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

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

£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

Management Buy In Completes At Yorkshire Based Oxley Holdings

Management Buy In Completes At Yorkshire Based Oxley Holdings Oxley Holdings Limited, Yorkshire’s leading supplier and installer of quality garage doors, gates and shutters, has been bought as part of a Management Buy-In backed by Wakefield based Mysing Capital Limited. Financial due diligence was provided by Sophie Colloby from Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services team. … Continued

Canaccord Genuity invests in a premium children’s clothes and toys retailer

Canaccord Genuity invests in a premium children’s clothes and toys retailer Investment by Canaccord Genuity in a premium children’s clothes and toys retailer focused on 0-5 year olds. Canaccord are a London based independent investment bank who provide innovative corporate finance and advisory solutions that are tailored to help their clients achieve strategic and financial … 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

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

Car Buying Group acquired by Aston Barclay

The Car Buying Group (TCBG), one of the UK’s largest independent consumer car buying companies, has been acquired by Aston Barclay.   Roger Esler and Paul Herriott from Dow Schofield Watts’ Corporate Finance Team in Yorkshire & the North East advised TCBG and its shareholders on the sale.  Selling over 10,000 cars nationwide on behalf of car owners, TCBG has been at the forefront of the online … Continued

Sale of Heron Foods to B&M in £152m deal

DSW’s Yorkshire & North East corporate finance team has provided independent advice to one of the selling shareholders in Heron Foods in its sale to EV Retail, a subsidiary of Speke- headquartered discount retailer B&M, in a £152m deal. The transaction followed a period of review of strategic options for the group and several months … 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

Online rug retailer set for growth after £3.2m buy-in

PHD Equity Partners backs £3.2m management buy-in of UK’s leading online rug retailer Modern Rugs – the UK’s leading dedicated online rug retailer which is based in Co Durham (URLs: www.modern-rugs.co.uk and www.sisalrugs.co.uk) – has undergone a £3.2m management buy-in backed by Enterprise Ventures and PHD Equity Partners. The deal gives operational control of the … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance advises Character World management team on £36million secondary buyout

Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance, the prominent independent advisory firm, announces the successful completion of its advisory role to the management team of Character World, the UK’s leading licenced bedding specialist, on their secondary buyout backed by Palatine Private Equity from RJD Partners.  Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance  have been retained adviser to the management … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts act on cross border deal with Indian buyer

Yorkshire advisers act on cross border deal with Indian buyer Two leading Yorkshire advisory firms, Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance Limited (“DSW”) and Squire Patton Boggs have successfully completed the international trade sale of Homestyle Products Limited (“Homestyle Products”) to Acrysil UK Limited, a newly formed UK subsidiary of Acrysil Limited (“Acrysil”), an Indian company … Continued

DSW guide MBO team on buyout of Apico – leading motorcross brand

  Dow Schofield Watts advised Dylan Brown and Anna Lena Eriksson on their management buyout.  After 30 years’ service, Yrjö Vesterinen and Diane Vesterinen are handing over the reins to the younger couple, with over 40 years’ experience between them. Yrjö ‘Vesty’ Vesterinen, who started the company along with his wife Diane from small beginnings … Continued