Teaching Art

Sale to PHD Equity Partners

Teaching Art Limited was established in 1986 and grew to a £6 million company yet for its core client base of artists, aspiring and experienced alike, the name Teaching Art Limited probably won’t mean much. But mention The Society for All Artists (or The SAA), the international membership organisation owned by Teaching Art, and they are very likely to have heard of it or be a member.

The SAA was founded in 1992 and has a thriving, engaged membership of c.43,000. It is Teaching Art’s key market channel through which it provides artists materials, multi-format instructional materials, art classes and events.
Along with the SAA, the company sold its 20,000 + range of products through its subsidiaries Artifolk and Artcoe. It also serves major retailing groups, including Amazon (one of only a small number of businesses within the sector successfully operating within the stringent service requirements of Amazon Prime), Hobbycraft and eBay.

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    "It has been a long journey but I am very pleased that I decided to work with Evolution to achieve a very successful exit. The team at EvolutionCBS plus the excellent support from key persons from Advanced have worked together and this true synergy has been outstanding and most rewarding emotionally as well as financially."

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    "I’m truly delighted, the team has done a great job and have been a pleasure to work with throughout, sincerest thanks to them all. Thank you again for all your hard work in making the deal happen, I couldn’t be happier with Clanwilliam."

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    "Many thanks to everyone at Evolution who helped to make this deal happen. The final deal ended up coming in above the range we'd initially expected, and the lack of an earn-out requirement was an unexpected bonus. We’re glad that we didn’t take an offer in the past via another Corporate Finance firm."

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    “All went smoothly. As you put it, a new chapter has started.” Vijay Shah, CEO

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    We were very pleased with Evolution and the service they provided

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