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We have an impressive history of achieving results for our clients. Our experienced professionals operate across most major sectors and have successfully advised on the completion of thousands of company sales. This rich history indicates our proven track record of working alongside the world’s leading acquirers and generating results for our clients.

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JHT Fabrications Limited

JHT Fabrications Limited specialise in the design, development and manufacture of products for the environmental, water and construction sectors. The company is based in the North East, and boasts a strong portfolio of national blue-chip clients, many of whom have been with the business over 10 years. JHT Fabrications Limited has been trading for over 15 years, and holds a number of industry accreditations.

The shareholders instructed KBS Corporate in order to facilitate further growth via the impetus of a new owner.

Following this KBS Corporate implemented a diverse research strategy which generated several interested parties and three competing offers. JHT Fabrications Limited attracted a variety of interest including trade, investment, private and overseas buyers. This allowed KBS Corporate to negotiate an uplift from the initial bids.

The ultimate buyer was IPO Capital a Danish investment firm. The deal structure includes a partial acquisition of JHT Fabrications Limited, with the current shareholder retaining shares in the company post sale. The acquisition will allow IPO Capital to establish an engineering group in the UK, which will be strengthened by further bolt on acquisition is the future.

The deal was overseen by Fabio Rambelli, Associate Director at KBS Corporate, who commented,

“It has been an absolute delight working with Lee and Joanne at JHT and I am confident that IPO Capital will be able to take the business to new and prosperous levels over the coming years.”

acquired by

JHT Fabrications Limited
Sector: Fabrication
Location: Tyne and Wear
Buyer: IPO Capital

 

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AMC Print Solutions Ltd

AMC Print Solutions Limited, trading as AMC Print Solutions, is based in Northamptonshire and provides high-grade print management services for a national client base.

The company has experienced sizeable growth since founding in 2013, which has enabled AMC Print Solutions to develop a diverse client base including clients in the retail, charity, education sectors. The majority of whom have been with AMC Print Solutions for over five years. The company has developed a reputation for excellence due to investment in the latest technology from respected brands including, Epson, Ricoh, OKI and Samsung. AMC Print Solutions differentiates themselves from their competition by focusing on ethical printing solutions.

The shareholders instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business in order to allow them to pursue other business ventures.

Following the implementation of a stringent research strategy the opportunity attracted 33 interested parties, with majority of interest being sourced from trade. The successful offer came from Total Managed Document Solutions and will allow them to increase their position within the printing sector.

AMC Print Solutions was advised by Annie Shiel, KBS Corporate Associate Director.

acquired by

AMC Print Solutions Ltd
Sector: Printing
Location: Northamptonshire
Buyer: Total Managed Document Solutions

 

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Contractors Equipment Hire Limited

Contractors Equipment Hire is a well-established hire business which provide an eclectic range of tool and plant hire services, catering for both commercial and domestic clients across the South East of England.

The company was established in 1990 and has grown considerably over the years. This has been aided by Contractors Equipment Hire’s reputation for delivering a quality and reliable service. The company is also well known for a wide range of services including hire of site equipment, concrete and compaction rollers and plates, breakers, driller and fixing and access equipment. Contractors Equipment Hire benefits from high levels of word of mouth referrals, in addition to high rates of repeat customers; with some clients staying with the business for over 20 years.

The shareholders contacted KBS Corporate in order to allow them to pursue other interests with a long-term goal of retirement.

After the implementation of a diverse research plan, KBS Corporate identified a number of interested parties. The majority of interest was generated by trade buyers and private investors. The ultimate offer came from Farnborough Tool Hire as a synergistic purchase.

Our client was advised by Annie Shiel, Associate Director, at KBS Corporate.

acquired by

Contractors Equipment Hire Limited
Sector: Tool Hire
Location: Kent
Buyer: Farnborough Tool Hire

 

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Solutions 4 Cleaning Limited

Solutions 4 Cleaning Limited is an award-winning contract cleaning company which operates across Yorkshire.

The company was incorporated in 2000 as part of a franchise and became so successful that the shares were sold back to the franchiser in 2002. Solutions 4 Cleaning Limited continued to excel allowing for their first acquisition in 2007. The company boasts an enviable client list with contacts in the public sector, SMEs, entertainment and events as well as blue-chip clients. The company retains 95% of its clients on 12 month rolling contract and has a healthy selection of ad hoc clients.

The shareholders instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business in order to pursue other unrelated business interests.

Solutions 4 Cleaning Limited attracted a lot of interest from trade buyers with the successful offer coming from H.E. Barnes Ltd, who primarily operate as an electrical and mechanical contractor. Over the years H.E. Barnes have diversified in order to offer a holistic approach to their services including commercial cleaning.

The deal was overseen by Nathan Leah, Corporate Deal Executive at KBS Corporate.

acquired by

Solutions 4 Cleaning Limited
Sector: Commercial Cleaning
Location: Yorkshire
Buyer: H.E. Barnes Ltd

 

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Big Bolt Limited

Big Bolt Limited is a well-established, since 1973, provider of fixings and fastenings based in Sussex. The company offers a vast range of products in a variety of materials including stainless steel, zinc plating, high tensile steel, nylon and brass. Since 1992 Big Bolt Limited has held ISO 9001 certification, which ensure which has been crucial to generating new business and ascertaining the company’s standing within the sector. The company has developed an excellent reputation and benefits from a global loyal customer base with some clients have remaining with Big Bolt Limited for over 25 years.

The shareholders instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business in order to realise the retirement plans of the Managing Director.

KBS Corporate’s diverse research strategy produced over 26 interested parties, with the majority coming from trade and private investors from the UK and overseas. The ultimate offer came from Opus LED, trading as Opus Lightbulb Technology, who are a wholesaler of high-quality light bulbs across Europe.

The deal was overseen by Sonia Cottrell, Corporate Deal Executive.

acquired by

Big Bolt Limited
Sector: Wholesale
Location: Sussex
Buyer: Opus LED

 

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Peter Campbell (Sales) Ltd

Rubix UK, backed by private equity firm Advent International, has completed the acquisition of Peter Campbell Sales Ltd (PCS). PCS is a leading specialist supplier of metal cutting tools and offers bespoke manufactured solutions across Oil & Gas, Aerospace & Defence, Automotive and Precision Machining industries.

Operating from two sites between Airdrie, Scotland, and North East England, PCS also manages around 70 industrial vending machines for its customers, with sales of £8m in the last twelve months, following continued strong growth.

Rubix operates on an international basis with over 650 locations in over 22 countries, with a turnover of €2.3 billion in 2018, Rubix is Europe’s largest supplier of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products and services. This has led to the company being ranked 27th on the 2019 Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100, which ranks Britain’s top private companies with the biggest sales.

The acquisition provides Rubix UK with the opportunity to consolidate Rubix’s leadership in the UK specialist cutting tools market, a key growth area for the UK business, following the acquisition of Matrix Tooling Services in 2018.

PCS also brings a new speciality to Rubix – special tools manufacturing and tool regrinding services. In addition, the acquisition will further strengthen Rubix’s expertise and experience in the UK Oil & Gas and Aerospace sectors.

PCS will continue to operate independently to Brammer Buck & Hickman and alongside Matrix Tooling Services. Andy Jeffrey will continue in his role as Managing Director of PCS and will report to Nigel Banks, Rubix UK MD Services Division.

Mark Dixon, CEO Rubix UK said,

 “This acquisition supports our ambition to be recognised as a preferred supplier with the technical expertise and network in place to provide a multi-specialist range of products, services and solutions. It is further evidence of our status as the consolidator of choice for the industrial distribution market in Europe.”

“I am pleased to welcome the PCS team, customers and suppliers into the Rubix family and further reinforce our position as a leader in the UK cutting tools market, by not only expanding our product offering to customers, but also providing strength in depth in both our technical expertise and services.”

Tom Eatough, Associate Corporate Director at KBS Corporate advised our client throughout the process and commented,

“Given Rubix Group’s acquisition of Matrix Cutting Tools last year, Peter Campbell (Sales) Limited was a great opportunity for Rubix to further build on their presence in the cutting tool sector.  It was a fantastic result for our clients and Rubix Group and I wish them all the best for the future.”

acquired by

Peter Campbell (Sales) Ltd
Sector: Cutting Tools
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Rubix UK

 

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Cablescan

Cablescan is a manufacturer and developer of high-performance cable assemblies and control panels, with clients in the aerospace, defence and commercial sectors. The company has been established for over 24 years and has an impressive client list with a number of UK and global blue-chip clients. In addition to this the company hold ISO 9001 and AS 9100 accreditation and have created a reliable supply chain allowing Cablescan to offer a range of complementary services without becoming reliant on any one supplier. This has enabled Cablescan to generate a multi-million-pound turnover last financial year.

Following the application of a comprehensive research strategy KBS Corporate a selection of predominately trade based interested parties came forward.  

The successful offer came fromAmphenol, a $7bn US Corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  Amphenol is a global interconnect specialist, who have clients in aerospace and the military markets, as well as providing for the industrial market.

Corporate Finance Director, Jay Singh, advised our client throughout the process.

acquired by

Cablescan
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: East Yorkshire
Buyer: Amphenol

 

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Electronic Security Plus Limited

Electronic Security Plus Limited, based in Hampton Hill, provides bespoke electronic security solutions across the UK and Ireland. The company is SafeContractor approved and an authorised partner of Axis communications, ACT, Vanderbilt and Vista CCTV.

Established in 2003 the company saw rapid success through obtaining an ongoing contract with Homebase. Since then Electronic Security Plus Limited has continued to gain blue-chip clients within the commercial and industrial sectors. Due to the company’s high levels of customer care and deliverance of excellence service, 95% of Electronic Security Plus Limited’s client base consists of repeat clients.

The shareholders contacted KBS Corporate in order to facilitate the sale of their business due to their retirement wishes.

KBS Corporate applied a diverse research strategy process which identified 37 interested parties resulting in six buyer meetings and three offers. The accepted offer was placed by Permanex Site Security, who are a well-established construction security specialist. The acquisition of Electronic Security Plus Limited acts as a synergy purchase for Permanex Site Security who are looking to increase their geographic footprint.

The deal was overseen by Matthew Sibley, Corporate Deal Executive at KBS Corporate.

acquired by

Electronic Security Plus Limited
Sector: Security
Location: London
Buyer: Permanex Site Security

 

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Medbank Healthcare Solutions Limited

Medbank Healthcare Solutions Limited, trading as Medbank Healthcare, are healthcare recruitment specialists who provide temporary and permanent recruitment solutions across the West Midlands. The company works with clients in the both the NHS and private sector organisations.  Over 16 years Medbank Healthcare has established itself within the industry and is highly regarded for retaining Platinum status during its NHS THE annual audit scoring 99.52% in 2014 and 100% in 2016.

The shareholders instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business in order to facilitate lifestyle changes.

Medbank Healthcare attracted a range of interest from private buyers and Private Equity houses though most interest came from trade, overall the company attracted two offers. The final buyer being Chester Healthcare Limited a subsidiary to Revolution Investment Holdings Limited, tabled a competing and attractive initial bid. The acquisition will act as a continuation of Chester Healthcare Limited current expansion plans.

The deal was overseen by Annie Shiel, KBS Corporate Associate Director, who commented,

“KBS quickly built a rapport with both the seller and buyer through this process. We handled all negotiations and the overall process from start to finish which allowed the seller and buyer to concentrate on only the commercial post-sale matters.”

acquired by

Medbank Healthcare Solutions Limited
Sector: Healthcare Recruitment
Location: West Midlands
Buyer: Chester Healthcare Limited

 

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Quality Villas Limited

Quality Villas Limited, trading as Quality Villas, is a specialist travel business with over 35 years of experience. The company boasts an impressive portfolio of over 400 luxury holiday villa rental properties across Europe and North Africa. Quality Villas provide a bespoke exclusive holiday experience including airport transfers and catering services. The company has an extensive international client base and a database of 22,000 prospective clients.

The shareholders’ instructed KBS Corporate in order to ease their retirement plans and allow for more time to be spent with their family. KBS Corporate then implemented a comprehensive research plan which resulted in a noteworthy amount of trade interest.

The successful offer came from Palmer & Parker LLP, trading as Palmer & parker, a small villa holiday specialist within excess of 40 years’ experience. The acquisition acts as a synergy purchase in order to widen the company’s reach within Europe.

Jacob Lord, KBS Corporate Deal Executive, advised our clients throughout the deal.

acquired by

Quality Villas Limited
Sector: Travel
Location: Hertfordshire
Buyer: Palmer & Parker

 

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Bartlett Davis Communications Limited

Bartlett Davis Communications Limited was established in 2003 and began trading as Bartlett Davis Communications. The company provides a wide range of marketing services for the pharmaceutical sector, specialising in media buying and placement both on and offline.

Bartlett Davis Communications has nurtured an excellent reputation and a prestigious blue-chip client base including Pfizer, AstraZeneca, BMS, Boehringer Ingelheim and Astellas, Bausch and Lomb. This client list has contributed to the company currently representing 20% of all money spent on pharmaceutical brand advertising, securing Bartlett Davis Communications as the UK market leader. The company benefits from a global reach due to ‘Approved Supplier’ status to nine of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies.

The shareholders engaged KBS Corporate’s services in order to ease their retirement plans.

Following the implementation of a highly successful research strategy, 31 interested parties came forward which produced three buyer meetings and two competing offers. The success offer came from OneHealth Communications Group, previously trading as Home Marketing Limited. The buyer was obtained through KBS Corporate Crossmatch system. This marks OneHealth Communications Group second acquisition with KBS Corporate in the past 18 months.

Bartlett Davis Communications commented on the deal,

“We are delighted to announce that as of 29th August 2019, Bartlett Davis Communications have become part of the ONEHealth Communications family. This will give us access to the DATA4NHS email base – 400,000 verified NHS emails to give our clients highly targeted access to lucrative healthcare professionals. This is an exciting innovation that will only enhance our media buying service and evolve our media buying offering across the healthcare industry.”

Corporate Deal Executive, Matthew Sibley, advised our client throughout the process.

acquired by

Bartlett Davis Communications Limited
Sector: Marketing
Location: Surrey
Buyer: One Health Communications Group

 

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MBM Consulting Ltd

MBM Consulting Ltd provide commercial consultancy services to international construction and civil engineering clients. The company was established in 1999 and has developed an exceptional reputation boasting impressive client retention rates, currently standing at 90%. MBM Consulting Ltd is regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has worked with several recognised clients including Muscat International Airport, London Stadium and Royal Albert Hall.

Following a diverse research plan resulting in several interested parties coming forward. The eventual buyer SiVEST is a South Africa based company established in 1952, that offers a wide range of business consultancy services to engineering, surveying and consulting clients. The company has an excellent reputation which is supported by a plethora of awards including the Ackermans Excellence Award for Civil Engineering 2018, Steel Awards: SAFINTRA Factory & Warehouse Category Winner 2018 and PMR Africa Golden Arrow Award on Consulting Engineering Firms 2018.

 The Deal was overseen by Harry McDonnell, Corporate Deal Executive.

acquired by

MBM Consulting Ltd
Sector: Commercial Consultancy
Location: London
Buyer: SiVEST

 

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E-Dataware Limited t/a e-clinic

ClearCourse Partnership, backed by New York-based Private Equity fund Aquiline Capital, has acquired E-Dataware Limited for an undisclosed fee.

Based in West Yorkshire, E-Dataware Limited, trading as e-clinic, provides patient and clinic management software for the healthcare sector.

The business was founded in 2002, and specialises in software which simplifies operations via workflow management and workload automation within the medical clinic sector. This has led to e-clinic gaining multiple blue chip and global clients. The business proved particularly attractive to acquirers due to the focus on innovation, which has made e-clinic a forerunner within either field; seen by the introduction of automated text messages, multi-layered diaries and integrated card payments.

The shareholders instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of the company in order to expediate their retirement plans. A diverse marketing strategy was instigated which resulted in several offers being presented.

ClearCourse Partnership LLP was the eventual buyer backed by Aquiline Capital Partners, who are currently on an aggressive buy-and-build strategy. As a result, e-clinic marks ClearCourse’s 13th acquisition since October 2018. ClearCourse motivation for the acquisition is to further their product offerings and to diversify.

Gerry Gualtieri, CEO of ClearCourse, commented,

“e-clinic is a dynamic new addition to ClearCourse Partnership. The company has developed a strong reputation in the healthcare sector for delivering first-class management solutions to an impressive list of clients around the world. We see great opportunity for commercial synergies between e-clinic and the wider Partnership, particularly around the provision of payments and membership management tools. We’re excited to work closely with the team to realise those synergies and support the Company’s continued growth and development.”

Mark Lainchbury, Managing Director of e-clinic added,

“We’re very proud to have build e-clinic into the highly successful, market-leading business that it is today. By joining the ClearCourse Partneship, we have access to a valuable range of resources and operational expertise that will allow us to continues to grow, develop and realise our ambitious plans for the future. We remain dedicated to creating the best possible product for our clients so that we can continue to improve patient care around the world.” Advice was given for the seller by Guy Haynes and Matthew Sibley from KBS Corporate, and from Gateley PLC (Khurshid Valli and Poppy Ball) on the legal side.  Legal advice for the buyers was provided by Squire Patton Boggs.

acquired by

E-Dataware Limited t/a e-clinic
Sector: Technology
Location: West Yorkshire
Buyer: Clearcourse Partnership

 

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Loxton Installations

Loxton Installations is an established industrial electrical contractor based in Kent.

The company was established as Landrake in 1976 following a merger with Loxton Engineering. In 1977, the company rebranded as Loxton Installations. The company operates across a range of sectors from printing to food production; providing power, control and data cable installation; proactive maintenance; lighting design and installation services.

Due to the wide variety of services available and the quality of Loxton Installations’ work, the company has established long-lasting client relationships, several of which span over 40 years.

Loxton Installations has received many accolades over the years including the Institute of Civil Engineerings’ Engineering Excellence award in 2014. The company has also earned multiple safety accreditations such as Safe Contractor and membership of the British Safety Council.

The shareholder of Loxton Installations instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business in order to phase into their retirement plans. This would allow for a gradual reduction of involvement in the business, whilst further allowing growth under new ownership.

Succeeding KBS Corporate’s effective research strategy, 34 interested parties came forward with three significant offers being presented. The majority of interest was generated from trade however, there was also noteworthy attention from private investors.

The ultimate offer was made by a private investor who intends to build a group of companies providing services related to the construction sector.

acquired by

Loxton Installations
Sector: M&E
Location: Kent
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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WA & A Maintenance

WA & A Maintenance provide installation and maintenance of electrical and mechanical services for commercial and residential properties to London and the immediate surrounding areas.

The company was formed in 1991 as Wilkinson Aldcroft and Associates, later becoming WA & A Maintenance in 2002. The longevity of the company has resulted in the generation of over 900 clients, the vast majority of who are repeat customers, and have been with the WA & A Maintenance for over 10 years.

KBS Corporate was tasked with the sale of WA & A Maintenance in order to allow the current Managing Director to pursue other business interests.

A wide-ranging research strategy was implemented with a primary focus on larger trade buyers within the HVAC sector. This proved highly effective and led to 26 interested parties. The bulk of interest came from trade however WA & A Maintenance also attracted attention from investment groups and private buyers. There was also a notable uplift in final offers, which, in part, was attributed to rising business performance.

The successful offer came from trade buyer Scubair Limited. The company specialises in air conditioning, ventilation & electrical services for commerical and residential properties. WA & A Maintenance is Scubair Limited’s first acquisition in their current expansion plans. The key motivations for the acquisition are to expand Scubair Limited’s customer base and geographical reach. Nathan Leah, Corporate Deal Executive, advised on the deal.

acquired by

WA & A Maintenance
Sector: HVAC
Location: London
Buyer: Scubair Limited

 

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Lodent Precision Limited

Lodent Precision Limited has been acquired by Beroskin Limited for an undisclosed sum.

Lodent Precision is a precision engineering specialist with a primary focus on the manufacturing of new press tools for the automotive industry. The company began trading in 1978 in the West Midlands. Lodent Precision remained in the county and later was awarded with the Black Country Business of the Year Award due to their service to the engineering sector.

The shareholders of Lodent Precision instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business in order to facilitate their retirement plans, although both Paul Riley and Jeff Bates will remain with the business for a period of time post-tranasction

Following strong interest from a number of parties and three competing offers, the ultimate buyer was Beroskin Limited. Beroskin Limited is controlled by Valery Beroskin and now comprises two engineering companies, with further acquisitions anticipated as the company seeks to become a multi-purpose engineering group.

Guy Haynes, Corporate Director at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal alongside Andy Melbourne and commented,

“I’m delighted for Paul and Jeff – while they are required in the business in the short term, they can now start to look forward to a well-earned retirement.  Lodent is a highly-regarded company that has thrived despite the uncertainty within the automotive sector, and which has the potential to grow further with the right guidance.”

Legal advice was provided for the sellers by EMW (Simon Arkell and Sean Halliwell) and for the buyers by Keystone Law.

acquired by

Lodent Precision Limited
Sector: Precision Engineering
Location: West Midlands
Buyer: Beroskin Limited

 

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Adria Glass Limited

Adria Glass Limited, trading as Adria Glass, was established in 1989 and manufacturers high-quality double and triple glazed glass. Based in Barnsley, the independent manufacturer produces bevelled, etched, Georgian, leaded and stained-glass designs for clients across the Yorkshire region. 

The company prides itself on a reputation for excellence and received BS EN 1279 certification for sealed units in 1997. The company works with a wide range of glass types, including float, Pilkington Pattern and toughened, to ensure a full breadth of services for their clients.  This has resulted in Adria Glass generating an extremely loyal client base with several staying with the company for over 29 years.

Our clients instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business in order to realise their retirement plans.  Following the employment of a detailed research strategy, KBS Corporate sourced several interested parties. The majority of interest came from private investors however, some trade interest was generated.

The successful offer came from a private investor who intends to establish a foothold within the glass manufacturing sector.

The deal was overseen by Daniel Welsby. 

acquired by

Adria Glass Limited
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: South Yorkshire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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Noberne Doors

Noberne Doors is a door manufacturing specialist based in Leeds.

The company was established in 1975 and has worked with many blue-chip clients over 44 years. Noberne specialises in security, fire, acoustic, x-ray, external doors and their reputation has led to them becoming well respected within their sector. This respect is bolstered by the company becoming founding members of the BM TRADA Q-MARK fire door scheme, the ASDMA and members of the British Woodworking Federation and attaining an FSC Chain of Custody certification.

The shareholders of Noberne Doors instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business in order to pursue other business plans. Due to the shareholders wishing for the company to achieve further growth, a research strategy that focussed on trade buyers and private equity firms was implemented.

The successful offer came from a private equity buyer Kerry Hill Limited, who are a subsidiary of Merino Private Equity. The firm invests in a range of businesses from a plethora of sectors including building, manufacturing and education. The purchase acts as a bolt on acquisition for the Kerry Hill portfolio company.

The deal was overseen by Matthew Sibley, KBS Corporate Deal Executive who commented, “I believe that we have found an excellent match as Noberne Doors will now been able to grow further; whilst Merino has developed their company portfolio further.”

acquired by

Noberne Doors
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: West Yorkshire
Buyer: Kerry Hill Limited

 

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Mobius Networks Limited

Mobius Networks Limited was is a well-established company, since 2004, based in Leicestershire. MNL is an industry leader within the technology sector and was the UK’s first integrated data airtime provider. The company is a highly regarded mobile virtual network operator which specialises in Machine to Machine and Internet of Things applications to the healthcare, transport and retail sectors.

The company has cultivated an excellent reputation through maintaining high levels of security whilst ensuring abundant capacity even during the busiest of times. This has resulted in MNL generating an impressive client list including local councils, national transport providers and prominent businesses including Manchester Airport and the Highways Agency. In addition to this MNL has a range of blue-chip industrial and retail clients including Aldi, Dunelm, Google, IBM and Siemens.

KBS Corporate Finance secured a management buy-out for MNL. The deal saw the company securing funding from NVM Private Equity Vintage III L.P. (NVM), as part of their current expansion plans. This marks the second deal KBS Corporate Finance has completed with NVM in as many weeks and is the firms seventh IT sector acquisition.

Doug Gilmour, MNL Managing Director commented, “Mobius Networks is delighted to be partnering with NVM. The opportunity to rapidly scale Mobius in the vast and vastly growing IOT and industrial internet market is compelling. The technical capability of the Mobius team and its value proposition is exceptional. This combined with the support and expertise of the NVM team, means that there are even more exciting times ahead for Mobius Networks.”

Andy Leach, Investment Partner of NVM Private Equity said, “Mobius’ focus on high uptime, mission critical applications differentiates it from the wider IoT market. With both IoT and M2M markets forecast to exhibit strong growth characteristics over the next few years, Mobius is well positioned to expand its customer base and introduce its products into a wider range of end-user markets. Consequently, we are delighted to be backing Doug and the rest of the Mobius team at what is an especially exciting stage of the company’s development and evolution.” David Gardner, KBS Corporate Finance Director advised our client throughout the process.

acquired by

Mobius Networks Limited
Sector: Technology
Location: Leicestershire
Buyer: NVM Private Equity III L.P.

 

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Secure Retail Limited

Secure Retail Limited, (Secure Retail), has been providing complete payment solutions since 2003. The company provides a wide range of hardware, managed services and software products to the retail, hospitality and infrastructure sector. 

Secure Retail is recognised as a true market leader and well respected by world class manufactures and software developers including Aevi, Barclaycard, Mastercard and Verifone. Innovation is key to the company’s success reflected in their early adoption of tablet and Cloud security in order to enhance productivity and operational efficiency. Secure Retail’s reputation within the industry, is bolstered by the inclusion of the company’s own support package which far exceeds the PCI PTS 5 standard. The combination of innovation, enhanced security measures and excellent reputation made Secure Retail an incredibly attractive prospect.

KBS Corporate Finance implemented a thorough research strategy and the ultimate offer came from NVM Private Equity III L.P. The Private Equity firm benefits from over 30 years’ experience, investing in a range of sectors.  The investor is currently seeking to increase their geographic foothold within the Midlands region.

Secure Managing Director David Russell said, “Secure Retail is delighted to be partnering with NVM. From our very first meeting it was clear that NVM had the appetite and understanding to add considerable weight to the exciting product strategy being delivered by the Secure Retail team. The next phase of payment security will undoubtedly create the potential for significant growth in software, hardware and support services. Secure Retail supported by NVM is well placed to capitalise on this opportunity”.

Andy Leach, Investment Partner of NVM Private Equity said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Carl, David and rest of Secure’s highly experienced management team to take the business forward through the next period of its growth. The payments market is necessarily becoming more complex and specialised given heightened regulatory and security considerations, coupled with increasing demands from consumers for speed and flexibility. The expertise that Secure has built over the past 15+ years will be of considerable value in such a dynamic market.”

The deal was overseen by David Gardner, KBS Corporate Finance Director.

acquired by

Secure Retail Limited
Sector: Technology
Location: Leciestershire
Buyer: NVM Private Equity III L.P.

 

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Deba UK Ltd

Deba UK Ltd, a specialist cooling tower engineering and environment compliance company based in the South East of England, has been acquired by Netherlands based Nijhuis Industries, who operate in the UK as Nijhuis Industries UK and Ireland. The Dutch water and wastewater company agreed to the deal with Deba UK in order to complement their existing portfolios of products.

Since 1972, Deba UK have provided engineering services, products and technologies that enable organisations to meet their health, safety and environmental obligations in areas of Legionella compliance as well as water and ventilation hygiene. They are a proven provider of mechanical and chemical solutions for cooling towers and also provide wastewater bio-organic catalyst applications.

The acquisition is immediately effective and Deba UK Ltd has now become part of Nijhuis Industries strategy of growing its presence in the UK and Ireland. As part of this strategy, Deba UK will be renamed to Nijhuis DEBA Ltd and its office in Wokingham will be added to the existing presence in Truro and Bristol.

Menno Holterman, Nijhuis Industries CEO, commented on the deal and said, “The DEBA suite of services is an excellent fit with our global vision of providing water and wastewater services that recognise the increasing scarcity of water resources and that contribute to the circular economy. The acquisition would result in an integrated turnkey offer for water and wastewater solutions offering customers a ‘one-stop shop’ and benefit from Nijhuis added value services like i-Consult, i-Monitoring & Control and Operations. Therewith also addressing the fast-growing demand to deliver solid and adaptive solutions for a sustainable and resilient future.”.

Mike Platt, the Managing Director of Deba UK Ltd added, “I am confident that this acquisition is good for the Company and for the employees and will open-up many opportunities for the business going forward”.

The deal was overseen by Tom Eatough, Associate Corporate Director at KBS Corporate, who commented, “After a competitive bidding process, it was clear that Nijhuis Industries was the most suited acquirer for Deba UK. The acquisition enables Nijhuis to expand on their presence in the UK, whilst opening up international opportunities for Deba and an additional service offering in the UK. I am sure the acquisition will be a great success and I wish both parties all the best for the future.”

