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

Dave Graham appointed to lead Dow Schofield Watts’ growing London team

Advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts has appointed Dave Graham to lead its fast-growing London office. Dave, who was the firm’s first official employee when he joined in 2007, has relocated from the North West to work alongside the team in Covent Garden. He will be supported in his role by founding partner, Mark Watts. The London … 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

Social climbing’ business raises PE investment for growth

An indoor climbing business with sites in Liverpool, London and Plymouth has received investment from NVM Private Equity to allow it to expand.  The Climbing Hangar targets climbers and non-climbers looking for a sociable way to keep fit. The business, which is based in Liverpool, was founded in 2010 by Ged Macdomhnaill.  Rob McCarthy of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services … Continued

Holiday park operator doubles in size with 2 new sites

Holiday park operator Coppergreen has acquired two sites in the East Midlands after securing £25m from BGF and HSBC to support the acquisitions. Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised on the deal. The acquisition of Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire and Kenwick Park Golf Hotel and Spa and Lodge Park in Lincolnshire has doubled the size … Continued

DSW advises on £4m maiden investment by EV Growth II

ParkCloud – an award-winning aggregator site which allows drivers to pre-book car park spaces online – has secured £4m from Mercia Fund Managers.   Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised Mercia on the investment, which is the first from its 45.1m EV Growth II Fund.   The funding will enable ParkCloud to further develop its … Continued