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

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

Aberdeen-based FIS Chemicals undergoes MBI

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

Aberdeen engineering firm J&S Subsea acquired by management

Aberdeen engineering firm J&S Subsea acquired by management Aberdeen subsea engineering firm J&S Subsea has been acquired by its management in a deal that signals confidence in the long term prospects for the North Sea. Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance advised the buyout team. A team led by Matt Blair acquired the J&S Subsea operation … Continued

RSK expansions of its asbestos and engineering services with double acquisition

RSK expansions of its asbestos and engineering services with double acquisition RSK Group Ltd has announced the expansion of its asbestos and engineering services with the double acquisition of asbestos removal specialists PA Group and civil and structural engineering company RoC Consulting. The businesses are based in Dartford, Kent, and Manchester, respectively, and are RSK’s fifth and … Continued

£12M Opticians Group Bayfields Secures BGF Investment

£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, … 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 currently a … 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

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

£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

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

Operam Education acquires Key Stage Teacher Supply

Dow Schofield Watts’ Corporate Finance and Transaction Support teams in Yorkshire & the North East have advised Operam Education Group on its acquisition of Key Stage Teacher Supply, a North West-based education recruitment agency. The transaction follows the Barnsley-headquartered group’s acquisitions of Teachers UK and The Education Specialists earlier this year. Following an initial £3.7m … Continued

RSK Group Buys Site Remediation Firm

Environmental and engineering services specialist RSK Group has expanded with the acquisition of a multidisciplinary site remediation company. RSK was advised by Tony Meakin of Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance and Nicola Merritt of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services. With headquarters in Sittingbourne and further offices in Stafford, Devon and Bologna, Ecologia Environmental Solutions employs a workforce of 45. … Continued