New angel network aims to give wings to North’s tech sector

A new business angel network aims to boost the North’s technology sector by bringing together early-stage companies with experienced entrepreneurs who can provide investment, mentoring and support. Dow Schofield Watts Angels aims to provide a strong and active angel network similar to those in Scotland and Cambridge, where angels have played a key role in … Continued

DSW receive four nominations in Yorkshire Rainmaker Awards

Dow Schofield Watts’ team in Yorkshire & the North East has received four nominations in the 2017 Rainmaker Awards, organised by TheBusinessDesk Yorkshire. The firm has been shortlisted for both the Corporate Finance Team of the Year and Transaction Services Team of the Year, while Richard Townsend, who joined recently from Lloyds Banking Group, has … Continued

Acquisition of construction firm is second in six months for RSK

Dow Schofield Watts advised environmental consultancy RSK Group on its acquisition of Acies Civil and Structural, a Runcorn-based property and construction consultancy, in a deal backed by the Business Growth Fund (BGF). The Acies business, including about 20 employees located across sites in Runcorn, London and Edinburgh, will become part of RSK’s geotechnical and engineering … Continued

Hardware business nails £6m investment for growth

Olympic Fixings Group – the Lancashire-based business which supplies hardware products to the merchant trade throughout the UK and Ireland – is all set for growth after a £6m combined investment from PHD Equity Partners and Secure Trust Bank.  Olympic Fixings supplies fixings, fasteners and DIY products to over 4,000 customers including electrical, building and plumbing wholesalers. The group offers a range of over 3,300 products, many under its own brand label. Founded in 1989 by Chartered Accountant  Cliff Yates, it now employs over 60 people in Altham, … Continued

Wavenet acquires Talk Internet

Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised Wavenet on the acquisition of Talk Internet Limited, a Warrington-based provider of network and cloud services. The acquisition strengthens Wavenet’s presence across the UK and brings new features to its portfolio that will benefit both new and existing customers. Bill Dawson, CEO of Birmingham-based Wavenet, commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for … Continued

Telecoms firm acquires IT specialist as it continues to ‘buy and build’

Chester-based telecoms and data firm Townley Network Solutions (TNS) has continued its expansion with the acquisition of Pyranet, an East Midlands IT support specialist. The deal will mark TNS’s entry into IT services and is the second acquisition in two years for the company, which is working with financial advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts to … Continued

Sale of branded chemicals manufacturer Premiere Products to Selden Research

DSW’s Corporate Finance team in Yorkshire & the North East has advised on the sale of Premiere Products by James Briggs (Holdings) Limited to Buxton-based Selden Research Limited (“Selden”). Premiere Products supplies market leading, specialist, branded and private label janitorial cleaning chemicals to professional cleaning trade channels and consumer markets worldwide. Selden is the UK’s leading … Continued

Transaction services team advises PE firm on £4m investment in golf retailer

Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised Foresight Group on its £4m private equity investment in Clubhouse Golf, the equipment, clothing and accessories retailer. Clubhouse Golf was originally established as an on-course professional shop by founder Paul Reeves, with a high-street store in Salford. Its ecommerce platform, launched subsequently, has quickly increased customer reach and the … Continued

DSW advises on sale of leading UK caravan manufacturer to German company

Dow Schofield Watts’ corporate finance team in Yorkshire & the North East has advised on the sale of The Explorer Group Limited, a leading UK manufacturer of motorhomes and caravans, to the German company Erwin Hymer Group AG & Co. KG. Based in Consett, near Newcastle, The Explorer Group is home to the Buccaneer, Compass, … Continued

Deal values triple in landmark year for Dow Schofield Watts

Dow Schofield Watts advised on 42 deals worth over £770m during 2016 – an increase in value of almost half a billion pounds on the previous year. The firm said it that 2016 had been a landmark year for its own business as well as the wider northern dealmaking community. There was strong deal activity … Continued

NVM backs MBO of Cheshire technology business

Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised private equity firm NVM on its investment to support the management buy-out of Cheshire-based Thyson Technology from a private investor group. Thyson is a specialist analytical and instrumentation business, which designs and constructs engineering solutions used in the analysis and sampling of gases and liquids. Its solutions are used … Continued

Deal values triple in landmark year for Dow Schofield Watts

Dow Schofield Watts advised on 42 deals worth over £770m during 2016 – an increase in value of almost half a billion pounds on the previous year. The firm said that 2016 had been a landmark year for its own business as well as the wider northern dealmaking community. There was strong deal activity driven … Continued

Neston Cricket Club signs sponsorship deal with Dow Schofield Watts

Neston Cricket Club, one of the North’s oldest and most successful amateur sports clubs has signed a sponsorship deal with leading business advisory group Dow Schofield Watts. The club, which was founded in 1881, has over 1,200 active members and offers cricket, hockey, squash and tennis, as well as bridge, boules, bowls and a thriving … Continued

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