Stressed and Turnaround

Securing capital for any turnaround assignment can be difficult and having access to funding is critical in most instances. Often businesses can require funds in a matter of days. In addition to funding, stressed/turnaround opportunities require a unique skill set given the challenging nature of the opportunities.

Our Services

Seneca is well positioned with available capital, together with a highly skilled team in order to deliver. Firstly, getting the deal completed and working with like minded professionals to achieve this, and subsequently the skills to not only fix the businesses but also support the management teams through what can be the most challenging of circumstance.

  • We are able to provide turnaround services to opportunities.
  • We are able to provide services and capital to opportunities.
  • We look to invest in businesses with a turnover of £5m to £100m.
  • We will look at smaller businesses as a bolt-on to any portfolio business we hold.
  • We will invest between £200k to £3m per transaction.
  • We are also able to co-invest with HNW individuals or other funders.
  • Our funds can be used for short-term opportunities up to a five year investment period.

The Way We Work

  • Initial telephone conversation within 24 hours of enquiry
  • Review the information received within two days of receipt
  • A detailed Client Meeting
  • Prepare an indicative heads of terms.
  • Our credit process is necessarily quick
  • Instruct lawyers to complete the deal

Contact Seneca Stressed and Turnaround

01942 271 746

Meet the Team


Melanie Hird

Melanie was a founding member of the Seneca team and is responsible for the origination and execution of deals in the Yorkshire market. She also manages an investment portfolio as well as managing investor relations.

Melanie has operated in the restructuring and turnaround markets for her entire career. Melanie’s career began with Ernst & Young in 1998 where she fulfilled various roles having advised a wide range of stakeholders to stressed corporates across many varying sectors. In 2004, she joined Kroll to focus on corporate assignments within the National and International markets where she also gained her Insolvency License.

Frustrated with the lack of SME funding, in order to assist stressed businesses with a turnaround strategy, together with strategic direction, Melanie co-founded Frontline in 2008 and subsequently Seneca Investments Limited in 2011 to provide just that.

Through Frontline and Seneca, Melanie has an enviable track record of investing in businesses with an ability to deliver high returns on investment via creative restructuring methods.

Melanie currently holds a number of non-exec roles in a diverse portfolio of businesses.

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Get in Touch

Contact our head office here. If you'd like specific information on certain areas please consult our Investing and Advising pages.

01942 271 746