Business investments

How we can help your business

Our agility enables us to develop broad-ranging solutions beyond any one industry, capital parameters or timeframes – our only criteria is that the business has a strong management team positioned within Reading and/or the Thames Valley. We lean towards capitalising a business and working with the management team to build platforms for growth.

We mostly focus on investments which have the best characteristics for long-term ownership, with a particular focus on PropTech. We also look for restructuring opportunities or businesses for which we can improve the business and/or capital structure.

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Capital to invest

Why Reading & the Thames Valley

Our goal over the last five years has been to reduce our travel across the U.K. and beyond and we seek a balanced quality of life for our staff. Whilst technology has dramatically improved the ability to do business across the globe, if we are to invest in a business we want our top personnel to be involved, using their time to actually aid owners with the growth of their business.

Moreover, our expertise and knowledge is strongly focused on Reading and the Thames Valley. Over the past twenty years we have built up contacts and connections with key businesses and government departments within the area and feel these relationships are a key asset for helping your business to grow.

Areas of investment

We tend to invest in areas in which we have deep experience including real estate, hospitality, sport, retail and technology.

Our key area of focus is the PropTech industry and with Reading being highly regarded as the UK’s Silicon Valley, with over £12.5 billion of turnover in digital technology and over 45,000 jobs, coupled with the highly regarded real estate school within the University of Reading, the town is well suited for considerable growth in this area. 

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Average number of years we hold our investments

Long-term approach

We are allocators of disciplined, long-term capital and prefer attractive extended investments over quick flips and we are different from other investors as we have no pre-specified exit timeframe.

Our decisions are based on the right answer for each individual asset, for us and for our investment partners. Further, we are highly engaged shareholders who drive enhanced value through strategic and operational guidance, and strong governance.

Restructuring solutions

Like our Founder, we embrace a challenge. We thrive on solving complex problems, navigating obstacles and developing unique solutions that optimally serve each investment. We help companies position themselves for new chapters of growth, and we serve as a stabilising force for management during transition.

Disciplined due diligence

Our investment approach is based on a disciplined due diligence process that measures risk, while identifying the catalysts for increased value. We purposefully engage only in friendly transactions and work with talented management teams to achieve transformative results. 

John Jac Sykes

Chairman

John Jac is our inspirational and visionary leader with an entrepreneurial instinct. John Jac guides and overseas the long-term direction of the business and is the key decision maker on all new investments. 

Heavily motivated and influenced by his late father and with an underlying passion for Reading, John Jac’s unique drive for success has led to the continual growth of the portfolio to where it is today. 

John Jac is based between The Bahamas and Reading, he is a family man and with his wife Sally they have four children, Annabelle, Charlie, Jessica and Little John. 

Andrew Strong

CEO

Andrew is responsible for dealing with all legal / procedural aspects of a transaction once heads of terms have been agreed, and thereafter the day-to-day asset management responsibilities. 

Having worked alongside John Jac since 2001, Andrew has a key understanding of the family’s requirements and wishes. In addition Andrew is a member of the RICS and has a wealth of real estate experience in all asset classes, with particular expertise in commercial and ground rent management.

Andrew is a keen road cyclist and resides in Thailand with his wife Anong and their two children, James and Katie. 

Koichi Nicholas

CFO

As the CFO for the group, Koichi is responsible for all financial planning, record keeping and reporting to the family, as well as overseeing the finances of John Jac’s charity, the John Sykes Foundation. 

Since joining the company in 2012, Koichi has been promoted from within to his current position and has an impressive flair for real estate accounting, including both residential and commercial service charge management. 

Koichi is a strategic thinker and a keen chess player, previously having ranked amongst the top 100 chess players in the UK.