Clyde Blowers is a portfolio of companies co-ordinated and controlled by a hub of investors under a lead-investor. Currently Clyde Blowers operates in four core operational areas: power, materials handling, intermodal transport and logistics and pump technologies. These areas are managed through the Clyde Bergemann Power Group, Clyde Process Solutions, Interbulk Group and Clyde Pumps Incorporating Weir Pumps Glasgow portfolio companies.
The Clyde Blowers story is a remarkable tale of entrepreneurial transformation. The story begins in 1992 (although it does have a preface that goes back further) with the purchase of just under one-third of a small company in the Glasgow area. Not only was the company the smallest in its market segment, it had aged equipment and financially was performing poorly.
Slightly more than a decade later this company had been transformed into a portfolio of companies, several of which were in the top three in the world in their specific markets. More significantly, out of the process of transformation over this period evolved a new business model that has now laid the foundation for a further period of change that will allow the companies to strike out in new directions. The attached historical profile of Clyde Blowers as at 2008, charts the development through to the raising of CBC Fund II.
We have a track record of delivering market leading returns for our investors by focusing on the core industries within our expertise. Our vision is to be the leading mid-market investor in Western headquartered industrial businesses with defined characteristics servicing identified core sectors.
We work with companies where we believe our innovative approach to working with and developing companies can add significant value.
Instead of outsourcing the operational support to our investments, we can integrate our specialised Operations team to work with the existing team in the portfolio company supporting all aspects of the operational investment process, while ensuring operational continuity and improvement.
We invest in businesses to grow businesses. We target companies where our management and investment expertise can improve the operating revenue and profits. The objective is to nurture the business through investment and growth rather than cost-cutting and asset stripping.
We work with domestic and international companies to develop strong market positions. Via a global market platform, we can benefit from the exposure to emerging markets. Our investment process explains these principles further.