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Grant Nicholson

Founder & Chairman

Rainman Collateral

London, UK

Rainman Collateral
Grant Nicholson
Brooks Newmark
The University of Oxford
Karen Niovitch Davis
Prosek Partners

Grant Nicholson’s Biography

Grant Nicholson is the ambitious and innovative Founder and Chairman of Rainman Collateral. He divides his time between London and Dubai.

A determined entrepreneur with a clear vision for success, he was aged 19 and still at university when he developed a unique energy demand algorithm which impressed Goldman Sachs so much, they bought it and promptly hired him as an energy trader.

A fierce advocate of impact investing, Grant began to grow increasingly frustrated at the status quo within the energy market. He believed companies were failing to get across to industry the commercial benefits of renewable energy; that it was not only good for the planet but for business too. This led Grant to invest in three renewable ventures, successfully exiting all three in early 2021.

Grant's enthusiastic style of leadership is rooted in the belief that sustainable ways of doing business are beneficial for both the environment and organisations. Under Grant’s leadership, Planet-U acquired Heatsource Direct as part of their build-and-buy strategy to support business growth. The firm was named Young Business of the Year at the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2020.

He is a Director at Chesterblair Homes, a luxury property developer, and sits on the Board of Directors at international strategic talent consultancy Hortor, following a considerable investment, showing his commitment to helping build the company.

Grant was named Young Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors’ Yorkshire and North East division in 2020.

Grant Nicholson’s Newsfeed

Bdaily News
Award-winning entrepreneur joins board of directors at Hortor

Grant Nicholson, Founder & Chairman of Rainman Collateral, is featured in an article by Bdaily News regarding his latest appointment as a member of the Board of Directors at Hortor, a global strategic talent consultancy.

Grant Nicholson’s Background

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Rainman Collateral
Founder & Chairman
Jan 2017 - Present
London, UK
Rainman Collateral is a family office that was set up by an entrepreneur based in Yorkshire. The office invests in distressed assets, primarily property, and then focuses on adding value.
Hortor Limited
Board of Directors
Dec 2020 - Present
Leeds, UK
Hortor is an international strategic talent consultancy. The company applies both a commercial understanding and cultural awareness in its works with clients, who are from a wide range of industries.
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Grant Nicholson’s Gallery

Board Positions

Chesterblair Homes
Jan 2021 - Present
Selby, UK
Chesterblair Homes offers outstanding services for the planning, designing and building of your own dream home. The company is committed to providing the highest quality of work whilst maintaining a speedy and professional service. Grant joined the board as he saw an opportunity in the high-end residential market for developing new homes.


Planet-U Promise: how we’re working towards achieving our goals by planting over 4,500 trees
Jan 2021
Leeds, UK
In this Planet-U Energy video, Grant and his team discuss Planet-U's promise to be carbon neutral by 2025, their recent initiatives as well as Run For Climate Change, which is a race in partnership with Planet-U.
Leeds Rhinos scores energy sponsorship deal with Planet-U
May 2018
Leeds, UK
Planet-U signs a three-year sponsorship deal with the Leeds Rhinos, making them Emerald Headingley Stadium's sole energy supplier.
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Awards & Endorsements

Institute of Directors IoD | Yorkshire and North East
Young Director of the Year
Leeds, UK
In 2020 Grant was awarded Young Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors, Yorkshire and North East division. He was recognised for his vision and tenacity as a young and successful entrepreneur as well as his innovative work as Founder and CEO of Planet-U Energy.


Hortor Limited
Dec 2020 - Present
Leeds, UK