Rigby Group Airport Management Division Acquires Bournemouth Airport


Tuesday, December 5th, 2017, Regional & City Airports (RCA), the airports management division of Rigby Group plc, has completed its fourth regional UK airport acquisition with the purchase of Bournemouth Airport for an undisclosed sum – underlining the group's ongoing intent to being a significant player in the UK’s vital regional airports market.

Adding another operation to a portfolio that already includes Norwich, Exeter, and Coventry Airports, as well as contracts to operate Solent (formerly Daedalus Airfield), City of Derry and Blackpool Airports, today’s purchase of Bournemouth Airport from Manchester Airports Group further expands a network of growing passenger and commercial aviation facilities across the South of England, creating a combined entity capable of offering passengers throughout the South a highly credible alternative to the major London airports.

Group Chairman and Founder Sir Peter Rigby said: “The acquisition of Bournemouth Airport represents an important landmark in our strategy to create a robust and credible group of regional airport assets and services across the UK. Not only does it expand our catchment to include the major regions of South England, but also focuses operations on a core market poorly serviced by the major aviation players.”

Already employing more than 600 people across the UK, RCA has built a reputation as efficient, safe and commercially-astute airport operator, driving improvements to route development, commercial revenues, operating costs and capital investment in order to deliver a consistently sound commercial return, leveraging significant buying power and shared expertise to deliver tangible benefits to small airports across the UK.

RCA Chief Executive Andrew Bell said: “I am delighted to welcome everyone at Bournemouth Airport to our fast-growing team. It is already one of the South’s flagship aviation hubs, and I am very much looking forward to working with the staff and management as we continue to expand its operations and build on that success.”

Day-to-day management of the adjacent 200-acre Aviation Business Park will be handled by Rigby Real Estate – the parent group’s specialist property management division.

Bournemouth Airport currently offers flights to 22 destinations across Europe, with 700,000 passengers using the airport in 2016. A base for Ryanair and TUI, the facility has undergone a £45m investment – providing air travellers to and from the South Coast region with a new and greatly improved passenger experience – and supports 900 full time equivalent jobs contributing more than £24 million to the local economy.

With the takeover complete, RCA now plans to help grow both commercial and passenger activity at the airport, leveraging the group’s scale, contacts, and expertise to power continued progression. The group recently recorded its best ever year in the year to March, handling 1.7 million passengers with 189,000 flight movements connecting directly to over 60 destinations across its operations.

Steve Rigby, Rigby Group COO, commented: “While already a well-run and robust operation, Bournemouth Airport is ripe for growth. Growing demand for both UK and International flights in nearby Southampton offers significant scope to increase passenger numbers, while the site’s potential as a regional business hub also represents a clear opportunity for expansion. We’re here to do business, and have already reached out to key regional stakeholders with a view to driving forward to growth of the airport.

“As part of RCA, the airport will benefit from the economies of scale and sharing of best practice normally only available to larger hub airports – providing job security for existing staff and opening up a range of exciting new opportunities for both the facility itself and the region as a whole.”

Charlie Cornish, Chief Executive of MAG, added: “Bournemouth Airport and its people have been part of our company for a long time.

"RCA has a detailed integration plan in place to ensure a seamless transition of ownership and operations at Bournemouth which will maintain business as usual for passengers and customers.

“We wish the new owners every success and are confident that the airport will continue to flourish as we continue to focus on improving Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports."


Impressive financial performance for Rigby Capital after first full year of operation


Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 Specialist technology leasing and finance business Rigby Capital, wholly owned by Rigby Group plc, celebrates impressive first year financial results and promising future outlook.

Now only in its second year, Rigby Capital’s innovative financing models are helping increasing numbers of private and public sector customers to accelerate capital, bring forward budgets and de-risk their technology investments. The company is enjoying annual growth in terms of business activation in excess of 70% (which combined with the French operations new business now exceeds €150 million p.a.) and strong levels of operating profit, resulting in its board’s delight with the company’s progress and financial performance.

The revenue growth was driven by close collaboration with group companies, SCC, M2 and Nuvias, in addition to relationships with new external partners (such as Actifio), as a response to the increased demand for aaS (asset as a Service) within the IT market. Rigby Capital recognises that changing market dynamics has created a need for a new model which addresses the rise of service-based IT models extending especially across telecoms, print and mobility technologies – providing a unique differentiator, particularly where budgets are challenging.

