In January 2006 Graphite led the management buy-in/buy-out of sk:n to build the UK’s leading chain of skincare clinics

Graphite led a buy-in/buy-out of sk:n in 2006 when it was an emerging brand in the UK’s nascent non-surgical skincare market. The company operated in a fragmented, fast-growing market. Graphite supported sk:n in expanding its clinic footprint, enhancing its brand image and optimising its operations.

At the time of our exit sk:n had grown into 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. sk:n had a highly professional and clinical approach which allowed it to offer the very highest standards of care in the non-surgical segment of the cosmetic treatment industry. This approach allowed sk:n to develop a strong, clinically-led brand with a high-quality and premium consumer perception. sk:n pursued a hybrid roll-out/roll-up strategy, opening 22 and acquiring 10 clinics under Graphite’s ownership. As a result, its nationwide coverage increased substantially, creating a strong platform for further growth.


Key Business Achievements

Strategically repositioned the business to emphasise the premium, medically-led offering; by the end of 2018 the business worked with 118 specialist doctors and 60 nurses

Substantially invested in the brand; at the time of Graphite’s exit, sk:n had achieved net promoter scores in excess of 70

Developed a highly optimised digital channel for customer acquisition which drove almost three million web visits annually

Grew the number of clinics from 17 to 51



3 million

web enquiries annually

In 2019 sk:n was sold to TriSpan, a mid-market private equity firm with a consumer focus.