Who We Are

The Group traces its history back to the 1820s when G Milbank & Son, a builder and undertaker, was first established in Howe Street, near Chelmsford, Essex.

Whilst today we are no longer builders or undertakers, different generations of Milbank’s have developed various businesses that are connected with the construction industry; ranging from precast concrete products and concrete crushing equipment, to self-off-load hauliers, off site manufacturing systems and even composting technology.

Today, the privately owned Group acts as an investment company, acquiring and investing in UK businesses. As a business with family values we look to the long term and are committed to retaining, nurturing and developing the businesses we invest in.

Our Approach

We are a hands-on investor, and are actively involved in the development of each of our Group companies. We back strong management teams, and work closely with managers and entrepreneurs; we focus on providing the incentives and support necessary to create an environment for success.

Our Family of Businesses

We currently have six businesses in our Group, comprising c.£33m in sales and over 250 employees. Our businesses include; Milbank Concrete Products, Sui Generis International, Cadman Cranes, ARK Agriculture, Thomas & Fontaine trading as Secure Covers® and Orion Future Technology.

Our Funds

We invest our own funds, alongside bank support. We have committed funds, which means we are able to undertake transactions quickly.

Our Investment Criteria

We typically either acquire companies outright, or invest in a majority equity stake. We are a highly flexible investor, and will consider most types of transaction across all UK industries.