Mike Platt remain with the company and work for the new combined group as Nijhuis DEBA Business Development Director. Ian Stentiford has been appointed Managing Director Nijhuis UK and Ireland.

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Deba UK Ltd
Sector: Water Treatment
Location: Berkshire
Buyer: Nijhuis Industries

 

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Studioworx

Studioworx has been established for over 15 years and are digital marketing specialists with print experience. The business provides a wide range of services comprising of branding, web design and e-commerce enhancements. Studioworx relies on a dedicated team who deliver excellent customer service. This has led to the business earning a wide range of accreditations and awards including Digital Entrepreneur Award finalists in 2018, RAR recommendation and Magento Certified. Over the years Studioworx has developed an enviable customer base including a well-known footwear provider, a drugstore and a stationary retailer.

KBS Corporate implemented an exhaustive research strategy which resulted in over 35 NDA’s being signed.

The final investment came from Three Crowns Holdings Limited who provide investment into mid-market companies in the media and technology industries. Studioworx is Three Crowns Holdings Limited third acquisition recently and will help grow the company’s profile further.

The deal was overseen by Sonia Cottrell, Corporate Deal Executive, who commented, “The deal will allow Studiworx to continue to grow and benefit from Three Crown Holdings Limited investment and expertise. It has been a pleasure working with Studioworx.”

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Studioworx
Sector: Digital/Print Marketing
Location: East Yorkshire
Buyer: Three Crown Holdings Limited

 

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Fatherson Bakery Limited

Fatherson Bakery Limited, trading as Fatherson Bakery, is a nationwide traditional bakery with over 10 years’ experience. The company has a core product line of 80 with an additional 24 seasonal products added over the year. Fatherson Bakery benefits from a strong sense of homemade brand which has led to the business becoming easily recognisable. Furthermore, the quality of the products is enviable with the company gaining multiple awards including several Great Taste Gold awards. In addition to this, Fatherson Bakery has fostered excellent client relationship which has produced long-standing relationships with blue chip retail buying groups.

The shareholder’s contacted KBS Corporate in order to facilitate retirement plans of two and allow another to invest more time in other business interests. One of the shareholders will remain with Fatherson Bakery.

The final buyers were Laurence Smith, Megan Smith and Mark Lewis with the former having a breadth of experience with the fast-moving consumer goods industry. The new owners intend to diversify the product range by establishing their own gluten free range and instilling an environmentally friendly ethos however the homemade aesthetic will remain at the core of the brand.

The deal was overseen by Andrew Dodd, Corporate Director at KBS Corporate.

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Fatherson Bakery Limited
Sector: Food Manufactuer
Location: Warwickshire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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Formby Tool Hire Ltd

Formby Tool Hire is a holistic equipment hire company serving a range of sectors operating from landscaping to welding. The business is well-established and based in Merseyside.

The owner of Formby Tool Hire instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business in order to facilitate their retirement plans. A thorough research strategy was implemented, with a preference for trade buyers in line with our client’s requirements. This resulted in high levels of interest particularly from UK trade buyers, with some interest from Private Equity and Overseas trade buyers.

The ultimate buyer was the Smiths Hire Group as a synergy purchase. The company currently includes several branches within the North West however, they wish to expand their geographical reach to include Formby making Formby Tool Hire an ideal acquisition. The business benefits from a rich history with over 150 years’ experience in the industrial sector.

Simon Thompson of Formby Tool Hire noted,‘’Smiths Equipment Hire are a great outfit and will no doubt offer great prospects to all Formby Tool Hire customers and staff, I am very pleased with the outcome and I am sure Formby Tool Hire will provide a great platform to take Smiths Equipment Hire from strength to strength. We look forward to working with David Smith and, Thomas Smith and their team.’’

The deal was overseen by Jacob Lord, KBS Corporate Deal Executive, who commented, “Simon Thompson from Formby Tool Hire was an absolute pleasure to work with and Smiths Equipment Hire was very professional throughout. They outlined a specific timetable for proceedings and were very to the point in their discussions. The acquisition is perfect for both parties as Smiths gain an invaluable foothold in Formby to continue their expansion in the North West, whilst my client reaches retirement and a perfect home for his current staff whom have served Formby loyally for many years. I have no doubt the addition of Formby Tool Hire to Smiths Equipment Hire will yield positive results for all parties and I wish them the best of luck for the future.”

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Formby Tool Hire Ltd
Sector: Tool Hire
Location: Merseyside
Buyer: Smiths Hire Group

 

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Microcomputer Workshop Limited

Microcomputer Workshop Limited, trading as MWL Systems, provide a variety of IT services and support. Services include consultancy, support, cloud and software solutions and infrastructure and hardware support. The company holds Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Gold Partner accreditation.

MWL Systems instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business and a detailed research strategy was pursued. The primary focus became Private Equity and trade buyers which generated 30 interested parties coming forward and 4 offers being received. The majority of interest came from existing trade within the IT and telecoms companies.

The successful offer was made by Elite Group, which is their 17th acquisition since 2008. The company has benefitted from a funding package, of £30m, from Lloyds Bank in order to support growth through acquisition with the target being set at a £100m annual turnover by 2021. Rob Sims, Elite CEO, commented on the deal,

“Our current plans are to take us up to a £100m business with the majority of that coming from mobility and IT.

“But the big step jumps will be from acquisitions and we look forward to making more. Companies such as MWL give our customers new services and it’s that value adding factor that we look for in acquisitions.”

The deal was overseen by KBS Corporate Associate Corporate Director, Tom Eatough, who added

“I am really pleased that we managed to secure a deal with Elite Group that enables the retirement of the founding shareholders of MWL.  MWL is a fantastic company and will be a great addition to Elite as they continue to progress their ambitious growth plans.  I would like to wish our clients and Elite all the best for the future.”

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Microcomputer Workshop Limited
Sector: IT Support
Location: Greater Manchester
Buyer: Elite Group

 

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East Lancashire Refrigeration Limited

East Lancashire Refrigeration Limited is a heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems specialist based in Blackburn, Lancashire. The company offers a range of services covering all aspects covering surveying, design, installation and on-going maintenance.

KBS was instructed with the sale of East Lancashire Refrigeration Limited in order to facilitate the retirement plans of the majority shareholder. It became clear that an established trade buyer would be the best fit, as this would allow East Lancashire Refrigeration Limited to benefit from a supportive platform which would enable further growth.

Following a thorough research process targeting predominately trade buyers and Private Equity Firms; East Lancashire Refrigeration Limited 15 interested parties came forward resulting in 2 offers.  The greater levels of interest were generated by trade buyers which better suited our clients’ wishes.

Ultimately East Lancashire Refrigeration Limited was acquired by Johnson Controls Building Efficiency UK Limited which is part od Johnson Controls International plc and produces revenue in excess of £30 billion worldwide. This proved very beneficial to East Lancashire Refrigeration Limited as the acquisition best fit our clients’ needs.

The deal was overseen by Tom Eatough, Associate Corporate Director, and commented,

“Johnson Controls are well suited to take the company forward and I am sure the acquisition will be a great success.  I very much enjoyed working on this transaction and the sellers/buyers alike were great to deal with.  I am really pleased with the result and wish both parties all the best.”

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East Lancashire Refrigeration Limited
Sector: HVAC
Location: Lancashire
Buyer: Johnson Controls Building Efficiency UK Limited

 

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Eurotech Services (UK) Limited

Eurotech was established in 1984 and deliver a range of IT support and maintenance services including software management, network and data security, hardware solutions and cloud telephony support. The business relies on a small dedicated team who provide a high level of customer service. In addition to this Eurotech is a CISO partner. This has led to Eurotech gaining an excellent reputation and blue chip clients including a Premier League Football club. Overall the business sees high levels of customer retention, as well a strong growth through new customers.

The majority shareholder of Eurotech directed KBS Corporate with the sale in order to facilitate their retirement plans. The other two shareholders will remain in their current roles to assist the new owner.

KBS Corporate implemented a diverse research strategy with a firm focus on trade buyers. This resulted in 44 NDAs and 5 offers. A deadline was put in place in order to receive the most competitive offer for Eurotech. This created an uplift in final bids which was further improved during negotiation.

The ultimate buyer was Equity Networks whose key services include the management of communications, cloud applications, cloud infrastructure and security. The business pride themselves on their flexible personable approach which has been upheld since 2010.  Equity Networks’ motivation for sale was to allow the expansion of their client base and increase their market share.

The buyer, Equity Networks is experiencing a period of strong and sustained growth and has plans for further acquisitions over the next 3 years to hit their £10m recurring revenue target.

Fabio Rambelli, Associate Director at KBS Corporate advised our client throughout the deal and commented,

“The deal has allowed Tim Bulmer of Eurotech to take a closer step to retirement and ensures that his company will continue to prosper under the guidance of Equity Networks. I can say that is has been a pleasure working with the Sellers and the Buyers and wish all parties the best of luck in their future endeavours.”

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Eurotech Services (UK) Limited
Sector: IT Support
Location: Hertfordshire
Buyer: Equity Networks Limited

 

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Spotnails Ltd

Spotnails is based in South Wales, Bedwas and manufactures, services and supplies

Spotnails is based in Bedwas, South Wales, and manufactures, services and supplies Pneumatic Tools and Collated Fastenings. The company is well established and offers their own products as well as stocking other brands. Spotnails operate in a variety of sectors ranging from marine to funeral sevices.

KBS Corporate secured a management buy-out deal for Spotnails. The deal saw the company securing a £25 million fund which will preserve 24 jobs and was sourced by the Development Bank of Wales, through the Wales Management Succession Fund. Further funding was provided by the management team and Ultimate Finance. The investment will ensure Jason Quaife, Sales Manager, and John Jefferys, Finance Director will remain in their roles at the company.

Mr Quaife commented, “I’ve been with Spotnails now for 12 years and this is Craig’s 26th year in the company. I have a sales background and Craig has the tooling background from his apprenticeship here. The management buy-out is a very attractive opportunity for us both and it gives us a great advantage as most of the technical experts in the industry have retired or are about to retire.

“We have huge ambitions for the company and the support from the Development Bank of Wales is crucial to achieving these. We are very much a belt-and-braces industry. We are securing relationships and working with several manufacturers with strong brands to sell into the UK. We want to become the largest independent distributor of these types of products with our own branded product range too.”

KBS Corporate Associate Corporate Director, Tom Eatough advised on the deal and noted, “After what was a difficult due diligence and legal process, I was really pleased to be able to reach a successful conclusion for the sellers.  We ran a comprehensive research process and received a number of indicative offers, but ultimately the MBO team were best placed to take the company forward with the support of Development Bank of Wales.  I am sure the acquisition will be a great success and I wish both parties all the best for the future.”

Pneumatic Tools and Collated Fastenings. The company is well established and offers their own products as well as stocking other brands. Spotnails operate in a variety of sectors ranging from marine to funeral sevices.

KBS Corporate secured a management buy-out deal for Spotnails. The deal saw the company securing a £25 million fund which will preserve 24 jobs and was sourced by the Development Bank of Wales, through the Wales Management Succession Fund. Further funding was provided by the management team and Ultimate Finance. The investment will ensure Jason Quaife, Sales Manager, and John Jefferys, Finance Director will remain in their roles at the company.

John Quaife commented,

“I’ve been with Spotnails now for 12 years and this is Craig’s 26th year in the company. I have a sales background and Craig has the tooling background from his apprenticeship here. The management buy-out is a very attractive opportunity for us both and it gives us a great advantage as most of the technical experts in the industry have retired or are about to retire.

“We have huge ambitions for the company and the support from the Development Bank of Wales is crucial to achieving these. We are very much a belt-and-braces industry. We are securing relationships and working with several manufacturers with strong brands to sell into the UK. We want to become the largest independent distributor of these types of products with our own branded product range too.”

KBS Corporate Associate Corporate Director, Tom Eatough advised on the deal and noted,

“After what was a difficult due diligence and legal process, I was really pleased to be able to reach a successful conclusion for the sellers.  We ran a comprehensive research process and received a number of indicative offers, but ultimately the MBO team were best placed to take the company forward with the support of Development Bank of Wales.  I am sure the acquisition will be a great success and I wish both parties all the best for the future.”

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Spotnails Ltd
Sector: Engineering
Location: Wales
Buyer: MBO

 

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McAusland Turner Limited

McAusland Turner is the oldest Marine Surverying and Consulting firm in the port of Hull. The business was established in 1888. Over the years McAusland Turner has developed an excellent reputation, and established relationships with many blue-chip clients.  The company offers a variety of services, including but not limited to, auditing to legal support.

KBS Corporate was instructed with the sale of McAusland Turner and quickly implemented a thorough research strategy. This resulted in an offer from overseas buyer Van Ameyde.

Van Ameyde, based in The Netherlands, provide financial and legal support to businesses.

McAusland Turner’s Managing Director, Arthur Weatherhill commented on the sale,

“The company and its clients will benefit from Van Ameyde’s marine surveying network. Thanks to our mutual vision of providing high-quality services to the marine insurance market, we uphold employment and growth.”

Van Ameyde board member Bob de Bruijn stated that,

“The acquisition is part of Van Ameyde’s strategy to expand its Loss-Adjusting & Surveying network. The UK being the largest marine insurance market, expansion of our marine surveying network to the Uk is vital. In McAusland Turner, we have found the perfect match in terms of quality and identity.”

The deal was overseen by Andrew Dodd, KBS Corporate Director.

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McAusland Turner Limited
Sector: Marine Surveyors
Location: East Yorkshire
Buyer: Van Ameyde UK Limited

 

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Protel (Professional Telecom) Solutions Limited

Protel Solutions, based on the Isle of Wight, provide advanced communications solutions to a variety of sectors including education, defence and telecommunications. The company was established in 2004. Protel Solutions prides themselves on their customer first approach, which is delivered through their network of engineers who have vast experience in several specialities. The company provide support for a plethora of communications solutions including Fibre Optics, Synchronous Digital Hierarchy and Radio Access Systems.

KBS Corporate was instructed with the sale of Protel Solutions to permit the owner to pursue their other business interest and develop their property portfolio.

KBS Corporate then employed a detailed research strategy including the production of marketing materials, out reach to prospective trade buyers and marketing through professional platforms.

This proved highly successful and resulted in 31 NDAs being received and produced a number of competitive offers.

The successful offer was made by WDSI Ltd who acquired a 75% share of Protel Solutions. This arrangement allows the new buyers to benefit from the owners’ experience and retained interest.  This enabled  the owner to continue to benefit from all major contracts won before the sale. The deal included cash on completion with a 20% cash retention to be released over the first 30 days following completion dependant on performance.

WDSI Ltd offer wireless solutions in a range of sectors including large venue entertainment systems, public transport,  retail and leisure. Since the company’s inception in 2001 WDSI Ltd has specialised in network diagnostics, user support, system administrations and server maintenance. WDSI Ltd works with a variety of blue-chip clients.

The deal was overseen by Jacob Lord of KBS Corporate who commented,

“It was a real pleasure to work with Peter from Protel throughout the process. I am very pleased with the outcome as Peter will continue to receive returns from Protel and see the businesses legacy continue, under WDSI’s leadership. I wish all parties involved the best of luck in their future endeavours and I am confident Protel will bolster WDSI’s core competencies and take them from strength to strength.”

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Protel (Professional Telecom) Solutions Limited
Sector: Telecom Solution
Location: Isle of Wight
Buyer: WDSI Ltd

 

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Geo-Info Limited

Geo-Info specialise in underground mapping and surveying to the rail and engineering sectors and operates across England, Ireland and Scotland.

Since inception in 2012, the company has gained several industry accreditations, shown considerable growth and engaged in numerous large, well-publicised rail projects.

Over this time the company has established a strong reputation within the industry, consistently providing a high quality, innovative service, led by an experienced team.

The shareholders of Geo-Info instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of the company in order to pursue other business interests whilst ensuring the growth of Geo-Info through the impetus of a new owner.

KBS Corporate instigated a thorough research strategy, targeting a range of buyers across both trade and private equity. Over 20 interested parties came forward, which included a mix of buyer types, including several large civil engineering and construction companies.

The ultimate acquirer was SML Group Limited, who are operating an acquisitive buy-and-build strategy and saw the acquisition of Geo-Info as an ideal opportunity to ensure the diversification of their client base, whilst also allowing for an increase in capacity, resource and geographic coverage.

Fabio Rambelli, Associate Director at KBS Corporate advised our clients on the deal, and commented, ‘It has been a pleasure working with Adrian and Niall of Geo-Info, as well as the buyers. I’m confident that Tom Harpin of SML Group will be able to successfully take Geo-Info to the next level and provide the same level of care and dedication to the company’s clients that Adrian, Niall and the rest of the Geo-Info team have previously provided. I wish all parties the best of luck with their future endeavours.’

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Geo-Info Limited
Sector: Surveying
Location: Scotland
Buyer: SML Group Limited

 

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G E Door Manufacturing Limited

GE Door Solutions has been acquired by DK Group in a multi-million pound deal advised by KBS Corporate.

The deal sees an initial 75% stake in GE Doors (inclusive of GE Door Manufacturing and GE Carpentry Services) acquired by DK Group, with the remaining stake acquired over the next four years.

GE Doors are a leading manufacturer of doorsets, screens and ironmongery to the education, health and commercial sectors. Established in 1999, the South Wales based company has established itself as a key player within the industry, utilising technology, an experienced team of employees and significant resources to provide certified solutions to all clients.

Recently, GE Doors has expanded nationally, serviced by its own fleet of delivery vehicles to further support key customers and enhance the company’s service offering.

The shareholders of GE Door Solutions instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of the business to allow them to begin their retirement plans.

Following the production of marketing materials and a thorough research process, the opportunity attracted DK Group, who saw GE Doors as the ideal business to complement its existing portfolio. DK Group are currently operating an on-going acquisition strategy to enhance their current resources.

Jay Singh of KBS Corporate advised our clients on the deal throughout and commented, “GE Doors Group is a business that has been built up by the founding shareholder over the last 20 years. It has an excellent reputation in the market and the founder was keen to exit the business, but protect the businesses’ employees going forward. DK Group was the ideal strategic buyer as it allowed the founder to partially exit, but remain involved in the business and allowed the Sales Director to step up to the position of Managing Director with the support of the Board of DK Group”.

Gary Evans and Jason Pincombe commented:

“DK Group, as a family owned business, shares the GE Doors business philosophy, and by joining forces, we will be creating a platform for continued growth for both GE Doors and DK Group. We look forward to working with Kevin Higginson and his team,”

Kevin Higginson, CEO of DK Group Investments said:

“I am thrilled to welcome Gary, Jason and the entire GE Doors team to the DK Group and its family of businesses. We are excited by the opportunities available to GE Doors to continue its strong growth in the UK specialist doors market. We look forward to working with and investing in the GE Doors business, to make the most of these opportunities.”

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G E Door Manufacturing Limited
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: South Wales
Buyer: DK Group Ltd

 

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ESM Global Limited

ESM Global specialise in the development of optical fibre equipment, providing design and installation services to educational institutes and photonic companies across the globe.

The Company has been established for over 20 years, amassing an impressive, global client base within this time. The projects undertaken by ESM include optical fibre drawing equipment, fibre rewinding machines, laboratory cleanrooms and gas scrubbing equipment.

As the shareholders of ESM Global began to look towards their retirement plans, they instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business.

Following a thorough research strategy by KBS Corporate, a range of interested parties came forward, which included both trade and investment buyers across the globe.

Ultimately, a deal was agreed with Ifiber Optoelectronics Technology, a Beijing based specialist in the research, development and manufacture of optical fibre sensors.

Ifiber Optoelectronics Technology also provide thermal detection systems, temperature measurement systems and other integrated services. The buyer is currently one of the leading providers of optical fibre technology in China, having built an established reputation and service since inception.

Nathan Leah, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate advised on the deal and commented, ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this deal from start to finish. I believe the deal will be very beneficial for Ifiber, allowing them to cement their position in China and to branch out into new and exciting directions. I wish nothing but the best for all involved and I would like to thank all parties for their co-operation throughout the process.’

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ESM Global Limited
Sector: Fibre optics
Location: Cambridgeshire
Buyer: Ifiber Optoelectronics Technology

 

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FreedomMusic

FreedomMusic acquired by Imagesound Group Limited

FreedomMusic is a specialist provider of licence-included audio services for background music, catering to a range of needs including in-store radios, retail, leisure and hospitality.

FreedomMusic has a proven track record of helping businesses save money through the use of royalty free music. The music offered by FreedomMusic is original and written and performed by new artists across the globe.

Based in Hampshire, the business has amassed a strong client base, having achieved ISO 9001 quality accreditation, they are associated with a high-quality service.

Following the instruction of KBS Corporate with the sale of the business, the goodwill and assets of FreedomMusic were sold to Imagesound, a leading provider of in store music solutions to retailers, health clubs and restaurants.

A majority stake in Imagesound Group was sold to ECI Partners, in a deal advised by KBS Corporate. ECI is one of the most successful private equity groups in the UK, and have enabled the significant growth of Imagesound.

Tom Eatough, Associate Corporate Director advised our clients at FreedomMusic throughout the deal.

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FreedomMusic
Sector: Audio services
Location: Hampshire
Buyer: Imagesound Group Limited

 

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Process Control Services UK Limited

Process Control Services (PCS) is an industrial electrical engineering and control contractor based in Derbyshire.

The company offer a range of electrical engineering and control solutions, including electrical day work, maintenance and breakdowns and electrical installations.

Having been in operation for over 20 years, PCS has established a strong client base and presence within multiple industries.

The shareholders instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business. A management buy-in team acquired the company, backed by Panoramic Growth Equity.

The investment will provide the business with additional working capital to enable growth within both new and existing markets.

Tom Eatough, Associate Corporate Director at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal.

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Process Control Services UK Limited
Sector: Engineering
Location: Derbyshire
Buyer: MBI

 

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Support Instrumentation Limited

Support Instrumentation Limited has been acquired by MJ Wilson Group Limited, in a deal advised by KBS Corporate.

Support Instrumentation Limited (SIL) are a multi-disciplined process instrumentation company. Based in Kent, SIL provides a comprehensive single-source instrumentation solution from design, product selection and project management, to automation and process control. It operates across a number of sectors, including chemicals, food and beverage, power generation and aggregates.

The company has established itself within the industry and is associated with innovation, as well as reliability. Having been in operation since 1992, SIL has built a loyal client base.

The shareholders at SIL instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business in order to facilitate their retirement plans, as well as ensuring the growth of SIL under the impetus of a new owner.

Following a thorough research strategy, the opportunity attracted significant interest from trade buyers and investment firms.

The ultimate buyer was MJ Wilson Group Limited, who were motivated to acquire the opportunity to consolidate in the market, increase market share, capacity and client base, as well as strengthening its current position in the South East.

This investment was led by Amit Thaper, Investment Director at Cairngorm Capital, who explained, “The acquisition of SIL is highly strategic for M J Wilson, and provides access to key brands within the process and instrumentation industry.  We are delighted to partner with Steve Hopkins and continue to invest in technically focused MRO distribution businesses as we scale our national group.”

Rob Beveridge, MJ Wilson’s Managing Director said “We are delighted to partner with such a highly respected company. We have much in common in terms of our heritage and commitment to innovation and outstanding customer service. There is a clear fit between our two businesses, as our services are highly complementary so the merger creates exciting potential. Together, we will be well equipped to pursue new opportunities for growth, to the benefit of our customers, suppliers and employees.”

Steve Hopkins, SIL’s Managing Director added, “This is the perfect partnership for two businesses that share a commitment to innovation and the highest standards of customer service. There are great opportunities across the sector and this new chapter in our journey provides significant strategic benefits for both companies.”

MJ Wilson and Cairngorm Capital were advised on this transaction by Mazars (financial and tax) and Browne Jacobson (legal). SIL shareholders were advised by KBS Corporate (corporate finance) and Gately Plc (legal).

Fabio Rambelli, Associate Director at KBS Corporate, commented, ‘The acquisition is highly complementary for MJ Wilson and ensures Chris Hopkins can exit the business in full knowledge that SIL will be handled with the care and commitment he gave when he ran the company. I wish MJ Wilson and Steve the best of luck in their future endeavours and I’m confident that SIL will go from strength to strength under the guidance of MJ Wilson.’

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Support Instrumentation Limited
Sector: Process instrumentation
Location: Kent
Buyer: MJ Wilson Group Limited

 

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Triform Holdings Limited

Triform is a print management, storage and distribution specialist based in the Midlands, known for producing a wide range of materials such as letterheads, compliment slips, business cards, as well as brochures and point-of-sale materials.

Working with an established and impressive list of clients, Triform has built an excellent reputation and is a trusted provider to a wide range of industries.

As the shareholders of the company began to consider their retirement options, KBS Corporate were instructed with the sale of Triform.

A thorough research strategy was implemented, with a wide range of potential acquirers targeted, particularly trade buyers. This research generated a substantial level of interest in the opportunity, with over 25 NDAs signed and multiple offers made.

The interest in Triform did primarily come from trade buyers but also included small-scale investment companies who saw the potential within the opportunity.

Ultimately, a deal was agreed with Hague Print Media Supplies Limited, one of the UK’s leading print solutions providers, who saw the opportunity to incorporate Triform into their growth strategy.

Fabio Rambelli, Associate Director at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented, ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank both parties for their co-operation throughout this deal. The acquisition of Triform by Hague will be very beneficial for Hague and will undoubtedly ensure Triform continues for many more years of successful trading and growth.’

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Triform Holdings Limited
Sector: Print
Location: Staffordshire
Buyer: Hague Print Media Supplies Limited

 

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Kalon Biological Limited

Kalon Biological acquired by CalibreScientific Inc, in a deal advised by KBS Corporate.

Kalon Biological specialise in the development and production of medical diagnostic kits and commercial enzyme immunoassays EIA kits for the healthcare industry.

Kalon Biological are highly experienced within the research and development of medical kits, and operate a number of brands including; KalonBio, a specialist within in-vitro diagnostics, Clin-Tech, a stains, reagents and medical kits provider, and Microimmune, a provider of measles, mumps and rubella testing products to hospitals and other partners internationally.

The shareholders of Kalon Biological instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business ahead of retirement plans.

Once marketed, the opportunity attracted a wide range of interest, from both trade and private equity acquirers, with over 65 NDAs received.

The ultimate buyer was CalibreScientific Inc., part of StoneCalibre, a diversified global provider of reagents, tools and other products to the healthcare, laboratory and biopharmaceutical industries. Based in Los Angeles, the company work to solve and address issues within their markets and have a global reach to over 53 countries.

Through a strong acquisition strategy, CalibreScientific has seen recent levels of growth, and has diversified and expanded the product offering, as well as their market share across the world.

Fabio Rambelli, of KBS Corporate advised our clients on the deal, and commented, ‘I have enjoyed working on this deal and I feel the acquisition has been ideal for CalibreScientific, as a logical bolt-on opportunity, which will enable them to further increase market share within the life-sciences sector. The deal will also enable the shareholders at Kalon to begin their well-earned retirement. I wish all involved the best for the future.’

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Kalon Biological Limited
Sector: Medical
Location: Surrey
Buyer: CalibreScientific Inc

 

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DB Transport Corby Ltd and DB Warehousing Corby Ltd

DB Transport Corby Ltd and DB Warehousing Corby Ltd has been acquired, in a deal advised by KBS Corporate.

The West Midlands based transport and warehousing group came to market with KBS Corporate as the directors looked to begin retirement plans.

Following a thorough research strategy, the production of marketing materials and a period of negotiations, Stoneport Holdings Ltd have acquired the Group.

Stoneport recognised the opportunity as an ideal acquisition and first step into the sector due to the beneficial distribution location.

Daniel Welsby, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised our clients throughout the deal and commented, ‘I am really pleased with the outcome of this deal, which marks the beginning of an acquisitive strategy for Stoneport, and an enjoyable retirement for the shareholders of DB Corby. I wish all involved the best for the future.’

 

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DB Transport Corby Ltd and DB Warehousing Corby Ltd
Sector: Transport
Location: West Midlands
Buyer: Stoneport Holdings Ltd

 

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Clover Chemicals Limited

Clover Chemicals Limited, a manufacturer of cleaning products, has been acquired by Christeyns UK Limited, in a deal advised by KBS Corporate Finance.

Clover Chemicals is a developer and manufacturer of high-quality cleaning chemicals, based in Derbyshire. The company has established itself as a reliable developer of effective products, placing a strong focus on research and development.

On instructing KBS with the sale of their business, a thorough research strategy was implemented, which generated a wide range of interest, with over 60 NDAs signed.

Following negotiations, a deal was agreed with Christeyns, a Bradford based company, best known for the manufacture of detergent, disinfectants and equipment. Clover Chemicals’ product range includes Floorcare, Washroom and Skincare products and will complement Christeyns existing offering, as well as enabling future growth and diversification.

