I’m Scott Dylan, Fresh Thinking Group Founder and Partner. I oversee the strategic direction of the company, which I created with my business partners to bring companies together to help businesses improve their business operations and collaborate. Fresh Thinking Group invests in and funds the acquisitions of companies.
Through Fresh Thinking Group we have funded a number of groups with specific sector specialities. The groups to name a few include Orb Group, Inc & Co Group and Inc & Co Property Group. Each group also acquires and holds a number of subsidiaries.
The idea of building up and acquiring companies and building up groups stemmed from the fact we wanted various sector-specific companies to work more closely together. By bringing them into a group collective, they benefit from shared top-level business functions such as HR, marketing, finance and business development so they can focus on what they do best, delivering high-quality services to their clients.
An entrepreneur at heart, I started my own little business at school. I understood that the school was spending hundreds of pounds on replacing headphones that I knew could be fixed for less than £15 a set. I ended up being paid by my school to do exactly that.
I’ve worked in a range of different businesses across various sectors, this has included creative digital businesses, logistics companies and even in the music industry. Over the years I’ve learned a lot of lessons and now, my goal is to use my past experiences and knowledge to offer support to start-up businesses, and businesses that are struggling by providing strategic support, mentorship and direction to give them a new lease of life.
Founding a private equity disruptor
Fresh Thinking Group was created as a private equity disruptor – to take over or invest in companies and change business behaviours through inclusive and collaborative capabilities. And I’m proud to say that we now have offices in London, Manchester and Leeds.
Recent acquisitions funded include the UK’s biggest on-demand laundry service Laundrapp, Leeds-based creative agency Brass, award-winning digital marketing agency Neon, mobile development app business Cuhu, serviced office company Prospect Business Centres, parcel delivery company Parcelwise and logistics company GLB Transport.
Fresh Thinking Group has also funded the start-up of companies that include the technology-focused parcel delivery company Caribou.
In 2020, Fresh Thinking funded the formation of Inc & Co Property Group to oversee the acquisition and development of Prospect Business Centres, which provides serviced office accommodation. And I’m actively seeking new sectors to bring the proposition to.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me travelling and spending time with my partner Gareth and my two dogs Harvey and Ralph. I’ve been and lived everywhere from the USA, Spain through to the Netherlands and even France and am always looking for the next adventure!