Inspired Energy completes bolt-on acquisition

Inspired Energy completes bolt-on acquisition Procurement consultancy Inspired Energy has continued its buy and build strategy with the acquisition of energy consultancy Businesswise Solutions. Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised on the deal. The Lancashire company has funded the acquisition from the group’s successful £31.3m placing and open offer completed in July last year. It … Continued

MBO of Keysource backed by Tosca Debt Capital and Shawbrook Bank

MBO of Keysource backed by Tosca Debt Capital and Shawbrook Bank A management buyout at a data centres specialist has been backed by Manchester-based Tosca Debt Capital and Shawbrook Bank, who provided equity finance and debt funding, respectively. Terms of the deal are undisclosed. Sophie Colloby of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided due diligence … Continued

Yorkshire and North West teams buck trend with 32% rise in deal values

Yorkshire and North West teams buck trend with 32% rise in deal values Despite the challenges of 2020, Dow Schofield Watts’ Northern offices enjoyed a record year in terms of the value of deals they advised on. The teams in the North West and Yorkshire completed 54 deals with a total value of £1.27bn during … Continued

Manchester IT Firm Acquires Warrington’s Xicon Cloud

Manchester IT Firm Expands With Acquisition Warrington’s Xicon Cloud A private equity-backed IT, cloud and digital transformation specialist based in Manchester has expanded with the acquisition of a Warrington business. Ed Brentnall and Tomos Edwards from Dow Schofield Watts advised on the financial due diligence. The takeover of Xicon Cloud by BCN Group is designed to strengthen … Continued

Major Feed Company Merges with Manufacture

Major Feed Company Merges with Manufacture Dodson & Horrell has announced a merger with animal feed manufacturer HJ Lea Oakes. Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided financial due diligence on the deal. The venture will bring together the equine, poultry and zoo feed division of Dodson & Horrell Ltd with HJ Lea Oakes from 11 … Continued

DSW team advise on sale of leading IT solutions firm

DSW team advise on sale of leading IT solutions firm Agilitas IT Solutions – the UK’s leading services provider to IT channel partners – has changed hands in one of the most significant tech sector deals in recent months. NVM Private Equity has sold its stake in Agilitas to international private equity investor Perwyn. Dow … Continued

Total Capital-backed GRITIT acquires NMC Group

Total Capital-backed GRITIT acquires NMC Group Total Capital Partners (Total Capital) portfolio company GRITIT has completed the acquisition of Doncaster-based surfacing, engineering and external environment maintenance business NMC Group Ltd (NMC). Jonathan Steed of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided financial due diligence for the deal The unique and transformational acquisition of NMC doubles the … Continued

NorthEdge invests in Lights4fun

NorthEdge invests in Lights4fun Private equity firm NorthEdge has supported the management buyout of Lights4fun, one of Europe’s leading e-commerce retailers of decorative lighting, to further expand the business’ existing market presence internationally. Jonathan Steed of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided financial due diligence The direct-to-consumer Harrogate-headquartered business has been operating since 2003 and … 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

Beech Tree Private Equity invests in Microsoft Cloud Specialist

Beech Tree Private Equity invests in Microsoft Cloud Specialist Beech Tree Private Equity has invested in Transparity Solutions and is set to support the fast-growing Microsoft cloud specialist’s plans to scale up rapidly in a fragmented market. Beech Tree and Newco were advised by Ed Brentnall, Rob Parker and Rebecca Smith of Dow Schofield Watts … Continued

Financial preparation to enhance or protect value in transactions

Financial preparation to enhance or protect value in transactions Planning ahead is key to getting maximum value in corporate recapitalisations, refinancings and disposals. Well-presented, well-packaged opportunities are likely to generate the most interest and achieve best value. Poorly-presented opportunities run the risk of elongated timetables, price chips or failed processes. Our new paper looks at … 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

Financial due diligence in a Covid-19 world

Financial due diligence in a Covid-19 world Covid-19 has caused sudden and unexpected disruption for businesses. It will bring new challenges for transaction processes. As things stand, it is difficult to assess how and when sectors and businesses will recover and what the ‘new normal’ will look like.   Given these uncertainties, we think robust … Continued

Due Diligence process tips: COVID-19 considerations for vendors

Due Diligence process tips: COVID-19 considerations for vendors DSW Transaction Services acts as a financial due diligence provider to both buyers and sellers. Despite the current environment, we have a number of deals ongoing in resilient sectors. However, the impact of COVID-19 and the UK lockdown is universal and the following is a summary of … Continued

New partner appointed in Leeds

Dow Schofield Watts has appointed Jonathan Steed as Partner in its transaction services team in Leeds. Jonathan, who joins from KPMG, has over 25 years’ experience providing financial due diligence to clients in Yorkshire. During that time he has advised private equity firms, lenders and businesses ranging from family firms to many of Yorkshire’s best-known … Continued