Smoothwall

Smoothwall

Background to the business

Founded in 2001, Smoothwall is the market leading provider of dynamic web filtering technology for the education and public sectors. With both on-premise and cloud-based offerings it has an established presence in the UK and growing footprint in both the US and international markets. Smoothwall pioneered real-time, content aware analysis that filters incoming web traffic to protect school children and other audiences from inappropriate, illegal, or harmful websites. It serves over 7,400 UK educational institutions and helps protect c.3.5m people.
 
Tenzing has backed the incumbent senior management team, led by CEO Michael Marks. He will receive additional support from Lisa Stone (Chairperson), previously a director of Ullink, Achilles, Team Systems and SHL, and Richard Hurd-Wood (Technology Advisor), currently Chief Product Officer at Reward Gateway. Christian Hamilton and Rob Jones serve as Directors on the Smoothwall board.

 

Investment highlights

Tenzing will work with Michael, Lisa, Richard and the team at Smoothwall to drive sales growth and develop new products in the UK, US and international markets, drawing on further support from the Tenzing Entrepreneurs Panel as needed.

Value

N/D

Status

Live

Company Website

www.smoothwall.com

Investment

MBO

Date of investment

October 2017

Sector

Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Location

Leeds, UK

KPIs

>90% Customer retention, £14m Revenue

Date

October 5, 2017

Category

Cyber security, Education technology, Live, MBO