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

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

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

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

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

Most active dealmaking advisers of H1 2020 announced

Most active dealmaking advisers of H1 2020 announced In the North West, we have kept our number 2 position in the most active dealmaking advisers with 8 deals completed so far. Recent deals include securing £7M in funding for digital wealth platform Smarterly. In Yorkshire, we have moved up to number 8 in the ranking … Continued

£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, Hampshire, Surrey and Yorkshire, with 13 sites … 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 … Continued

How has the deals market been impacted by Covid 19?

How has the UK Deals Market been affected by the Covid-19 crisis? What is the current state of play, and what are the emerging deal themes as we come out of lockdown? The Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance and Transaction Services teams in Yorkshire & the North East give their views in this document. We … Continued