Nigel Jenkins, Managing Director, said:

“Our success to date is due to our ability - through years of experience across both the finance and IT markets - to be able to build transparent, client-specific funding solutions from scratch to address the shift to service-driven solutions, without being constrained by traditional or legacy lessor requirements. Through the support of the Rigby Group, we can work differently to standard financing providers by turning the customer business requirement on its head and creating a bespoke funding solution to enable their business technology objectives.


Record revenues for thriving and expanding Rigby Group


Monday, September 25th, 2017 Rigby Group (RG) plc, the parent company for a portfolio of family-owned and highly successful businesses operating across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, has published its final results for the year to 31 March 2017. The latest set of figures are the best in the Group’s 42-year history.

The Group comprises six core divisions: technology, airports, hotels, aviation, real estate and finance, and has made further strategic acquisitions in the past 12 months

Group Highlights

  • Consolidated revenues from continuing operations, £2.17bn, up 21.2% year-on-year
  • EBITDA (before exceptional items) for the continuing operations, £57m, up 5.8% y-o-y
  • Group pre-tax profit of continuing operations, before exceptional items, £27.9m up 22% y-o-y
  • Consolidated net assets of £286.2m
  • Pre-tax return of assets delivered 11.3%
  • Gross cash at year end was £177.4m
  • The group continues to be active in the M&A markets across its portfolio interests.



SCC EMEA is a Technology Solutions Provider, supplying, integrating and managing customers’ IT products and services and is one of Europe’s largest independent IT groups. SCC has continued to invest and grow in cloud delivered managed services, with a new offshore support location opening up in Vietnam and the significant acquisition in France of Flowline, a company which has greatly boosted the Group’s development within mainland Europe.

  • Consolidated revenues from continuing operations, £1.68bn.
  • EBITDA (before exceptional items) for the continuing operations, £40.8m.


Regional & City Airports (“RCA”) is a leading player in the regional airport sector operating through its ownership of Coventry Airport, Exeter International Airport and Norwich International Airport, as well as through the management of Blackpool Airport, City of Derry Airport and Solent Airport Daedalus. During the year ending 31 March 2017, RCA handled 189,000 flights and processed 1.7m passengers.

  • Consolidated revenues from continuing operations, £35.9m
  • EBITDA (before exceptional items) for the continuing operations, £5.7m.


The Eden Hotel Collection (“EHC”) is a well-established and widely recognised award winning luxury hotel brand within the UK. EHC currently owns or operates eight luxury hotels in the Midlands, the Cotswolds and South West with Bovey Castle Hotel in Devon the flagship hotel for the group.

  • Consolidated revenues from continuing operations, £17.6m.
  • EBITDA (before exceptional items) for the continuing operations, £0.6m.


The Aviation division provides a diverse range of services to the aviation sector through the operation of a fleet of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters underpinned by a safety culture which flows through every aspect of the business. The helicopter fleet operates with a fleet of 13 helicopters from bases at Coventry, Newquay and Mount Pleasant (Falkland Islands) serving a variety of civilian and military clients including the Flag Officers’ Sea Training (FOST) contract, which provides helicopter support to the UK and NATO navies. The business also supports military operations in the Falkland Islands, including the provision of search and rescue services. The division’s 11 fixed wing aircraft operate from are bases in Exeter and Coventry, providing VIP charter and Air Medical Services, including the provision of emergency global repatriation service.

  • Consolidated revenues from continuing operations, £19.9m.
  • EBITDA (before exceptional items) for the continuing operations, £1.9m

Real Estate

The real estate division engages in both commercial and residential development. Rigby & Rigby is one of London’s leading developers of prime residential property, both for resale and for private clients. The commercial business successfully completed its first sizeable development during the year with the redevelop of the former passenger facilities at Coventry Airport with the creation of Imperial Park, a modern manufacturing and distribution hub covering 30 acres.

  • Consolidated revenues from continuing operations, £58.3m.
  • EBITDA (before exceptional items) for the continuing operations, £3.8m.


Rigby Group’s Financial Services division hosts a variety of strategic investments along with investments in cash and structured products held by the ultimate holding company. The division includes Rigby Private Equity (RPE); Rigby Technology Investments, which invests in high-growth potential technology businesses and Rigby Capital, a specialist, standalone financial services business.

  • Consolidated revenues from continuing operations, £353.0m.
  • EBITDA (before exceptional items) for the continuing operations, £9.0m.

