Paul Herriott

Paul Herriott

Paul is a Director in the Corporate Finance team based in Leeds. He joined Dow Schofield Watts in September 2013.

He has advised companies across the mid-market on transactions including trade sales, strategic acquisitions, MBOs, private equity and debt fundraising. He has broad sector experience across manufacturing, business support services, technology & software, transport & logistics, industrial services, retail and leisure.

Following graduation from Durham University with a degree in Economics and a MSc in Finance & Investment, he subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young.

Recent deals include:

Trade sales

Concepta Capital to iomart Group plc, The Bridge (IT Recruitment) to Morson Group, Open Objects to Idox plc, Car Buying Group to Aston Barclay, Comms Design to Unipart Rail, ControlPoint to Ovarro, Sheffield Forgemasters to Ministry of Defence.

Cross-border M&A

PEAK Pipe Systems to SIMONA AG, Explorer Group (Elddis Caravans) to the Erwin Hymer Group of Germany, Simon Gibson Transport to GCA of France, Dyson Technical Ceramics, Firesprite to Sony,  Argyll Holidays to Cove Communities, Gem Scientific and Northern Balance to SLS.

Non-core disposals

Premier Products (subsidiary of James Briggs) to Selden Research, SpaceKraft (subsidiary of RM plc)


Operam Education acquisitions of Key Stage, Teachers UK and The Education Specialists, AFI acquisition of Facelift, Tile Giant

Management Buyouts

AFI funded by Pricoa, Park Leisure 2000 funded by Midlothian Capital Partners and Ares, Yorkshire Repak, CPD plc, Carnaby Caravans.

Management Buy Ins

Star Brands funded by Mobeus, Provide Education funded by HSBC, Sash UK & Fitrite funded by Praesidian Capital,

Development Capital

BGF investment in Northern Building Plastics, BGF investment in  Bayfields Opticians, Perwyn investment in The Feel Good Group, BGF investment in Operam Education


Corporate Finance – Leeds Office