Lifes2good receives €5m from BDO Development Capital Fund

By Business & Finance
05 February 2015

The BDO Development Capital Fund today announced its second investment since the launch of the €75m fund by Minister Richard Bruton in March last year.

The fund, managed by Development Capital, a 100% subsidiary of BDO, has invested €5m in the Lifes2good Group, one of Ireland’s fastest growing healthcare companies. The investment will enable Lifes2good further international expansion and will lead to the creation of 50 additional high skilled jobs in its Global Headquarters in Galway and across the group over the next three years.

The BDO Development Capital Fund provides development and growth capital for established, mid-sized and profitable companies to assist them to achieve and accelerate their export-led growth plans.

The Lifes2Good Group was founded in 1997 by James Murphy and is an international, sales, marketing and distribution Group of category leading and clinically proven healthcare brands in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. Lifes2good has been supported in its growth and development by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.

Announcing the fund’s second investment, Sinead Heaney, managing director of the BDO Development Capital Fund said: “The BDO Development Capital Fund is delighted to announce details of this investment. Lifes2good is exactly type of Company that the BDO Development Capital Fund was set up to support. It is a high growth indigenous company with a proven and ambitious management team with significant export market growth opportunities.”

Welcoming the announcement today, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said: “As we have repeatedly stated, at the heart of our jobs plan is creating a
powerful engine of Irish enterprise.  Making sure that ambitious and innovative Irish companies have access to the sources of credit necessary to grow their business, expand exports and increase jobs is a key part of this. Over the past three years we have established new finance schemes which are making available a total of well over €2bn to Irish businesses, and the BDO €75m Development Capital Fund forms part of this. Today’s announcement of its investment in Lifes2good and the creation of 50 new jobs by this company is a welcome boost that shows the concrete benefits of this scheme. Lifes2good is a highly successful company which will now go on to grow faster and create more jobs in a regional location.  I am delighted to welcome this announcement today and wish the company continued success.”

Lifes2Good founder, James Murphy commented: “I am extremely excited about what Lifes2good can achieve with this investment. We have hugely ambitious expansion plans and we are now positioned to implement them. We can also now tap into the expertise that comes with the BDO Development Capital Fund and the support of both the fund’s advisory panel members. The BDO Development Capital team have a wealth of experience in supporting growing businesses such as ours and this along with the international reach of their Corporate Partners was a key factor for Lifes2good.

“Today’s announcement provides us with the investment needed to grow our current significant US and UK business, position other markets for accelerated growth and support new product and brand development through innovation and acquisition. We are a results driven organisation, which prides itself on taking niche products in the healthcare space to the global retailer and consumer.”