Our Story

Approachable, down-to-earth and collaborative

We are driven by a collective enthusiasm for backing people who have the ideas and passion to take their business to the next level, and our work is grounded in the belief that doing well and doing the right thing can co-exist.

Frustrated with the approach of the private equity (“PE”) firms who thought they were more important than the management teams they were backing, we established Palatine to put the teams we backed front and centre of every investment we’ve made.

We don’t think a deal is all about us; it’s about you, the teams we back

Formed in 2005 by founding partners Gary Tipper, Ed Fazakerley and Tony Dickin, we sought to prove that being different and being based outside London didn’t mean that you couldn’t raise funding from likeminded people. Despite what many outside of the PE industry think, it is not the PE firm that the world revolves around. Every PE firm has money, and in most circumstances that money comes from the same sources. We can help by bringing our experience, expertise and extensive network of entrepreneurs and business leaders to help enhance and accelerate your growth, but at the end of the day it is your plan we are there to support.

We see private equity as a force for good and a way to support ambitious and driven teams to grow their businesses, whilst at the same time doing the right thing by our planet and society

We are headquartered in Manchester and have offices in London and Birmingham. We operate at both a regional and a national level. We are proud that our horizons and team have expanded, but we’ve retained the spirit we started with.

Our people are what makes us best-in-class. The reputation we’ve cultivated for speaking frankly, delivering on our promises and acting with integrity is a big reason why we win deals. We bring more to the table than capital.

We call that positive equity which underpins every action we take.

Over a decade ago, we pioneered our leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) framework and have embedded it across our investment approach and our portfolio ever since.



Doing well in business has got to run alongside doing good by our planet and society, as that is the only way we will change things in the world

This innate belief in doing the right thing, alongside accelerating growth and generating strong returns, is also why we were the first in our market to raise a returns focused impact fund, dedicated to investing in commercially driven businesses with a mission to positively impact on society or the environment.

As we continue to grow, we’re committed to remaining as entrepreneurial and open-minded as when we started, based in the unwavering belief that you can do things differently as long as you do it with integrity and sincerity.

It’s not just private equity, it’s positive equity.

As with the businesses we back, the strength of Palatine is our people. Since our inception in 2005 we have built an exceptional team with an impressive range of experience and expertise. But most of all they are focussed on building strong relationships with the teams we back.

Through our combined experiences we have seen what works, and what doesn’t, and our success comes from establishing mutually beneficial relationships built on respect and trust.

Gary Tipper

Managing Partner – Palatine