Clover Chemicals will continue to operate from its facility in the High Peak area, and Managing Director, Des Eustace commented, “We are excited to be joining such an ambitious group. Christeyns’ core values of family, expertise, passion and continuous improvement are an ideal fit for the future of the Clover business and we look forward to the exciting journey ahead as part of this deeply committed organisation.”

Hassan Ahsan and Jay Singh, of KBS Corporate Finance, advised on the deal, with Hassan commenting, “The success of this acquisition can be attributable to the strong, professional relationships we held with both Clover Chemicals and Christyens UK. I know that Clover Chemicals will continue to flourish under the direction of Christeyns, and I wish them all the best for the future.”

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Clover Chemicals Limited
Sector: Cleaning chemicals
Location: Derbyshire
Buyer: Christenys UK Limited

 

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Impact Displays (UK) Limited

Impact Displays (UK) Limited has been acquired by Once Upon A Time Marketing Limited, in a deal advised by KBS Corporate.

Impact Displays is a supplier of retail point-of-sale displays, catering to a wide range of needs including publishers, supermarkets and convenience retailers.

Having been in operation for over 10 years, the shareholders of Impact Displays began to look towards retirement plans, and therefore instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of the business.

Following a thorough research strategy, a significant number of parties expressed an interest, including a mix of both trade and private equity investors.

Ultimately, a deal was agreed with Once Upon A Time, a London based full-service marketing agency, offering a wide-range of services including digital marketing, CRM, advertising and packaging solutions.

The deal presents an ideal acquisition as Impact Displays will benefit from the blue-chip client base associated with Once Upon A Time, as well as the potential for increased geographical coverage.

Matthew Sibley, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented, ‘I am really pleased with the outcome of this deal, and feel that Once Upon A Time are an ideal strategic fit for Impact Displays. I wish all involved every success for the future.’

 

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Impact Displays (UK) Limited
Sector: Marketing
Location: West Midlands
Buyer: Once Upon A Time Limited

 

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Access Lifting Pulling & Safety Limited

Access Lifting Pulling & Safety Limited (“ALPS”) has been acquired by Denholm Industrial Group.

ALPS provide bespoke access, lifting, pulling and safety solutions to a wide range of project types and industries.

The company prides itself on being able to work on unique, innovative projects that require a high level of customisation and specialist work, as well as the more conventional projects. Services provided by the company include bridge access, buildings and structures, industrial rope access, and height lifting.

Denholm Industrial Group have acquired ALPS, following a thorough research process was conducted by KBS Corporate.  Denholm Industrial is part of the £240m turnover J & J Denholm Group, whose subsidiaries operate in shipping, logistics, seafoods, industrial services and oilfield services..

Tom Eatough, Associate Corporate Director, advised on the deal and commented, ‘I am really pleased we managed to bring the deal to a successful conclusion. ALPS will fit nicely into Denholm Industrial’s existing division and the complementary service offerings provide clear synergies moving forward.  I am sure the acquisition will be a great success for both parties.’

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Access Lifting Pulling & Safety Limited
Sector: Engineering
Location: South Yorkshire
Buyer: Denholm Industrial Limited

 

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Completed Sale

Conquest Oil Ltd

Conquest Oil, is a well-established independent fuel supplier, operating across the south of the UK.

Headquartered in Bedfordshire, the Company serves a wide customer base, across both commercial and domestic sectors, with long-standing relationships with both customers and suppliers.

The shareholders of Conquest Oil instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their company due to their retirement plans.

Following a thorough research strategy, the opportunity attracted a wide range of interest from trade buyers, with multiple offers made.

Ultimately, following negotiations by KBS Corporate, an offer from Oil NRG, a fuel supply and distribution business, was accepted.

Oil NRG acquire Conquest Oil as part of their ongoing growth strategy, and the opportunity presents an ideal acquisition due to the location of Conquest Oil and the established customer base already in place.

Hassan Ahsan, of the KBS Corporate Finance team, advised on the deal and commented: ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this deal and believe the outcome will benefit both parties. Our clients were able to achieve a deal that exceeded their expectations, whilst Oil NRG are able to continue their growth strategy and obtain substantial work. I wish all involved the best for the future.’

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Conquest Oil Ltd
Sector: Fuel distribution
Location: Bedfordshire
Buyer: Oil NRG Ltd

 

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Completed Sale

Technocopy Solutions Ltd

Technocopy Solutions are a business print management and solutions company operating nationally. The company provides a wide range of document management and managed print services to businesses across a variety of sectors.

As winners of the Northamptonshire Business of the Year, Technocopy have amassed a strong reputation locally and a substantial client base.

Having instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business, Technocopy has been acquired by Business by Technology, a UK based trade buyer with offices in the Midlands, North West and East Anglia.

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Technocopy Solutions Ltd
Sector: Printing solutions
Location: Northamptonshire
Buyer: Business by Technology Group Limited

 

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Chilli Telecom Limited

Chilli Telecom Limited has been acquired by Communicate Better Limited, in a deal advised by KBS Corporate.

Chilli Telecom offers a wide range of telecom solutions, operating as a ‘one stop shop’ for business telecom solutions.

Based in West Yorkshire, Chilli Telecom offers outstanding levels of customer service, to ensure a smooth transition from order to installation. This entire process is overseen by a dedicated and experienced team, who take great pride in offering excellent advice and support to customers.

The shareholders of Chilli Telecom were beginning to look at other business ventures and opportunities and approached KBS Corporate to assist in the sale of their business.

Following interest from a number of trade acquirers, a deal was agreed with Communicate Better, a Warrington based telecoms business.

Communicate Better has over 20 years’ experience within the telecoms sector and offers award-winning solutions to a wide range of businesses.

Having recently been very active within the M&A market, totalling 10 acquisitions, Communicate Better is set for huge growth and expansion, in terms of both product offering and geographical coverage. The substantial pipeline of work currently scheduled by Chilli Telecom was attractive to Communicate Better, who saw the opportunity to accelerate its growth strategy and reap economic rewards.

The sellers were advised by Guy Haynes from KBS Corporate, with legal advice provided by Gateley PLC.  Communicate Better was advised by Cowgill Holloway with legal advice provided by Pearsons.

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Chilli Telecom Limited
Sector: Telecommunications
Location: West Yorkshire
Buyer: Communicate Better Limited

 

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Ashmount Flooring Supplies Limited

Ashmount Flooring Supplies are a London based flooring distribution company, with over 40 years of experience in providing to both commercial and domestic properties.

The company offer a range of flooring products, and stock a wide range of well known brands within the industry.

Ashmount has amassed a strong reputation within the industry, resulting in an impressive client base and long-standing customer relationships.

As the shareholders at Ashmount look towards retirement, KBS Corporate were instructed with the sale of the company. A thorough research strategy was implemented which resulted in a wide-range of interest.

The ultimate buyers were Headlam Group plc, Europe’s largest distributor of floorcoverings.

The acquisition will allow Headlam to expand geographically into a London area, of which Ashmount has had a strong foothold. Ashmount will continue to be operated under its own trade brand, from the existing premises in London, but will also benefit from the resource and support of Headlam.

Tom Eatough, Associate Corporate Director, advised on the deal and commented: “From what was quite a turbulent due diligence and legal process, I am really pleased that we have reached a successful conclusion for our clients  The acquisition will be strategically beneficial to the buyers and should enable our clients to enjoy their well-deserved impending retirement. I would like to wish both parties the very best for the future.”

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Ashmount Flooring Supplies Limited
Sector: Flooring
Location: London
Buyer: Headlam Group plc

 

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Subec Wiping Solutions Limited

Subec Wiping Solutions Limited (“Subec”), has been acquired by Banner Group Limited (“Banner”), one of the EVO Group of companies.

Banner is a supplier of business critical products to the private, public and the third sector (charities, NGOs). Their customer base contains companies and organisations that range from government bodies and agencies, the largest FTSE 100 listed companies right through to smaller charities and SME’s.

The Banner heritage is drawn from the supply of stationery and print-related needs, however, they go far beyond “traditional” office products and provide solutions and services for the wider workplace, covering cleaning and janitorial supplies through to furniture, printed goods, technology and office services.

Subec provides the ideal acquisition to enhance the evolution of the Banner cleaning and hygiene category. Positioned as one of the UK’s premier suppliers of specialised cleaning and hygiene products, Subec supplies a substantial customer base across both commercial and industrial markets.

On instructing KBS with the sale of their company, Subec immediately generated high levels of interest as the unique and thorough research strategy of KBS Corporate was implemented.

There was much interest in the opportunity from both trade buyers and private individuals. However, the ultimate offer came from Banner.

The shareholders at Subec will remain at the company, to help oversee any changes and support future growth.

Julie Doyle, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented; “I have enjoyed working with both parties and wish them well going forward. I think the acquisition will be a success and I’d like to thank both parties for their co-operation throughout the process.”

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Subec Wiping Solutions Limited
Sector: Cleaning products
Location: Leicestershire
Buyer: Banner Group plc

 

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Fuel Proof Limited

In a sale advised by KBS Corporate, Argent Industrial have acquired Fuel Proof Limited for an initial consideration of £4.6m, with this potentially rising to £6m subject to future performance

Fuel Proof is a leading manufacturer of bunded fuel storage equipment. The company offers a range of fuel storage solutions and services, including fuelcubes, diesel tanks, water storage, and waste oil storage tanks, with each individual component manufactured in-house to the highest possible standard.

The company manufactures products for both UK and international clients serving sectors such as aerospace, engineering, oil & gas, aviation and utilities.

The shareholders of Fuel Proof instructed KBS Corporate to find a buyer for the business, as they are looking to explore unrelated interests after a transitional period.

A thorough research strategy was implemented and several interested parties came forward.  Ultimately, a deal was agreed with Argent Industrial, a South African based buyer who are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Tom Eatough, Associate Corporate Director, advised on the sale and commented: ‘I have enjoyed working on this deal and providing advice to our clients throughout the process. Fuel Proof will make a great addition to Argent Industrial’s portfolio of manufacturing companies and I would like to wish both parties all the best for the future.

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Fuel Proof Limited
Sector: Fuel storage
Location: Lancashire
Buyer: Argent Industrial Limited

 

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Completed Sale

PP Control & Automation Limited

KBS Corporate Finance is delighted to have provided lead Corporate Finance advice to the Shareholders of PP Control & Automation on the sale of the Company to Ardenton Capital Corporation

PP Control & Automation, which employs more than 230 staff, said the deal with Ardenton Capital Corporation will help it reach £40m in turnover within five years.

According to its latest accounts, sales increased to £22.7m during the year to 31 January 2018 compared to £19.8m in the prior 12 months.

Established for 50 years and under current ownership and management since 1979, the deal provides the exiting shareholders with a substantial return whilst at the same time allowing them to retain a stake in the business going forward.

Commenting on the deal, David Fox, owner of PP said “The deal with Ardenton is a great outcome for all concerned. It will allow me to realise the value created over many years and retain an ongoing interest in the business as it grows. Importantly, it gives the Company, its employees, customers and suppliers confidence in the future with PP remaining under independent ownership”.

Current managing director Tony Hague has become a significant shareholder in the business as part of the deal and will become chief executive, while founder David Fox has become chairman.

Hague, who has been at the company since 2001, said: “We recognised over 12 months ago that if we were to realise our aspirations of truly growing PP in the way we believed possible, we would need a new business partner to work with. In Ardenton, we believe we have found that partner”.

KBS Corporate Finance worked closely with the Shareholders throughout the process and David Fox commented. “KBS Corporate Finance played a huge role in delivering this transaction. The commitment and professionalism that they put into the deal was key to getting it over the line. KBS brought numerous parties to the table and assessed pros and cons of all offers received. Their knowledge and understanding of Ardenton’s model also gave me great comfort in knowing that we had found the right acquirer for the Company”.

John Hunt, Director of KBS Corporate Finance commented. “It has been a real pleasure working with David and Tony to deliver this outcome. The deal is a “win win” for all concerned and we wish all at PP the best for what we expect to be a very bright future”.

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PP Control & Automation Limited
Sector: Electrical control systems
Location: Midlands
Buyer: Ardenton Capital Corporation Limited

 

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Avensys UK Ltd

Avensys UK Group Ltd has been acquired by HERMED Technische Beratung GmbH, part of the VAMED Group, a leading provider of international healthcare.

In recent years Avensys has shown high levels of growth, both in terms of sales and employee numbers, which has helped the company become one of the UK’s leading healthcare equipment service providers.

Avensys provide and maintain a wide range of medical equipment across the UK, to a wide range of customers including individual dental practices, private hospital groups, NHS, CCG’s and the MoD.

HERMED, was acquired as a subsidiary of the VAMED Group in 2008, and is a key operator within the biomedical device industry and is now active within 8 countries across Europe, with over 500 employees.

KBS Corporate Finance (Guy Haynes and John Hunt) advised the sellers on this transaction, with legal advice provided by TLT’s Manchester team comprising Ian Roberts, Nicola Bilner, Liz Delaney and Stephen Devlin.

Robert Strange, CEO, and Steve Holt, MD, commented as follows;

“I am very happy that with HERMED we have found a strong and competent partner who optimally complements our offering. Both the service portfolios and the corporate cultures are ideally matched. We see great potential for synergies and are convinced that we can sustainably increase our growth in the UK market with the support of our new partners. Everyone will profit from this in the future – we, our employees and, above all, our customers!”

 

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Avensys UK Ltd
Sector: Medical Equipment
Location: Worcestershire
Buyer: HERMED Technische Beratung GmbH

 

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Completed Sale

Finlay Associates Ltd

Finlay Associates is one of the leading property search providers in the South East. Founded in 2003, the company offer a range of property search services, including local authority search, drainage & water reports, mining reports, commons registration and floorplans. A wide range of customer requirements are met.

The company is run by an experienced team, offering property information and search requests to property professionals and homeowners.

The shareholders of Finlay Associates instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business, as they look towards retirement plans and the possibility of exploring new ventures and opportunities.

Following a thorough research strategy by KBS Corporate, which saw a range of trade companies targeted, a number of meetings with interested parties were held.

In the end, the successful acquirors were Dye & Durham, Canada’s leading provider of data solutions and legal software. The company offer a complete all-in-one solution for professionals looking to automate the process of obtaining public records and legal documentation.

As a key operator within the industry, Dye & Durham present as ideal buyers for Finlay Associates, and the opportunity to expand and diversify going forward seems likely to be successful.

Sonia Cottrell, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, worked with our client at Finlay Associates to achieve the offer within 6 months of the business joining the market, and commented: ‘I’ve enjoyed working with our client who runs a very successful and well-respected business. I wish Richard well going forward and believe the acquisition by Dye & Durham will be beneficial to the future of the business.’

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Finlay Associates Ltd
Sector: Property
Location: Surrey
Buyer: Dye & Durham Corporation

 

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Completed Sale

Gap Consulting Ltd

KBS Corporate has advised on the sale of Gap Consulting Ltd to Incremental Group for an undisclosed value.

Based in Cheshire, Gap Consulting is among the largest specialist Microsoft CRM practices in the UK. The company offers CRM strategy & advice, along with CRM project rescue, infrastructure and customer engagement support.

The company works across the public sector, not-for-profit and professional service sectors and have provided high-quality CRM solutions to a wide range of clients, of varying sizes.

The company works closely with clients to provide a professional, reliable service, built on a depth of knowledge and experience. For this reason, Gap Consulting are highly successful within the industry.

The key reason behind the transaction was to enable the current MD, Andy Dudley, to take his first steps towards retirement, although Andy will continue to be involved for a handover period.  The other shareholders, Trev White and Mark Hatcher, will continue to be heavily involved in the Company going forward.

Incremental Group, which is based in Glasgow and is backed by Maven Capital, Scottish Investment Bank and Clydesdale Bank, is a digital transformation specialist and offers a wide range of services within digital technology. The acquisition of Gap Consulting strengthens its CRM service arm, whilst also allowing for geographic expansion and diversification.

Guy Haynes, Corporate Director at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented: “It was clear from the outset that Incremental Group was a very strong fit for our clients, who were prepared to move very quickly and decisively despite other suitors being at a more advanced stage.  Gap is an excellent company led by excellent people, and it was no surprise that the bidding process was a highly competitive one, comprising buyers from the UK and overseas.  Incremental are an ambitious organisation with strong growth targets, and the integration of Gap should strengthen their offering considerably.”

Legal services were provided by Gateley PLC to the sellers, and Burness Paull to the buyers, with BDO providing Corporate Finance advice and Campbell Dallas Financial Due Diligence to the buyers.

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Gap Consulting Ltd
Sector: Business solutions
Location: Cheshire
Buyer: Incremental Group Limited

 

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Completed Sale

Brian Gow Roofing Warehouse Limited

Brian Gow Roofing Warehouse Limited has been acquired by Burton Roofing Merchants Limited, in a deal advised by KBS Corporate.

Established in 2001, Brian Gow Roofing Warehouse offer all aspects of roofing needs, including pitched roofing and flat roofing products, along with insulation and acoustic solutions.

Working with a trusted list of suppliers, and a strong family run ethos, Brian Gow Roofing Warehouse pride themselves on their high levels of customer service and dedicated response.

The shareholders of Brian Gow Roofing Warehouse instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business, ahead of potential retirement plans and the desire to drive further growth.

Following an extensive research strategy, looking at both trade buyers and private investments, a number of interested parties came forward. However, the ultimate offer accepted came from Burton Roofing Merchants Limited, a construction supplier, specialising in distributing roofing materials worldwide.

Burton Roofing Merchants work with some of the largest brands in the roofing industry, making them a beneficial acquirer for the future growth of Brian Gow Roofing Warehouse.

Burton Roofing Merchants will also benefit from the acquisition as they look to expand geographically and establish a London-base.

Fabio Rambelli, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal, and commented: ‘The company, staff and client base will be in very good hands under the new leadership of Burton Roofing moving forward. It has been a true pleasure working with all parties I wish them the best of luck with their future plans.’

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Brian Gow Roofing Warehouse Limited
Sector: Roofing
Location: Surrey
Buyer: Burton Roofing Merchants Limited

 

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Completed Sale

iTech Scotland Ltd

iTech Scotland Ltd (“iTech”) has been acquired in a management buy-in deal, advised by KBS Corporate.

iTech is a system integrator company based in Scotland, supplying all the necessary service requirements to the automation industry.

Established in 1989, iTech have worked with a wide range of clients to deliver practical solutions, across both the public and private sector. The company offers a wide range of services, including software design, training, repairs, equipment and machine safety.

As the shareholders at iTech begin to consider their retirement plans, they instructed KBS Corporate with the sale of their business. Following an in-depth research strategy by KBS Corporate, a number of interested parties came forward, with over 25 NDA’s signed and several meetings held.

Ultimately, the accepted offer came from a private individual who has ambitions to grow the company.

Tom Eatough, Associate Corporate Director, advised our clients on the deal and commented, ‘I wish both parties the best going forward, and believe the deal will serve as advantageous for all involved.”

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iTech Scotland Ltd
Sector: Control Systems
Location: Scotland
Buyer: MBI

 

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Completed Sale

NDT Services Limited

Pile testing engineering company NDT Services has been purchased by engineering and environmental consultancy RSK Group for an undisclosed sum, in a deal which KBS Corporate advised on.

Established in 1990, NDT Services specialises in pile integrity testing, static pile-maintained load testing and dynamic load testing, working closely with many of the UK’s leading piling companies.

Operating from its Nottingham base, the business is accredited to BS EN ISO 9001:2015, the quality management system, and UKAS, the UK’s National Accreditation Body, both of which ensure its compliance with regulated organisations.

The acquirer, RSK Group, is a well-established professional services firm specialising in environmental and engineering services. The Cheshire-based business provides a range of services including communications and stakeholder engagement, landscape design and masterplanning, and site investigation and remediation.

Manging Director of NDT Services John Purser said of the deal: “The prospect of NDT Services moving forward with the support of RSK is exciting for staff, suppliers and clients alike. We feel that adding our specialist pile testing services to the RSK portfolio is a perfect fit that will enable the company to fulfil its potential within the industry.”

The company was bought alongside Copeland Wedge Associates (CWA), a nationwide consulting civil and structural engineering firm based in Birmingham.

Dr Alan Ryder, chief executive of RSK, commented: “I am delighted to join forces with NDT Services and CWA. Both companies have extremely experienced and skilled people who share our common values. Our plan is to invest in the companies and help them to grow.

“RSK can now offer pile testing to complement our existing geotechnical and structural engineering expertise. And CWA will bring us better access to the Birmingham/West Midlands market and further enhance our engineering teams.”

These are the latest in a series of purchases by RSK, which was backed with a £140m funding package from Permira Debt Managers in 2017 which includes support for approximately ten acquisitions.

Post-acquisition, NDT Services’ 20 members of staff will join RSK’s geosciences and engineering division, alongside CWA’s 39-strong team, headed up by divisional director George Tuckwell. This brings the group’s overall team to 2,300 members across 85 offices.

John Hunt, Director at KBS Corporate Finance, advised our clients at NDT Services.

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NDT Services Limited
Sector: Engineering
Location: Nottinghamshire
Buyer: RSK Group plc

 

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Assent Building Control Limited

Assent Building Control Limited has been acquired by Alpina Partners Limited, in a deal advised by KBS Corporate.

Founded in 2005, West Yorkshire-based Assent has grown into one of the UK’s leading building control bodies and has developed a reputation and service second to none.

With an expansive network throughout England and Wales, Assent is one of the most geographically comprehensive inspectors in the industry, with over 40 offices nationwide.

Assent enjoys an enviable client base comprising of numerous blue-chip organisations including architects, construction companies and end users – creating exposure across all property sectors.

Upon instructing KBS Corporate to find an acquirer that could help Assent to continue its growth, whilst also allowing our clients to realise some of the value within Assent, it was quickly determined that a private equity buyer could best match our clients’ objectives – a route they hadn’t previously considered.

Following a competitive bidding process involving several Private Equity firms from both the UK and overseas, Alpina Partners presented a deal that best suited our clients and the company.

Based out of London and Munich, Alpina is a long-term investor, focusing on sustainable value creation and supporting management teams, at board level. Alpina has over €300m in assets under management.

On instructing KBS to find a buyer, Assent hadn’t considered a private equity deal until we highlighted both the long and short term benefits for both the company and their employees. The deal with Alpina allowed our clients to retain a 23% stake within the business, offering them an even larger potential future realisation.

The final deal value between Assent and Alpina will represent a 200% uplift from our clients’ initial value expectations.

Richard Batte, Shareholding Director at Assent, commented, “With Alpina we found the right partner to implement the envisaged growth strategy for our business. We were convinced by the level of professionalism and reliability throughout the transaction process as well as the understanding of our business. We look forward to working together with our partners at Alpina.”

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Assent Building Control Limited
Sector: Building control
Location: West Yorkshire
Buyer: Alpina Partners Limited

 

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AoFA Qualifications Limited

In a deal which KBS Corporate provided consultancy on, AoFA Qualifications Limited has been successfully acquired by Personal Track Safety Ltd.

AoFA Qualifications is an awarding organisation which is recognised by Ofqual, a non-ministerial government department that regulates qualifications and exams in England, and CCEA, a non-departmental public body of the Department of Education. In addition, the company is also recognised by Welsh Government sponsored body, Qualifications Wales.

The initials AoFA represent two market sectors. For first aid and medical-related qualifications, AoFA stands for Association of First Aiders. For qualifications outside of First Aid, such as fire safety and security, it stands for Awarding Organisation for Accredited Qualifications.

Since its inception in 2007, the company has developed and sustained a reputable standing within the industry it operates, having achieved ISO 9001 accreditation and acting as the awarding arm of the Association of First Aiders for First Aid and related qualifications. Moreover, it has more recently been approved by the Security Industry Authority to offer licensed-linked qualifications, in addition to the member status it holds with the British Security Industry Association and Federation of Awarding Bodies respectively.

The shareholders of the business, David Arnold and Rouji Begum-Arnold, approached KBS Corporate with both a desire to retire and the motivation to find a suitable buyer who could inject fresh vision into the business.

An extensive research process was conducted, which lead to circa 20 parties registering their interest in the opportunity, and a deal agreed with the eventual acquirer.

The buyer, Personal Track Safety, is a specialist training provider with over 20 years’ experience in its sector. Located in Northampton, the company operates nationally across the UK, delivering courses to over 10,000 learners per year.

Working alongside prestigious clients including City & Guilds, The Department for Work and Pensions, and Investors in People, the business provides its services to individuals and businesses within a range of diverse sectors such as rail, health & social and business management & accounting.

Motivated by the opportunity to extend on its current services, Personal Track Safety sought to acquire AoFA Qualifications to take advantage of its service offering, which would facilitate its expansion plans.

Deal Executive Fabio Rambelli advised our clients at AoFA Qualifications, on the deal he commented: “I am pleased that the shareholders of AoFA have been able to successfully exit the business and start a new chapter in their lives. I am confident the company will be successful in the hands of Personal Track Safety moving forward.”

 

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AoFA Qualifications Limited
Sector: Consultancy
Location: Buckinghamshire
Buyer: Personal Track Safety Ltd

 

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First Base Communications Limited

First Base Communications Limited has been acquired by Digital Unlimited Group Ltd, in a deal completed by KBS Corporate.

First Base Communications Limited (“First Base”) are a dynamic, exciting B2B lead generation marketing agency based in London.

The company offer a wide range of services which include, precision strategy, full-service demand generation, inbound prospect acquisition, social media and engagement services.

Having built up a strong reputation and extensive client list, the shareholders of First Base came to the market looking to sell the company, or controlling interest, to a larger organisation that would enable growth and diversification.

Following the extensive research process of KBS Corporate, 75 interested parties came forward, which pays testament to the success and appeal of First Base as a business. The interest was mostly from trade buyers within the marketing and PR sector.

Ultimately, an offer was agreed with Digital Unlimited Group Ltd, an agency network based in London, who will be able to expand its current B2B and technology offering through the acquisition.

Fabio Rambelli, Corporate Deal Executive, advised on the deal and commented: “I have enjoyed working on this deal, and feel that the acquisition will be of huge benefit to First Base and its staff, who will experience both the growth and benefit of being part of a much larger organisation. I wish both parties well going forward.”

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First Base Communications Limited
Sector: Marketing
Location: London
Buyer: Digital Unlimited Group Ltd

 

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Inspired By Technology Limited

Inspired By Technology Limited has been acquired by Cloudstream Technology Ltd in a completion which KBS Corporate advised upon.

Operating from its base in Scotland, Inspired By Technology is a technology solutions and consultancy provider offering a comprehensive range of technology and telephony services.

Established in 2005 under the name Reston Consulting Limited, the company has since developed a potent reputation within its industry for the provision of services including proactive maintenance, server monitoring, helpdesk support, email hosting and GDPR compliance. It also provides an extensive range of hardware solutions such as laptop rental and the supply of computer peripherals.

During its trading history, the business met the high-quality standard of criteria necessary for the following partnerships: Microsoft Silver Partner, Avast Business Silver Partner, Cisco Meraki Partners and Purple WiFi Partners.

Our clients, Kenny and Jacquie Walker, the shareholders of Inspired By Technology, stated a desire to leave the business in order to allow the company to reach its full growth potential. KBS Corporate was instructed to fulfil their hopes of finding a suitable trade buyer with plenty of sector knowledge and the capability to ensure growth.

A research strategy was put in motion attracting several interested parties, predominantly UK-based trade buyers, resulting in a deal agreed with Ian Maclellan of Cloudstream Technology, a serial acquirer of IT and related companies in Scotland.

Fife-based Cloudstream Technology is a technology partner which has managed clients’ IT, web, software and communication services for almost twenty years.

Post-acquisition, Kenny will remain in a permanent role at Inspired By Technology, working alongside the new owner.

Fabio Rambelli, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate advised our clients during the acquisition process.

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Inspired By Technology Limited
Sector: Technology solutions
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Cloudstream Technology Ltd

 

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Buckley & Nunez Ltd t/a Pavitt’s Produce

A long-established supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables has been acquired in a deal which KBS Corporate has advised on.

Pavitt’s Produce, the trading name of Buckley & Nunez Ltd, provides an extensive range of fresh, high quality produce to commercial clients including restaurants, hotels, caterers, schools and hotels. With a history spanning almost 25 years, the company operates from New Covent Garden Market, the largest wholesale fruit, vegetable, and flower market in the UK, located in the heart of London. Carlettosway Limited has also been included in the acquisition alongside Buckley & Nunez.

In 2010, Pavitt’s Produce was awarded BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Grade A, a standard which the company has maintained to the present date, which ensures its clients of the quality of the products they receive from the business.

The Directors of the company, Richard Buckley and Carlo Vajro, instructed KBS Corporate as one of them wished to emigrate, whilst the other had plans to retire. Presented with these objectives, KBS Corporate organised a proactive, targeted research strategy to obtain interest from trade buyers, competitors, investors and private equity firms alike.

