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£5.3m BGF investment for Greater Manchester software and cloud firm

Jonathan Heaton, CEO KCA, and Harry Jones, BGF

Leigh-based KCA Holdings (KCA) has announced a £5.3 million minority investment from BGF.

The investment will enable KCA to accelerate investment into both Service Geeni, its leading service and workforce management software platform, and Cloud Geeni, its growing cloud IT service, as the group looks to capitalise on the substantial market potential and growth opportunities.

KCA has grown significantly in the last three years, employing 95 people across its Greater Manchester head office in Leigh, and its development hub in Bengaluru (Bangalore), India.

Service Geeni helps medium to large service management companies maximise efficiency and service delivery through its leading software platform which streamlines processes, optimises inventory control, applies intelligent multi-variable scheduling and resourcing, and visualises meaningful data.

Cloud Geeni is a Microsoft Gold Partner, supporting UK SMEs with private cloud-based IT infrastructure solutions.

BGF’s investment will help KCA, led by CEO Jonathan Heaton, to increase the ongoing investment in software design and development, including continued enhancement of the user interface and experience, and enable more investment in cloud infrastructure and technology to accelerate delivery of more benefits to both existing and new customers.

The deal was led by Harry Jones and Josh Bean, investors in BGF’s Manchester team. As part of the deal, technology entrepreneur, Arlene Adams, will join the Board as Non-Executive Chair. Arlene is best known as the founder of Peppermint Technology – a leading customer and business management platform used by law firms around the world.

KCA CEO, Jonathan Heaton, said: “I had known of BGF for some time as they are very successful and active in fast-paced technology sectors. When they approached us I was pleased that Harry, Josh and Arlene took the time to really get to know our management team and our business; they understand how we have successfully grown organically and can see how we can further accelerate customer efficiencies and benefits with additional investment.

“It was also important to me to engage with partners who will work alongside our team and recognise the value in preserving our ethos and company culture, particularly around listening to customers, understanding their sectors and delivering new product developments.”

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