Most active dealmaking advisers of H1 2020 announced

Most active dealmaking advisers of H1 2020 announced In the North West, we have kept our number 2 position in the most active dealmaking advisers with 8 deals completed so far. Recent deals include securing £7M in funding for digital wealth platform Smarterly. In Yorkshire, we have moved up to number 8 in the ranking … Continued

£12M Opticians Group Bayfields Secures BGF Investment

Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance in Yorkshire and North East has advised Bayfields Opticians and Audiologists on its investment from BGF. Bayfields was founded in 2004 by optometrist Royston Bayfield and has its head office in Esholt. It has grown to 19 practices, including sites in County Durham, Lancashire, Hampshire, Surrey and Yorkshire, with 13 sites … Continued

Start-up raises £4m to roll out new EV charging points

Start-up raises £4m to roll out new EV charging points Dow Schofield Watts Aberdeen advised start-up Trojan Energy on its £4.1m seed funding round to support the roll-out of its on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points. The product aims to help solve the issue of charging for vehicle owners without access to off-street parking, which is … Continued

Digital Wealth Platform Smarterly Raises £7M

Digital Wealth Platform Smarterly Raises £7M Digital wealth platform for the workplace Smarterly has secured £7m in Series A funding. The London-based FinTech allows employees to save and invest in an ISA directly through payroll, and uses analytics and algorithms to design and monitor personalised portfolios. Dow Schofield Watts’ Corporate Finance Team arranged the funding … Continued

RSK Acquires Morrison Falklands Ltd and Nicholas O’Dwyer

RSK, a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business, has announced the double acquisition of construction company Morrison Falklands Ltd (now trading as RSK Falkland Islands) and consulting engineering practice Nicholas O’Dwyer. The businesses, based in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, and Dublin, Ireland, respectively, are RSK’s second and third acquisitions of … Continued

Jackson Lees Group acquired by MAPD Ventures 

Jackson Lees Group acquired by MAPD Ventures Law firm Jackson Lees Group, which has more than 280 staff across six North West offices, has been acquired by MAPD Ventures via a management buyout led by its current chief executive and chief operating officer, Brian Cullen and Joanna Kingston-Davies, for an undisclosed sum. Having received funding … Continued

a2e Industries secures £25m long-term AS.G funding from Magnetar Capital

a2e Industries secures £25m long-term AS.G funding from Magnetar Capital a2e Industries has secured a £25 million term loan facility for its fast-growing aerospace grouping, Aero Services.Global group (AS.G), with a new funding package provided by Magnetar Capital (Magnetar). Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided financial due diligence. In addition, Close Brothers Asset Finance has … Continued

Bollington Wilson Insurers buy Prophet Trade Credit Ltd.

Bollington Wilson Insurers buy Prophet Trade Credit Ltd. Brokerage firm Bollington Wilson Insurers has completed a deal to buy Harrogate-based broker Prophet Trade Credit Ltd. as part of a bigger expansion plan for 2020. Dow Schofield Watts’ Corporate Finance and Transaction Support teams assisted Bollington Wilson. The sale adds over £4 million ($5.2 million) gross … Continued

BCN Group acquires Runcorn’s Polymorph

BCN Group acquires Runcorn’s Polymorph BCN Group has acquired Runcorn-based digital company Polymorph, for an undisclosed sum. The merger is expected to bring BCN revenues of more than £30m per year, with Polymorph’s latest accounts showing a turnover in excess of £4m. Ed Brentnall of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided financial due diligence for BCN … Continued

RSK acquires Salix First deal of 2020

RSK acquires Salix: First deal of 2020 RSK, a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business, has today announced the acquisition of river restoration and erosion control specialists Salix. The addition to the rapidly expanding RSK group is the first acquisition of 2020 and the ninth in the 2019/2020 financial year. RSK was advised … Continued

£2M Boost for Sunseekers

£2M Boost for Sunseekers North West sunbed and tanning shop specialist Sunseekers has secured a £2m loan from ThinCats as part of its plans to increase its presence across the region. ThinCats was introduced to the Sunseekers team by advisers Dave Graham and Philip Hodgson of Dow Schofield Watts, who had strong ties with the … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts reports strong year for Northern dealmakers

Dealmakers from Dow Schofield Watts’ Northern offices recorded another strong year in 2019, with activity levels holding firm against the backdrop of a quieter deals market. The firm’s corporate finance and transaction services teams in the North advised on 69 deals worth £966m during the year, similar to 2018 when they completed 68 deals worth … Continued

Eque2 acquires CLiPIT Solutions Ltd

Eque2, the leading software provider for the construction industry, has announced the acquisition of CLiPIT Solutions, the Yeovil-based company that specialises in fully-integrated construction accounting and job costing software solutions. Dave Graham of Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance assisted on the deal and Catriona Lang from Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided Financial Due Diligence. … Continued

Outdoor brand raises £350k in fourth deal by DSW Angels

A fast-growing Cheshire clothing brand with a mission to become the ‘Levi’s of the women’s outdoorwear market’ has raised £350,000 in a funding round led by Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Angels), the business angel network. ACAI Activewear was started by husband and wife team Joe and Kasia Bromley with a sewing machine on their … Continued

RSK Group acquires Geocore Site Investigations Ltd

RSK, the UK’s leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services consultancy, has today announced its latest acquisition: domestic subsidence investigation specialist Geocore Site Investigations Ltd. The announcement marks the fifth acquisition for the fast-growing RSK group this financial year. RSK was advised by Tony Meakin of Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance. Geocore Site Investigations is … Continued