Dow Schofield Watts advises on the sale of Open Objects to Idox plc

A market leading supplier of social care and health software solutions and digital services to around 60% of top tier local authorities in England including Sheffield, Barnsley, Darlington, Durham and Newcastle has been taken over in a deal involving Yorkshire advisers. Open Objects Software Limited, a specialist in the UK public sector social care and … Continued

Deal values up 55% in first half for Dow Schofield Watts

Dow Schofield Watts advised on 22 deals worth £194m in the first half of 2016 – an increase in value of 55% on the same period last year, when it advised on 16 deals worth £124.8m. The firm said the growth reflected the increase in business confidence before the Brexit vote. Key deals in the … Continued

Buy-in opens door to growth for one of Yorkshire’s leading fabricators

One of the region’s long-established privately owned PVC fabrication businesses has changed hands in a management buy-in with the transaction providing an exit for the original founder shareholders. The £22m turnover SASH-Fitrite group, based in Barnsley and operating under the brands Sash UK (“Sash”) and Fitrite Fencing & Decking (“Fitrite”), has been acquired by John … Continued

Periscopes business sold in £9.5m deal

Kent Periscopes Ltd – the military equipment supplier based in St Asaph, North Wales – has been acquired by the photonics technology company Gooch & Housego plc in a deal worth up to £9.5m. Dow Schofield Watts and Hill Dickinson advised Kent on the deal. Founded in 2005, Kent is a specialist supplier of periscopes, … Continued

New Director Appointment to the Corporate Finance team of Dow Schofield Watts

Dow Schofield Watts, the leading specialist professional advisory and equity finance firm based in Cheshire and Leeds, is delighted to announce the appointment of David Smith as a Corporate Finance Director in Daresbury, with effect from 29th June 2016. David Smith qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has 25 years’ experience of equity … Continued

DSW advise The Dining Club Group, a business backed by Bridgepoint Development Capital

The Dining Club Group, a business backed by Bridgepoint Development Capital, has today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Hi-Life Diners Club Limited (″Hi-Life″), a subscription-based dining membership club, from Hi-Life Group Limited. Matt Turner, Chief Executive of The Dining Club Group, said: “Discounted dining is part of a growing benefits sector.  With … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts awarded Apprentice of the Year 2016

  Laura Bentley, 18, was crowned Business Administration Apprentice of the Year at Riverside and Cronton College. Laura is currently based at Dow Schofield Watts and is one of 68 students at Riverside College in the Business Admin Apprenticeship curriculum. Awards were presented on the night by senior college staff and guests who included The Worshipful … Continued

Director takes control in MBO at equipment company

Selectequip, the Lichfield-based supplier of PPE, maintenance products and safety supplies, and its Wakefield-based sister company Coolsign, manufacturer of signage products, have undergone a management buy-out. The deal allows director Henry Spence to take full ownership of both companies by acquiring the shareholding of fellow director Peter Ryan, who is retiring from the business. Dow … Continued

DSW advises management on £50m buy-out of NWTC by Graphite

Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance advised the management of New World Trading Company (NWTC) – one of the UK’s most respected pub and restaurant businesses – on the £50m buy-out of the business backed by Graphite Capital. The Knutsford-based company operates The Botanist, The Oast House, Smugglers Cove, The Trading House and The Club House … Continued

Swedish listed company HEXPOL has acquired Berwin Group

Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance has successfully advised the shareholders on the sale of Berwin Group to HEXPOL AB, a Swedish listed polymer compounding group. The Berwin shareholders were also advised by Andrew Needham, TLT solicitors, who has advised the shareholders for over 30 years. With sites in Manchester and Gloucestershire, the Berwin Group is … Continued

DSW advises on Giacom buy-out

Giacom World Networks, the Hull-based cloud IT and communications solutions provider, has undergone a management buy-out backed by LDC. Dow Schofield Watts’ Transaction Services team advised LDC on the deal. Giacom has experienced very rapid growth over the last three years as micro SMEs have moved their software and IT solutions to the cloud to … Continued

A flavour of what Dow Schofield Watts have been up to recently …

Deal News The Yorkshire & North East office of DSW has enjoyed a very busy period, completing a series of deals in a range of sectors right across the region and topping the Experian league table for the most active adviser in Q1 2016. Market activity for buying, selling and refinancing businesses continues to be … Continued

“Dow Schofield Watts was the most active financial advisor” in Q1 2016 – Experian UK Regional M&A Report and League Tables

Deal Review and Advisor League Tables Q1 2016 Yorkshire & The Humber M&A Activity There were a total of 120 M&A and ECM transactions announced in Yorkshire & Humber during Q1 2016, the same number recorded for the corresponding period the previous year. However, year-on-year deal values  fell by 69% from £1.8bn announced during Q1 2015 to £552m … Continued

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