In January 2006 Graphite led the management buy-in/buy-out of sk:n to support the roll-out of the UK’s leading chain of non-surgical skin treatment clinics.

sk:n is a nationwide chain of clinics offering a range of non-surgical skin and cosmetic treatments including laser-based treatments for hair removal and skin rejuvenation. The company operates in a fragmented market, which is growing strongly. sk:n has a highly professional and clinical approach which allows it to offer the very highest standards of care in the non-surgical part of the cosmetic treatment industry.

Graphite introduced an experienced buy-in management team at the outset of the transaction to enable the business to pursue rapid growth. sk:n is pursuing a roll-out strategy and, since Graphite’s investment, has grown from 17 clinics to 48 through a combination of new site openings and acquisitions.

Substantial investment has been made in strengthening the brand as well as in developing and professionalising the operational model, including sk:n’s customer acquisition and retention strategies. In addition, under Graphite’s ownership sk:n has launched its own-label skin care products, a industry wide training academy and a laser servicing division.