Sir Peter Rigby, Chairman and Chief Executive, commented:

“While it is extremely pleasing that these results represent a record for our group, I am equally satisfied to see the evolving nature of the company’s financial profile, which continues to diversify into new and profitable directions. While technology remains a core contributor to the overall revenues, our divisions cover a wide range of sectors and interests. The success of our acquisition strategy of the past five years and ability to merge and integrate new businesses into the Group, is coming to the fore in these results. We expect this trend to continue in the years to come further delivering powerful returns on our investments.”

Steven Rigby, Group Chief Operating Officer, commented:

“All our divisions have made great strides over the past 12 months and we have continued to invest on building out our management teams to ensure we are well positioned for future growth opportunities. We have been one of the most acquisitive private groups in recent years and we continue to target strategic opportunities across our portfolio of interests.”


The Rigby Foundation has donated £500,000 to champion innovative cancer care


The Rigby Foundation has donated £500,000 to champion innovative cancer care in South Warwickshire at the new Stratford Hospital.

The Rigby Unit is situated within the £22 million hospital, which will be run by the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, in Arden Street.

The Rigby Foundation has donated £250,000 to create a new dedicated cancer unit which will be named The Rigby Unit as well as creating and sponsoring the annual Rigby Awards to encourage betterways of delivering cancer care in the local community.

In the Rigby Unit, 12 chemotherapy treatment chairs, two emergency treatment rooms, an outpatient facility including counselling rooms, a complementary therapy room and a multi-disciplinary teamroom have been built.

Emergency cancer patients will also now be seen in a specialist unit on one floor of the new Stratford Hospital rather than using the hospital’s accident and emergency services.

The first Rigby Awards for 2016 went to five successful projects put forward by medical staff within the South Warwickshire NHS Trust which improved cancer treatment and care locally and ranged from the first time chemotherapy is provided at home, to exploring the link between breast cancer and vitamin D deficiency.

Sir Peter Rigby, who is a trustee of The Rigby Foundation, believes the new unit will increase accessibility for cancer patients living in South Warwickshire.

Sir Peter said: “Previously, Stratford Hospital wasn’t able to provide chemotherapy on-site for patients which meant they had to travel to Warwick Hospital which could be difficult particularly for those needing treatment on a daily basis.

“The opening of the new cancer unit will change that for the better and hopefully will bring a lasting and telling improvement for local people.

“The Rigby Foundation firmly believes in businesses supporting the communities in which we operate and we wanted to help the new Stratford Hospital provide the best possible facilities for people diagnosed with cancer.

“Our partnership will also provide the support needed for clinical teams to take part incutting-edge research and development as well as trial new treatments for patients.

“This is a long-term commitment from The Rigby Foundation and looking round the hospital, I am proud of the part we have played in the opening of a state-of-the-art facility.

“After meeting staff and seeing the facilities, we hope the new cancer unit will become a centre of excellence in South Warwickshire to improve treatment and care in the area.”


Nuvias Acquires Benelux Distributor DCB


Nuvias deal signifies strong commitment to further growth in Benelux.
Benelux distributor DCB ready for major growth, following deal with pan-EMEA high value distributor Nuvias.

London and Brussels: 11/7/17: 12.00 BST - Nuvias Group, the pan-EMEA, high value distribution business, today announced the acquisition of Benelux value added distributor DCB. Nuvias already has offices in both The Netherlands (Amsterdam) and Belgium (Brussels), and this move will strengthen and grow its presence in the Benelux region.

DCB is a leading, award-winning distributor with offices in The Netherlands (Veldhoven) and Belgium (Zaventem). The company has more than twenty years’ experience in the industry and is focussed on cyber security, with vendors such as WatchGuard Technologies, Kaspersky Lab, Trustwave and Centrify.

Paul Eccleston, CEO Nuvias Group, said: “DCB is a value-added distributor with a very strong reputation and a large partner base. Its emphasis on service and support, outstanding product knowledge and a commitment to excellence are completely in line with the philosophy and strategy of the Nuvias Group. The DCB product range is fully aligned with the Nuvias Cyber Security Practice, with vendors such as WatchGuard and Kaspersky in common. We will be adding our pan-EMEA security vendors, such as Arbor Networks, Malwarebytes and HID Global to the DCB portfolio.”

