and private equity funds. YFM Equity Partners conducts its investment business through its subsidiary YFM Private Equity Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 122120). For more information, please visit or follow us on LinkedIn

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