£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

£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

AFI receives investment from Pricoa

DSW’s Corporate Finance team in Yorkshire & the North East has advised the management of AFI-Uplift Limited (“AFI” or “the Group”) on the securing £60m of new long-term financing from Pricoa Private Capital (“Pricoa”). DSW has also advised AFI on the acquisition of Facelift (GB) Limited (“Facelift”). The overall deal size for the combined transactions … Continued

Operam Education Group receives investment from BGF and HSBC

Operam Education Group receives investment from BGF and HSBC Funding supports the acquisition of Teachers UK and The Education Specialists 11 March 2019: Operam Education Group, which operates in the education recruitment sector, has received investment from BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, and HSBC. The funding will support further … Continued

Springboard for Springfield

Springfield Solutions Limited (“Springfield”), a Hull based niche digital label printing and brand management business, has been provided with a significant funding package by HSBC Corporate Banking in Hull. Springfield was originally set up and established by Albert Dass over 40 years ago with HSBC as its banker. This long-standing relationship has enabled HSBC to … Continued

Refinancing at Ashfield Extrusion

The Yorkshire & North East Corporate Finance team of Dow Schofield Watts has advised Arklow Engineering Limited on a full refinancing of Ashfield Extrusion Limited, its wholly owned subsidiary. Ashfield Extrusion is a leading aluminium forward and reverse impact extrusion specialist supplying specialist components to the countermeasures, medical and pyrotechnics markets. It also manufactures aluminium … 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

Inprova Group makes fifth acquisition in two years

Dow Schofield Watts advised Warrington-based procurement outsourcing service company Inprova Group on its acquisition of an energy consultancy in West Sussex. Energy & Carbon Management (E&CM), which operates out of Horsham, provides energy broker and consultancy services such as commercial gas and electricity procurement, energy risk management and consumption measurement and analysis. The transaction was … Continued

DSW tech team advise Azzure IT on £2m fundraising

Dow Schofield Watts’ technology team advised Azzure IT, one of the North’s fastest growing small tech firms, on its £2m fundraising from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. The deal is the single largest investment by the Fund since its launch in February last year. Sheffield-based Azzure IT helps … Continued

Acquisition of ADAS makes RSK Group an industry leader

Dow Schofield Watts advised Cheshire headquartered RSK Group on its acquisition of ADAS in a deal that makes RSK one of the biggest environmental consultancies in the country. The transaction adds new services to RSK’s portfolio of environmental, engineering and technical support services and provides synergistic growth opportunities for both businesses. ADAS is the UK’s … Continued