LDC-backed Ellis Whittam embarks on national expansion with Glasgow opening

Ellis Whittam, one of the UK’s leading, fastest growing providers of HR, employment law and health and safety services, has opened a new office in Glasgow – its first outside the North West. 

Creating 35 new jobs, the £1million investment by Ellis Whittam in its first Scottish office follows continued expansion at the company’s Chester head office. It underlines ambitious plans to grow its current Scottish customer base of 200 organisations. Allied to this are plans to expand the Scottish based workforce from 15 currently to 50 staff within the first two years. 

Established in Chester in 2004 to offer high quality fixed fee support services, Ellis Whittam has grown to employ 175 people across the UK and supports around 10,000 employers of all sizes, from all sectors. The firm provides unlimited support, with clients able to use the services as often as they like, without worrying about extra costs. 

Mark Ellis, CEO of Ellis Whittam, said: “For us, Glasgow was the ideal base to launch our growth ambitions in Scotland. We estimate that less than 20% of organisations in Scotland currently use fixed fee professional support services and we know, from the growing demand for our services across the UK, that the market potential is significant. Over the next three years, we aim to treble our existing customer base in Scotland and our investment now in new infrastructure and new talent reflects our serious intentions to grow in Scotland.” 

Richard Ibbett, Investment Director at LDC and a Non-Executive Director of Ellis Whittam, added: “People are the foundation of any business and the opening of a permanent base in Scotland not only signifies the increased demand for services such as HR and health and safety advice, but the quality of Ellis Whittam’s offering. Opening in Glasgow will underpin the continued growth of the business north of the border, and we look forward to working with Mark and his team to support this.” 

In September 2016, Ellis Whittam secured a multi-million-pound investment from the Manchester office of private equity investor LDC to support the organic growth of the business.   

The new Glasgow office was opened officially by Councillor Archie Graham, Deputy Leader, Glasgow City Council. 


Photo: [L-R] Mark Ellis, founder and CEO of Ellis Whittam; Gavin Snell, managing director of Ellis Whittam

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Notes to Editors

  1. LDC is the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  
  2. LDC backs ambitious management teams from UK-based medium sized companies seeking up to £100m of investment to fund management buyouts or development capital transactions.
  3. LDC invests in a broad range of sectors and has particular experience in Healthcare, Industrials, Retail & Consumer, TMT, Travel & Leisure, Support Services, Construction & Property and Financial Services.
  4. LDC has a UK regional network with locations in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading.