RDS - KBS Corporate

RDS was established in 2017 and assists SME businesses and accountants in accessing R&D tax credits. Since the company’s inception, RDS has developed a large national client base specialising predominately within the manufacturing, technology, construction, scientific and engineering sectors. Over five years RDS has enabled its clients to receive more than £27m in R&D support. The company differentiates themselves from their competition through RDS’ pioneering marketing strategy and technological yet personalised approach.

The founders of RDS, Geoff Liberman and Mark Joyner, approached KBS Corporate Finance with the sale of their business to facilitate further growth.

KBS Corporate implemented a diverse research strategy which resulted in the ultimate offer from BGF. The £5m investment will enable RDS to pursue further investment in their innovative technology and expanding their current headcount.

Commenting on the deal, RDS Director Mark Joyner said: “My personal passion is working with businesses and understanding what makes them successful. Companies often don’t realise they are eligible for R&D as it’s not always just about developing new products or ideas but can apply to developing new ways of doing things, or the adaption & development of processes to improve their product or service. We’re well placed to support all shapes and sizes of business to receive credit or repayment for their innovation to reinvest and grow.

“When we started to consider an investment partner, we’d had interest from trade buyers and private equity. Where BGF stood out was their long-term, collaborative approach and shared ambition for the business. We’ve rapidly grown in the past five years but with this investment, we have the people, experience, and capital to surpass all our previous goals.”

Pinesh Mehta, investor at BGF in the North West, commented: “Geoff, Mark and team have built a business with strong fundamentals and an innovative marketing approach. Given the backdrop, innovation is a significant force for good in driving business growth. RDS has created a competitive edge through its thorough approach and has invested in some impressive client technology that will create efficiencies and simplify processes even further, providing a platform for the business to scale. It’s fantastic to be backing such a strong team and compelling offer to help take the company to the next level.”

Dave Gardner, KBS Corporate Finance Director, advised RDS throughout the process and commented: “The deal with BGF provides an exceptional strategic fit for RDS and one which I have no doubt will accelerate the business’ growth plans. They have wasted little time having already successfully identified and secured new talent at both operational and board level to supplement the already impressive team. With RDS’ track record of facilitating millions of pounds of R&D tax credits for its clients to support their continued innovation, this is an investment that should benefit SME’s entrepreneurs and the economy in general following a challenging couple of years.”


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