Comms Design acquired by Unipart

Comms Design acquired by Unipart The Yorkshire & North East corporate finance team of Dow Schofield Watts has advised Comms Design on its sale to Unipart Rail, the rail division of Unipart Group. The transaction followed an international marketing of the company to strategic trade parties. Comms Design is based in Harrogate, Yorkshire, and is … Continued

Buy-In Management Buyout of Star Brands Completed

The Yorkshire & North East Corporate Finance team at DSW has advised on the buy-in management buyout (BIMBO) of Star Brands, funded by Mobeus. Star Brands, the £30m-turnover laundry and cleaning product manufacturer, is headquartered in Leeds and has a manufacturing plant in Redditch. It currently employs about 125 staff, with 30 of those added … Continued

Meat wholesaler Nigel Fredericks ceases trading with loss of 250 jobs

A London-based meat and poultry specialist which had been facing financial difficulties has ceased trading after failing to find a buyer. Dow Schofield Watts Business Recovery were appointed as administrators to Nigel Fredericks Trading Limited, which supplied the catering, hotel, leisure and education sectors including a number of high-profile sporting venues. The Dow Schofield Watts … Continued

Proseal UK Limited To Be Acquired By US Corporation In £220m Deal

Food packaging specialist to be acquired by US corporation in £220m deal Proseal UK Limited – the UK firm which is a leading provider of tray sealing technology to the food industry – is to be acquired by Chicago-based JBT Corporation. JBT, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, has signed a definitive … 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

Buy-in opens door to growth for one of Yorkshire’s leading fabricators

One of the region’s long-established privately owned PVC fabrication businesses has changed hands in a management buy-in with the transaction providing an exit for the original founder shareholders. The £22m turnover SASH-Fitrite group, based in Barnsley and operating under the brands Sash UK (“Sash”) and Fitrite Fencing & Decking (“Fitrite”), has been acquired by John … Continued

Periscopes business sold in £9.5m deal

Kent Periscopes Ltd – the military equipment supplier based in St Asaph, North Wales – has been acquired by the photonics technology company Gooch & Housego plc in a deal worth up to £9.5m. Dow Schofield Watts and Hill Dickinson advised Kent on the deal. Founded in 2005, Kent is a specialist supplier of periscopes, … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts advise NWF Group on their latest acquisition.

Dow Schofield Watts provided lead advisory and due diligence services to NWF Group which has bought  leading animal feed manufacturer, SC Feeds Limited. NWF, the specialist agricultural and distribution business, is to pay up to £6.75m to acquire the Stone-based company. The deal comprises an initial consideration of £6m in cash, to be satisfied from NWF’s existing … Continued