NorthEdge Capital backs Yorkshire stairlift maker

A West Yorkshire-based stairlift manufacturer, which employs in excess of 100 staff and distributes to more than 40 countries worldwide, has secured private equity investment from NorthEdge Capital. Platinum Stairlifts, based in Keighley, designs and manufactures a full suite of stairlift products. Strong growth has been achieved in recent years, with revenue increasing by more … Continued

Angel network chooses web software firm for its first EIS qualifying investment

Dow Schofield Watts Angels – the network set up last year to bring together individual investors with promising Northern technology firms – has chosen a Warrington-based software company for its first funding round. The angels are being offered an EIS qualifying £500,000 stake in Avanite, which has developed a product to help IT managers to … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts launches tax disputes service

  Independent advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts has launched a new specialist tax service in response to the increasing number of businesses and individuals involved in tax investigations and disputes.  DSW Tax Resolution will be led by former HMRC inspector Philip Manley and will help clients who are the subject of action by the tax authorities or facing financial difficulties due to payment demands. It will support them through the enquiry process and negotiate … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts launches tax disputes service

Independent advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts has launched a new specialist tax service in response to the increasing number of businesses and individuals involved in tax investigations and disputes.  DSW Tax Resolution will be led by former HMRC inspector Philip Manley and will help clients who are the subject of action by the tax authorities or facing financial difficulties due to payment demands. It will support them through the enquiry process and negotiate settlements on … Continued

Outsourcing specialist 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

Dow Schofield Watts appoints new group financial controller

Independent advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts, has appointed Judith Cope as its new Group Financial Controller to support its continued expansion. Judith has over 15 years’ experience in finance. A qualified accountant, she started her career in audit with PKF and most recently was Finance Manager with Greenacres Group, a woodland burial park business which … 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

Record year for Dow Schofield Watts with 38% rise in deals

The North’s leading independent advisory firm, Dow Schofield Watts, is celebrating another record year, with a 38% rise in the volume of deals it advised on.  The firm’s corporate finance and transaction services teams advised on 58 deals worth £839m in 2017, compared to 42 deals worth over £773m in the previous year. During the year Dow Schofield Watts also launched its own international network of corporate finance advisers … Continued

Deal arranged by DSW creates one of the UK’s leading insurance brokers

Inflexion Private Equity has backed the simultaneous buyout and immediate merger of Bollington Insurance Brokers and Wilsons Insurance Brokers. The new structure, Bollington Wilson Group, will be one of the UK’s leading independent insurance brokers, generating annual gross written premiums in excess of £120m. Dow Schofield Watts arranged the deal having introduced both companies to … Continued

DSW in running for two Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards

Dow Schofield Watts has been shortlisted in two categories in this year’s Yorkshire Insider Dealmakers Awards. The firm is once again in the running for the Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year, which it won last year. Meanwhile it has been nominated for Deal of the Year (sub £25m) for its role in the sale … Continued