With this acquisition, DCB becomes the Nuvias Cyber Security Practice for Benelux and will further strengthen the overall Cyber Security Practice within the Nuvias Group.

Eccleston added: “The Benelux region is very important strategically for us and DCB will become the Cyber Security Practice there, alongside our already established Advanced Networking and Unified Communications Practices. We will be making significant further investments in Benelux in the months ahead, including additional staff.”

Wim Clinckspoor, Managing Partner for DCB, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for DCB customers, vendor partners and staff. Becoming part of Nuvias, which shares our core beliefs and commitment to technical excellence and high service levels, gives us the resources to grow and develop further in Benelux. It will allow us to take on more high growth vendors looking for pan-EMEA, high value distribution.”

DCB will continue to operate from the same locations, with the same staff and the same management team, led by Managing Partners Wim Clinckspoor and Luk de Dobbeleer.


Norwich Airport invites comment on masterplan


Norwich Airport has published a draft masterplan setting out a vision for the airport’s continued growth over the next 30 years.

It explains how the airport can increase its significant contribution to the local economy while improving the experience of passengers and boosting East Anglia’s connectivity for business and leisure at home and abroad.

Passenger numbers exceeded 500,000 for the first time last year since 2008, and could rise to 1.4 million by 2045. Norwich Airport is worth some £70 million to the local economy and this could increase to £170 million in the same period.

The draft masterplan outlines options for how the airport could grow in a sustainable way, and is now available for comment at local council offices and via www.norwichairport.co.uk/masterplan

Richard Pace, Managing Director of Norwich Airport, said: “The masterplan sets out the vision for the future development of Norwich Airport and its continued vital role in supporting our region’s economy.

“As well as projected passenger growth, the aim is to continue to be the transport hub for the offshore oil, gas and renewable industries for the Southern North Sea, and a centre of excellence for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft, closely linked to the International Aviation Academy Norwich in which we are a founding partner.

“We also address the implications for growth and the need to ensure that it is delivered in an incremental and sustainable way. By continuing to engage with the community we look forward to the airport further enhancing the connectivity and the social and economic fortunes of our region.”

The draft masterplan is open to consultation until 17th August 2017.


Rigby Group acquires Helen Green Design Studio


Rigby Group has acquired Helen Green Design Studio (HGD).

HGD was founded in 2002 by the late Helen Green who passed away in 2012. The business has serviced over 400 projects in the last 15 years and brings a team of 19 highly skilled and dedicated designers and architects.

The business will sit alongside Rigby Group’s super-prime real estate developer, Rigby & Rigby, and together they will form the single largest design and development practice in London. HGD is currently working on projects in Russia and Australia and has recently delivered commercial projects for the Berkeley Hotel.

During the coming months, Helen Green Design Studio will re-launch its brand, enhance its showroom and work with Rigby & Rigby to deliver a range of prestigious residential and commercial projects. HGD will re-launch its product range in 2018 and Rigby Group anticipates the growth of both businesses into top 10 international property development brands within the next couple of years.



XLR Executive Jet Centres acquires Corporate Jet centre at Birmingham Airport


XLR is to significantly expand its operations following the acquisition of the Marshall’s 24/7 corporate aviation facilities at Birmingham Airport.

The executive aviation specialist is now poised for significant growth as it prepares to engage with a range of new markets and opportunities from one of the UK’s busiest executive flight destinations.

The deal, which will see it take possession of the custom built facility with immediate effect, places the company at the heart of a round-the-clock operation with multiple connecting customer flights linking New York, Delhi, UAE, and Qatar.

XLR - part of Rigby Group’s aviation division, which already runs two successful executive jet centres at Exeter and Coventry, earlier this year revealed its intention to expand operations across the UK.

Today’s announcement, which underlines the company’s determination to fuel rapid growth through a blend of acquisition and organic expansion, represents a significant milestone in that strategy.

Rigby Group Founder & Chairman Sir Peter Rigby said: “The establishment of a new XLR Jet Centre at Birmingham Airport marks a huge step forward in our plans for the company, placing its operations at the heart of one of the UK’s busiest and most accessible airports and opening up significant opportunities not only in domestic executive travel, but also in servicing the growing market across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

“Following our most recent investments in Exeter and Coventry, the Birmingham acquisition leaves us superbly positioned to execute our strategy of leveraging the group’s expertise and commitment to excellence to create a new major player in the corporate aviation market.”

