Redbus Group is a UK based investment group that both invests in early stage ventures and also seeks to acquire businesses that require restructuring or re-financing.
Redbus Group came into existence as an offshoot of Redbus Film Distribution which was founded in 1997
as a film distribution company. Redbus Film Distribution had rapidly established itself as one of the largest
and most profitable film distributors in the UK. In late 2000 it was sold to Helkon Media AG at a deal valuating it at $46 million.
Redbus through its subsidiary Filmgroup was also the first company in Europe to successfully develop technology to compress and stream moving images over the internet.
In 2005 Redbus sold its production and distribution operations to Lionsgate Inc for $42 million.
Redbus' focus today is towards investing in early stage companies and acquiring media businesses
and assets that were either undervalued, in distress or in need of restructuring.
Employing an entrepreneurial yet disciplined approach, Redbus, either in partnership with other financial institutions
or alone, is constantly looking for opportunities to leverage off its capital, market knowledge and management resources.
Between 2000 and 2004 Redbus Film Distribution was the UK's fastest growing company with a compound annual growth rate in-excess of 280%.
Redbus Group is a UK based private company and the main operating vehicle of Simon Franks. Simon has won a number of awards for business, including the Sunday Times Fast Track award.
In 2013 Simon was selected as one of the world's 100 top innovators by British Airways and was part of the "BA Ungrounded" flight for the 2013 G8 summit.