The opportunity attracted 38 interested parties, predominately UK-based, with much of the interest derived from trade buyers, although several NDAs were received from private investors. Two formal offers were made, with an eventual deal agreed which offered an uplift on the first bid and a more suitable structure.

The acquirer, Premier Fruits (Covent Garden) Limited, is a trade buyer operating within the same industry. Established in 2001, the company is a well-established wholesaler of fresh produce, which is also located in New Covent Garden Market. Premier Fruits was motivated to acquire our client’s company as they could take advantage of the clear synergies present between the businesses.

Fabio Rambelli, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, provided consultancy to the vendors and commented, “The acquisition of Buckley & Nunez by Premier Fruits is a fantastic opportunity for the buyer to dramatically increase sales, market share and will undoubtedly have a very positive impact moving forward.

“The sale also ensured that Carlo and Richard of Buckley & Nunez were able to effectively dispose of their shares in a manner that best suited their requirements and plans post-completion. I wish Carlo, Richard and the buyers the very best of luck in the future.”

acquired by

Buckley & Nunez Ltd t/a Pavitt’s Produce
Sector: Wholesale of Fruit and Vegetables
Location: London
Buyer: Premier Fruits (Covent Garden) Limited

 

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Wideblue Limited

KBS Corporate has successfully advised on the sale of a 75% majority stake in Wideblue Limited to Pivot International, Inc.

Formerly a division of Polaroid, Glasgow-based Wideblue operates as a multi-disciplinary product design and development consultant. With particular knowledge of Photonics, Imaging and Optical Systems, the company has built a robust reputation on the back of almost 20 years’ experience within its industry.

During this period, Wideblue became accredited to ISO 9001 and ISO 13485, in addition to undertaking several Technology Strategy Board projects and winning two platinum European Product Design Awards for the Peek Retina mobile phone opthalmoscope.

The shareholders of the business, Grant King and Russell Overend, offered Wideblue for sale due to their retirement plans. Upon instructing KBS Corporate to provide advisory services, companies operating within the industrial design and product design industries were targeted as potential acquirers, which lead to an influx of interest with circa twenty parties registering their interest.

An eventual deal was agreed with US-based Pivot International, a product design, development, and manufacturing firm located in Lenexa, Kansas. Operating on a global scale, the company specialises in software development, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial design.

Pivot International sought to acquire Wideblue as the acquisition facilitated its plans to expand on its geographical reach, by taking advantage of a well-established business already operating within the UK.

Grant has sold the entirety of his shares, allowing him to fully retire, whilst Russell has retained a 25% stake in Wideblue post-acquisition.

Deal Executive Oliver Thompson advised our clients on the deal.

acquired by

Wideblue Limited
Sector: Product Design
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Pivot International, Inc.

 

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Fire Bright Solutions Ltd

Fire Bright Solutions, a fire safety solutions provider, has been acquired by JLA Ltd, in a deal completed in seven weeks by KBS Corporate.

Fire Bright, established in 2003, offer a wide range of services which include the installation and system design of fire alarm systems, AOVs, emergency lighting and portable extinguishers, to customers throughout the UK.

Based in Cheshire, the company has long-standing relationships with customers due to the high quality of their work, and is a BAFE SP203 accredited Fire Safety System specialist.

The shareholders at Fire Bright were looking at a gradual retirement plan, but also wanted to ensure the business continued to grow. Therefore, a deal was needed which would see the momentum building at Fire Bright Solutions continue.

Following KBS Corporate’s extensive research strategy, 28 interested parties signed NDAs. The interest in Fire Bright Solutions was initially varied, with 23 trade buyers expressing interest.

It became clear that JLA Ltd were the ideal acquirers for Fire Bright Solutions, as a commercial laundry, catering and heating solutions company, they are regarded as market leaders, with substantial contracts with university accommodation companies, care homes and hotels.

JLA are interested in diversifying their product offering to include Fire Safety, which makes Fire Bright an excellent asset to them. The acquisition also allows for an element of geographical expansion, as Yorkshire-based JLA will be able to harness Fire Bright’s reputation across Greater Manchester, without the distance being unfeasible.

As self-proclaimed innovators, JLA certainly have the tenacity and experience to not only continue the success of Fire Bright, but also develop it further.

Matthew Sibley of KBS Corporate advised on the deal, and commented: “I have enjoyed working with both the client and buyer, who have demonstrated their intellect and experience throughout. I wish both parties well in the future and believe the deal will be successful going forward.”

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Fire Bright Solutions Ltd
Sector: Fire Safety
Location: Cheshire
Buyer: JLA Ltd

 

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Gorgeous Gourmets Limited t/a Gorgeous Hire

Catering equipment hire company Gorgeous Gourmets Limited has successfully been acquired in a Management Buyout deal, which KBS Corporate provided consultancy on.

Located in South West London, Gorgeous Gourmets, trading under the name Gorgeous Hire, is a provider of a range of catering equipment to the hospitality and education industries, as well as caterers and private clients.

Founded in 1982, the business has created an impressive reputation within its industry and is a member of the Event Hire Association and a SafeHire Certified Company.

The company’s sole shareholder, Jonathan Hooper, was preparing an exit strategy in line with his retirement plans and sought the expertise of KBS Corporate to fulfil these wishes. A targeted research process was implemented, specifically focussed on trade buyers such as catering equipment suppliers, hospitality specialists and event management providers.

Over ten parties signed NDAs, expressing potential interest in the acquisition. In addition to trade buyers, private individuals, who had previous backgrounds in the catering industry, also came forward.

Ultimately, Peter Martin, who has worked for the company for several years, was eager to remain within the company and took advantage of the opportunity to become the owner of a well-established business via a Management Buyout.

Post-acquisition, Jonathan’s retirement plans have been met and he retains ownership of the freehold property, from which the company operates.

Deal Executive Julie Doyle advised the vendor and commented: “It has been a pleasure working with Jonathan to achieve a successful exit solution. I wish Jonathan, Peter and Gorgeous Hire all the very best for the future.”

 

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Gorgeous Gourmets Limited t/a Gorgeous Hire
Sector: Catering Equipment
Location: London
Buyer: Management Buyout

 

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Emailcenter UK Ltd

KBS Corporate has successfully advised on the acquisition of Emailcenter UK Ltd to Xtremepush Limited in a multi-million-pound deal.

Established in 1999, Emailcenter UK is a leading email marketing service provider, currently working with over 400 brands in the UK, including well-known businesses such as Hungry House, Onthebeach.co.uk, Go Compare and ASOS.

The shareholders had a clear exit strategy in place and instructed KBS Corporate with the confidence that it could fulfil their differing objectives. This required a deal which would allow the founder and Managing Director Nigel Williams to retire, whilst retaining Technical Director Jason McSweeney in the business to help drive future growth.

KBS Corporate deployed a robust buyer targeting campaign and received multiple interest for the opportunity, resulting in three serious offers coming from two overseas buyers and a private equity firm.

The private equity company was the first to place an offer and multiple rounds of bidding ensued thereafter, resulting in an uplift on the first offer received.

An eventual deal was agreed with Dublin-based company, Xtremepush, one of the world’s leading Multi-Channel Analytics and Engagement Marketing Platform providers.

The deal is the company’s first acquisition and marks the start of an acquisitive trail, in which the company will look to further grow in the future from acquisition.

The buyer acquired the business to take advantage of the synergies the companies share and to benefit from the vendor’s extensive client base and industry expertise. The deal also gives the acquirer the opportunity to expand into the UK by taking advantage of Emailcenter UK’s geographical reach.

KBS Corporate’s Chief Financial Officer, Andrew Melbourne, advised on the deal and commented, “I am delighted with this transaction as it represents a great deal for both parties. The opportunity received interest from multiple overseas buyers and from private equity, leading to an ideal exit solution for both of my clients who had two very different requirements from the process. For the buyer, this also represents a solid footprint into the UK, and I am confident this will be a good start to their buy and build strategy.

“All of this, added to the strong relationships formed between both parties over the due diligence period, should pave the way for an exciting future, and I wish everyone involved with this transaction all the success they deserve.”

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Emailcenter UK Ltd
Sector: Email Marketing
Location: Northamptonshire
Buyer: Xtremepush Limited

 

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Renaissance Retirement Limited

PegasusLife Limited has acquired Renaissance Retirement Limited, instantly doubling its portfolio of developments to more than 70.

Established in the late 1990s, Hampshire-based Renaissance Retirement is a leading retirement property developer, facilitating luxury independent living for the 55+ retirement market.

The shareholders of Renaissance Retirement approached KBS Corporate Finance as they wanted to find the ideal partner to continue, and accelerate, the development of the Group. Such a partner had to share a common vision for the future of the business and have the financial strength to match the directors’ ambitions.

KBS Corporate Finance established a proactive research process on a global basis which resulted in 18 expressions of interest, leading to an eventual deal being agreed with PegasusLife, a well-established luxury retirement housebuilder, backed by Oaktree Capital and AIG. Oaktree allocated an equity pool of up to £300m, which has been significantly enhanced by a £450m debt facility provided by AIG.

PegasusLife is currently seeking to acquire 100 sites over the next 5 years, particularly in the regions of, but not exclusive to, Central and Greater London, The South East and South West, West Midlands, Essex and Hertfordshire.

The deal was agreed as part of the acquirer’s growth plans, founded on the obvious synergies shared between the two companies. Both Renaissance Retirement and PegasusLife have thrived on creating and maintaining high-quality properties, whilst preserving an ethos of opulence, convenience and security for the contemporary older generation.

Chairman of Renaissance Retirement, Christopher Goddard, said: “We are very excited by this opportunity. The new enlarged PegasusLife Group is well positioned to address the chronic shortage in quality retirement homes throughout the UK.

“The continued supply and demand imbalance in this sector presents a huge growth opportunity for the Group going forward.”

Howard Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of PegasusLife, added: “The UK is still not building anywhere near the number of properties needed for our ageing population. Twenty-two million people – a third of the UK population – are now over 50 so the demand will continue to grow.

“We set out on a mission in 2013 to transform the retirement property market with a high-quality product and a transparent operating model. Adding Renaissance, a leading brand with similar values to the Group allows us to further enhance our product offer, geographical reach, as well as offer an even wider range of price points.”

With a projected turnover of £500 million by 2021, the new PegasusLife Group is set to become one of the biggest retirement developers in the UK.

Combined, the two companies have a joint gross development value of £1.7 billion, positioning the new group as one of the fastest growing retirement housing specialists in the UK. Both businesses will continue to operate under their existing management structures and head offices.

KBS Corporate Finance’s Managing Director, Julian Coy, advised Renaissance Retirement’s shareholders on the sale. He commented, “despite speaking to potential Private Equity investors and trade buyers from the USA, Asia and Europe, it soon became apparent that Pegasus Life were the perfect fit. The Retirement sector has some interesting demographics particularly at the luxury end and the two businesses are ideally placed to capitalise on this market opportunity.”

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Renaissance Retirement Limited
Sector: Retirement Property
Location: Hampshire
Buyer: PegasusLife Limited

 

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Accredo Support and Development Limited

In a multi-million-pound deal, Blackstone Capital Partners Limited’s care and support acquisition arm, BCP Supported Housing Limited, has acquired Accredo Support and Development Limited.

Midlands-based Accredo Support and Development is a specialist provider of a variety of support and social cares services including supported living, outreach support, domiciliary care and alternatives to day services. With 15 years in the industry, the company has a well-established reputation and a wealth of experience, particularly in delivering support for those with an autistic spectrum disorder.

The shareholders of the company instructed KBS Corporate, as they were looking to exit the business in order to make way for a new owner with a refreshed approach. Prior to acquisition, the shareholders stated their availability to remain within the business for a short period of time to transfer their knowledge to a new owner and ensure a smooth transition. Post-acquisition, Kevin Webb has stayed on at Accredo Support and Development in a permanent role.

KBS Corporate engaged in an extensive research process targeting a number of buyer types including trade and investment firms. The response was positive and a mixture of both trade and private buyers expressed their interest in the company, with around 20 NDAs completed. The trade buyers were keen to take advantage of synergies, whilst investors looked to expand their existing portfolios.

An offer was accepted from global private equity firm, Blackstone Capital Partners, through its acquisition arm, BCP Supported Housing. Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms, offering private equity, real estate, hedge fund solutions and credit investment. As of June 2017, the firm had over $370bn worth of assets under management and employed over 511,000 people within its portfolio companies.

BCP Supported Housing is a specialist investment boutique formed to complement and enhance the supported living market in the UK.

Corporate Director, Andrew Dodd, of KBS Corporate consulted on the deal, and commented, “The acquisition of Accredo to Blackstone Capital Partners signifies the prominence of overseas and private equity interest for UK companies, in a deal that significantly exceeded our clients’ expectations. I am certain that Accredo will continue to grow under the direction of Blackstone, a globally renowned and experienced investment firm, and I wish all involved the very best going forward.”

 

 

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Accredo Support and Development Limited
Sector: Care
Location: Leicestershire
Buyer: BCP Supported Housing Limited

 

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Fascia Graphics Limited

CCL Industries Inc. has acquired Fascia Graphics Limited, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of industrial graphics. Formed in 1994 by the current owners, the company has developed an excellent reputation within the sector, having firmly secured many long-standing relationships with clients.

Fascia Graphics turns over around £4m, with an adjusted EBITDA of circa £1m, by providing products including membrane keypads and membrane switches, graphic overlays, labels, nameplates, domed emblems and liquid graphics. The company also offers a number of complementary services, including colour matching, prototyping and testing, to ensure the highest quality of product is supplied to the client.

The shareholders of Fascia Graphics, Paul Bennett and Ernie Griffin, decided to exit the company in order to plan for retirement. Whilst Ernie Griffin will exit the company after a short handover, Paul Bennett has decided to remain within the company in order to ease the transition period and ensure ‘business as usual’.

KBS Corporate advised the Sellers on this transaction and identified CCL Industries Inc. as a potential acquirer. CCL Industries is listed on the Canadian stock exchange and is the world’s largest label maker. It had revenues of 4 billion Canadian dollars in 2016 and employs 20,000 staff worldwide. Amongst its previous acquisitions is the well-known UK label company Avery.

The final sale value, exclusive of surplus cash and the business premises, was £5m.

The acquisition was highly beneficial for both parties. With CCL operating as a leading industry figure, the deal both provided Fascia with a clear platform for future growth and development and met the differing requirements of both shareholders. Likewise, the transaction will allow CCL to diversify its service offering and gain some of Fascia’s niche specialities, alongside providing the company with the opportunity to relocate some of its UK operations to Fascia’s premises.

On the deal, Geoffrey T Martin, CCL’s president and CEO, said: “Both culturally and operationally, CCL and Fascia Graphics are a very good fit, and CCL’s reputation for manufacturing high-quality products, will ensure that Fascia’s customers continue to receive the highest quality products and production standards in the UK’s printed graphics industry.

“The new business will trade as CCL Design on close and bring expertise in printed electronics to our product lines.”

Paul Bennett, Managing Director of Fascia Graphics, commented: “Our customers will also continue to benefit from CCL’s commitment to our continuous improvement programme, which has resulted in our business making the most significant investments in innovative technology in the industry.

“The success of this programme is just part of the reason we’ve been able to manufacture a high-quality product with rapid turnaround times, at a competitive price.”

Guy Haynes of KBS Corporate advised on the deal through to completion and commented, “It was clear from a very early stage that there was a strong commercial and cultural fit, and despite interest from other parties, CCL were prepared to move quickly and decisively to enable this transaction to happen. Fascia Graphics is a well-run, innovative and growing company and it has been a pleasure to assist Ernie Griffin and Paul Bennett in achieving their aims via this transaction.”

Throughout the process, Guy maintained a strong rapport with the shareholders of Fascia Graphics, with Paul Bennett praising Guy on his “fine work and assistance in the sale of Fascia Graphics. All the way through the process you made what could sometimes be a scary experience seem straight forward.”

Gateley plc provided legal advice to the Sellers, while the buyers’ Due Diligence and legal process was conducted internally.

 

 

 

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Fascia Graphics Limited
Sector: Industrial Graphics
Location: Wiltshire
Buyer: CCL Industries Inc.

 

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International Graphic Press Ltd

International Graphic Press Ltd has been acquired by Mercury Publicity, in a deal which was advised by KBS Corporate.

International Graphic Press (IGP) act as the exclusive UK representative for leading publishers of top consumer and trade magazines, newspapers and digital media across Europe and China. IGP represent a number of leading print titles, along with online media, across various sectors including fashion, music and technology.

The acquirers are also active in this niche sector, as the leading independent international media representative. Based in London, Mercury Publicity represent publishers across Europe, alongside providing advertising solutions to clients. Their extensive and loyal list of clients includes Nike, Epson, Tiffany & Co and Acer, which highlights the quality of their work.

For the buyer, the opportunity to acquire IGP opens new opportunities, a potential list of new, secure clients, increased resources and staff expertise.

Initially, KBS began the research process by advertising to trade buyers. However, the most promising interest came from Mercury Publicity, another key operator within the industry, which will help to form a good working relationship between the two companies going forward.

The successful deal helps to prepare the IGP shareholder for retirement, whilst the partnership could also generate significant growth and expansion opportunities.

Another important condition of the sale was the safeguarding and protection of the current employees in place, and so it was important to KBS Corporate that this was upheld, to satisfy both parties and protect the employees.

Matthew Sibley, Corporate Deal Executive, advised on the deal and welcomed the opportunity to advise and assist his client throughout the entirety of the sale. Both parties are happy with the result and prospects going forward, and we wish them well for the future.

 

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International Graphic Press Ltd
Sector: Publishing
Location: London
Buyer: Mercury Publicity Limited

 

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Coaching For Change Ltd

KBS Corporate has successfully advised on the acquisition of Coaching For Change Ltd to GLD Management Ltd.

Founded in 2006, Coaching For Change is a management consultancy focused on developing its clients’ internal capability to deliver sustainable business improvement and change.

Since inception, the company has gained recognition as an approved centre with the Institute of Leadership and Management, the UK’s largest awarding body for leadership and management qualifications, and the Chartered Management Institute, an accredited professional institution for management.

After presenting the opportunity to acquire Coaching For Change to a number of buyer types, KBS Corporate was able to successfully finalise a deal with Doncaster-based GLD management. The acquirer was seeking a company to bolt on to its existing service offering and was impressed with Coaching For Change’s ongoing order book.

Established and run by management consultant Grant Bowman, GLD Management is an international business consultancy which provides specialist advice and guidance to SMEs. Its core operations include the mentoring and teaching of both individuals and teams, strategic marketing and business development.

During the acquisition process, the shareholders of both companies established a strong relationship, which will see them working in partnership going forward, as Coaching For Change’s Lee Kemp provides a handover period for approximately 18 months.

Oliver Thompson, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented, ““I am pleased to have enabled the directors at Coaching For Change to secure a sale and would like to thank both parties for their close cooperation during the process. I wish Lee and Grant all the best for the future”

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Coaching For Change Ltd
Sector: Management Consultancy
Location: Derbyshire
Buyer: GLD Management Ltd

 

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MK Scales Limited

MK Scales Limited has been acquired by S J Electronics Ltd in a deal completed by KBS Corporate.

For over 30 years, MK Scales has been trading in the weighing machine industry, providing a wide range of scales including counting scales, crane scales and laboratory balances.

After a significant period operating in the sector, the shareholders of MK Scales were motivated to exit the business to pursue other business interests, and subsequently entrusted KBS Corporate with the task of sourcing a suitable buyer.

In order to fulfil the shareholder’s objectives, KBS Corporate conducted a thorough research process targeting a range of buyer types. Around 15 parties expressed an interest in the company, predominantly of a trade nature as opposed to private equity, with 3 formal offers received.

Established for a similar length of time as MK Scales, the eventual acquirer, S J Electronics, is a specialist technical provider of electronic and electrical test and measurement equipment, in addition to electrical, temperature and pressure calibration systems.

S J Electronics’ motivations to acquire MK Scales centred around its strategy to diversify its service offering and further grow as a result.

Associate Corporate Director at KBS Corporate, Tom Eatough advised on the deal and said, “I am really pleased that we managed to reach a successful conclusion on this transaction. The marketing and research process provided a number of different options for the seller, but ultimately S J Electronics were the most suited acquirer.

“MK Scales has a fantastic reputation in the scales sector, so I am sure the acquisition will be a great success. I would like to wish Mark and the buyers all the best for the future.”

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MK Scales Limited
Sector: Weighing Machines
Location: Buckinghamshire
Buyer: S J Electronics Ltd

 

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John Unwin (Electrical Contractors) Limited

KBS Corporate has successfully completed the acquisition of John Unwin (Electrical Contractors) Limited, a family-run business dedicated to providing electrical contracting services throughout the East Midlands.

Established in 1963 and based in Loughborough, the company has developed a strong reputation and loyal customer base amongst the commercial, industrial and domestic sectors, by providing design, planning, installation, maintenance and testing services.

Hoping to sell the business in order to retire eventually, the shareholders of John Unwin approached KBS Corporate to assist in the sale. From the offset, it was clear that the company would benefit significantly from being acquired by an international trade buyer with experience of the electrical contracting sector. With this in mind, KBS Corporate proceeded to undertake a full analysis of global M&E and facilities management markets to find a buyer that matched the requirements of our clients.

An initial offer from a UK MBI candidate was received, which was then uplifted by an offer from Sintec UK Limited, a London-based electrical and mechanical contractor that specialises in commercial and industrial projects.

With operations in the UK, US, Latvia and Russia, Sintec maintains a global presence within the trade sector and is widely regarded as an industry leader.

The final deal with Sintec ultimately allowed John Unwin to become part of an internationally operating trade organisation as the shareholders had hoped, ensuring future growth of the business and its UK operations.

Matthew Sibley, of KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented “With John Unwin being a highly regarded and well known Electrical force in the UK, this was an incredible opportunity for Sintec to expand its UK operations.

“I am confident that Sintec has the means to take John Unwin into a period of continued growth, which as a result provides reassurance to our clients who can now retire comfortably. I wish both parties all the best going forward.”

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John Unwin (Electrical Contractors) Limited
Sector: Electrical Contractor
Location: Leicestershire
Buyer: Sintec UK Limited

 

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LEDZ Lighting Science Limited

Coughtrie International Limited has acquired the stock and assets of LEDZ Lighting Science Limited, a Glasgow-based manufacturer and designer of LED lighting solutions. Established in 2012, LEDZ provides innovative lighting solutions to clients through the use of well-engineered product design and up-to-date LED technology.

Products include downlights and recessed lights, LED furniture lighting, outdoor lighting, surface mounted lighting, lamps, dimming and lighting control components, and LED controllers and amplifiers.

When presenting LEDZ to market, KBS Corporate received responses from circa 10 interested parties, who then signed NDAs to learn about the business. Negotiations commenced and an offer from Coughtrie was negotiated with the owners, a buyer also operating within the lighting solutions manufacture in Glasgow.

Matthew Sibley of KBS Corporate advised on the deal.

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LEDZ Lighting Science Limited
Sector: LED Lighting
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Coughtrie International Limited

 

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Anglia IT Solutions Limited

Anglia IT Solutions Limited, a B2B managed IT services company, has been acquired by Remote Software Solutions Limited.

Providing hardware and software support to clients across a variety of UK sectors, Anglia IT has developed an excellent reputation in its field. In 2016, the company was recognised for its industry leading services, and was awarded the title of an Archant and Norwich Enterprise (NWES) “Future 50” company. From here, the company relocated into new, state of the art premises in King’s Lynn, provided specifically for “Future 50” companies.

From the initial meeting with the shareholders of Anglia IT, KBS Corporate acknowledged that the company displayed significant growth potential, and set out to find a buyer that would be able to facilitate this, and work with the current team to help increase Anglia IT’s revenue and push the company to new heights.

Remote Software Solutions (RSS), the acquirer of Anglia IT, is a dynamic consulting, infrastructure and software support business, delivering quality products and services to clients globally from its head office in London, and offices in Goa and Mumbai, India.

RSS acquired Anglia IT as part of a strategic ‘buy and build’ process, in which the company hopes to make a number of other acquisitions within the managed IT and software support sector as a way of increasing market share.

The structure of the deal ensured that the shareholders of Anglia IT could exit the business financially whilst remaining within the business for a short period of time on a consultancy basis.

Fabio Rambelli provided advice to our clients at Anglia IT and commented, “Anglia IT will be in good hands under the new leadership of Remote Software Solutions, and I am confident that the company will maintain its good standing in the sector and that Anglia’s client base and staff will be well looked after post-completion. I wish all parties the best of luck with their future endeavours.”

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Anglia IT Solutions Limited
Sector: IT Solutions
Location: Norfolk
Buyer: Remote Software Solutions Limited

 

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First Byte Micro Limited

First Byte Micro Limited has been acquired by APC Technology Group plc in a deal completed by KBS Corporate.

As a franchised and independent stocking distributor of electronic components, First Byte Micro is effectively the UK co-operation partner of Glyn GmbH, a major, franchised, pan-European distributor with a turnover of circa €100m.

Having been in operation for over 28 years, the shareholders made the decision to sell First Byte Micro in order to pursue differing interests. Whilst one shareholder hoped to exit in order to prepare for retirement, the other planned to remain within the company post-sale and join forces with a highly regarded, large-scale acquirer.

In order to fulfil these requirements, KBS Corporate engaged in a robust, and wide-reaching research strategy which saw buyers from throughout the UK contacted. A number of offers were presented, leading to a deal being negotiated and agreed with APC within 8 months of the company coming to market.

As an experienced, AIM-listed company operating within the same sector, APC provided a platform for First Byte Micro to grow and develop, and offered deal terms which met the differing requirements of both shareholders.

APC’s motivations to acquire First Byte Micro centred around its strategy to increase market share and gain a synergy business for its brand, APC Locator, a provider of obsolete and allocated electronic components.

Matt Sibley, of KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and said “I am really pleased with the outcome of this deal both for our clients at First Byte Micro and for the owners of APC, and I am confident that First Byte Micro will be able to benefit from APC’s exceptional, industry leading platform. I wish both parties a smooth transition period and all the best in the future.”

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First Byte Micro Limited
Sector: Electronic Components
Location: Essex
Buyer: APC Technology Group plc

 

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Trouvaille Trading Limited t/a Teamwork Services

Trouvaille Trading Limited, which trades as Teamwork Services, has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by Blissful Care Limited, otherwise known as Blissful Healthcare.

Teamwork Services is a specialist recruitment agency, centred around the placement of healthcare assistants for nursing and care homes. Operating along the South Coast of England, which geographically features the highest concentration of nursing homes in the UK, the company has established a strong presence within its sector and benefits from repeat and referral custom.

Having developed the business for almost 20 years, the sole shareholder of Teamwork Services wished to sell in order to pursue other business ventures. With our client hoping to exit the business swiftly, KBS Corporate pursued a robust, in-depth buyer targeting process in order to accelerate a deal.

Within only a few weeks of the business coming to market, KBS Corporate had arranged multiple buyer meetings which led to an offer from Blissful Healthcare, a recruitment firm providing services to a wide variety of clients within the healthcare sector.

A deal with Blissful Healthcare quickly progressed and was completed within six months of Teamwork Services originally contacting KBS Corporate. The fast moving nature of the sale ultimately fulfilled the requirements of our client, who was able to exit the company financially, whilst remaining working within the business for a short period of time to assist with the transition.

Sonia Cottrell, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, provided advice to the shareholders of Teamwork Services and commented “I am really pleased for the outcome of this deal. Not only did both parties develop a strong, professional relationship, but the deal also allowed our client to exit within a short timescale. I wish both our client and the team at Blissful Healthcare all the best going forward.”

acquired by

Trouvaille Trading Limited t/a Teamwork Services
Sector: Recruitment
Location: Hampshire
Buyer: Blissful Care Limited

 

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NMK Ventures Limited t/a Co-Eng Limited

KBS Corporate has successfully completed the sale of NMK Ventures Limited, the parent company of Co-Eng Limited. Formed in 1981, Co-Eng is a design and manufacturing business, offering an end-to-end service with project management and commissioning.

The company’s main services include CNC machining, CAD/CAM design and assembly tooling. Co-Eng also supplies technical expertise on a contractual basis at customers’ premises. Having developed detailed knowledge and expertise of the sector over many years, Co-Eng now upholds an excellent reputation for customer satisfaction and a high quality of service.

Whilst the shareholders of Co-Eng hoped to sell their shares swiftly in order to plan for other activities, they hoped to pass the business into the hands of a new owner that could drive growth and continue to maintain the company’s well-earned reputation.

To achieve this, KBS Corporate set out to contact a wide variety of buyer types, including trade acquirers, private investors, and private equity and venture capital firms. This process attracted twelve interested parties, who progressed to sign NDAs to learn more about the opportunity.

