A multi million pound deal between leading Scottish food waste recycling firm,
Keenan Recycling, and Business Growth Fund (BGF) is in the running to be named
one of the top investment deals struck in the past year.
Keenan Recycling, a family run business headquartered in New Deer in
Aberdeenshire, with a second base in Linlithgow in the Central Belt, is one of three
Scottish companies shortlisted for the Small/Mid-sized Company Deal of the Year
Award at this year’s Scottish Business Insider Deals and Dealmakers Awards.
The award-winning firm, which boasts a 14-acre facility near Turriff for recycling
food, garden and organic waste into compost for agricultural and horticultural use,
has been named as a finalist after securing a £2.2million investment from BGF.
As part of the deal, BGF, an independent company providing growth capital for
small and mid-sized businesses, secured a minority equity stake in the firm and a
seat on the board.
The agreement supported Keenan’s expansion into the Central Belt with the launch
of an office near Edinburgh and its investment in an eight-acre site for development
in Linwood, near Glasgow.
The deal has also paved the way for the firm’s ambitious plans to grow turnover
from £7m to between £30-£40m in the coming five years, with a focus now on
acquiring more sites and capitalising on the market south of the border.
Keenan Recycling is vying for the top spot at the awards against two other Scottish
firms, Glenrothes steel manufacturer, Pipe and Piling Supplies, and Perthshire-based
soft fruit growers, Stewarts of Tayside.
The prestigious awards, being hosted in Glasgow in September by presenter and
comedian Fred MacAulay, will acknowledge and reward excellence in corporate
financial transactions during 2015/2016. There are nine awards and 24 finalists,
with the overall Deal of the Year winner being announced on the night.
Managing director of Keenan Recycling, Grant Keenan, said: “These are hugely
prestigious business awards and we are truly honoured to be named as a finalist
among some successful and impressive Scottish businesses.
“We have grown slowly over the years but the deal we agreed with BGF has
propelled us to a new level and given us the ability to realise our growth capabilities
much early than we would have on our own. The deal has not only supported our
growth financially, it has allowed us to reap the benefits of being able to work
alongside some hugely knowledgeable business entrepreneurs who have worked
closely with us to focus our vision and allow us to recognise our true potential as a
Keenan Recycling launched its commercial food waste collection scheme in 2010 to
help businesses divert food waste away from landfill, and it now has a team of 80
employees across the North-east and central belt.
New legislation launched in Scotland in 2014 required every local authority in
Scotland to collect food waste from householders and forced businesses to
implement food waste recycling initiatives, resulting in Keenan Recycling tripling its
Similar legislation is now in place in Wales and Ireland and Keenan Recycling is set
to focus on an acquisition in England over the coming months to be in position for
any forthcoming changes south of the border.
The Scottish Business Insider Deals and Dealmakers Awards 2016 will take place at
the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday, 7 September.