Cooke Optics

Specialist manufacturer of cine lenses

  • Sector: Technology
  • Location: Midlands
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  • Date of investment: Sep-15
  • GCP board member: Alex Thomson


  • Specialist manufacturer of cine lenses for the high end motion picture, television and advertising industries
  • A historic and highly recognised brand in the film industry with a c.120 year history in optical engineering
  • Film credits include historic productions such as Spartacus as well as more contemporary films including the Harry Potter series and television productions such as Game of Thrones
  • Cooke lenses are handcrafted in Leicester, England and are industry renowned for the distinctive visual effect they achieve on screen

Why we invested

  • Cooke has an established and differentiated market position as a leading high end cine lens manufacturer
  • Focus on new product development, technical innovation and quality lens design
  • Strong technical reputation and brand loyalty from filmmakers, directors and customers
  • GCP is backing a highly experienced management team with deep industry knowledge and a robust plan for growth

How we are making a difference

  • GCP provided all of the funding at completion with a flexible capital structure to suit the needs of the business and shareholders
  • Backing an experienced management team to deliver their plan for the business and to support the next phase of growth
  • Providing an engaged and supportive investment partner that recognises the unique heritage of Cooke

GCP has a strong reputation for supporting fast growing businesses. They have a supportive and flexible approach to investing that makes them a valued partner to Cooke

Les Zellan Chairman of Cooke Optics