Yorkshire business 'world's fastest-growing musical instrument retailer'

Yorkshire business 'world's fastest-growing musical instrument retailer'

York-based online musical instrument business, Gear4Music, has been heralded as the ‘fastest growing music retailer in the world’ by US-based industry trade publication, The Music Trades.

Operating from its office, showroom and distribution centre in York, Gear4Music offers a wide range of music gear and recording and studio equipment.

The company, which was established in 2003, has seen huge growth in recent years following a £3.4m investment by Leeds-based private equity firm Key Capital Partners (KCP) in 2012, which enabled it to expand its international e-commerce platform.

At the time, the company recorded sales of around £10m, but it quickly went on to complete a successful IPO in June 2015, valuing the company at £28m and raising £10.3m of cash.

It has recently reported record results with like-for-like sales increasing by 46% to £35.4m.

Peter Armitage, director of Gear4Music and partner of backer KCP, comments: “With another 190,000 new customers added in the last year alone, Gear4Music is an amazing success story and it’s not surprising that it has been recognised as the fastest growing music retailer in the world. 

“The business is doing phenomenally well and we are proud to have been a catalyst for its rapid growth.”

Andrew Wass, founder and chief executive of Gear4Music, said: “It is fantastic for a Yorkshire business to be recognized as a global leader in its field and securing the backing of private equity funder KCP has certainly played a key part in our success. 

“Not only did the investment enable us to expand our online offering throughout Europe, it also put us in a strong position to launch a successful IPO. 

“Having the input of such experienced investors was a massive support, providing sound advice and guiding us through the float process.”

Peter Armitage said:  “Having launched a new £80m fund last December, we are now seeking other dynamic, mid-sized businesses with the potential for growth which would benefit from our backing and expertise. 

“Gear4Music is a remarkable business, and we are looking to back other future stars at a time in their development when accessing capital on the right terms may not be straightforward. ”