£100M Merger Creates New Estate Agency Group

£100M Merger Creates New Estate Agency Group Dow Schofield Watts advised Lomond Capital on its £100m merger with Linley & Simpson in a deal which will create a new national lettings and estate agency group. The transaction, which was backed by LDC and LGT Capital Partners, brings together some of the UK’s strongest brands in … 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

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

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

Aberdeen-based FIS Chemicals undergoes MBI

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

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

£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

Start-up of Pretek

Pretek Precision Homes has used investment to develop a house-building factory in Blackburn. The facility will allow Pretek to build 3,000-plus new zero energy rated, fully sustainable and eco-responsible homes per year. Pretek is aiming to create up to 400 new jobs at the 192,000 sq ft former steel storage building at Walker Park. Chief … Continued