XLR has experienced solid growth over the past 12 months as the market for corporate aircraft has remained firm. The Coventry centre has built a growing reputation as a major alternative to London for transiting private flights, while Exeter’s access to the South West has seen the volume of private jets arriving grow steadily, particularly during the field sports season.

While XLR already services an extensive client list of brokers and operators, individual clients and aircraft owners through its facilities, the addition of Birmingham’s 27,000 sq. ft. heat controlled hangar, multiple large parking ramps, and a 3052m runway capable of taking the giant A380 has boosted its capacity at a stroke.

Chris Beer, XLR Director of Corporate Aviation, added: “While we have already built an excellent reputation within the industry based on an extremely customer-centric focus, this latest acquisition will enable a significant step up in terms of the both the markets we are able to compete in and our operational scale.

“With a prestigious base now fully operational at Birmingham and ready to fly, XLR is ideally positioned to capitalise on Rigby Group’s accelerating expertise across the aviation sector to create a new force in executive jet travel.”


Elan Spa at Mallory Court due to launch April 2017


We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand-new Elan Spa at Mallory Court Hotel in Warwickshire in April 2017 – the first new spa to open in the county for over 10 years.

The quintessential English country house hotel is located just outside historic Leamington Spa, well known for its healing waters. The new state-of-the-art Elan Spa at Mallory Court is a perfect combination of countryside chic, glamour and decadence whilst remaining very much in keeping with the hotel’s character and listed status.

The spa sits within Mallory Court’s tranquil 10 acre grounds, surrounded by sheltered woodland. Facilities include an outdoor vitality pool with countryside views, glazed outdoor sauna, Rhassoul mud room, seven treatment rooms, 10m indoor Hydro pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Garden trails and wellbeing/mindfulness retreats are also planned. There are 12 luxurious new spa bedrooms, in addition to the existing 31 bedrooms in the main hotel.

The Elan Spa’s range of spa rituals, body treatments and facials are inspired by nature and will rebalance the mind, body and spirit, bringing a sense of peace and wellbeing. Face and body treatments by ESPA, the luxury natural spa and skincare brand, include a revitalising Skin Radiance Facial (55 minutes - £69). It is also the only spa in Warwickshire to offer Ila, an organic luxury skincare brand, with spa products ethically-sourced from wild-harvested plant and mineral ingredients. Ila treatments include a Dreamtime Journey (115 minutes - £140) for insomnia and restless minds using essential oils from jasmine, lavender and patchouli and the aromatic Himalayan plant, spikenard, which stimulates the immune system. For hands and feet, ORLY’s Hand and Foot Collection includes manicures and pedicures (prices from £25) and also a Men’s express hand and nail or foot tidy (25 minutes - £30).

Says Mary Smith, Group Spa Manager, Eden Hotel Collection: “We are thrilled to be launching a new Elan Spa at Mallory Court in Warwickshire – the first spa to open in the county for 10 years. We will be continuing our successful partnership with ESPA, while also offering an exclusive partnership with Ila for the Warwickshire area, which will enable us to provide an exceptional choice of spa treatments to our guests.”


SCC Named Outsourcing Company of the Year at 2017 PIN Awards


Less than a week after winning the top award for Best Managed Service Desk at the Service Desk Institute (SDI) Awards, SCC is once again celebrating after being named Outsourcing Company of the Year at the Regional IT and Outsourcing Industry (aka PIN) Awards.

This marks the second year in a row SCC has won this title in recognition of the range and expertise of its evolving service centre and service desk facilities.

SCC outperformed the competition once again by demonstrating its commitment to continuous development, through a number of key investments in technology; people; and the community. SCC was also commended for the wide range of rigorous accreditations it holds, as well as the key partnerships it has formed in order to drive regional development in Romania.

Adina Tapalaga, Director General of SCC’s Romanian Service Centre, said: “We are delighted to have won this award for the second year in a row. The IT and outsourcing scene in Iasi is becoming increasingly competitive with more big players entering the space, so we are proud to maintain our leadership of the sector.”

In order to continually improve its industry-leading service levels and customer satisfaction, SCC has made significant investments in telephone support and operational systems. SCC was also noted for its dedication to employee development through the use of its internal training program – the SCC Academy.

Having operated in Romania for over a decade, SCC has since opened three International Service Centres across Iasi and Bacau. Each of these sites complement SCC’s Service Innovation Centre based in the UK.