After three offers for Co-Eng were received, a deal was negotiated and agreed with Jim Brookes of Brookes Holding Coventry Limited. Having worked in the sector for many years previously, Jim was looking to engage in a new business opportunity and set up his company as an acquisition vehicle. With Co-Eng displaying a positive, scalable business model with strong growth potential, the company perfectly matched Jim’s acquisition requirements.

Fabio Rambelli advised on the deal and said, “It has been a pleasure working with the vendors of NMK Ventures and I believe the company will do very well under the leadership of Mr Brookes. I wish all parties the best of luck in future”.

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NMK Ventures Limited t/a Co-Eng Limited
Sector: CNC Machining
Location: West Midlands
Buyer: Brookes Holding Coventry Limited

 

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Uniq Systems Limited

KBS Corporate has successfully completed the acquisition of Uniq Systems Limited, a Sage support specialist located in Woodley, Berkshire.

Established in 1991, Uniq has grown over the years to become a fully-accredited Sage Developer and Strategic Partner. Uniq’s vast array of experience and expertise enables the company to provide a multitude of services for various business software solutions, including Sage 200 Suite, Sage 50c, Sage CRM, Construction (EQUE2), Sage Add-ons, and Sage Payroll.

Following a widespread research process conducted by KBS Corporate, five meetings with interested parties were conducted. From here, a deal was agreed with Smith Cooper System Partners Limited, a leading provider of Sage software in the Midlands.

Smith Cooper’s acquisition of Uniq forms part of a strategic move by the company to expand and support growth in the London and Southern regions. With Uniq located only two minutes away from Sage UK’s office in Winnersh, the acquisition will undoubtedly allow Smith Cooper to benefit from a number of geographical synergies.

Chris Smith, Managing Director of Smith Cooper, commented “We have been delighted by our rapid expansion in London and Southern regions, and the acquisition of Uniq is a fantastic addition to our operations in those territories.

“From the moment we met the Uniq team, we recognised a synergy in the way we believe all Sage Business Partners should work and all customers should be treated. I am thrilled that Graham and Dawn [of Uniq] chose Smith Cooper as the company best placed to move their business ahead into a new era, whist safeguarding the quality of service that their clients currently enjoy.”

Graham Bayly, Managing Director and exiting shareholder of Uniq, said “We are immensely proud of our history as a quality Sage 200 support partner and have worked very hard over the years to achieve our reputation today. Both Dawn and I value the service we provide to our clients above all else and are very confident that Smith Cooper will not only retain our level of service but actually improve it with new product offerings and an expanded team.

“We believe that this is a fantastic development for our customers, suppliers and staff, and we look forward to a prosperous new year as part of Smith Cooper.”

Matthew Sibley, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate provided advice through to completion and commented, “This was an incredibly smooth transaction which progressed very quickly, due to the organised and efficient nature of both parties. Throughout the deal, our clients at Uniq and the management of Smith Cooper developed a strong, professional relationship which I believe was integral to the success of the deal. I wish both parties all the best in their future endeavours.”

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Uniq Systems Limited
Sector: Sage Support and IT Solutions
Location: Berkshire
Buyer: Smith Cooper System Partners Limited

 

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Construction Training Specialists Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the acquisition of Construction Training Specialists Limited (CTS), a provider of construction training services in the Norwich area.

The company’s training courses and apprenticeships fall into disciplines such as brickwork, carpentry, plastering, plumbing, scaffolding and tiling. Courses are delivered at a range of levels from introductory through to advanced diploma and supervisory/management.

CTS was acquired by Peterborough Regional College (PRC) as part of a growth and development plan. According to PRC, the acquisition further increases the College’s ability to effectively respond to the growing skill requirements of the construction sector and strategically extends its reach across the region.

Terry Jones, Principal and CEO of PRC, said “This acquisition has not only extended the geographic reach of PRC, but will enable us to use a combined expertise to deliver an all-in-one solution to our customers and students.

“The CTS team have been positive and welcoming, ensuring the transition has been seamless and customer focused. We have big plans for PRC both locally and nationally, and we look forward to creating a brighter future together with CTS.”

Dennis Pollard, Director of CTS, said “We are delighted to become part of the PRC Group. The acquisition puts our organisation at the forefront of delivery for the new apprenticeship standards in the construction sector, and puts in place the infrastructure for growth that is required for us to become the premier construction training centre in the Eastern region and beyond.

“We are excited to be in a position to secure the long term future in our training and end point assessment services, alongside delivering interesting new courses developed by construction employers.”

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Construction Training Specialists Limited
Sector: Construction Training Courses
Location: Norfolk
Buyer: Peterborough Regional College

 

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The New Window Company Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the acquisition of The New Window Company, a supplier and installer of contemporary and period windows and doors.

The business, which operates out of historic offices and large showroom facilities in Caythorpe, Lincolnshire, was acquired in a BIMBO led by Roy Wakeman OBE, a leading industry figure head.

Since being formed in 1995 by Darren and Tracey Elmes, The New Window Company has grown into the leading provider of windows and doors in the East Midlands with installations in Lincolnshire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, and Leicestershire.

The products offered suit contempory, traditional and historic buildings and all carry extensive warranties and performance certification. All materials can be specified and the Company is proud to be the appointed installer and distributor for Timberwindows.com and Evolution uPVC products in the immediate area, and can also offer other leading brands, including Roseview, Rehau and Endurance.

The acquirer, Roy Wakeman OBE, is a leading figure and driving force in the timber and joinery industry. Currently Non-executive Chairman of Performance Timber Products Group Limited (PTP), Roy has been appointed as President of the BWF (British Woodworking Federation) three times in his career (1987, 2001, 2013), and has received numerous other industry awards and accreditations.

Over the years, Roy has also grown many well-known brands and businesses in the joinery manufacturing arena including Sarek Joinery (with sales of £30m) and The Leaderflush Shapland brand of Doors (with sales of £40m). Roy’s wealth of experience, clear industry expertise and strong capability of taking the business to the next level made him the ideal acquirer of The New Window Company.

Roy Wakeman said, “I am delighted to be able to help this great business continue its remarkable growth and look forward to working with all the staff who have helped the Company gain such a renowned reputation.”

Darren Elmes commented, “Both Tracey and I have enjoyed building the business over the past 21 years and are really pleased to see it transfer to Roy and his team. We wish them every success.”

Matthew Sibley, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal.

acquired by

The New Window Company Limited
Sector: Timber Windows and Doors
Location: Lincolnshire
Buyer: Private Individual

 

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Elliott Environmental Services Limited

KBS Corporate has successfully completed the acquisition of Elliott Environmental Services Limited (EES), a highly regarded provider of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC).

The company’s core service offering is centred around the supply and installation of a range of HVAC equipment. EES also offers servicing and maintenance to clients that have purchased equipment previously, contributing to a small portion of the company’s turnover.

Since being established in 2003, EES has secured a status as a regional leader within the sector, and has achieved numerous accreditations and memberships over the years, including becoming OFTEC registered, and being awarded the F-Gas, Gas Safe, SafeContractor certificates, to name a few.

The shareholders of EES decided to sell their shares in order release some equity and plan for retirement, and instructed the services of KBS Corporate in order to do so. The shareholders expressed a desire to pass the company into the hands of a trade buyer that would be able to provide a refreshing approach to the business coupled with industry expertise. In order to deliver this, KBS Corporate created a research strategy which targeted mainly trade buyers, through use of our marketing portals, professional network, and an industry specific list of potential buyers.

After circa 10 NDAs were received from interested parties, and a number of offers were received, a deal was negotiated with the eventual buyer, Lloyd Crisp, of Crisp Group Holdings Limited.

Having worked internationally as a Chief Executive, Managing Director and Financial Director within the fabrication, engineering and petrochemical markets, Mr Crisp is highly experienced in the industrial sector.

Fabio Rambelli, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and said, “I personally believe that EES, its staff and clients will be in excellent hands moving forward and as a result, the business has a great future ahead. I wish the best to all involved.”

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Elliott Environmental Services Limited
Sector: HVAC
Location: Somerset
Buyer: Crisp Group Holdings Limited

 

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Kerrco Automation Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the acquisition of Glasgow-based Kerrco Automation Limited to Novotek AB, a Swedish PLC and provider of industrial IT and automation solutions. The transaction was announced to the Stockholm Stock Exchange following completion.

Kerrco also operates within the IT automation sector, providing complete hardware and software solutions to clients, alongside supplying a wide range of products to drive improvements and sustainability with client applications.

Kerrco’s operations are mainly conducted in the UK and Ireland and are very similar to Novotek’s activities in Sweden. With this in mind, Novotek’s acquisition of Kerrco is expected to significantly expand the Group’s operations in the UK, and provide a strong platform for Kerrco to grow.

With Novotek having already worked within Internet of Things (IoT) and cybersecurity, Kerrco will be able to increase the pace of its development in these areas and re-model to become a key player in the UK markets.

George Walker, CEO of Kerrco, commented, “IoT and digitization are areas that are still in focus in the UK, and we see great opportunities alongside Novotek to accelerate development in these markets.” George will remain as part of the Group’s management team post-acquisition.

Tobias Antius, CEO of Novotek, commented “George has done a great job of building Kerrco and his competency and leadership is something that will benefit the entire Novotek group.”

Post-acquisition, Kerrco’s product portfolio will be unaffected and the company will have the opportunity to integrate some of Novotek’s existing supplier relationships into its operations. In addition, the Group’s name will be changed to Novotek UK & Ireland Limited.

Guy Haynes, Corporate Director, advised on the deal on behalf of KBS Corporate. The shareholders of Kerrco also received legal advice from David Deane of BKF & Co, while the team at Novotek were advised in the UK by Mazars and Burness Paull.

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Kerrco Automation Limited
Sector: Industrial IT and Automation Solutions
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Novotek AB

 

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Falcon Self Drive Limited

Falcon Self Drive Limited (otherwise known as Falcon Vehicle Solutions), a national provider of vehicle hire services for commercial and private clients, has been acquired by Ballyvesey Holdings.

With a fleet of approximately 700 vehicles in operation, Falcon Vehicle Solutions is particularly prominent amongst clients across the South West of England, having developed an excellent reputation within the vehicle hire sector in the region.

Having built up the company over the course of 25 years, the shareholders of Falcon Vehicle Solutions decided to offer the company for sale in order to pursue alternative, unrelated ventures.

Established in 1970, Ballyvesey Holdings is a privately owned group based in Northern Ireland, whose main activities centre around road transport, trailer manufacturing and vehicle sale and rental.

Its acquisition of Falcon Vehicle Solutions will allow for substantial growth prospects, alongside potential for further consolidation of the vehicle and transport market. With subsidiaries already strategically located throughout the UK and Europe, Ballyvesey’s acquisition of Falcon Vehicle Solutions further strengthens its industry leading position, and will undoubtedly make way for new opportunities going forward.

Tom Eatough advised on the deal, and commented, “This was a hugely successful outcome for both parties, and I am sure that the acquisition of Falcon will further enhance Ballyvesey’s portfolio and make way for numerous synergies.

“Ballyvesey’s experience and reputation within the industry will undoubtedly provide Falcon with a platform and resource for future growth, expansion and operational success. I wish them all the best going forward.”

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Falcon Self Drive Limited
Sector: Vehicle Hire
Location: Somerset
Buyer: Ballyvesey Holdings Limited

 

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Euro SDB Limited

KBS Corporate has advised upon the successful acquisition of Euro SDB Limited to EFS Logistics Limited, otherwise known as EFS.Global.

Euro SDB is a logistics operation which transfers general and palletised freight across the UK on a daily basis. The business was established in 2007 by three industry professionals, having gained over 20 years of experience within the logistics industry.

The shareholders of Euro SDB decided to sell their shares in order pass the company into the hands of a new owner, and expressed a desire to sell to highly experienced trade buyer that could potentially incorporate Euro SDB into a wider group. Circa 10 parties expressed an interest in the opportunity, and after numerous discussions with other parties, a deal was eventually finalised with EFS Global.

Since 1996, EFS.Global has operated as a leading provider of freight and road haulage services. In recent years, EFS has engaged in a strategic acquisition programme, having previously acquired a number of other companies within the logistics sector including 747 Express Freight, Refrigerated Transport Services, Logictrans, Horizon Distribution, Euro Tran Despatch and one of KBS Corporate’s other clients, C.S. Brunt (Freight Services).

Mark Jones, managing director of EFS.Global, said: “This deal marks another exciting milestone in EFS.Global’s growth. Euro SDB is a much respected name in the marketplace and so is a perfect fit for our business. The acquisition will also enable us to expand our service offering even further.”

Matthew Sibley, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal through to completion and commented, “The outcome of this deal benefitted both parties significantly; our clients at Euro SDB are able to exit the company with the reassurance that operations will continue as normal under the umbrella of a large group, and EFS is able to add another logistics business to its growing portfolio.

“EFS’s extensive experience of acquiring and building businesses within the logistics sector indicates that Euro SDB will be in safe hands. I wish our clients all the best in their future endeavours.”

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Euro SDB Limited
Sector: Logistics
Location: Staffordshire
Buyer: EFS Logistics Limited

 

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Superbike Factory Limited

KBS Corporate Finance recently completed a deal involving our client, Superbike Factory Limited, and Livingbridge EP LLP, a UK mid-market private equity firm that has backed successful businesses for over twenty years.

Established in 2010 by entrepreneurs, Scott Behrens and James Watson, Superbike is the UK’s largest independent supplier of used motorbikes, and through offering bespoke financing options to customers, the company has emerged as the UK’s leading finance broker in the motorcycle market. Superbike employs 89 staff and operates its business both online and using a physical showroom located in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Livingbridge’s investment in Superbike will support the company’s plans to accelerate growth through the opening of a new site in the South of England, increased marketing initiatives, more opportunities for staff and provision of added-value services for its loyal customers. The deal is being financed by Livingbridge’s Enterprise 2 Fund, which raised £220m when it opened in October 2015.

The transaction adds to Livingbridge’s portfolio of online-first businesses such as ticket aggregator, Direct Ferries, online car rental platform, Travel Jigsaw, and online-only fast fashion retailer, In The Style.

Scott Behrens, founder and Managing Director of Superbike, commented “Livingbridge’s experience in helping high-growth, digitally focused retailers become clear industry leaders made them the natural choice for us when we sought to take the business up a gear. We have built a strong and scalable business model and Livingbridge is the ideal partner for the next stage of our journey.”

Nick Holder, Investment Director at Livingbridge, said “Superbike is a compelling investment opportunity for Livingbridge. Scott and the team have built a disruptive, digital-first retailer in a traditional market, which is winning because it is delivering the service that buyers and sellers of used motorbikes want.

“We are excited to be investing in the business and working with Scott and his team to take Superbike to the next level.”

Dave Gardner and Stuart Lees of KBS Corporate Finance advised on the deal. Dave commented, “Livingbridge’s knowledge and years of experience in expanding successful UK businesses with strong potential, and most especially the firm’s track record of working with online-first retailers, will undoubtedly provide Superbike with the perfect platform to achieve its wider growth strategy and fulfil its future objectives. I’m certain that the investment will open the door to new opportunities and provide great success for both companies.”

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Superbike Factory Limited
Sector: Motorbike Supplier
Location: Cheshire
Buyer: Livingbridge EP LLP

 

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Creative Solutions (Manchester) Limited, t/a Polkadot Design and Print

KBS Corporate has advised on the acquisition of Creative Solutions (Manchester) Limited, a long-standing design and print business located next to the prestigious Media City development in Salford.

The company, which trades as Polkadot Design and Print, provides an extensive range of services, priding itself on producing a continually high standard of work and maintaining an excellent reputation within the sector. Polkadot was founded in 1999 by our clients, and was initially launched as a franchise under the Kall Kwik branding. In 2011, the company left the Kall Kwik franchise and rebranded itself as Polkadot Design and Print.

Having built up the business over the course of 18 years, our clients decided to offer Polkadot for sale to plan for retirement. In order to fulfil this, we contacted a number of potential buyers from within the design, print and media trade sectors. We also contacted some private equity and venture capital investors, to bring a diverse range of buyers to the table. As a result of this research strategy, 14 acquirers pledged an interest and signed NDAs to learn more about Polkadot.

The shareholders of Polkadot decided to choose Shilling Group to acquire their company. Shilling Group is a provider of support, finance and advisory services to companies seeking to grow by acquisition or engage in a company sale. Through its service brands, Shilling Support, Shilling Trading, Shilling Money, Shilling Mergers and Shilling Rescue, the Group is able to adhere to the requirements and fulfil the needs of clients in a range of situations, including immediate exits.

Through the Group’s brand, Shilling Trading, clients are able to engage in a quick exit from their business, selling the business to Shilling Group who will manage and incorporate the business into its ever-expanding portfolio. Having acquired many companies previously, and being continually on the lookout for other companies with strong growth potential, Shilling Group proved to be an excellent fit as the acquirer of Polkadot.

Sara Thomasson of KBS Corporate advised on the deal, and commented, “This was a highly successful deal in which the objectives of both parties were fulfilled. I enjoyed working with both Polkadot and Shilling Group, and I wish all involved the best in the future.”

Bruce Shepherd, of Polkadot, commented, “From our initial meeting with KBS, our subsequent journey was handled with real professionalism. Our business was marketed really well, and made us feel really proud of what we had already achieved. A buyer was found, and an outline agreement followed fairly quickly, along with the subsequent paperwork and due diligence.

“Sara was outstanding, and her attention to detail was so impressive. It was all quite daunting at first, but I received a good deal of helpful advice from Sara all the way through the project. Sara worked hard to keep the sales process on track, and her endeavours resulted in a signed and completed deal a few months later.

“I remain hugely impressed with Sara and the team at KBS, and would recommend them to any prospective business owner looking to place their business on the market.”

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Creative Solutions (Manchester) Limited, t/a Polkadot Design and Print
Sector: Design and Printing
Location: Greater Manchester
Buyer: Shilling Group Holdings Limited

 

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Diazone Computer Services Limited

KBS Corporate has advised upon the successful acquisition of Diazone Computer Services Limited (DCS).

DCS is a well-established business solutions provider, offering SAP Business One and Sage 200 software, consultancy, development and networking with contracted support services. Specifically, the company provides an extensive range of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software solutions and IT services to mid-market SMEs, such as Sage and SAP solutions, bespoke software and hardware solutions. These services are typically ongoing and contractual, ensuring that customer retention is high and revenue remains strong.

Established in 2001, DCS has built an excellent reputation within its sector for delivering a consistently high quality, reliable service, and as a result, the company has experienced year-on-year growth.

KBS Corporate targeted trade buyers from within the IT, business management and business solutions sectors, alongside a number of private equity houses, venture capital firms and individual investors.

After a large amount of interest was generated, and two offers were received, DCS was eventually acquired by two private investors, Dominic Ball and Richard Stathers, in their first company acquisition to date. The final deal saw the buyers take hold of 80% of DCS’ shares, with one of the original shareholders of DCS retaining the remaining 20% in line with his wishes to help drive the company forward in the years to come.

Guy Haynes, Corporate Director, advised on the deal through to completion.

acquired by

Diazone Computer Services Limited
Sector: Business Software and IT
Location: Hertfordshire
Buyer: Private Investor

 

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ArtGallery (UK) Limited

KBS Corporate has advised upon the successful acquisition of ArtGallery (UK) Limited, an online art gallery operator based in the Cotswolds.

Established in 2005, ArtGallery operates a showcase website where artists can list and display their work for customers to buy. The company maintains a niche position in the art market, proudly offering original art from both well-established and upcoming names in the industry, posted directly from the studios they were created in. ArtGallery prides itself on supporting and providing art from British artists, hand painted or created in the UK. Having built up a global reach, with customers in locations from Tanzania to Dubai, the shareholders of ArtGallery approached KBS Corporate with hopes selling their shares in order to pursue other interests.

After an intense research process, which saw over 100 companies contacted, including art retail, creative design and marketing companies, alongside private equity firms, among others, circa 25 parties registered an interest, and signed NDAs to learn more about the opportunity to acquire ArtGallery.

The eventual acquirer was Teaching Art Limited, an investment of PHD Equity Partners. Operating within the art sector, Teaching Art produces art instruction DVDs from leading teaching artists.

PHD is a familiar name with KBS Corporate, having successfully completed the £6m acquisition of one of our other clients, Olympic Fixing Products Limited, earlier this year. The acquisition of ArtGallery (through its investment business, Teaching Art), falls perfectly in line with PHD’s investment strategy, which sees the firm make acquisitions, and provide focus, resource and finance in order to eventually maximise return.

Sonia Cottrell, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented “I’m really pleased about the outcome of this deal. PHD Equity Partners is a highly regarded private equity firm with an outstanding track record, and I think that ArtGallery, as a successful, niche business, will fit perfectly into PHD’s wider portfolio underneath its Teaching Art brand. I wish our clients at ArtGallery all the best for the future.”

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ArtGallery (UK) Limited
Sector: Art
Location: Nottinghamshire
Buyer: Teaching Art Limited

 

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Switch Controls Limited

KBS Corporate has recently completed the acquisition of Switch Controls Limited, a London-based firm that provides professional engineering services pertaining to the design, commissioning and maintenance of Building Management Systems (BMS).

Operating mainly within Central London, Switch Controls also undertakes a number of projects for high profile, blue chip clients throughout the UK and in various locations across Europe. Since 2001, the company has been offering its innovative, effective and economical control systems to clients, providing them with full and easy control over a building’s mechanical and electrical systems (such as air handling and cooling, fan coil and VAV units, heating and lighting).

Switch Controls’ highly experienced workforce, utilising the latest industry technologies and software, led the business into a period of strong growth, and with the market proving to be continually buoyant, the shareholders decided to exit the company in order to allow further development under the direction of a new owner.

After presenting the opportunity to acquire Switch Controls to a number of buyer types (including trade, private equity and venture capital acquirers), KBS Corporate was able to successfully finalise a deal with Rebus Investment Holdings Limited.

As a corporate entity created to acquire businesses with strong growth potential, Rebus’ purchase of Switch Controls was perfectly in line with the company’s acquisition criteria, allowing Rebus to generate significant income from the deal and potentially create high returns in the future.

Post-acquisition, the exiting shareholders of Switch Controls have decided to remain within the company for the foreseeable future to facilitate a smooth transition and ensure continual growth of the company.

Guy Haynes, Corporate Director, advised the vendor on the transaction and legal services were provided by Gateley plc.

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Switch Controls Limited
Sector: Building Management Systems
Location: London
Buyer: Rebus Investment Holdings Limited

 

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Allteks Limited

Allteks Limited, a Kent-based IT support and infrastructure specialist, has been acquired by Conehill Limited.

Services offered include IT support, infrastructure management, network monitoring, servers and storage, disaster recovery, cloud storage, cloud migration, hosting and managed IT services. Allteks also provides PeaceGuard, a dedicated online backup service that includes a comprehensive range of security, reporting and data recovery functionalities.

Having been in operation for over 15 years, Allteks has developed a loyal client base of circa 100 active accounts throughout the Midlands and South East of England. The Company’s clients mainly fall within the marine, construction, pharmaceutical, recruitment, publishing, energy and manufacturing sectors.

The shareholders of Allteks approached KBS Corporate with intentions of offering the Company for sale in order to pursue different interests, and facilitate further growth and development of the business. Allteks’ Technical Director, Ian Butcher, stated his desire to remain within the Company for the foreseeable future in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Widespread interest was generated in relation to the opportunity to acquire Allteks, with over 30 interested parties (consisting of mainly trade buyers, with some expressions of interest from UK private equity and venture capital firms) signing NDAs to learn more about the business. After four offers for the Company, an offer from Conehill was finally negotiated and accepted.

Conehill was recently set up by private investor, Toyin Aromire, as a tool to acquire Allteks and other companies in the future. Toyin’s motivations to acquire Allteks were centred around his plans to develop and grow the company as a personal business venture.

The deal was managed by Deal Executive, Fabio Rambelli, who commented, “The marketing of Allteks was extremely successful and we were able to secure four offers in close succession. I believe that Allteks accepted the most competitive offer available, allowing Ian Butcher to continue working within the business and driving its growth. Allteks is in great hands with Ian and the new owners, and I wish all parties the best of luck going forward.”

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Allteks Limited
Sector: IT Support
Location: Kent
Buyer: Conehill Limited

 

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Celtic Engineering Services Limited

Celtic Engineering Services Limited has been acquired by Bath Business (Group) Limited, a rapidly growing group of small to medium sized manufacturing companies.

Celtic Engineering provides general engineering services to clients across the UK from its head office and manufacturing base at Port Talbot. Having heavily invested in mechanical engineering since inception in 1982, the company’s range of services now extends to the engineering design, manufacture and machining of heavy plant components through to on-site welding, erection and maintenance of gantries and associated steelwork structures.

Through significant reinvestment, the company has developed a specialist knowledge base and skill set, a notable local reputation and relevant industry accreditations. With growth opportunities existing in the form of expansion into the nuclear industry, a pipeline of expected projects, and the possibility of devising a marketing strategy, KBS Corporate identified that the opportunity to acquire Celtic Engineering would attract a large amount of interest from both trade buyers and investors alike.

KBS Corporate devised a unique and bespoke research strategy in order to find the perfect buyer for Celtic Engineering, contacting mainly trade buyers from within the mechanical engineering sector, and private investors with prior experience in the sector.

Circa 25 parties pledged an interest and signed NDAs to receive full information about the opportunity to acquire Celtic Engineering. From this, four offers were presented, and finally, the offer from Bath Business (Group) Limited was accepted.

With Bath Business (Group) actively looking to incorporate a number of manufacturing companies throughout the South and the Midlands into its portfolio, Celtic Engineering was the perfect acquisition target.

Fabio Rambelli, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, managed the deal through to completion and commented, “It was a pleasure working with our client at Celtic Engineering, and we upheld a strong, professional relationship from the offset of the process. From receiving the initial offer, negotiations progressed quickly and the deal has provided our client the clean exit and handover period that he hoped for. I think that Celtic will be in good hands moving forward, and I wish all them all the best.”

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Celtic Engineering Services Limited
Sector: Engineering
Location: Wales
Buyer: Bath Business (Group) Limited

 

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The Utility Forum Limited

The Utility Forum Limited, one of the UK’s leading utility management service providers and energy specialists, has been acquired by Brightsourced Limited, a well-established procurement and market intelligence company.

Initially formed in 1988, The Utility Forum provides bespoke utility management services that aim to optimise the energy strategies of businesses across the UK, and having established an excellent reputation for providing an honest, professional and reliable service, the company has been able to build an excellent track record and develop a thorough understanding of its sector.

The Utility Forum was acquired by Brightsourced Limited, a provider of advanced procurement practices using market intelligence and technological expertise, helping organisations to improve quality, control, expenditure and profitability. Brightsourced’s acquisition of The Utility Forum will act as an ideal bolt-on to its existing procurement operations, allowing Brightsourced to expand into the optimisation of energy strategy, alongside its existing operations in general business and purchasing procurement.

Fabio Rambelli of KBS Corporate advised on the deal, and commented, “I personally believe that The Utility Forum will be extremely successful under the guidance of Brightsourced, with both companies possessing a shared interest in procurement and optimisation. I wish both parties the best of luck in their future endeavours.”

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The Utility Forum Limited
Sector: Energy and Utility Management
Location: Lancashire
Buyer: Brightsourced Limited

 

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Spreckley Limited

Spreckley Limited, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of swing tickets and associated products, has been acquired by Elanders UK.

Established for over 60 years, Spreckley supplies its products to a number of multi-national, blue chip supermarket chains and retail corporations throughout the UK and Europe. Offering a ‘one stop shop’ for swing ticket manufacturing, with printing, cutting, creasing, embossing, punching and stringing services delivered to clients on a daily basis, the company proudly operates the largest automatic stringing facility in Europe.

With the shareholders of Spreckley looking to determine a Director retirement plan, they approached KBS Corporate with hopes of selling their shares for maximum possible value. In order to fulfil these wishes, KBS Corporate conducted a full analysis of the UK printing, packaging and labelling sectors, as it was acknowledged that Spreckley could benefit significantly from being acquired by a synergy buyer from within a similar sector.

When presented to market, the opportunity to acquire Spreckley attracted widespread interest, with interested parties ranging from both small scale and plc trade buyers, to private equity houses and venture capitalists.

The eventual acquirer, Elanders UK, part of Swedish corporation Elanders AB, is a multi-national business and commercial printing firm. Listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange, Elanders is extremely highly regarded in the sector, and as a result, proved to be an excellent fit as the acquirer of Spreckley.

With synergistic opportunities between the two companies clear from the outset, alongside an already established professional relationship between the Managing Directors of the two companies, the deal was hugely successful and provided a clean exit for the shareholders.

Andy Melbourne, Director at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented, “This was a fantastic result for the management team of Spreckley. The outcome of the deal has allowed them to reap the benefits of many years of hard work, passing Spreckley into a highly reputable company with a strong, international presence. I am sure that Spreckley will continue to thrive under the direction of Elanders, and I wish all involved the best for the future.”

