Livingstone has been active across the whole spectrum of the consumer sector, having completed over 80 transactions in this space. Our broad sector knowledge and experience of closing deals across the global consumer industry gives us an excellent insight into the key trends and dynamics across the sector.

Often working with fast growing companies for a number of years prior to a transaction, we have built up a broad experience of the key drivers that help create and maximise value within each of these dynamic sub-sectors. Our Consumer clients include founder-entrepreneurs, management teams of private equity backed companies, private equity funds and multi-national corporates.

Travel

The Livingstone Travel team, led by James Lever since inception, has an established reputation as one of the leading advisers within the sector in the mid-market. The team has advised on a broad array of high profile deals including

  • TravelJigsaw;
  • Destinology;
  • Iglu;
  • Leisure Pass;
  • Reed and Mackay;
  • Key Travel; and
  • Great Rail Journeys.

The team has close links with the decision makers at all the leading UK-based and global corporates in the travel sector, and is regularly consulted by the leading independent operators in the sector as well as private equity houses assessing potential investments.

Consumer Products

The global Consumer Products sector is constantly evolving as consumer behaviour, which often closely follows local, regional or global economic cycles, drives changes in demand. We have strong experience of working with companies that cover the entire spectrum from luxury to value and from branded to own label. We have advised on deals across the following sub-sectors:

  • Branded Fashion, Footwear and Sportswear
  • Licensed Clothing and Products
  • Toys
  • Home and Garden Products
Leisure

Given that many of the companies we work with across the leisure sector tend to operate on a local, regional or national (rather than multi-national) basis, a large proportion of deals across the Leisure sector tend to be domestic rather than cross border. However, we use our global team’s experiences to provide input on best practices across the sector and through their relationships have gained access to international buyers and investors looking to expand their activities across borders. We have closed deals across the sector including companies involved in:

  • Restaurants;
  • Pubs and Bars;
  • Health and fitness;
  • On-line and off-line gaming;
  • Visitor Attractions and Family Entertainment; and
  • Holiday Parks.
Retail

The growth of e-Commerce and m-Commerce has fundamentally changed the way that consumers shop either locally or across borders. Increasingly our clients have realised that they have to adopt a genuine omni-channel approach to their end customers. By working closely with our Media & Technology sector team we are able to communicate to buyers and investors what makes our clients successful, drawing upon the experience we have built up working with retailers involved in:

  • High Street Retail (fashion, home, footwear);
  • Multi-channel Retail (internet, mail order); and
  • Specialist Retail (photographic, electrical, stationery, cosmetic).
Food & Beverage

Livingstone has extensive experience across a broad spectrum of the Food & Beverage industry, with comprehensive knowledge of the underlying drivers and trends in the sector including:

  • Ambient;
  • Bakery;
  • Beverages;
  • Branded Products;
  • Chilled & Frozen Foods;
  • Foodservice;
  • Ingredients;
  • Kids & Baby;
  • Meat & Seafood Processing;
  • Natural, Healthy & Organic; and
  • Snacking.

The team has built a strong track record of maximising shareholder value across each of the above sub-sectors.

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Patrick Byrne, Managing Director

“The Livingstone team has worked with us for many years and therefore knows our company very well. It was important for me to have them on board as trusted advisors in this important step for us as shareholders and the company.”