Praetura Group acquires Zodeq

Praetura Group acquires ZodeqPraetura has announced its acquisition of recruitment finance specialist Zodeq, further growing its lending portfolio.

The acquisition now enables Zodeq and Praetura to offer recruitment entrepreneurs a greater range of services, including invoice financing, invoice discounting and asset-based lending, to help businesses improve cash flow, support their day-to-day operations and drive growth.

Through its lending division, which comprises Praetura Asset Finance, Praetura Commercial Finance, Praetura Invoice Finance and Kingsway Finance, Praetura offers SMEs an alternative to traditional institutional lenders.

It supports clients across almost every sector, providing funds between £5,000 to £15m to help businesses meet their own strategic objectives.

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Peadar O’Reilly, managing director of the Praetura lending division, said: “As a pioneering North West finance specialist, we’re very pleased to welcome the Zodeq team to the Praetura Group.

The team has a track record for helping ambitious business leaders access the funding they need to achieve their goals and maximise their potential. At Praetura, we continue to expand our services to support a growing number of SMEs as they look to underpin the UK’s wider economic recovery. Combined, our teams will have even greater firepower in the market.

Founded in 2016 by managing director Paul Cooney and has scaled rapidly during the last five years. The business now has more than 180 clients, and has provided in excess of £250m in working capital to SMEs.

The acquisition now enables Zodeq and Praetura to offer recruitment entrepreneurs a greater range of services. This includes invoice financing, invoice discounting and asset-based lending, to help businesses improve cash flow, support their day-to-day operations and drive growth.

What does the acquisition mean for Zodeq?

Since it was established, Zodeq has expanded beyond our wildest dreams, with more than 180 clients on our books and over £250m in working capital per year provided to SMEs throughout the UK.

The acquisition by Praetura will enable the two businesses to provide invoice finance and invoice discounting on a greater scale. Ultimately, this will help our clients to improve cash flow, support in their operations and drive growth.

Paul Cooney MD at Zodeq has said:

“Praetura stands out in the industry, not just for its impressive growth in recent years, but for the quality of experience across its teams and reputation for supporting their clients with relationship-led lending through their ‘more than money’ approach, so joining forces was an easy decision to make.

After the robust existing position we’ve built through the fantastic Zodeq operations team, we’re so excited to take the business to the next level with our new partners.

SME growth in the UK continues at pace, and the recruitment industry in particular is going from strength-to-strength, with record numbers of people looking to change their career path or take on new opportunities following the pandemic.

We’re seeing an influx of entrepreneurs setting up exciting businesses in response to this market opportunity, and we’re committed to developing longstanding relationships and supporting the next generation of founders as they build their businesses.

The Praetura Group now employs more than 130 people across four offices in the North West. It is currently developing tech-enabled services to help scale its equity and debt solutions to support further growth.

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