FDC Backs Acquisition of Electoral Services Firm

FDC has supported a seven-figure acquisition of Print Image Networks (PIN) by London-based Owner Venture Managers
Print Image Networks Directors

A Stockport company which provides electoral services for local government and online voting has been acquired by an investment firm in a deal backed by a seven-figure loan from Frontier Development Capital (FDC).

Print Image Network (PIN), which serves councils nationwide, is one of the leading providers of electoral printing, data and mailing services, such as ballot books, poll cards and postal voting packs. Its fast-growing UK Engage arm offers internet voting and AGM services to associations and membership bodies. It acts as an Independent Scrutineer or Returning Officer, helping to run processes such as trustee elections, membership ballots and AGMs, and is one of the few able to run trades union ballots.

The acquisition by London-based Owner Venture Managers will allow for the eventual retirement of directors John Foster and Stephen Power, who founded the business in 2000. Both founders will retain a stake in the business and continue to lead its growth in the immediate future. Print Image Network employs over 20 staff in Stockport and works with a network of production partners throughout the UK.

John Foster, director of Print Image Network, said: “Stephen and I have worked hard to build the business over the past 20-odd years and have a great client base and a fantastic team. We wanted to find an investment partner who could safeguard our legacy and take the business forward. We liked the approach taken by Owner Venture Managers and look forward to working with their team as we continue to grow the business.”

Owner Venture Managers was founded by James Wooster over 20 years ago and now has 15 portfolio companies. It specialises in acquiring owner-managed SMEs and helping them with succession planning.

Ondrej Okeke, Investment Director at Frontier Development Capital, said: “Print Image Network’s bespoke and highly professional service plays a key role in helping to deliver local democracy. The company also has a growing client base in the private sector, and increased use of e-voting and digital technology offers scope for further expansion in the future. The acquisition by Owner Venture Managers will help the business to put succession plans in place, build its management team and provide additional capital to support its continued growth.”

Hallidays Corporate Finance advised Print Image Network. RSM provided financial due diligence for Owner Venture Managers. FDC Pellys provided legal advice to Owner Venture Managers, while Squires acted for FDC and Gorvins advised the founders.


Part of Mercia Asset Management, FDC supports mid-market SME businesses across the country with debt funding between £1m and £7.5m.

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