Blackberry Hearing Partners with Abbey Finance

Blackberry Hearing Ltd a leading provider of hearing solutions in Ireland, has today announced investment from Abbey International Finance.

The investment will serve primarily as a Buy-Out of the Co-Founders Dave Gleeson & John Ryan who established the business in 2015, as well as accelerating the roll-out of retail hearing experience stores across Ireland and the UK, in partnership with TESCO. The Management team of Dr Luke Higgins & Matt Gleeson will lead the future growth of the business with the co-founders retaining a minority stake.

In a short space of time, Blackberry Hearing has emerged as a leading provider of hearing solutions in Ireland with its data-driven approach to customer acquisition combined with an outstanding reputation for delivering a 5-Star customer experience.

With over 50 clinics, a new retail arm, a passionate team of audiologists serving thousands of customers each year and fitting the best technology, Blackberry Hearing is set to continue its growth journey at pace and deliver its vision of becoming a large international retailer of hearing solutions.

“We are thrilled to be partnered with Abbey International Finance for our future growth plans. We believe there is something special here; a fabulous team, a great brand and business built by Dave & John upon which we want to expand, utilising our data-driven approach to customer acquisition. We have big plans to take on the high street for hearing solutions and believe with Abbey, our new investment partner, we can deliver” – Matt Gleeson, Managing Director, Blackberry Hearing Ltd.

"We are excited to partner with Luke, Matt, and the entire Blackberry team as they continue to build a market-leading audiology brand in the coming years. We look forward to supporting them in this exciting next stage of their journey." – Gerry Clifford, CEO Abbey International Finance.

Over the last 8 years, Blackberry Hearing has developed into the largest Irish-owned retailer of hearing solutions, employing more than 30 people across 50 clinics nationwide. Their focus on price transparency, commitment to customer service and audiological care has proved decisive with thousands of customers across Ireland.

Abbey International Finance, based in Dublin, is an independent finance firm specialising in minority investments in profitable, well-managed Irish SMEs. Through growth equity and management buyouts (MBOs), Abbey provides capital and strategic support to help companies navigate their next phase of growth.