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Spreckley Limited
Sector: Labelling, Print and Packaging
Location: Nottinghamshire
Buyer: Elanders UK

 

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Micromart Europe Limited

Micromart Europe Limited, a provider of innovative IT solutions for SMEs in London and the South East, has been acquired by trade buyer, Sprint Integration Limited.

Established in 1990, Micromart is a Berkshire-based firm that specialises in the provision of reactive and proactive support and maintenance contracts, a service which has helped to increase turnover at a consistent rate over the years. Other consultancy services offered include IT support, Office 365 support, system development, disaster recovery, and online back-up.

With an excellent reputation in the local area and IT sector, Micromart serves SME clients from a range of industries, including advertising, PR, media, manufacturing, training, medical and food and beverage. Many of these clients have spanned over two decades, testament to the excellent quality of service that Micromart provides.

The shareholders of Micromart instructed the services of KBS Corporate in order to help fulfil their plans for retirement, with hopes of passing the business into the hands of a new owner that could perhaps expand the company geographically.

High levels of interest were witnessed, with over 30 NDAs signed and returned to KBS Corporate. The shareholders found the offer presented by Essex-based IT firm, Sprint Integration, to be the most appealing, and moved to progress with the deal.

Having previously purchased another IT company, Computer Strategies Limited, through KBS Corporate, Sprint Integration was keen to continue its acquisition strategy and expand its geographical presence by acquiring Micromart. With Micromart being located only 13 miles away from Computer Strategies, Sprint identified strong synergistic opportunities.

Oliver Thompson, of KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented “I am really pleased with the outcome of this deal. Our clients at Micromart are able to swiftly exit the company as they hoped to do, and Sprint Integration will synergistically benefit from the acquisition in a number of ways, with the possibility of combining the client bases, service offering and staff members of Micromart and Computer Strategies. I wish all parties the very best going forward.”

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Micromart Europe Limited
Sector: IT Solutions
Location: Berkshire
Buyer: Sprint Integration Limited

 

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Aegis Integrated Security Limited

KBS Corporate has successfully completed the sale of Aegis Integrated Security Limited, a specialist installer of CCTV, fire alarms and access control systems for domestic and commercial clients.

Since formation in 1981, Aegis has continuously expanded its service offering to meet the needs of its clients, and now has the flexibility to install and maintain intruder alarms, fire alarms, CCTV, gates, barriers and safes.

Based in Colchester, the company has built up a strong geographical presence within the local area, alongside a good spread of clients across many industries, including local police forces, major insurance companies, councils, schools and water companies.

The shareholders approached KBS Corporate with intentions of offering the company for sale as part of their retirement plan, with a view to remain within Aegis in a reduced role, in order to ensure the smooth transition of management and day-to-day business dealings.

Almost twenty parties (consisting of trade buyers and private investors) enquired about the opportunity to acquire Aegis, and ten buyer meetings followed.

Aegis was acquired by Paul Martin of Second Chance Holdings Limited. Second Chance Holdings is a private equity group that specialises in acquiring privately owned managed businesses with a turnover ranging between £500k to £8m.

With other business interests in the security sector, Paul’s motivation to acquire Aegis was centred around opportunities to expand his service offering geographically and cross-sell his products.

Matthew Sibley, of KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented, “It was a pleasure to work with our clients at Aegis, and I’m sure that the company will thrive under the direction of Paul, who will most definitely benefit from the synergistic opportunities between Aegis and his other security business. With the exiting shareholders remaining within the business as part of a handover period, they will be able to help the company grow. I wish them all the best.”

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Aegis Integrated Security Limited
Sector: Security and Safety Systems
Location: Essex
Buyer: Second Chance Holdings Limited

 

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Reliable Removals & Storage Limited

KBS Corporate has advised upon the successful acquisition of Reliable Removals & Storage Limited, a removal and storage services provider based in Gillingham, Kent.

Established in 1993, Reliable Removals has maintained a status as a family run firm for over 25 years. The firm utilises a fleet of company-owned, bespoke vehicles to carry out removals, fragile packing, unpacking, storage, dismantling, reassembling, exporting, delivery and commercial services. As a long-standing member of the National Guild of Removers and Storers, an industry leading trade body dedicated to assisting and promoting member businesses, Reliable Removals is highly regarded in its sector.

With plans of relocating to Australia in order to eventually retire, the shareholders of Reliable Removals appointed KBS Corporate in order to assist with the sale of their shares and realisation of their exit strategy.

After a robust research strategy was conducted, which saw a number of prospective buyers within the removals and storage trade presented with the opportunity, KBS Corporate settled a deal with the shareholders’ chosen acquirer, REL Capital Limited.

REL Capital is a London-based firm that acquires and invests in established UK SMEs across a number of sectors. Led by leisure property entrepreneur, Andy Scott, REL Capital is highly acquisitive, and having purchased three UK SMEs in the last six months alone, the firm is always on the lookout for UK businesses with strong growth potential.

REL Capital expressed its excitement to purchase Reliable Removals and other transport companies in the coming months, which will enable the company to develop a group of transport and bolt-on companies in multiple locations throughout the UK.

Dan Large, exiting shareholder of Reliable Removals, commented on his experience of KBS Corporate, “From first point of contact through to conclusion, KBS Corporate was friendly, professional, approachable and always available to assist with any queries or questions. I would not hesitate to recommend KBS Corporate to anyone thinking of selling their business.”

Sara Thomasson, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal through to completion and commented, “The acquisition of Reliable Removals by REL Capital was hugely successful. With REL Capital looking to expand into the transport and removals industry, and our clients at Reliable Removals looking to exit swiftly, all objectives were fulfilled. I wish our clients all the best in their move to Australia, and REL Capital in their future business endeavours.”

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Reliable Removals & Storage Limited
Sector: Removals and Storage
Location: Kent
Buyer: REL Capital Limited

 

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Charles Crookes Limited

KBS Corporate has successfully completed the sale of Charles Crookes Limited, a long-established law firm based in Cardiff.

Since inception in 2005, Charles Crookes has provided legal services to a diverse and international client base, consisting of both private and commercial clients. In doing so, the firm has developed a strong reputation within the community for its approachability, professionalism and comprehensive range of specialist and niche services, including conveyancing, trust and probate, litigation, notarial and commercial services.

Having developed the company over the course of twelve years, the two shareholders of Charles Crookes approached KBS Corporate with plans to offer the company for sale and pursue retirement. Both shareholders made the decision to work within the company in consultancy roles for a period of three years post-sale.

In order to fulfil the shareholders’ objectives, KBS Corporate conducted a full research strategy which saw a mixture of trade buyers and private equity houses contacted. From this, circa 20 parties signed NDAs in order to receive full details of the opportunity to acquire Charles Crookes.

The eventual acquirer was Red Kite Law LLP, a legal practice based in various locations throughout South West Wales. Originally formed as a result of a merger between two law firms, Lowless & Lowless and Morris Roberts, Red Kite Law has expanded in the years since, now operating across six offices throughout the country.

Part of Red Kite’s motivation to acquire Charles Crookes was the inevitable geographical synergy that the two companies would offer one another. With Red Kite looking to grow the business beyond its current geographical boundaries of South West Wales, and utilise the M4 corridor between Swansea and Cardiff, Charles Crookes was an excellent fit.

One of our exiting clients at Charles Crookes commented, “I want to express my sincere thanks to KBS Corporate for guiding us through the process of selling our company. KBS Corporate was confident, professional and friendly throughout the whole process, and after generating a number of potential opportunities for us to consider, KBS Corporate went the extra mile in ensuring that everything went smoothly during the transaction with our chosen purchaser, Red Kite Law.

“We are thrilled to have completed the process – and are excited about the prospect of making a contribution to the new firm, free from the care and worries of running our own business. I will not hesitate to recommend KBS Corporate to anyone else in a similar situation.”

Sonia Cottrell of KBS Corporate advised on the deal through to completion and commented, “It was a pleasure to work with the shareholders of Charles Crookes and I am certain that the firm will continue to grow under the wing of such a successful company. The synergistic benefits that Charles Crookes and Red Kite will offer each other are undoubtable. I wish all involved the best for the future.”

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Charles Crookes Limited
Sector: Law
Location: Wales
Buyer: Red Kite Law LLP

 

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Environmental Project Management (Contracts) Limited

KBS Corporate has successfully completed the sale of Environmental Project Management (Contracts) Limited (EPM), an environmental engineering and consultancy firm specialising in VOC atmospheric control and associated services.

Operating throughout the UK and Europe, EPM advises on and designs systems for the print industry designed to abate Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from solvent fumes. Other services include dryer optimisation, emissions monitoring and gas monitor installations, to name a few. During its 20 years of trading history, EPM has experienced organic growth on an annual basis and built up a significant portfolio of blue chip clients.

The sole shareholder of EPM approached KBS Corporate with intentions of offering the company for sale in order to retire and pursue other interests. With EPM being operated from the home office of our client, KBS Corporate identified that the business would be easily relocatable and an ideal proposition for a prospective acquirer anywhere in the UK.

The opportunity to acquire EPM was presented to a set of mainly trade buyers within the environmental consultancy and engineering sectors. Over twenty parties pledged interest and signed NDAs, resulting in several buyer meetings and an offer for the company.

The acquirer was Mr Ghazali Syed on behalf of KRANS Limited. With over 10 years of experience in the chemical engineering sector, and current business interests within the environment and renewables sector, Mr Syed offered an excellent strategic fit as the acquirer of EPM.

Sonia Cottrell, of KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented, “I think that the synergistic links between EPM and Mr Syed are clear, and I am certain that he will bring great things to the company. I wish both our client and Mr Syed the very best for the future.”

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Environmental Project Management (Contracts) Limited
Sector: Environmental Engineering and Consultancy
Location: West Yorkshire
Buyer: Private Individual

 

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BRCS (Building Control) Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the acquisition of BRCS (Building Control) Limited, a Corporate Approved Inspector of commercial building projects based in Essex, to Hickton Holdings Limited, a leading provider of specialist Clerk of Works services in Barnsley.

Established in 1996, BCRS offers comprehensive support and approval services to commercial building projects. These services provide a private sector alternative to building regulation approval, incorporating assessment of design proposals, consultation with local fire authorities, inspection of ongoing building work and the issue of a final building control sign off certificate. BRCS works with a multitude of prestigious blue chip clients in a wide range of sectors, including hospitality, construction, defence, manufacturing and retail, to name a few.

Having built up the business for over 20 years, the exiting shareholders of BRCS decided to offer their shares for sale in order to plan for the future and retirement. Although retirement plans were at the centre of their motivations for sale, the shareholders have committed to remaining within the company for a period of two years.

The shareholders expressed a desire to pass BRCS into the hands of a new owner that would grow the company through expanding the company’s service offering to provide fire safety services, construction design and training. In addition, growth opportunities were identified through the implementation of an advanced sales and marketing strategy, and KBS Corporate aimed to find a buyer that would ensure fulfilment of these growth objectives.

A robust research strategy was conducted, which saw a range of trade buyers and private equity houses contacted. The eventual acquirer was Hickton Holdings Limited, a trade buyer within the construction sector. The acquisition was backed by Chelverton Equity Partners (CEPS), and the transaction value was £1.3m.

Hickton’s services include quality assurance, compliance inspection, NEC project supervision, construction supervision, expert witnessing and forensic investigation. Hickton’s motivations to acquire BRCS were largely based upon the strong synergy between the two companies. With both companies operating within the same sector in different areas of the UK, the acquisition will allow both companies to utilise each other’s client base and expand into different areas.

Guy Haynes of KBS Corporate advised on the deal, “It is clear that there are strong synergies, as well as shared values, between BRCS, Hickton and CEPS, which gives rise to optimism on all sides that this transaction will prove to be a success.”

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BRCS (Building Control) Limited
Sector: Building Control and Inspection Services
Location: Essex
Buyer: Hickton Holdings Limited

 

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Academic Appointments Limited

KBS Corporate Finance has successfully advised the shareholders of Academic Appointments Limited, a teacher recruitment firm based in Yorkshire, on a deal with Solingen Private Equity Limited.

Academic Appointments is a leading supplier of long term, short term and permanent teachers, teaching assistants and support staff to schools in West and South Yorkshire, working with primary, secondary and SEND schools throughout the region. The directors and staff of Academic Appointments possess over 100 years of experience in the education and recruitment sectors, as ex head teachers, school governors and recruitment consultants. It is this expertise in the education system, combined with unrivalled knowledge of recruitment that has enabled the company to differentiate from its competitors, build a strong business model and an enviable reputation.

The shareholders of Academic Appointments, Mo and Richard Parkin, approached KBS Corporate Finance as they were ready to take their business to the next level, having achieved succession planning and development of the management team, who were ready to take on more challenging roles within the business. Significant buyer activity within the recruitment sector, and more specifically, the teacher recruitment sector, provided KBS Corporate Finance with numerous leads and routes to market. Interested parties included trade buyers and private equity investors, looking to benefit from a buoyant education recruitment sector.

From KBS Corporate Finance’s research strategy, a significant number of potential buyers emerged to learn more about the opportunity to acquire Academic Appointments. Buyer meetings were held and offers followed, with the most attractive offer being made by the eventual acquirer, Solingen Private Equity Limited (SPEL).

SPEL is a Leeds-based private equity firm. Acquiring a majority stake in Academic Appointments, the vendors and existing senior management team retained a substantial minority holding in the company. Academic Appointments’ close proximity to central Leeds was a key motivator for SPEL, allowing them to take a hands-on role in the deployment of the company’s business plan.

John Hunt, Director at KBS Corporate Finance, advised upon the deal and commented, “KBS Corporate Finance worked closely with Mo and Richard, supporting them at management presentations and ultimately securing the final deal with SPEL. The transaction offers SPEL an excellent opportunity to grow the business in the years to come and also presents the vendors with additional value in the equity they retain in the company. I wish Mo and SPEL all the best in the continued growth of Academic Appointments.”

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Academic Appointments Limited
Sector: Teacher Recruitment
Location: Yorkshire
Buyer: Solingen Private Equity Limited (SPEL)

 

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Olympic Fixing Products Limited

KBS Corporate has advised upon the successful acquisition of Olympic Fixing Group, the Lancashire-based business which supplies hardware products to the merchant trade throughout the UK and Ireland. The deal sees the firm acquired for a combined investment of £6m through 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, the firm now employs over 60 people in Altham, Lancashire and Bangor, Northern Ireland and has a turnover of just under £10m.

PHD Equity Partners will be working with management to grow the business both organically and through acquisitions. The funding will allow the company to enhance its e-commerce offering and further support and develop its client base in Europe. While Cliff Yates, Managing Director, and George Brookes, Finance Director, will stay within the company, there are also plans for a number of key appointments to be made to facilitate the eventual retirement of the management team.

Andrew Dodd, of KBS Corporate, advised on behalf of our client and commented, “I think the success of this deal is attributable to the outstanding flow of communication between PHD and Olympic. Both parties kept each other in the loop at all stages of the process, making way for a smooth transaction. I am certain that the acquisition will allow for huge growth within Olympic, and I wish all involved the very best for the future.”

Andy Dodd and Craig Richardson of PHD Equity Partners, the private equity arm of advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts, led the deal on behalf of the acquirer. Craig Richardson said: “Olympic Fixing Group is a long established and solid business which prides itself on quality of service and the breadth of its product range. While it has achieved steady growth since its inception, there remains plenty of scope for further development in its offer to existing customers and through expansion. With the fragmented nature of the DIY supplies market, there is also potential for acquisitions. This investment will allow Olympic to pursue these opportunities and move forward into the next phase of its development.”

James Dow, Managing Partner added: “Cliff and George are marvelous entrepreneurs and have done a fantastic job building a very special business. We are delighted they have chosen to work with us to help them fulfill their personal and corporate ambitions.”

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Olympic Fixing Products Limited
Sector: Fasteners and Fixings
Location: Lancashire
Buyer: PHD Equity Partners

 

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Bright & Beautiful UK Limited

KBS Corporate has advised upon the successful acquisition of Bright & Beautiful UK Limited, a market leading national franchise business offering comprehensive cleaning, laundry and ironing services to residential homes.

Initially formed by Rachel Ray in 2007, the Altrincham-based company began as a vision for an ethical, eco-friendly and professional homecare business, and in the years since, has grown exceptionally with over 50 franchisees now licensed to operate under the Bright & Beautiful brand.

Bright & Beautiful has won multiple awards since inception, and upholds a strong brand identity and company ethos. A niche, scalable business with a strong prospect for further growth, KBS Corporate identified Bright & Beautiful as a highly attractive acquisition opportunity, and thus, conducted an in-depth research strategy which targeted UK and international trade buyers, alongside private equity and private investors.

The acquirer, Texas-based The Dwyer Group, Inc., is one of the world’s largest parent companies of trade service brands. The acquisition of Bright & Beautiful marks the organisation’s ninth acquisition in the last few years, growing the system-wide turnover to over £1.2billion. As a result, the firm now controls 15 franchise brands with more than 2,800 franchisees and a record 600+ employees across North America, the UK and Germany.

Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of Dwyer Group, said “We are thrilled to welcome Bright & Beautiful to the Dwyer Group family of brands. This addition helps Dwyer Group diversify our brand presence in the UK, taking us one step closer to offering a comprehensive residential and commercial service line-up to our customers.”

Exiting shareholder of Bright & Beautiful, Rachel Ray, commented “We are delighted to join one of the most powerful organisations in the industry. Our franchise network and clients will benefit from Dwyer Group’s vast expertise and extensive resources in the service sector, enabling us to expand across the UK and beyond.”

Tom Eatough of KBS Corporate advised on the deal, and commented, “Dwyer Group and Bright & Beautiful are a great fit for one another, so I am really pleased that we managed to bring the transaction to a successful conclusion. Bright & Beautiful provides Dwyer Group with a platform to grow within the UK and beyond, so I am sure that the company will be a valuable addition to the Group. It was a pleasure to work with Rachel and I would like to wish both parties all the best for the future.”

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Bright & Beautiful UK Limited
Sector: Cleaning
Location: Greater Manchester
Buyer: The Dwyer Group, Inc.

 

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Axis Fire and Security Services Limited

Axis Fire and Security Services Limited, the Hampshire-based electronic security system provider, has been acquired by Dorset Electrical and Fire Alarms Limited.

Formed in 1986, Axis provides design, installation, commissioning, maintenance and repair solutions for systems such as fire and intruder alarms, access control systems, CCTV security and door entry systems. Serving a client base of circa 2,500 active accounts, predominantly located in Hampshire, the company provides products and services to a number of sectors, including residential, commercial, schools, retail establishments and warehouses.

KBS Corporate ensured that a full analysis of the UK buyer market was conducted, which saw trade buyers within the fire and security sectors, private equity and venture capital investors being presented with the opportunity to acquire Axis. As a result, fifteen prospective parties signed NDAs, which led to two buyer meetings and an offer for the company.

The acquirer, Dorset Electrical and Fire Alarms Limited, is a Poole-based installer of fire alarms and electrical systems, offering services to clients throughout the county of Dorset and region of the South West. With the firm operating within the same sector as our client, and located in such close proximity, the acquisition made way for obvious synergistic and geographical benefits between the two companies.

The deal structure ensured that the full consideration was paid upon completion of the sale, which ultimately exceeded the expectations of the exiting shareholders of Axis.

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Axis Fire and Security Services Limited
Sector: Fire Safety Systems
Location: Hampshire
Buyer: Dorset Electrical and Fire Alarms Limited

 

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TIVA IT Solutions Limited

TIVA IT Solutions Limited has been acquired by entrust IT Limited, as advised by KBS Corporate.

Formed in 2007, TIVA IT was started by the three exiting shareholders, a group of IT industry professionals, intent on offering a consistent IT support organisation that understands its customers’ needs.

Situated on the Surrey/Hampshire border, the company is well-respected within the sector, and provides services and products including network/office support, installation, maintenance, hardware supply, software solutions and cloud management. TIVA IT serves a diverse client base, with customers spanning legal services, leisure, hair and beauty and cleaning.

The shareholders of TIVA IT approached KBS Corporate with intentions of offering the company for sale in order to facilitate the retirement of one of the Directors/shareholders. The other two shareholders also wished to sell their shares, but remain within the company in a permanent position or during a temporary handover period.

KBS Corporate’s research strategy entailed contacting trade buyers within the IT, tech and software space. As a result of this research strategy, a large amount of interest was generated, and 34 trade buyers signed NDAs to learn more about the opportunity to acquire TIVA. Five buyer meetings were arranged, leading to three offers to acquire the business.

The eventual acquirer was entrustIT Limited, an international IT service provider, with offices in Hampshire, UK, and Boston, US. The firm offers on-premise IT services alongside public and private cloud solutions.

Fabio Rambelli, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented “I’m very happy with the outcome of this transaction, and feel that the staff and future of Tiva IT is in great hands with entrustIT. I wish both companies the best of luck in their future endeavours.”

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TIVA IT Solutions Limited
Sector: IT Solutions
Location: Surrey
Buyer: entrustIT Limited

 

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SterileFLAT Antibacterial Limited

KBS Corporate has advised upon the sale of SterileFLAT Antibacterial Limited, a Berkshire-based manufacturer and supplier of peripheral IT products to the medical sector.

Established in 1995 as Rainbow Components Limited, the company originally began supplying high quality keyboards and mice to the IT industry. Over the years, alongside a change of name, the company began supplying to a much more niche market, with clients in the medical sector consisting of hospitals, doctors surgeries, medical centres, laboratories and dentists. The original business model was designed in collaboration with a NHS hospital trust, and the company has since become an approved supplier to the NHS.

SterileFLAT’s products include medical keyboards, mice and mouse mats, that can be sterilised using antibacterial and alcohol based products to reduce the spread of MRSA, Cdif, Noro Virus, E Coli and Salmonella. The company prides itself on the hygienic nature of its products, whereby the flat keyboards allow no dirt or possible infection to build up.

With a strong portfolio of over 250 clients, and two new projects under development, the opportunity to acquire SterileFLAT generated high levels of interest among those targeted by KBS Corporate. A mixture of around 20 trade buyers and private investors came forward and signed NDAs.

The acquirer, Admor, is a Rustington-based supplier of administrational and customer-service related products to the dental industry. Products include in-surgery consumables, marketing materials, reception furniture, admin systems, stationery products and signage, to name a few.

Matt Clancy, Director at KBS Corporate, commented on the deal, “With both companies located in the South East, and operating within such a niche area of the medical sector, we identified a strong synergistic fit from the outset. I’m sure that SterileFLAT will continue to thrive under the ownership of Admor. I wish both parties the very best for the future.”

Our nominated legal firm provider, Gateley, provided legal advice to the shareholders of SterileFLAT.

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SterileFLAT Antibacterial Limited
Sector: Medical IT Products
Location: Berkshire
Buyer: Admor Limited

 

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W Corbett & Co. (Galvanizing) Limited

KBS Corporate Finance has advised upon the acquisition of W Corbett & Co. (Galvanizing) Limited, the UK’s leading independent hot dip galvanizing specialist.

Located in Telford, Shropshire, Corbetts has been at the forefront of the UK galvanizing industry for over 200 years, and is renowned for the quality of its work and exceptional levels of customer service.

The company’s main service offering involves providing hot dip galvanizing to a range of international engineering, manufacturing and industrial clients based throughout the UK. Hot dip galvanizing involves the coating of steel with a layer of zinc, by immersing the metal in a bath of molten zinc at temperatures of around 450°C. When exposed to the atmosphere, the pure zinc reacts with the oxygen to form zinc oxide, a strong, protective material that acts as a cost-effective alternative to stainless steel.

The company was acquired by Canadian-headquartered private equity firm, Ardenton Capital, who recently opened an office in Manchester as it set to invest in the UK mid-market. Ardenton differs from most private equity firms by investing with a long-term focus, usually for a period of around 20 years. The acquisition represents Ardenton’s first UK transaction.

KBS Corporate Finance’s proactive approach in finding an acquirer from outside of the immediate M&A market ultimately led to a highly successful deal, in which the sole shareholder of Corbetts was able to exit the company swiftly in order to retire, in a multi-million pound transaction.

Dave Gardner, of KBS Corporate Finance, advised on the deal and commented, “The success of this acquisition can be attributable to the strong, professional relationships we held with both Corbetts and Ardenton, and through developing a deep understanding of Ardenton’s new acquisition strategy here in the UK. I know that Corbetts will continue to flourish under the direction of Ardenton, and I wish them all the best for the future.”

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W Corbett & Co. (Galvanizing) Limited
Sector: Galvanizing
Location: Shropshire
Buyer: Ardenton Capital Limited

 

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Frank Shaw (Bayonet) Limited

KBS Corporate recently advised upon the acquisition of Frank Shaw (Bayonet) Limited, a manufacturer and distributor of nails, hooks and hardware fittings.

Initially formed in the 1880’s, Frank Shaw was acquired by the exiting shareholding family in 1923, and has maintained its status as a family business in the years since. The shareholders approached KBS Corporate with intentions to offer the company for sale in order to facilitate its growth, plan for retirement and concentrate on other businesses.

Located in Redditch, Worcestershire, the company provides fixing products such as panel pins, picture hooks and frame accessories, display hardware, upholstery and carpet tacks, nails and much more, in the well-known ‘Bayonet’, ‘Challenge’ and ‘X’ brands. Over the years, Frank Shaw has developed a strong client base, consisting of DIY wholesalers and retailers, craft stores and builders’ merchants, 90% of whom provide repeat business.

With Frank Shaw displaying future growth potential in the form of new product ranges, in-store POS displays, and new sales and marketing strategies, KBS Corporate identified that the opportunity to acquire the company would attract interest within the market.

The research strategy consisted of a number of tasks: contacting trade buyers and private investors, liaising with our professional network and conducting a cross matching task with our internal database of acquirers. The opportunity attracted significant interest, mainly from UK-based trade buyers, with some interest from private equity investors, private investors and MBI candidates.

Ultimately, a proposed management buy in deal through a private investor offered the best terms for the exiting shareholders of Frank Shaw, allowing the company to thrive under the direction of a new owner and achieve further growth in the sector.

Tom Eatough, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal.

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Frank Shaw (Bayonet) Limited
Sector: Hardware Supplies
Location: Worcestershire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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Glynwood Insurance Services Limited

KBS Corporate has advised upon the recent acquisition of Glynwood Insurance Services Limited of Dudley, West Midlands, to nationwide insurance firm, Academy Insurance Services Limited.

Glynwood is an independent community brokerage providing both commercial and personal insurance products. The company operates across three offices, all located within the local community for over 30 years.

Glynwood upholds long standing relationships with some of the UK’s most reputable insurance providers including Ageas, Aviva, AXA and Zurich. In addition, the company boasts a client base with a renewal rate of circa 85%, and a wide spread of accounts in which no single client contributes to more than 10% of turnover.

KBS Corporate identified Glynwood’s unique expertise in the coverage and insurance of specialist vehicles such as campervans, classic cars, kit cars and military vehicles, as a key value driver of the company. This factor was made clear to prospective buyers during the research process, in which over 120 parties were contacted.

The opportunity to acquire Glynwood generated widespread interest, resulting in circa 50 parties registering interest and signing NDAs.

The acquirer, Academy Insurance, is a privately owned insurance broker, providing insurance services to over 60,000 customers annually. The company offers a diverse range of insurance products including car, home, business, travel, pet and life insurance, to name a few.

Kevin Munn, Managing Director at Academy Insurance, noted that Glynwood is an “ideal Academy acquisition” due to the company being “a traditional high street broker with a loyal, predominantly local client base”.

Exiting shareholder of Glynwood, Roger Wood, added “Glynwood and Academy fit well together, and I know that my staff will be well looked after”. Roger has decided to remain within the company for the next year as the business transitions.

Andrew Dodd, Corporate Director at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal.

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Glynwood Insurance Services Limited
Sector: Insurance
Location: West Midlands
Buyer: Academy Insurance Services Limited

 

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Vertik-Al Limited

KBS Corporate Finance has advised on the successful disposal of Vertik-Al Limited, a world class provider of aluminium powder coating services.

Located in Birmingham, the company specialises in vertical and horizontal aluminium powder coating of products for the construction, rail, industrial and automotive industries. Products include extrusions, windows, doors, curtain walling, cladding and rainwater goods. The firm also fabricates and powder coats a range of louvres and aluminium security doors which are used in a wide variety of applications in the construction industry.

Founded over 50 years ago, Vertik-Al was the first company to apply powder to aluminium products in the UK, and in the years since, the company has grown from strength to strength through continued innovation and a quality product offering. Vertik-Al is a family owned business that has passed through the hands of two generations.

The company was acquired by an entity backed by venture capitalist, Jon Moulton. As part of a wider portfolio of investments in similar industry sectors, strategic and synergistic opportunities were central to Moulton’s motivations to acquire Vertik-Al on behalf of his family office.

Post-acquisition, Moulton has expressed a desire to develop Vertik-Al’s sales and marketing strategy, invest in product research and development and open the company to new export markets.

