IW Capital portfolio stars win major industry awards

23rd March 2018

IW Capital’s stellar portfolio of high-growth SMEs has been developed from a sector and location agnostic approach, driven steadily forward by a highly-skilled team of investment specialists who boast over 50 years in experience. With an unparalleled ability to scout the most prominent entrepreneurs and businesses that are defining tomorrow’s private sector, we hold great pride in some of the outstanding achievements delivered by all of our portfolio companies to date.  

WeSwap, the people-powered currency exchange platform and IW Capital portfolio star, last week won the people’s vote at the British Bank Awards 2018 in the Best Travel Money Provider category. WeSwap confidently finished first ahead of finalists Moneycorp, Monzo, Post Office Money and the Currency Club.

Serving as the world’s first peer to peer travel money platform, the company’s phenomenal rise to success presents an exemplary growth story for UK fintech. In just four years, WeSwap has traded over £120 million as well as grown its user-base dramatically, expanded the range of currencies that can be exchanged on its platform and cemented its position at the forefront of UK fintech innovation. As its lead and primary investor, IW Capital has proudly been a supporter of WeSwap since 2014, involved from its early expansion through to introducing its latest series B last year.

Just a few days after WeSwap’s win, and on top of celebrating 5 years since the opening of its first brewpub and over 2 million pints poured, the UK’s largest brewpub chain, and second largest in Europe, last week added another achievement to an already considerable collection. Brewhouse & Kitchen scooped two titles at the 2018 Publican Awards in London last night, awarded Best Pub Employer and Best Managed Pub – despite being newcomer entrants.  

With 19 sites nationwide – 15 of which have opened in the past two years – 400 employees across the British Isles, and consistent profit-led growth, Brewhouse & Kitchen is a true representation of British entrepreneurialism and craft beer mastery at its finest. This growth has been supported throughout by IW Capital, who have so far invested over £5million into the company.

To find out more about WeSwap, Brewhouse and Kitchen or any of IW Capital’s exciting SME opportunities speak to a member of the IW Capital team today on 020 7015 2250, or email info@iwcapital.co.uk.