Cinven’s funds have been actively investing across a range of consumer facing businesses and product markets for over 25 years. The Consumer sector covers three main areas: retail, leisure and consumer goods. In retail, we have made acquisitions in the clothing, department store, DIY, home furnishing and toy segments. In leisure, we have invested in gaming, health and fitness, pubs, cinemas, travel and hotels. In consumer goods, our investments include food manufacturing and distribution, household goods, electrical goods, beverages, textiles and apparel businesses.

Our dedicated Consumer team has experience of investment throughout business cycles, extensive sector knowledge and live transaction experience across Europe, and a deep network of relationships with senior executives and advisors in the sector. We target market-leading companies with defensive growth characteristics; these are typically high volume, low ticket businesses with multi-site operations. The breadth of our experience puts us in a unique position to evaluate opportunities effectively and rapidly when they arise. We work closely with best-in-class management teams to grow our businesses, both organically and through acquisition, and have a track record of investing behind our portfolio companies to enable this.

We have worked successfully alongside corporate partners. We are flexible in our approach to any situation and welcome approaches from potential corporate partners who may wish to explore ways we can work together.

Selected investments

Name Activity Country
Gondola Casual dining operator UK, Global
Kurt Geiger Footwear and accessories retailer UK, Global
Peacocks Clothing retailer UK
Odeon Cinemas UK
Unique Pub Company Tenanted pubs UK
William Hill Betting shops and on-line gaming UK
Fitness First Health and fitness clubs UK
Parques Reunidos Theme park Spain
Allegro E-commerce Poland
CBR Ladies fashion wholesaler Germany
Camaïeu Clothing retailer France, Global
Maxeda DIY retailer Benelux region