New angel network attracts over 50 investors in first month

A new business angel network which aims to boost investment in the North’s technology sector has attracted over 50 potential investors and almost 40 companies within its first month. Dow Schofield Watts Angels is now targeting £5m of investment into high-growth tech businesses over the next three years. The network brings together early-stage companies with … Continued

How to preserve value within your business through a sale process

Due diligence specialist Sophie Colloby explains why unprepared vendors can lose out in the sale process – and how to anticipate and overcome the challenges Owners and management teams who are selling a business will understandably want to achieve the best possible price. Yet too often they suffer last minute price chips or even jeopardise … Continued

Yorkshire team scores another hat trick at Rainmaker Awards

Yorkshire Dow Schofield Watts’ team in Yorkshire & the North East has added to its growing list of award wins by scooping three accolades in the 2017 Rainmaker Awards last night. The firm won the Corporate Finance Team of the Year and Transaction Services Team of the Year, while a deal on which Dow Schofield … Continued

Coaching adults with learning disabilities helps keep me on track

Rob McCarthy of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services is a Special Olympics coach who will be playing a key role at this year’s National Games in Sheffield I come from a family of runners. My dad George and Uncle Albert were both members of Rotherham Harriers and by the age of 12, I had joined … Continued

New advisory team aims to boost growth of North’s tech sector

Independent advisory business Dow Schofield Watts has launched a new technology team which aims to boost the growth of the North’s tech sector by helping businesses bridge the funding gap with the South. The team will be led by David Smith, a veteran tech investor and adviser who formerly managed the North West Fund for … Continued

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

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