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Our Ethos

Alignment and integrity. Empathy and community.

Established in 2017, Ethos Partners is a private investment office focused investing in small private businesses and individuals with potential. We are a collaborative team of experienced investors and entrepreneurs dedicated to nurturing the growth of SMEs by investing our own funds alongside capital from our investor network of experienced, high-net-worth individuals.

Our principals, Brian Phillips and Julian Carr, are experienced, entrepreneurial investment professionals. They have consistently delivered strong returns over 25 years, investing in over 35 deals each at leading PE houses, Bridgepoint, Hg Capital, Legal & General Ventures, Lloyds Development Capital and Greenhill Partners.

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Our Approach

To us, community means more than a group of investors; it’s a collective with a common goal, sharing ideas, expertise and resources to ensure better outcomes for all. This collaborative spirit, coupled with our extensive experience and commitment to integrity and fairness, is why investors, searchers, business owners and management teams trust us to help them achieve their goals.

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Our Goals

Ethos Partners exists to offer opportunities to our investors and those we invest in. We unlock access to otherwise hard-to-reach investments, help realise the potential of people and businesses and provide exposure to situational and sector-specific expertise.

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Our Values

Alignment, integrity, empathy and community are what guide us. Through transparent communication, a hands-on approach, collective ownership and “skin in the game”, we drive SME growth with a human touch. With rigorous assessment, diligence and dedication to detail, we invest more than just capital in every deal, building trusting, enduring relationships with our partners.

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Our Results

We are deliberately low volume, performing a handful of transactions we believe in each year. This considered approach demonstrates our commitment to finding the right opportunities for our investors rather than hedging our bets on deal quantity. We are motivated by capital gains at exit over assets under management or fee income and have completed two exits with an average 2.6x net return for our investors.

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Ethos Partners LLP, 1 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LL