New owner for premium holiday parks group Argyll Holidays

New owner for premium holiday parks group The Yorkshire & North East Corporate Finance team has advised the shareholders of Argyll Holidays on its sale to international resort operator Cove Communities. Argyll Holidays, one of Scotland’s leading holiday brands, operates eight premium holiday parks across Argyll and Bute. Known for the natural beauty and picturesque … Continued

Leisure Lakes Bikes’ sale to JD Group: the route to a successful exit

Leisure Lakes Bikes’ sale to JD Group: the route to a successful exit Dow Schofield Watts advised one of the UK’s premium bicycle retailers on its sale to JD Group for an undisclosed sum. Leisure Lakes Bikes supplies an unrivaled range of cycles, parts and accessories through its 10 UK stores and strong online presence. … Continued

Bally’s Corporation acquires Degree 53

Bally’s Corporation acquires Degree 53 Degree 53 a Manchester digital agency has been acquired by US-listed global gaming, betting and interactive entertainment company Bally’s Corporation. Sophie Colloby of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided financial due diligence on the deal.  Degree 53 was founded by Andrew Daniels in 2013 following investment from Betfred founder Fred … Continued

Growth and succession for leading holiday home manufacturer

Growth and succession for leading holiday home manufacturer The Yorkshire & North East Corporate Finance team has advised the shareholders of Carnaby Caravans on raising finance to support further growth and facilitate management succession. Carnaby Caravans, a leading manufacturer of high-quality holiday homes, is set for further growth following a record year which has seen … Continued

Firesprite enters next level with sale to Sony

Firesprite enters next level with sale to Sony The Yorkshire & North East Corporate Finance team at DSW has advised on a high profile deal which will see Firesprite the UK-based videogame studio with a history of developing highly-polished showpieces for cutting-edge hardware being acquired by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE). The transaction builds on an … Continued

Habicus Group acquire long-standing competitor The Apartment Service

Habicus Group acquire long-standing competitor The Apartment Service Habicus Group, the parent company of serviced apartment agent SilverDoor, has acquired long-standing competitor The Apartment Service. James Curtis and Gregg Pendlington of Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance advised Habicus Group on the deal. The acquisition will bring together two of the largest global serviced apartment agents. … 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

£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

Auto Marine Cables on track to growth after investment from PHD

A family business which is the UK’s leading supplier of low-voltage cables to the automotive and marine industries has received a significant investment from PHD Equity Partners to drive its growth. Auto Marine Cables (AMC) employs 76 staff at its premises in Worsley, near Manchester and manufactures almost all of its own cables on site. The £14m turnover … Continued

DSW advises on growth capital deal for North East based tanning specialist

Darlington based, The Feel Good Group, a leader in the UV and spray tanning solutions market, has raised growth capital from Perwyn and HSBC in order to continue its store roll out expansion strategy. The business is the largest operator in the UK with over 80 tanning stores nationally trading under the Tanning Shop brand. … Continued

Transaction services team advises PE firm on £4m investment in golf retailer

Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised Foresight Group on its £4m private equity investment in Clubhouse Golf, the equipment, clothing and accessories retailer. Clubhouse Golf was originally established as an on-course professional shop by founder Paul Reeves, with a high-street store in Salford. Its ecommerce platform, launched subsequently, has quickly increased customer reach and the … Continued

DSW advises on sale of leading UK caravan manufacturer to German company

Dow Schofield Watts’ corporate finance team in Yorkshire & the North East has advised on the sale of The Explorer Group Limited, a leading UK manufacturer of motorhomes and caravans, to the German company Erwin Hymer Group AG & Co. KG. Based in Consett, near Newcastle, The Explorer Group is home to the Buccaneer, Compass, … Continued

DSW advise The Dining Club Group, a business backed by Bridgepoint Development Capital

The Dining Club Group, a business backed by Bridgepoint Development Capital, has today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Hi-Life Diners Club Limited (″Hi-Life″), a subscription-based dining membership club, from Hi-Life Group Limited. Matt Turner, Chief Executive of The Dining Club Group, said: “Discounted dining is part of a growing benefits sector.  With … Continued

DSW advises management on £50m buy-out of NWTC by Graphite

Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance advised the management of New World Trading Company (NWTC) – one of the UK’s most respected pub and restaurant businesses – on the £50m buy-out of the business backed by Graphite Capital. The Knutsford-based company operates The Botanist, The Oast House, Smugglers Cove, The Trading House and The Club House … Continued