Busting finance jargon with Roger Esler #3

Busting finance jargon with Roger Esler #3 Pre-emptives, limited auctions, wide auctions, twin track, triple track, sales agents, business brokers, spaghetti There are many ways to manage a business sale processes depending on the specific attributes and qualities of a particular business, the nature of its buyer audience and the objectives of its shareholders. It … Continued

DSW team advise on sale of leading IT solutions firm

DSW team advise on sale of leading IT solutions firm Agilitas IT Solutions – the UK’s leading services provider to IT channel partners – has changed hands in one of the most significant tech sector deals in recent months. NVM Private Equity has sold its stake in Agilitas to international private equity investor Perwyn. Dow … Continued

Busting finance jargon with Roger Esler #2

Busting finance jargon with Roger Esler #2 Non-core disposals, carve outs, strategic divestures & corporate simplification Large corporate groups are evolving organisms that can go through fits and starts of acquisitions and disposals. The drivers for periodic bursts of such activity can be strategic, financial or both, but the catalysts can include a change in … Continued

Lab software business acquired by Canadian firm

Lab software business acquired by Canadian firm The Genial Group – the Chester-based group which is a market leader in laboratory software – has been acquired by Harris, part of the Canadian company Constellation Software Inc. Dow Schofield Watts advised the Genial shareholders on the deal and introduced the company to the buyer. Genial’s software … Continued

Hospitality leaders urge Chancellor to use tax relief to ‘save the industry’

Hospitality leaders urge Chancellor to use tax relief to ‘save the industry’ A Dow Schofield Watts advisor is helping to lead a campaign calling on the Chancellor to use tax relief to encourage investors to support the hospitality industry through the pandemic and beyond. Payam Keyghobadi has joined forces with Alan Lorrimer, founder of London’s … Continued

Busting finance jargon with Roger Esler #1

Busting jargon with Roger Esler #1 Cash out, equity release, partial buy-out, VIMBO & FAMBO Two important considerations for business owners as they navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic to greater stability and more normal trading are firstly, is too much of their wealth tied to a single private business and secondly, are Capital Gains Tax … Continued

Fairway International Travel secures backing from ThinCats

Halifax travel firm which supports golfers on the PGA European Tour secures backing from ThinCats Fairway International Travel (FIT), an independent travel management company, has been supported by ThinCats with £1.5m in working capital. ThinCats was introduced by Phil Tarimo at Dow Schofield Watts Debt Advisory to provide the bespoke funding package needed. Founded in … Continued

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

Dow Schofield Watts moves into ranks of UK top 60

Dow Schofield Watts moves into ranks of UK top 60 Dow Schofield Watts has been ranked in the UK’s top 60 accountancy firms for the first time. The firm has risen by 13 places to reach number 59 in this year’s  Accountancy Age Top 50+50, which recognises the ‘movers and shakers’ of the accountancy world. … Continued

Regional investors collaborate to improve access to funding

Regional investors collaborate to improve access to funding Two regional investors have agreed a new strategic partnership to provide enhanced support for early-stage companies in the Northern Powerhouse region. DSW Ventures and NorthInvest have been working together for some time, with the former having invested in two companies – PopTop and OneUtilityBill – as a … Continued

DSW Aberdeen plays key role in MBI of ‘green’ chemicals company

DSW Aberdeen plays key role in MBI of ‘green’ chemicals company FIS Chemicals, the Aberdeen-based company which is a leading supplier of specialist chemicals to the energy and offshore industries, has undergone a multi-million management buy-in. The deal was initiated by Dow Schofield Watts Aberdeen which also advised the vendor Tom Cummings. It was backed … Continued

DSW Angels rebrands to DSW Ventures

DSW Angels rebrands to DSW Ventures DSW Angels, the venture capital investment business of the Dow Schofield Watts group, has changed its trading brand to DSW Ventures (dsw.vc) to reflect the increasing scale and reach of the business at a time of a massive increase in market activity. DSW Ventures will continue to work as … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts in running for North West Dealmakers Awards

Dow Schofield Watts in running for North West Dealmakers Awards Dow Schofield Watts has once again received multiple nominations in the annual Insider North West Dealmakers Awards. The firm is in the running for the Mid-Market Corporate Finance Team of the Year, an accolade it has won no fewer than three times in recent years. … Continued

Tile Giant acquired from Travis Perkins PLC

Tile Giant acquired from Travis Perkins PLC The Yorkshire & North East Corporate Finance team of Dow Schofield Watts has advised Leeds based specialist investment group, Coverings, on the acquisition of Tile Giant from Northampton based Travis Perkins PLC. Tile Giant is one of the leading tiling retailers in the UK through its 82 stores … Continued

The future of accounting – how the Big 4 shake-up will affect your career

The future of accounting – how the Big 4 shake-up will affect your career Changes to the accounting landscape could open up new horizons for professionals, says Nicole Burstow, a former audit director at Deloitte and now FD at Dow Schofield Watts Amidst the disruption and uncertainty of recent years, the accountancy profession has remained … Continued