Creating a Portfolio of Angel Investments

Creating a Portfolio of Angel Investments By David Smith The general risks of unquoted investing Each of the Dow Schofield Watts Angels investment circulars states that you are significantly more likely to lose your money than to make money. This is more than just boilerplate. We do want investors to take it to heart and … Continued

DSW Angels completes third investment

PopTopUK Limited, the UK’s leading online events marketplace, has secured a £615,000 equity investment from a syndicate led by Dow Schofield Watts Angels and Northstar Ventures. Over 30 angel investors took part in the funding round, which will be invested in sales and marketing to support the imminent launch of PopTop’s real-time booking system.  PopTop, which is … Continued

Transaction services team celebrates 10 years

Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services is celebrating its 10th anniversary as it continues to expand its team. Starting out with just three members in Daresbury in November 2008, the team now numbers 14 across the North West, Leeds and London. Recent appointments have included Alex Hill in Leeds and Will Baker in London. Meanwhile demand … Continued

Forecast is bright as business planning team joins Dow Schofield Watts

A North West firm which provides financial modelling services for the public and private sector has joined forces with national advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts as part of its growth plans. JL Advisory will now change its name to Dow Schofield Watts Business Planning LLP. The business, which is based in Stockport and made up … Continued

Beech Tree backs cloud services provider BCN

Beech Tree Private Equity has made a significant investment in the Manchester-based IT managed services provider BCN Group. Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised Beech Tree on the deal. BCN Group provides cloud hosting, voice solutions, data management, maintenance and other services to hundreds of customers across the country. The company has a strong focus … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts expands Yorkshire & North East team

Advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts has announced two new appointments and a promotion at its Yorkshire & North East office.   Alex Hill joins the Transaction Services team from KPMG, where he worked on a wide variety of clients ranging from manufacturing to construction and retail with revenue typically ranging between £40m to £100m.   Bibin Johnson joins the Corporate Finance team from PwC, and has worked with clients in the industrial, manufacturing and retail … Continued

DSW Angels joins national network

Dow Schofield Watts Angels – the angels network for the North of England – has joined the national trade body, the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA). The membership will bring it together with over 160 other UKBAA members including investment syndicates, VCs, accelerators and early-stage investors. Dow Schofield Watts Angels now has over 70 investors … Continued

Refinancing at Ashfield Extrusion

The Yorkshire & North East Corporate Finance team of Dow Schofield Watts has advised Arklow Engineering Limited on a full refinancing of Ashfield Extrusion Limited, its wholly owned subsidiary. Ashfield Extrusion is a leading aluminium forward and reverse impact extrusion specialist supplying specialist components to the countermeasures, medical and pyrotechnics markets. It also manufactures aluminium … Continued

Wireless Innovation Acquires Tracking Firms

Wireless Innovation – a specialist Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and communications provider which is backed by Horizon Capital – has acquired Rock Seven Mobile Services Limited and YB Tracking Limited. Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised on the deal, which will allow the enlarged group to access new fast-growing markets in … Continued

Women Angels of the North Investment Forum

Dow Schofield Watts are proud to support the Women Angels of the North Investment Forum, taking place on the 12th November, in Leeds. UK Business Angels Association, in partnership with Growth Capital Partners and North Invest present the Women Angels of the North Investment Forum. Join over 120 women angels and prominent guest speakers as they work … Continued

Shopblocks secures £300k investment from Northern angel network

Dow Schofield Watts Angels – the Northern angel network – has completed its second deal, with a £300,000 investment in Miribase Limited, the company behind the Shopblocks e-commerce platform. Over 25 angel investors took part in the funding round, which will be used to accelerate Shopblocks revenues by investment in new sales and marketing resources. … Continued

DSW launches new service for hospitality and leisure sector

Dow Schofield Watts has launched a specialist corporate finance service for the Hospitality & Leisure sector led by two of the UK’s leading experts in the field. Will Baxter, who was formerly Head of Hospitality at Grant Thornton, and Payam Keyghobadi, who was a Partner in a London-based advisory practice, have worked on deals for … Continued

Six nominations for DSW in Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards

Dow Schofield Watts’ corporate finance team in Yorkshire & the North East, led by Roger Esler, has been shortlisted in five categories in the Insider’s Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards 2018. The team is in the running for the Corporate Finance Advisory Team of the Year award for the third year in succession, winning in 2016. DSW’s … Continued

North West teams in running for deals awards yet again!

Dow Schofield Watts is hoping to hold on to its accolades for yet another year after being shortlisted in two categories in the 2018 Insider North West Dealmakers Awards.   The firm has been shortlisted for the Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory Team of the Year, which it has won for each of the past three … Continued

Foresight invests in buy-out at contract research firm

Epistem, a Manchester-based contract research organisation, has received a £2m investment from Foresight Group to support its management buy-out from genedrive plc.  Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised on the deal. The buy-out was led by Dr Catherine Booth, one of the original founders of Epistem and expert in epithelial stem cell biology, who will be supported by a strong executive team.  … Continued