From left: Chris Nixon and Tom Horton, BGF; Jim Cockburn, MJN founder and chief executive; and Richard Dooner, chief executive of Antser.

Antser, which delivers services to the social care, health and education sectors in partnership with local authorities and independent providers, has announced an £8.5 million investment from growth capital investor BGF.

Birmingham-headquartered Antser stated that the investment will allow it to continue to scale its business within the children’s social care sector, as well as increase its reach across adult social care and adjacent markets.

Antser says it has a presence across all 152 local authorities in England, as well as many public sector bodies and independent care providers. It provides expert witness services to the children’s social care sector, alongside solutions ranging from direct work with children and core compliance to transformation, training and technology. This includes a virtual reality programme designed for those who interact with and support vulnerable people. Antser employs 150 people across four UK offices.

Richard Dooner, chief executive of Antser said: “We started the business with a belief we could use technology and innovation to achieve positive change across the health, education and social care sectors. We’re already partnering with hundreds of providers and have an ambition to continue to expand and support transformation across the sector.

“BGF understood our business and more importantly really believed in our mission and culture. We were impressed with the team’s track record of scaling similar businesses to ours and really look forward to working together to achieve our ambitions.”

Antser was founded by Jim and Ayyab Cockburn and forms part their network of companies, the Martin James Network (MJN).

MJN chief executive, Jim Cockburn, and MJN executive officer Ayyab Cockburn jointly commented: “We are genuinely delighted that Antser has secured this investment, and excited that it will enable further innovation for the benefit of those working in and being supported by health, education and social care services across the UK.”

Chris Nixon, investor at BGF, added: “Antser is a fantastic Midlands business making a hugely positive impact – achieving better outcomes for its partners and those in their care. The combination of the team’s experience and their innovative use of emerging technologies has ensured Antser has stayed at the forefront of the children’s care sector and has quickly grown into other important areas of safeguarding, policy, data insight and support across the wider care sector.

“We’re delighted to be backing such a capable and ambitious management team to accelerate growth and allow Antser to support even more organisations, develop new products and drive acquisitions.”

Tom Horton has joined the board as BGF director and Andrew Pickup also joins as a non-executive director.

The advisors for the transaction were Mills & Reeve (legal) and PwC (tax) for Antser, and Shoosmiths (legal) and BDO (tax) for BGF.

Date published: September 17, 2021

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