John Hunt, Director at KBS Corporate Finance, managed the deal through to completion.

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Vertik-Al Limited
Sector: Aluminium Powder Coating
Location: West Midlands
Buyer: Venture Capitalist

 

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SKN Electronics Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the acquisition of Birmingham-based SKN Electronics Limited, a global electronics manufacturer and surface mount printed circuit board assembly specialist.

Founded in 1986 and with 30 years’ experience of the industry, SKN Electronics has been able to build a strong reputation and secure a number of global contracts throughout its trading history.

Owned by the Ahmed family from inception, the sale of SKN has enabled Safir and Khurshid Ahmed to take significant steps towards retirement. Other family members still occupy key positions within the business and will remain in their roles post-acquisition. The company will also continue to operate from the premises owned by the exiting shareholders.

The opportunity to acquire SKN Electronics generated widespread interest from both trade buyers and private investors.

The eventual acquirer, The Pexion Group, is a leading engineering service provider specialising in design and manufacture solutions. From aerospace and defence to the construction and marine industry, The Pexion Group is trusted by many global OEMs and tier two suppliers.

With The Pexion Group looking to acquire an electronics specialist in order to expand service offering, SKN Electronics proved to be the perfect fit.

Guy Haynes, Corporate Director at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented, “Of all the potential buyers that we spoke to, there was a clear fit between SKN Electronics and The Pexion Group, and this transaction has the potential to be of great benefit to both parties.

“SKN is a true family business and the family will continue to be represented within the business going forward, as well as retaining ownership of the outstanding purpose-built premises. KBS Corporate wishes the exiting shareholders well in their retirement, and the companies all the best in their quest for growth.”

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SKN Electronics Limited
Sector: Electronics Manufacturing
Location: West Midlands
Buyer: Pexion Limited

 

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PEMXQ Limited

PEMXQ Limited, otherwise known as PEMXQ The Energy Architects, has been acquired by The Consultus Group International Limited.

PEMXQ is an Essex-based energy consultancy, committed to increasing the energy efficiency of its clients through its service offering of: building services, energy consultancy, energy management, energy procurement and utility connection.

Established in 2004, the company has since built up an impressive UK wide client base with an excellent retention rate, strong streams of recurring income, and an excellent reputation within the energy consultancy market.

After successfully growing the company throughout the last decade, the shareholders of PEMXQ decided that the time was right to exit the company and hand PEMXQ into the hands of a motivated new owner. The shareholders of PEMXQ also decided to remain within the company for a 2-3 year handover period post-acquisition.

KBS Corporate conducted an in-depth and detailed research strategy, which resulted in a mixture of over 80 potential trade buyers, private equity and private investors being targeted.

The opportunity to acquire PEMXQ generated great interest, with 17 interested parties signing NDAs and 3 buyer meetings held.

The eventual acquirer, The Consultus Group, is an international group of companies focused on providing energy management and procurement services. Consultus’ acquisition of PEMXQ follows on from a string of other acquisitions as part of the company’s expansion and diversification plans.

Tom Eatough, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal and commented, “It was a pleasure to work with PEMXQ, so I was happy that we were able to find a well suited buyer for the company. I am sure that PEMXQ will continue to flourish under the ownership of Consultus Group and I wish both parties all the best for the future.”

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PEMXQ Limited
Sector: Energy Consultancy
Location: Essex
Buyer: The Consultus Group International Limited

 

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Pro-Check Environmental Services (Northern) Limited

Pro-Check Environmental Services (Northern) Limited has been acquired by Servest Group Limited.

Pro-Check is a Dundee-based pest-control and environmental solutions company that delivers specialist pest-control, cleaning and hygiene services.

Operating mainly throughout Scotland, Pro-Check displayed significant geographical growth potential due to its close proximity to England and the rest of mainland UK.

The growing pest-control market was also a key value driver, as identified by KBS Corporate, and this was portrayed clearly to potential buyers in our presentational and marketing materials.

The research team at KBS Corporate compiled a list consisting of over 80 companies to target within the trade sector.

Around a dozen parties registered interest, resulting in 4 buyer meetings.

The eventual acquirer, Servest Group Limited, is a globally operating company that offers a diverse range of services, including cleaning, pest control and waste management.

Sonia Cottrell, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, managed the deal through to completion and commented, “Throughout the sale, KBS Corporate developed a good relationship with the exiting shareholder of Pro-Check. The acquisition of Pro-Check is a great fit for Servest, as both companies share combined values and operate within the same sector, and offer the opportunity for expansion within the market.”

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Pro-Check Environmental Services (Northern) Limited
Sector: Pest-control
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Servest Group Limited

 

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Vertical Transportation Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the acquisition of Vertical Transportation Limited, a construction and crane hire specialist based in Leighton Buzzard.

Established for 35 years, Vertical Transportation offers a wide range of cranes, hoist, lifting and ancillary equipment for hire or purchase. The company upholds excellent relationships with its clients, who are made up of medium to large sized organisations operating within the construction sector, both in the UK (particularly London and the South East) and overseas.

The acquirer, Essex-based City Lifting Limited, specialises in crane hire in the South East of the UK. It sought to acquire a company that was similar in nature and in a different location, to allow for expansion and geographical reach.

With Vertical Transportation fulfilling this criteria, City Lifting presented an offer that exceeded our client’s original expectations.

Operations Director, Matt Clancy commented, “We are proud to have acted on behalf of Vertical Transportation and feel the two companies will provide a synergistic fit to one another due to their similar expertise, and differing locations. I wish both parties the very best for the future.”

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Vertical Transportation Limited
Sector: Crane hire
Location: Bedfordshire
Buyer: City Lifting Limited

 

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Fairway International Travel Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the acquisition of Fairway International Travel Limited, providers of Corporate travel services and flights to professional golfers across the European Tour and Worldwide.

Based in West Yorkshire, Fairway has over 25 years of experience of the travel industry, and therefore uphold a unique position in the travel sector, and specifically in the golf break market.

Fairway displayed excellent growth potential, and had a number of innovative projects in the pipeline, such as the development of a Travel App and an online booking tool. KBS Corporate ensured that the scope for growth was conveyed to potential acquirers, in order to attain the best possible price for the company.

KBS Corporate targeted over 200 parties, and received widespread interest. The eventual acquirer, Incorporate Travel Management Limited, is a Manchester-based travel company that was looking to invest within the sports travel sector.

Guy Haynes, Corporate Director at KBS Corporate, commented, “From the outset there was an obvious synergy between Fairway and Incorporate Travel. Incorporate were looking to develop a sports division and Fairway had an outstanding client base in the golf sector as well as an extremely well-run operation. This transaction allows two of our clients to exit the business as part of their retirement plans while the third can look forward to an exciting future with the company going forward. We had interest from several sources but it was Incorporate that picked the ball up and ran with it, and I hope that this transaction is a success for both sides.”

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Fairway International Travel Limited
Sector: Travel Management
Location: West Yorkshire
Buyer: Incorporate Travel Management Limited

 

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Berkshire Bearings and Transmissions Limited

Berkshire Bearings and Transmissions Limited (BBT) has been acquired by Acorn Industrial Services Group Limited, a subsidiary of Axel Johnson International.

Based in Newbury, West Berkshire, BBT is a supplier of engineering components, sourced from all over the globe, for domestic, commercial and industrial clients. Products include motors, gearboxes, hydraulics, adhesives, seals, bearings, belts and clutches. Well established within its sector, BBT has developed an excellent reputation as a reliable and dependable source of supply.

The shareholders of BBT approached KBS Corporate with plans to offer their shares for sale in order to retire. KBS Corporate spent time understanding the shareholders’ objectives, in order to develop a research strategy that would mainly target trade buyers with capabilities to take the company into its next phase of growth.

The acquirer, Acorn Industrial Services, is a UK-based leading distributor of high quality bearing, linear motion, power transmission and maintenance products. Acorn’s acquisition of BBT will strengthen its geographic presence and branch network.

Tom Eatough, of KBS Corporate, advised on the deal.

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Berkshire Bearings and Transmissions Limited
Sector: Engineering Components
Location: Berkshire
Buyer: Acorn Industrial Services Group Limited

 

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PM Precision Engineering Ltd

KBS Corporate has advised on the sale of PM Precision Engineering, a Surrey-based precision engineering firm.

The company designs and manufactures a wide range of precision engineering products from various raw materials, including brass, steel, zinc, plastic, titanium and aluminium. These products are then supplied by PM Precision Engineering to clients throughout the UK, mainly within the aerospace sector.

KBS Corporate conducted a research strategy which targeted businesses within the engineering and aerospace industries, in order to find a buyer that had good knowledge of the precision engineering sector, and the drive to take the business to the next level.

The acquirer was Mark Pyne of Cronus Engineering, a Luton-based supplier of engineering tools. Cronus ships products worldwide and has over 20,000 engineering and woodworking products available.

Mr Pyne’s expertise in the precision engineering sector, developed through his business interests in Cronus, perfectly complemented PM Precision Engineering, with both companies sharing similar values and product offerings. Post-sale, PM Precision Engineering was incorporated as PM Precision Engineering Limited by Mr Pyne.

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PM Precision Engineering Ltd
Sector: Precision Engineering
Location: Surrey
Buyer: Private Individual

 

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Sun Organisation Limited

Sun Organisation Limited, trading as Sunrent, has been acquired by Prohire plc for a final deal value of £5.8m.

Kent-based Sunrent is a family owned business that specialises in vehicle rental and contract hire operation, specifically in the provision of refrigerated vehicles to the food industry. Established in 2000, Sunrent has grown through developing a portfolio of long term contracts with a loyal blue chip client base.

The shareholding family and management team impressively hold over 40 years of experience of the contract hire and rental industry, giving the company a unique status in the contract hire marketplace.

KBS Corporate created a research strategy that specifically targeted potential acquirers within the vehicle and contract hire sectors. 25 parties registered their interest before an agreement was made with Prohire Group plc.

Prohire, founded in 1997, has grown via acquisitions throughout its lifespan in order to become a significant operator in the commercial vehicle contract hire sector.

The deal was completed within 12 months of the opportunity coming to market. Jason Saunders, co-owner of Sunrent, commented, “The Saunders family would like to thank KBS Corporate for going the extra mile and making the transaction happen. It was a pleasure to work with KBS, and their professionalism was maintained throughout the process. We are looking forward to the future, and will help Prohire as much as we can to integrate Sunrent into their company.”

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Sun Organisation Limited
Sector: Vehicle hire
Location: Kent
Buyer: Prohire plc

 

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DW Plastics Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the management buyout of DW Plastics Limited, a leading manufacturer of high quality bespoke custom and standard plastic extrusions.

Initially formed in 1980, DW Plastics specialises in the manufacture of innovative and complex designs. The company has grown exponentially since its formation, and has earned an outstanding reputation for its unique service offering.

KBS Corporate identified DW Plastics’ strong client base, exceptional management team and huge potential for year-on-year growth as key value drivers that would help maximise the company’s sale value.

A comprehensive research strategy was conducted in which the opportunity was presented to over 100 parties, consisting mainly of UK trade buyers and private equity investors looking to invest in the plastics sector.

The opportunity to acquire DW Plastics attracted significant interest, with both an international trade buyer and one of DW Plastics’ competitors placing an offer. The eventual management buyout was backed by Panoramic Growth Equity.

Panoramic Growth Equity is a leading equity investor in fast growing, entrepreneurial companies. It invests between £1m and £5m in privately owned companies with high-growth potential across a broad range of sectors. Collectively, the firm has experienced over thirty years of investing in small and medium sized businesses and have backed 40 companies since 2001.

Guy Haynes, Corporate Director at KBS Corporate, managed the deal through to completion and commented, “Despite strong interest from trade, it was clear that the management team were the ideal buyers for the business and I am delighted that Panoramic were willing to fund the transaction.”

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DW Plastics Limited
Sector: Plastic Manufacturing
Location: Hampshire
Buyer: Management Buyout

 

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Natures Aid Ltd

KBS Corporate Finance has advised on the sale of Natures Aid to German listed company STADA Arzneimittel.

Founded in 1981 and currently employing around 60 staff members, Preston-based Natures Aid manufactures vitamins, minerals, food supplements and herbal products. In the financial year ending June 2016, it posted sales of £7.3m of which approximately 80 per cent was generated in the UK.

STADA, which is headquartered at Bad Vilbel in Germany, is represented in more than 30 countries worldwide and employed 10,532 staff globally as of 31 December 2015.

STADA chief executive Dr Matthias Wiedenfels said: “With Natures Aid, we acquire a leading company in the attractive UK food supplement market, which is also well recognized in its international markets for its high quality standards.

“The acquisition not only matches our financial investment criteria perfectly. It also represents a highly synergetic fit to our Thornton & Ross business in UK to further strengthen our product portfolio in the attractive branded business, in line with our overall company strategy.”

David Gardner, director at KBS Corporate Finance, said: “We are delighted to advise the team at Natures Aid on its acquisition by STADA.

“Natures Aid is a great example of the type of company which we work with at KBS Corporate Finance. It is a high-growth business, enjoys a dominant market position and has a respected and visionary leadership team.

“We are confident that Natures Aid will continues to grow its market share and be an excellent addition to the STADA portfolio.”

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Natures Aid Ltd
Sector: Health Food Supplements
Location: Lancashire
Buyer: STADA Arzneimittel AG

 

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Northern Balance Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the acquisition of Northern Balance Limited, a Gateshead-based weighing product specialist.

Northern Balance was established in 1971, and has built an excellent reputation within its field. The shareholders decided that, having devoted many years to the company, the time had arrived to exit the company in order to pursue retirement plans.

The company supplies a number of weighing equipment products to their clients, including balances, scales, consumables and peripherals. The company also offers calibration, servicing and repair services to customers on a contract basis. The company works with over 500 clients in the North of the UK, in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and education sectors.

KBS Corporate targeted a carefully selected number of trade buyers, investors and overseas parties. Almost 20 buyers registered interest in Northern Balance, and a three party bidding process commenced, which resulted in KBS Corporate being able to negotiate a favourable deal structure which included a significant amount of cash on completion.

The eventual acquirer, Gem Scientific Limited, is a Leeds-based scientific product supplier, that acquired Northern Balance for a final value of £1.7m, which was backed by private equity funding.

Justin Welton, Managing Director of Gem Scientific, commented, “The acquisition of Northern Balance furthers our growth strategy in the UK, and marks another significant step forward for Gem Scientific. This is a great opportunity for our two companies to utilise their respective expertise. It will also improve our product offering, enhance our local and national presence and allow us to continue to provide excellent customer service across the group”.

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Northern Balance Limited
Sector: Weighing Products
Location: Tyne and Wear
Buyer: Gem Scientific Limited

 

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Fire Logistics Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the management buyout of Fire Logistics Limited, a Newcastle-based designer and installer of fire safety systems and products.

Formed in 1999, the company has been in the ownership of the exiting shareholders since inception. Looking to retire, the shareholders approached KBS Corporate in order to realise their exit strategy.

Fire Logistics specialises in providing high quality fire safety solutions including sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers and fire alarms, alongside installation and maintenance services and fire risk assessments. With its unrivalled knowledge of the industry, the company can provide services and products tailored to the individual client.

KBS Corporate conducted a robust research strategy, in which predominantly trade buyers were contacted. Twelve interested parties came forward and signed NDAs, resulting in two buyer meetings and offers.

Ultimately, a proposed MBO deal with Fire Logistics’ internal management team proved to be the best outcome for our client, due to the management team’s existing knowledge of the company and sector.

Tom Eatough, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, managed the deal through to completion.

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Fire Logistics Limited
Sector: Fire Safety Products
Location: Tyne and Wear
Buyer: Management Buyout

 

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Teamwork Energy Bureau Services Limited

Teamwork Energy Bureau Services Limited, a leading Bristol-based utility management consultancy, has been acquired by Octego Ltd.

Teamwork Energy Bureau Services was established in 1998 and has grown by developing a portfolio of long term contracts with blue chip clients in both the public and private domains.

The company specialises in providing a wide range of energy consultancy services, using Automatic Meter Reading systems to reduce energy consumption and help clients to achieve statutory compliance with CRC, ESOS and Heat Network regulations.

KBS Corporate adopted a research strategy which specifically targeted prospective acquirers within the property consultancy and energy management sectors, which attracted more than a dozen interested parties before an agreement was reached with Octego Ltd.

Based in Blackpool, Octego offers energy management solutions, structuring energy procurement, efficiency and compliance projects throughout the UK. Through the acquisition, Octego will look to expand geographically and access Teamwork Energy’s established client base.

Teamwork Energy will remain at its Bristol headquarters and retain all staff post acquisition, with our client to remain within the business in a consultancy role for up to 24 months to assist with the development of the business.

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Teamwork Energy Bureau Services Limited
Sector: Energy Consultancy
Location: Bristol
Buyer: Octego Ltd

 

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Archbond Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the management buy in of Archbond Limited, a manufacturer of laminated plastic products.

Based in Leicester, the company specialises in the manufacture of isothermal pool coverings, timber floor underlay, technical textile laminates, impact carpet and load dispersing mouldings, which are supplied across the UK and throughout Europe.

Established in 1985 by our client, the company has grown considerably and is now considered as one of the UK’s foremost manufacturers, laminators and embossers of pool covers. Our client felt that, having taken the company so far, the time had now come to retire.

KBS Corporate conducted a concentrated research strategy which targeted around 40 carefully selected companies within the sector, resulting in multiple potential buyers registering their interest. Ultimately, a proposed management buy in deal through a private investor offered the best terms for our client whilst granting Archbond the opportunity to achieve further growth within the sector.

Sonia Cottrell of KBS Corporate advised our client throughout the process.

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Archbond Limited
Sector: Plastic Manufacturing
Location: Leicestershire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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PCC Limited

Dundee-based IT solutions provider, PCC Limited, has been acquired by Cloudstream Technology Ltd after less than 9 months of coming to market.

Established in 1992 by Husband and Wife team, John and Christina Phillips, the company works with clients throughout Scotland across a wide array of sectors including retail, local authorities, legal and construction.

The acquirer, Cloudstream Technology Ltd, is a familiar name with KBS Corporate having completed the takeover of another of our clients, West Lothian-based VirtuousIT Ltd, less than 3 months earlier. Cloudstream is a Fife-based IT consultant offering a range of technology and connectivity solutions throughout the UK.

KBS Corporate targeted over 90 companies within the trade sector, highlighting the significant scope for growth that PCC presented through the introduction of new products and services such as multi-function devices, telephony and disaster recovery warehousing.

KBS Corporate Deal Executive, Sonia Cottrell, managed the deal on behalf of our clients and commented, “Our involvement ensured all obstacles, including payment and arrangements in respect of property/lease, were overcome and the process ran smoothly, allowing for a conclusion less than 2 months after a deal was agreed. I had dealt with Ian [Maclellan of Cloudstream Technology] previously on his acquisition of VirtuousIT and felt that our business relationship assisted with this transaction.

“With Cloudstream Technology looking to acquire several IT companies, I believe that PCC Limited presents an excellent fit and complements those businesses already established within the group.”

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PCC Limited
Sector: IT services
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Cloudstream Technology Ltd

 

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Realistic Agri Limited

Realistic Agri Limited, a Shropshire-based provider of agricultural nutritional products, has been acquired by Realistic Holdings Limited.

The company, which manufactures animal feed supplements and nutritional management solutions across the UK agricultural sector, offered significant potential for a new owner to expand upon its customer base to include mainland Europe – an area producing significant demand at present.

KBS Corporate targeted companies within the agricultural animal fields market, attracting over a dozen expressions of interest and multiple offers before a deal was agreed with the eventual acquirer, David Porter, who acquired Realistic Agri through his newco, Realistic Holdings Limited.

Andrew Dodd of KBS Corporate managed the deal through to completion, with legal assistance provided by Gateley plc.

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Realistic Agri Limited
Sector: Food Manufacturers
Location: Shropshire
Buyer: Realistic Holdings Limited

 

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FSH Recruitment Solutions Ltd

Templine Employment Agency has completed the acquisition Stockton-on-Tees based recruitment specialist, FSH Recruitment Solutions Ltd, after just 10 months on the market.

Headquartered in Birmingham and with regional offices throughout the UK, Templine previously acquired Corinium Employment through KBS Corporate and the latest acquisition will see them expand into the North East whilst incorporating FSH’s current employee base.

FSH Recruitment was brought to the market as our client felt that it was time for fresh investment which would help to develop the business further as part of a much larger group. Interest in the opportunity was high amongst trade buyers, with Templine’s proposed earn out structure providing the most appealing exit for our client.

Matthew Sibley of KBS Corporate handled the deal on behalf of our clients and noted the excellent relationship we shared with them throughout the process which helped to ensure a straightforward transaction, allowing one of our clients to remain within the business for the foreseeable future.

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FSH Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Sector: Recruitment
Location: County Durham
Buyer: Templine Employment Agency Limited

 

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The Compliance Group Limited

Outsourced employer services provider, The Compliance Group Limited, has been acquired by Hong Kong and Singapore-based Black Mountain HR for an undisclosed sum.

Headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire, The Compliance Group offers outsourced HR, Payroll, Health & Safety and Cloud solutions to a wide range of clients within public, service, retail, industrial and education sectors.

Over 120 potential buyers were identified by KBS Corporate, resulting in 15 interested parties and multiple bids received for the business, with Black Mountain HR’s offer matching our client’s objectives and granting him a smooth exit following a brief handover period.

With offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK, Black Mountain is one of Asia Pacific’s leading providers of outsourced professional services, delivering integrated services across Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan and Malaysia.

The acquisition will see Black Mountain increase its market share within the UK whilst retaining the existing staff and premises.

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The Compliance Group Limited
Sector: Outsourced Solutions
Location: Hampshire
Buyer: Black Mountain HR Limited

 

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Touchdown Offices Limited

York-based Touchdown Offices Limited, a telecommunications solutions provider, has been acquired in a multi-million pound deal by Communicate Technology plc.

Established in 2003 by our client, Dean Parsons, Touchdown specialises in virtual numbers and call management software, providing cost effective telecommunications services to corporate clients.

During the research process, KBS Corporate highlighted the considerable scope for future expansion in addition to the ongoing organic growth that Touchdown has enjoyed, which attracted over 30 interested parties within the UK trade market, along with significant interest from KBS Corporate’s professional network of buyers.

With two serious bidders, KBS Corporate ultimately managed to secure a deal with North East-based Communicate plc at over 2 x Turnover, with Communicate’s offer also providing the best personal terms for our client upon his exit.

Corporate Director, Guy Haynes, managed the deal on behalf of our client.

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Touchdown Offices Limited
Sector: Telecommunications
Location: North Yorkshire
Buyer: Communicate Technology plc

 

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UK Dry Risers Limited

Premier Technical Services Group plc (PTSG) has completed the purchase of UK Dry Risers Ltd and UK Dry Risers Maintenance Ltd for a total consideration of £5.6m.

Based in Greater Manchester, UK Dry Risers offers specialist installation, maintenance and testing services of dry and wet riser systems throughout the whole of mainland Britain, with past projects including the London Olympic Stadium and the BBC News Studio.

No less than 28 separate parties expressed an interest in acquiring UK Dry Risers, comprising several MBI candidates, PE/VC acquirers and numerous companies within the fire protection industry. Ultimately, a deal with PTSG proved to be the preferred choice for our clients, with the final deal value worth up to 8x multiple of profits.

PTSG is a leading provider of façade access and fall arrest equipment services, lightning protection and electrical testing, high-level cleaning and training solutions. The company previously acquired electrical testing specialist, R. Langston Jones Ltd, through KBS Corporate.

Paul Teasdale, CEO of PTSG, commented: “We are delighted to welcome UK Dry Risers Ltd and UK Dry Risers Maintenance Ltd as our latest additions to the Group; these acquisitions offer a new service line to complement our existing extensive offering as the UK’s largest niche specialist building services provider.”

KBS Corporate Finance Director, Andrew Melbourne, lead the deal on behalf of UK Dry Risers Ltd and UK Dry Risers Maintenance Ltd.

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UK Dry Risers Limited
Sector: Wet & Dry Riser Installation
Location: Greater Manchester
Buyer: PTSG plc

 

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Boomerang Support Services Limited

Boomerang Support Services Ltd, trading as Boomerang Funding, has been acquired in a multi-million deal by Brookson Group Limited.

Located in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Boomerang Funding is a rapidly growing finance provider for temporary recruitment firms. With extensive knowledge of a wide range of industry sectors, Boomerang Funding offers its clients a risk-free funding solution.

Acting as advisors to the seller, KBS Corporate developed a strategy to target a number of private equity firms which ultimately attracted over 30 interested parties. Several buyer meetings were arranged and multiple offers were negotiated before a deal was agreed with Brookson Group.

Partnered with The Riverside Company, who invested in the company in December 2014, Brookson has been operating for over 20 years providing tax management, invoicing, cash management and financial back office services for self-employed contractors and micro businesses.

With two shareholders exiting the business, Operations Director Paul Dewick will remain within the company following the sale to run the company under the Brookson umbrella.

The deal is the first of a number of acquisitions that Brookson is looking at, with Boomerang to become part of Brookson’s Outsourcing Division.

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Boomerang Support Services Limited
Sector: Funding Solutions Provider
Location: Worcestershire
Buyer: Brookson Group Limited

 

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VirtuousIT Ltd

KBS Corporate has advised on the sale of IT services and solutions specialists, VirtiousIT Ltd, to Cloudstream Technology Ltd.

Based in Bathgate, West Lothian, VirtuousIT offers a range of IT solutions such as Auditing, Cloud Computing, Health Checks, Data Protection and Telecommunications services. The business is a Microsoft Certified partner offering unmatched support services through fixed price unlimited on-site support for all hardware, software and network problems.

KBS Corporate attracted over a dozen interested parties before an acceptable offer was agreed with Cloudstream Technology Ltd, a Fife-based IT consultant offering a range of technology and Connectivity solutions throughout the UK.

The acquisition forms part of Cloudstream’s current buy and build strategy, with the intention to acquire several businesses to form a market leading IT services group.

The deal was led by Sonia Cottrell of KBS Corporate who acted on behalf of the seller.

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VirtuousIT Ltd
Sector: IT services
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Cloudstream Technology Ltd

 

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Contractors/Plant Hire (Reading) Ltd

KBS Corporate has advised on the multi-million pound management buy in of Contractors Plant Hire (Reading) Limited.

The acquisition, which completed on the last day of May, follows extensive interest in the Reading-based plant hire specialist in which KBS Corporate identified around 150 potential buyers resulting in over 30 interested parties before a deal was agreed.

Founded almost 20 years ago, Contractors Plant Hire has since grown the leading plant hire company across the South of England, specialising in the hire of mini diggers, excavators, dumpers and telehandlers. The company was brought to the market due to the outgoing shareholders’ intentions to retire.

Tom Eatough of KBS Corporate managed the deal through to completion on behalf of our clients and commented, “I am pleased that we have found a buyer who is keen to build on the success that [our clients] Shaun and Mark have had. They have built an exceptional company and it was a pleasure to work with them.”

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Contractors/Plant Hire (Reading) Ltd
Sector: Plant Hire
Location: Berkshire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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Imagesound Limited

KBS Corporate are delighted to announce that we have successfully advised on the sale of a majority stake in Imagesound Group, a leading supplier of audio and screen media operating through its Imagesound and Musicstyling divisions, to ECI Partners.

ECI is one of the most successful private equity groups in the UK, investing in high growth companies valued between £20 and £150 million. ECI has invested in over 250 companies since its inception in 1976, including businesses such as Café Rouge, Chubb, National Express and Laterooms.

Imagesound is a leading provider of in store music solutions, retail radio and on screen media to retailers, health clubs, and pubs and restaurants. Musicstyling provides bespoke consultation and customised music subscription services to luxury hotel groups in 124 countries.

Both Imagesound and Musicstyling have an excellent roster of high quality customers providing a full service proposition including consultation, installation, music profiling, and servicing of equipment.

Led by CEO Will Truman, Imagesound is headquartered in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and has sales offices in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

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Imagesound Limited
Sector: Media
Location: Derbyshire
Buyer: ECI Partners llp

 

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Giacom World Networks Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the management buyout of Giacom World Networks Ltd, a cloud IT and communication service provider based in Hull.

Founded in 1999, Giacom has since established a niche position within the micro SME market, which has traditionally been an uneconomic market to serve. The company has taken advantage of the ongoing trend within the market for businesses to move their software and IT solutions from on-premise to the cloud, as they look to reduce costs and increase efficiency and security. Giacom now supports a network of over 3,500 IT consultants, service providers and resellers via its ‘MessageStream’ platform.

The management buyout, which was backed by Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), will aid Giacom in fast-tracking its growth through additional investment in its platforms, the integration of additional cloud products and in expanding its service provider network.

With LDC’s investment, the company plans to consolidate its leadership position within the UK Microsoft CSP market as well as expand its ‘MessageStream’ platform through the introduction of new, complimentary software products for its end users as demand continues to rise.

