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Hamilton Bradshaw

The Challenge

When looking for suitable finance to fund on-going growth within the portfolio, the principals realised that traditional banks have a very different way of lending to businesses. Hamilton Bradshaw needed a much more practical way of looking at the risk of the money going in - rather than basing decisions on personality and a balance sheet. 
It was clear that the business needed to understand how a funder protects its position, but also for the funder to understand how the trading cycles worked within the group.

The Solution

ABN AMRO Commercial Finance worked closely with the team at Hamilton Bradshaw, creating a funding solution that would enable significant portfolio development.

Having ABN AMRO working with us has allowed us to work in unison,” comments Tristan Ramus, MD of Hamilton Bradshaw. “When we’ve had difficulty, they’ve worked with us - they’ve seen us through it.

The funding solution included invoice discounting and a cashflow loan, with a total credit line of £50 million.

The Result

The transparency of the funding package, combined with the control it affords the business, has enabled continued acquisition growth - with a number of deals still on the table.

“When we’re enjoying good times, ABN AMRO are extending our lines and allowing the businesses to develop and grow,” says Tristan. “So, I’ve been delighted with the service that I have received, and would absolutely recommend them.”
And compared to traditional funding, the deal is “much better priced, much more appropriately engaged with the board, and a very reliable source of funding.”


Hamilton Bradshaw, founded by James Caan, is an investment group specialising in service-based businesses. It has grown over the last seven years to become a leading player in the acquisition of recruitment assets and human capital assets predominantly in the UK but with some international coverage.

Established around 2005, it started to operate in the stressed M&A market. Using the available operational expertise the aim has always been to build those business back out again. In addition to investing funds, the team is very hands on with the boards in an effort to create some capital value.

Invoice Discounting

 Invoice Discounting allows you to raise funds using your unpaid invoices - we offer an advance of up to 90% on unpaid invoices immediately.

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