Foresight invests £2.5m into Sprint Electric

Written by Helen

17 / 04 / 2023

Foresight Group has invested in Sprint Electric, a designer and manufacturer of variable speed drives for controlling light and heavy industrial motors.

Bailey Fisher is pleased to have supported the investment with the appointment of Tim Routsis as Non-Executive Chair. 

Foresight has invested £2.5 million to support the growth and development of Sprint Electric - £500,000 through the Midlands Engine Investment Fund alongside £2 million from Foresight VCTs.

Sprint Electric currently addresses the £370 million per annum direct current variable speed drives market.  This investment will enable to company to target the £16 billion per annum alternating current variable speed drives market.

Sprint Electric has worked with the University of Nottingham as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership – a UK-wide, part grant-funded scheme helping businesses of all sizes to innovate using the knowledge and expertise of UK universities. The Company currently employs 18 people and, in 2022, reported £3 million in sales. Working with Foresight, Sprint Electric plans to use the investment to scale its operations and drive growth.

At investment, Tim Routsis will join the board as Non-Executive Chair. Tim’s background includes 10 years as Managing Director of automotive engineering company Cosworth and eight years as CEO of Cox Powertrain. His expertise will help the Company grow and significantly increase its market share.

Commenting on the investment, Gary Keen, Co-Managing Director of Sprint Electric, said: "We are excited to work with an investment partner who shares our passion for green energy and understands the potential of the drive technology we have developed with our colleagues at the University of Nottingham. We welcome the appointment of Tim to the board and the wealth of experience he has in leading cutting-edge engineering businesses. This will be invaluable as we commercialise the new product range, expand our operations footprint and accelerate our sales growth."

Hugh Minnock, Investment Director at Foresight, said: “It is great to support Sprint Electric as they look to bring a new product to market. With our investment and support, the team will be in a great position to benefit from the potential market opportunities. We look forward to working with Mark, Gary, Tim and the rest of the team to enable the next phase of their growth.”

Tim Routsis, Chair, said: “I am delighted to join the Sprint Electric team at such an exciting time in the Company’s history. With Foresight’s support, Sprint Electric is in a good position to bring new products to market. This will materially grow the business, which already has an impressive export record.”

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