<h1>Gear4music History</h1>

Gear4music Limited was launched in 2003, and has become one of the largest retailers of musical instruments and equipment in the UK, now having over 600,000 registered customers. In 2012 we launched Gear4music in 15 different languages, and we are now one of the fastest growing music companies in Europe.

On 3rd June 2015 Gear4music made an Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market. This means that members of the public can now buy shares in Gear4music, and become part of our story. Floating Gear4music puts us in an even better position to grow, offering an even wider range of music gear with the same great level of service our customers have come to know us for.

To learn more about Gear4music shares and our corporate profile, visit our Investor Website.

Gear4music Timeline


CEO and founder Andrew Wass, was a sound recording engineer in 1995 when he identified an opportunity to supply small recording studios and educational establishments with personal computer based digital recording solutions.


In 2003 Andrew began to research the potential to retail own-brand beginner level musical instruments, with the intention of opening up the market by selling at lower prices than traditional music shops. After visiting several international exhibitions in the USA and China, Andrew placed a bulk order for guitars and listed them for sale on the then new gear4music.com website. The website generated £0.65m of revenue in its first full year of trading.


Gear4music has grown consistently since launch and in March 2012 a private equity investor Key Capital Partners invested £3.4m in the Group. This investment provided additional funding to develop further the ecommerce platform and invest in the Group’s expansion into Europe. Following this investment, the Group launched a further 18 country- specific websites for customers in Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Slovakia.


The Group relocated to new premises at Clifton Moor, York in November 2013 adding significant distribution and storage capacity, and shortly after opened a 9,000 square feet showroom.


In June 2015 the Group successfully listed in the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange, generating £10.3m of gross proceeds and £9.0m of net proceeds after expenses and seller sales, of which £4.6m was used to repay Key Capital Partners debt in full, leaving £4.4m of growth capital.


The Group opened its Swedish distribution centre.


In January the Group completed a deal to bring its software development team in-house in Manchester. In February the Group opened its German distribution centre.


As a result of rapid growth, Gear4music has purchased a new HQ based in Holgate, York. The new site offers a high quality modern office with excellent facilities.

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