Following the transaction, the management team, which will continue to be led by founder and Chief Executive, Nick Marshall, will remain as the majority shareholders of Giacom with LDC acquiring a significant minority stake.

Marshall commented on the deal, “Bringing LDC onboard will help us deliver our next phase of growth. As well as giving the business access to the capital we need to scale, LDC is a partner who understands not only our sector, but also our vision and ambition for the future. This is an exciting time for our customers, our network of consultants and our people.”

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Giacom World Networks Limited
Sector: Cloud IT and communication
Location: East Yorkshire
Buyer: MBO backed by LDC

 

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H. & B. Plant Hire Limited

H&B Plant Hire has been acquired by rival tool and plant hire company, FTH Hire Group.

H&B Plant Hire offers a wide range of professional machinery such as mini diggers, forklifts, dumpers and excavators to both trade and residential customers. The company, which prides itself on its comprehensive service, was sold just 5 months after an offer was agreed with FTH Hire Group.

With existing ‘Hub & Trade Counters’ in Farnborough, Guildford and Farnham, the acquisition will see H&B become the new Basingstoke hub as FTH Hire Group looks to further expand its geographical reach and take advantage of H&B’s large recurring customer list.

With over a dozen parties formally declaring their interest in acquiring H&B Plant Hire, KBS Corporate Deal Executive Sonia Cottrell noted that the excellent relationship forged between the buyer and seller as well as the obvious synergies between the two companies made for an excellent fit.

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H. & B. Plant Hire Limited
Sector: Plant Hire
Location: Hampshire
Buyer: Farnborough Tool Hire Limited

 

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The Tanning Cabin

KBS Corporate has successfully completed the sale of The Tanning Cabin, a midlands-based chain of tanning Salons, to The Feel Good Group for an undisclosed sum.

The Tanning Cabin, which operates stores in Burton-on-Trent, Derby, Oldbury, Stoke-on-Trent, Swadlincote and Wednesbury, provides great value tanning, beauty and nails services to its loyal customer base.

The acquirer, The Feel Good Group, which operates existing brands such as Sunless UK, a manufacturer and retailer of cutting edge tanning technology, and Blue Tanning & Beauty, a supplier of sunbeds and beauty consumables to a wide range of individual and trade clients, will add The Tanning Cabin stores to their existing chain.

KBS Corporate Deal Executive, Sonia Cottrell, commented, “The acquisition is a great fit for the Feel Good Group as both the buyer and seller shared the same values, which puts The Tanning Cabin in good hands to continue their growth within the market.”

Legal advice was provided by Gateley plc.

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The Tanning Cabin
Sector: Health & beauty
Location: West Midlands
Buyer: The Feel Good Group Limited

 

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Smartstyle Technology Training Limited

ITS Group, a charitable group providing training and development solutions for individuals and industry, has completed the acquisition of Smartstyle Technology Training Limited for an undisclosed value.

Based in Bradford, Smartsyle is recognised as one of the UK’s leading providers of IT and professional development training, providing a one stop solution for organisations across all sectors.

The business was founded in 1997 by Mandy Jones and delivers Microsoft certified IT training and bespoke packages. It currently holds large contracts with recognised national organisations in both the public and private sectors, with a reputation for excellence and quality.

The deal, which was subject to a 33% increase on the original offer made, will see ITS Group increase its service offering and expand on the types of training they offer.

ITS Group CEO, Dr Chris Payne, said: “I am very excited about this new chapter in the history of ITS Group and SmartStyle Technology Training Ltd.

“This acquisition has not only extended the geographic reach of the group, but will also enable us to use the expertise of both SmartStyle and Independent Training Services to deliver an all-in-one solution for our clients.

“The SmartStyle team has been positive and welcoming, ensuring the transition has been seamless and client-focused.

“We have big plans for the group both locally and nationally and look forward to creating a bright future together with SmartStyle.”

Tom Eatough of KBS Corporate managed the deal through to completion a commented, “It was a pleasure to work with [our client] Mandy and I am delighted that we managed to find a buyer that shared so many synergies with Smartstyle, putting them in an excellent position to take the next step.”

Following the deal, which completed less than 10 months after the business came to the market, the outgoing owners of Smartsyle will provide a 6-12 month handover period in order to ensure a smooth transition. All existing staff at Smartsyle are to be retained following the takeover by ITS with the business to continue operating from its current locations.

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Smartstyle Technology Training Limited
Sector: IT Training
Location: West Yorkshire
Buyer: ITS Group

 

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Selective Recruitment Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the sale of Surrey-based Selective Recruitment Limited to rival recruitment firm, Second Site Recruitment Ltd after less than 6 months on the market.

With head offices in Leatherhead and regional offices throughout London, Essex, Southampton and Glasgow, Selective Recruitment specialises in providing permanent, temporary and contractual staff throughout the UK and Europe.

The business came to the market in late 2015 due to our clients’ wishes to exit the company and retire. In this short period of time, KBS Corporate attracted circa 20 interested parties and secured 2 solid bids before a deal was agreed with Oxfordshire-based Second Site Recruitment.

The acquisition will serve as a foothold for Second Site Recruitment to expand geographically and take advantage of Selective Recruitment’s lucrative UK and overseas client base.

Sonia Cottrell of KBS Corporate advised on the deal and commented on the excellent strategic fit between the two companies and believes the acquisition will serve Second Site Recruitment well in their expansion plans.

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Selective Recruitment Limited
Sector: Recruitment
Location: Surrey
Buyer: Second Site Recruitment Ltd

 

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Classic Miniatures Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the successful acquisition of Classic Miniatures Limited by Paris-based Distinctio for an undisclosed sum.

Established for almost 40 years, Classic Miniatures specialises in the manufacturer and sale of a variety of plaques, trophies, medals and personalised gifts. The company operates out of its Twickenham factory, employing a highly skilled team which designs and produces all of its products.

The company, which enjoys a loyal client base of key domestic and overseas clients, was on the market for just 12 months before a deal was agreed with Distinctio.

Distinctio operates a number of product ranges, each aimed at supplying high quality awards, medals and trophies dedicated to corporate, sport and military clients.

Matthew Sibley of KBS Corporate acted on behalf of our client.

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Classic Miniatures Limited
Sector: Manufacturing & Distribution
Location: London
Buyer: Distinctio SAS

 

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HCD Group Limited

KBS Corporate Finance has advised on the sale of construction compliance company, HCD Group, to the global testing, inspection and certification services specialist, Bureau Veritas.

HCD Group is the UK’s leading firm in Building Control Approved Inspector services. It has been the lead player in taking building control from a lethargic public sector monopoly into a rapidly growing value added private sector service.  HCD’s client base includes industry leaders in construction, high street retail and financial services. The group has nine offices across the UK and has a turnover of £8m.

Paris-based Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. The group has around 66,700 employees located in 1,400 offices and laboratories around the globe. The combined business will employ more than 1,200 people in the UK across 14 regional offices.

Tony Dyer, Senior Director and one of the founders of HCD commented “achieving a strong multiple Julian and KBS out performed our baseline value significantly. The way they handled the lead advisory and worked with TLT’s legal service meant that they overcame all of the many hurdles allowing us to focus on the business”.

Julian Coy, Managing Director at Bolton-based KBS Corporate said the firm was able to build interest from across the globe with the three leading bidders all based overseas.  KBS has market leading credentials in the testing, inspection and certification (TIC) market through deals such as the £9.1m acquisition of Testconsult by James Fisher so the team was perfectly placed to advise HCD Group.

The strength of the UK economy, the quality of KBS’s client base and the international reach of its research and knowledge teams is ensuring that KBS is at the vanguard of cross border work in M&A. Julian added: “On virtually all of our deals we are now seeing foreign interest in UK SMEs. In the case of HCD, we attracted interest from many different European firms, all of whom were looking for a foundation investment in the UK. HCD had all the necessary credentials of being No 1 in its markets, with strong margins, high growth and the best management team in the sector. Looking forward, the weakening pound coupled with the continued growth in the UK economy is producing perfect conditions for sustained overseas investment into the UK”.

Bureau Veritas led the transaction from its UK base in London with Ken Smith, country manager for Bureau Veritas in the UK, personally heading up the transaction. “HCD is a great cultural and strategic fit for our business. Both companies lead their respective markets in the provision of specialist services from a highly skilled team. There is also a shared focus on operational excellence and innovation. This acquisition will significantly strengthen our service offering to clients, open up new markets and help us achieve our plans for growth.”

Steve Highwood, business development director at HCD, is one of a number of board members staying on post- acquisition. He added: “This is an exciting and positive new chapter. Bureau Veritas will provide the business with the scale, structure and investment to build on the success of the company to date, offer opportunities for our teams and expand our current service offering to clients.”

 

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HCD Group Limited
Sector: Construction Compliance
Location: Wales
Buyer: Bureau Veritas S.A.

 

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Care Products Cannock Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the successful sale of Care Products Cannock Limited to London-based Rustins Limited for an undisclosed fee.

Trading as Wudcare Products, Care Products Cannock is a Staffordshire-based manufacturer and supplier of a comprehensive range of filler, adhesive and protective products for building trade merchants. The company introduced its popular ‘Wudfil’ products to the market in 1982 and, following significant success, expanded its product range over the next decade to include further wood adhesives as well as various complimentary products such as gloves, cleaning wipes and brushes.

Care Products Cannock was brought to the market in June 2015 due to our clients’ wishes to retire and, following interest from no less than 15 parties resulting in 3 separate offers, the company was sold just 8 months later.

The acquirer, Rustins Limited, saw the opportunity to increase their product range which includes a wide variety of wood finishing products and speciality paints. Established for almost 100 years, Rustins, which exports its products to more than 20 countries, was the first manufacturer of the popular ‘Danish Oil’ product and the company is now looking to grow and increase its market share.

Tom Eatough of KBS Corporate negotiated the deal on behalf of our clients and commented, “Philip [Byrne, outgoing shareholder] spent a number of years developing Wudfil into the reputable brand that it is today, so i am glad to see that Care Products Cannock will be passed on to safe hands in Rustins. I would like to wish Philip all the best with his retirement.”

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Care Products Cannock Limited
Sector: Building Supplies
Location: Staffordshire
Buyer: Rustins Limited

 

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KMB Recruitment Services Limited

KBS Corporate has negotiated the successful acquisition of KMB Recruitment Services Limited by German recruitment firm Runtime Services GmbH.

Based in Middlesbrough, KMB Recruitment Services is a professional recruitment agency specialising in employment services within the Construction, Manufacturing, Engineering, Business, I.T. and Finance sectors.

The opportunity was brought to the market due to one of the shareholders wishes to retire and KBS Corporate identified over 100 buyers for KMB Recruitment whilst arranging no fewer than 5 buyer meetings before a deal was agreed with Bremen-based Runtime.

Already present throughout Germany, Poland, Switzerland and Slovakia, the acquisition represents Runtime’s first venture into the UK market.

KMB Recruitment is likely to remain in its current North East premises with all staff to be retained. Shareholder Kevin McBride is set to remain within the business in a new capacity.

Corporate Director Guy Haynes managed the deal on behalf of our clients and believes that both companies provide an excellent fit for each other due to their many shared values.

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KMB Recruitment Services Limited
Sector: Recruitment
Location: North Yorkshire
Buyer: Runtime Services GmbH

 

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The Door Doctor UK Limited

The Door Doctor UK Limited, Plymouth based specialist in the supply and repair of PVC doors and windows has been acquired in a Management Buy In deal.

The business offers services for both residential and commercial properties within Plymouth, operating from a trade and DIY shop. The company, which also offers a mobile repair service, was brought to the market by KBS Corporate due to our clients’ intentions to retire.

The acquisition was completed by John Jackson and Martin Carvell who already held an existing relationship with our client as one of the business’ suppliers.

The business will continue to operate from its current premises following the sale with all staff being retained by the new owners.

Neil Critchley, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, managed the deal through to completion.

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The Door Doctor UK Limited
Sector: PVC Doors and Windows
Location: Devon
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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Olkeo Ltd T/A Bibaloo

KBS Corporate has advised on the successful sale of Stonehaven based children’s online fashion boutique, Olkeo Ltd, for an undisclosed sum.

Olkeo Ltd, trading as Bibaloo, was acquired by Young Ideas Fashion Limited, an award winning luxury fashion retailer in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Bibaloo is one of the top 3 UK-based multi-brand online retailers within the children’s fashion sector. Its niche is to focus on high-end French fashion labels, currently distributing over 60 clothing brands to a worldwide client base.

KBS Corporate identified over 100 potential acquirers for the business, resulting in 25 interested parties and several offers received before a deal was agreed with Young Ideas, who will use the acquisition to develop their e-commerce business into children’s fashion.

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Olkeo Ltd T/A Bibaloo
Sector: Online Fashion Retailer
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Young Ideas Limited

 

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S R Print Management Ltd

KBS Corporate has advised on the successful acquisition of Staffordshire-based SR Print Management Ltd by leading print and IT solutions provider, Hague Print Media Limited.

Operating out of Hednesford, Staffordshire, SR Print Management employs 7 staff and has been growing steadily since its creation. Procuring litho, digital, screen and promotional print on behalf of its clients, SR Print Management also specialises in storage, pick, pack and distribution throughout the UK and worldwide.

KBS Corporate identified no less than 10 potential buyers and the deal represents Hague’s first acquisition to date and it follows on from a successful year, which saw them expand their presence in Africa, and more recently set-up a new company in Sydney, Australia.

The company, which has UK offices in West Yorkshire, Manchester and Cardiff, specialises in security print, labels and IT solutions with export customers in over 50 countries.

Nathan Wain, Director at Hague said: “We are very pleased to welcome SR Print Management’s team to the Hague family. They are highly experienced, with a wealth of industry knowledge. SR Print Management’s geographical position fits well with Hague’s existing offices and their offering and customer base will complement our growing presence in the UK and global markets.”

Steve Rushton, SR Print Management Managing Director and Founder adds: “SR’s success over the years is down to the loyalty of its client base, which is a testimony to the ‘can-do’ attitude and professionalism of its staff and the good relationships it has with its suppliers. We are excited to join the Hague Group. It will give our customers access to new sources of supply and products not previously offered, potential savings and an extended industry knowledge.”

SR Print Management will continue to operate from its Staffordshire base.

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S R Print Management Ltd
Sector: Print Management
Location: Staffordshire
Buyer: Hague Print Media Limited

 

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Northwest Dispersions Limited

Northwest Dispersions Limited, a Cumbria-based manufacturer of pigment dispersions has been acquired by James M. Brown Ltd.

Established for almost 20 years, Northwest Dispersions provides quality, cost effective water based, solvent based and plasticiser based dispersions as well as toll products made to meet clients own formulations.

KBS Corporate generated no less than 9 interested parties before a deal was agreed with Staffordshire-based JMB. JMB is the world’s largest manufacturer of Cadmium Pigments with manufacturing sites in the UK and also at their subsidiary, Multicel Pigmentos, in Brazil.

The company was established in 1926 on its current site by Mr. James M. Brown to manufacture zinc oxide.

The deal, which completed just 9 months after the business came to the market, will see JMB expand its product line.

Sonia Cottrell of KBS Corporate managed the deal through to completion and commented on the excellent fit between the two companies based on their shared values.

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Northwest Dispersions Limited
Sector: Pigment Dispersions
Location: Cumbria
Buyer: James M. Brown Ltd

 

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R & R Tofu Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the Management Buy In of R & R Tofu Limited, a Yorkshire-based manufacturer and supplier of organic tofu under the ‘Clear Spot’ brand name.

The company distributes a wide range of tofu products to retail outlets via a network of wholesalers, as well as supplying bulk catering supplies to schools, cruise liners and other catering outlets. The business counts Abel and Cole, Suma and Goodness Foods amongst its well established client base.

The acquirer, David Knibbs, was one of 6 buyers identified by KBS Corporate and saw R & R Tofu as an excellent opportunity to break back into the food industry as part of an already established and reputable brand. Mr Knibbs intends to continue to operate the business from its current Malton premises.

Matthew Sibley, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate managed the deal through to completion and commented that the transaction was quick and smooth, helped by the excellent relationship he retained with both the buyer and seller.

acquired by

R & R Tofu Limited
Sector: Food Manufacturers
Location: North Yorkshire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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Route Monkey Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on Trakm8 Holdings plc’s £9.1m acquisition of Route Monkey Limited, a provider of technology solutions for the optimisation of fleet routing.

Trakm8 is an AIM listed telematics and data provider to the global market place using Big Data analytics to improve driver behaviour. Following the £3.2m purchase of DCS Systems Ltd through KBS Corporate, the acquisition of Route Monkey falls in line with Trakm8’s strategy of augmenting its organic growth with selective acquisitions which will enable it to expand its telemetics offering to both insurance and fleet customers..

Based in Livingston, West Lothian, Route Monkey offers a wide range of products and services designed to optimise resources and assets, generate efficiencies and increase productivity through unique software tools and algorithms.

John Watkins, executive chairman of Trakm8, said: “The acquisition of Route Monkey is highly complementary to Trakm8 as it adds route planning and optimisation capability to our existing technology, a key to enabling us to offer integrated solutions to customers in line with the development of market requirements.

“We look forward to welcoming the Route Monkey team into the growing Trakm8 group and expect the business will add another source of organic sales growth and recurring revenues.

“Together the acquisitions of Route Monkey and DCS significantly enhance Trakm8’s competitive advantage, add substantial growth opportunities, and are expected to be earnings enhancing.”

The shareholders of Route Monkey felt that the company would benefit greatly from being under the umbrella of a larger parent with the associated advantages and synergies that it brings.

Route Monkey will continue to be based in Livingston while retaining its small offices in Gateshead and Amsterdam. It currently has 23 employees and senior management are being retained.

Trakm8 will continue to develop the Route Monkey brand and will undertake an integration plan for both the product and engineering “to combine the best of both companies”, Trakm8 said.

KBS Corporate secured 4 offers for the business after attracting a multitude of interested parties consisting of trade buyers and private equity groups.

John Hunt, corporate finance director at KBS Corporate, said: “The acquisition of Route Monkey by Trakm8 creates a clear win-win situation for both companies.

“Both Route Monkey and Trakm8 operate in dynamic and growing market sectors and the coming together of these businesses is certain to create excellent growth and expansion opportunities.”

Colin Ferguson, chief executive of Route Monkey, said: “KBS Corporate Finance worked with us from the onset of the sale process and identified numerous potential acquirers. Ultimately, Trakm8 emerged as our preferred choice and KBS worked closely with our legal advisers to deliver a result which was excellent for the company, our shareholders, management team and employees.”

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Route Monkey Limited
Sector: Scheduling and optimisation algorithms
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Trakm8 Holdings plc

 

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Quintin Davey Limited

KBS Corporate has successfully advised on the Management Buy In of Quintin Davey Limited, trading as RCH Brewery.

Based in Weston-super-Mare, the multi-award winning brewer and wholesaler of cask ales and ciders is well known for its wide range of products, including: PG Steam, Old Slug Porter, Hewish IPA, East Street Cream and Pitchfork as well as special beers, typically producing one unique brand per month.

Following the Management Buy In by John Ferguson, who was one of more than a dozen interested parties, the business will be remaining its current premises with all staff to be retained.

Matthew Sibley, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on behalf of the seller and noted the excellent relationship retained with both parties.

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Quintin Davey Limited
Sector: Brewery
Location: Somerset
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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North Wales Building Plastics Limited

KBS Corporate has successfully negotiated a deal between Colwyn Bay-based North Wales Building Plastics Limited by General All Purpose Plastics Limited (“GAP”).

North Wales Building Plastics, which came to the market in July 2015 and sold just 5 months later, supplies a comprehensive range of uPVC products to the building trade and DIY markets. The acquisition will serve to increase the number of GAP depots, which currently stands at over 30, and expand their operations into new geographical regions.

In the short time that the business was on the market, KBS Corporate managed to attract around 6 interested parties which resulted in 2 solid bids before a deal was agreed with Blackburn-based GAP.

Sonia Cottrell of KBS Corporate managed the deal through to completion and commented on the excellent relationship with both parties which allowed for a quick and speedy transaction.

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North Wales Building Plastics Limited
Sector: uPVC Products
Location: Wales
Buyer: General All Purpose Plastics Limited

 

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Evans Precision Engineering Limited

West Yorkshire-based Evans Precision Engineering has been acquired by Copley Engineering Limited for an undisclosed sum.

Established for almost 30 years by the outgoing owner, Clive Evans, the business is primarily subcontracted by companies involved in the bottle manufacturing and steel works industries to manufacture bespoke parts.

The company has since developed a reputation for high quality workmanship, excellent customer service and fast turnaround time.

The opportunity generated in excess of 30 interest parties before a deal was agreed with Halifax based sub-contract machine shop, Copley Engineering.

Evans Precision Engineering is set to re-locate from its Dewsbury premises, with Mr Evans retiring immediately.

Tom Eatough of KBS Corporate managed the deal through to completion.

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Evans Precision Engineering Limited
Sector: Precision Engineering
Location: West Yorkshire
Buyer: Copley Engineering Limited

 

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PSI Inspection Services Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the acquisition of Manchester-based PSI Inspection Services Limited by Aquatronic Group Management Plc .

PSI Inspection Services Ltd provides an independent engineering inspection service, offering a fully integrated statutory and non-statutory inspection service covering all types of Engineering Plant including Pressure Systems, Lifting Equipment, LEV Plant, Electrical Equipment and other types of machinery.

The company, which was brought to the market due to our clients’ intentions to retire, attracted a wide range of interest before a deal was agreed with AGM plc.

Headquartered in Colchester, AGM plc was created as a holding company and is seeking to expand its group through the acquisition of companies which complement the existing range of services and products. Current brands within the AGM group include: AquaTech Pressmain; Acorn; ESIS, Autron; and Warmac.

Matthew Sibley of KBS Corporate managed the deal on behalf of our clients with legal advice provided by Gateley Plc.

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PSI Inspection Services Limited
Sector: Testing & inspection Services
Location: Greater Manchester
Buyer: AGM Plc

 

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R. Langston Jones Ltd

KBS Corporate has assisted with the successful acquisition of R. Langston Jones Ltd by Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG).

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is the UK’s leading provider of façade access and fall arrest equipment services, lightning protection and electrical testing, high-level cleaning and specialist electrical and mechanical services. Headquartered in Castleford, West Yorkshire, the company employs over 220 people across nine UK sites, servicing more than 100,000 buildings for more than 8,000 customers.

The deal will see PTSG Group’s geographical expansion into the Midlands as part of its buy and build strategy; looking to increase market share, customer base and service offering.

With a UK wide customer base of circa 400, including several large organisations, R. Langston Jones is a supplier of electrical testing services, with a roster of highly trained and experienced employees operating throughout the UK.

Paul Teasdale, PTSG Group CEO, said, “We are delighted to welcome Langstons as our latest addition to the group; this acquisition enables us to continue to build the UK’s largest electrical testing business and extend our geographical coverage.

We are fully committed to the continuation of a successful strategy of achieving market leadership across the sectors in which we operate, and this acquisition increases the exposure of our brand to new and existing clients.”

KBS Corporate identified a number of interested parties using our Professional Network of retained buyers, along with a tailored and extensive research strategy. The opportunity received two serious offers, with PTSG Group providing the most strategic fit and enabling Alex King, R. Langston Jones’ MD, to pursue retirement after a short handover period.

KBS Corporate’s Tom Eatough handled the deal and said, “It was a pleasure working with Alex and I am pleased with the result. The process was a real success and it resulted in Alex having the pick of two acquirers. I wish both parties all the best.”

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R. Langston Jones Ltd
Sector: Electrical testing
Location: West Midlands
Buyer: PTSG plc

 

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The Encapsulating Company Ltd

SPS (EU) Ltd has completed the acquisition of The Encapsulating Company Ltd, trading as Ultimate Promotional Paper Products, for an undisclosed sum.

The deal will see the Blackpool-based promotional gifts manufacturer increase their branded portfolio through an exclusive partnership with Moleskine, the iconic manufacturer of notebooks and writing instruments.

Ultimate Promotional Paper Products are a London-based provider of a diverse range of bespoke, promotional paper products and is the sole distributor for Moleskine products in the UK and Ireland.

Philip Hebert, retiring founder of Ultimate Promotional Paper Products, commented on the deal, “As a business, we have always been focused on developing the paper market, and the Moleskine range has been central to this plan. I’m pleased that the brand will now be represented by an ambitious, forward-thinking group with great prospects for future growth and innovation.”

KBS Corporate identified a number of potential acquirers for the company with several bids received. However, the offer from SPS proved to be the best fit for the company going forward and granted Mr Herbert a swift exit from the business.

Phil Morgan, CEO of SPS commented, “As we continue to broaden our product range, we belive that this new partnership is testament to our strong position in the market and our reputation for providing high quality products with exceptional customer service.

Guy Haynes, Corporate Director at KBS Corporate, managed the deal through to completion and commented on the deal: “We identified SPS as a likely acquirer at an early stage of the process and it was clear from the outset that there were many shared values between both the buyer and the seller and also with Moleskine, whose contract with The Encapsulating Company was key to the transaction. This deal provides a clean exit for Philip Herbert, who we wish well in his retirement, as well as reinforcing the acquirer’s position as a leading name within the UK promotional products industry.”

Gateley plc acted as legal advisor to the vendor.

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The Encapsulating Company Ltd
Sector: Paper products
Location: London
Buyer: SPS (EU) Ltd

 

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Staffordshire Fuels Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the successful sale of Staffordshire Fuels Ltd by specialist agriculture and distribution group, NWF Group plc.

Based near Stone, Staffordshire fuels distribute 32 million litres of fuel each year across the domestic, agricultural and commercial sectors. The business will continue to operate as a standalone fuel depot following the takeover.

Cheshire-based NWF Group was established in 1871 and has since grown into the UK’s third largest distributor of fuels, delivering over 400 million litres to 59,000 customers. Through NWF Agriculture and Boughey distribution, the company has also grown into a leading national supplier of ruminant animal feed as well as one of the UK’s foremost consolidators of ambient grocery products.

Richard Whiting, chief executive of NWF Group, said: “We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Staffordshire Fuels, a high quality business with a strong brand.

“The acquisition is in line with our growth strategy, increases our penetration in Staffordshire and the West Midlands and will be earnings enhancing in the first full year.”

KBS Corporate targeted no less than 66 potential suitable buyers for Staffordshire Fuels, resulting in 15 interested parties from a large mix of PLCs, trade buyers and MBI candidates including one overseas buyer.

The opportunity generated 5 unique offers, with the final deal value representing an 8x multiple of EBITDA.

Financial Director at KBS Corporate, Andrew Melbourne, acted on behalf of our clients and commented, “It was important that we retained an excellent relationship with both our client and the representatives of NWF Group throughout the process. We are delighted that we managed to secure a deal that exceeded our client’s objectives within his preferred timescales, allowing him to retire but also retaining his sons within the business going forward.”

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Staffordshire Fuels Limited
Sector: Fuel Distributors
Location: Staffordshire
Buyer: NWF Group plc

 

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Oakleaf European Ltd

UK and France based fresh food suppliers, Oakleaf European Ltd, have been acquired in a £1.35million deal by rivals Mash Purveyors Ltd.

Oakleaf European is a leading importer and exporter of quality fresh fruit and vegetables, poultry, offal and specialist meat, dairy produce and fine foods. The company exports products across the UK, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

KBS Corporate identified over 100 potential buyers for Oakleaf European before a deal was agreed with London-based Mash Purveyors, who will use the acquisition to expand their client base and secure Oakleaf’s prestigious Paris contact base.

The outgoing owner of Oakleaf will provide a six month handover period to ensure a smooth transition, with all existing staff retained following the acquisition.

Matthew Sibley, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate managed the deal through to completion and noted the excellent relationship that was maintained with our client throughout the process and wishes all parties the very best for the future.

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Oakleaf European Ltd
Sector: Food Import and Distribution
Location: Bournemouth
Buyer: Mash Purveyors Ltd

 

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Laystone Limited

Laystone Limited, the Nottingham-based supplier and manufacturer of electronic components has been acquired by Bright Energy Solutions Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Originally supplying CRT, scan coils and line output transformers to the UK monitor industry, the company has since progressed on to modern electronics that include L.E.D lighting, surface mount assembly, specialist transformer manufacture, cables and cable form assembly.

KBS Corporate generated a competitive bidding environment, which generated multiple offers before a deal was agreed with the eventual acquirer, Bright Energy Solutions.

Bright Energy Solutions is a London-based supplier of energy efficient and cost effective solutions to clients’ renewable energy needs. The company provides solar PV, ground source pumps and stylish L.E.D lighting across a range of industry sectors.

Following the acquisition, Laystone is expected to remain at its current Nottingham premises, from where it supplies over 50,000 L.E.D lighting sets and cables each year to the retail display industry.

Guy Haynes, Corporate Director at KBS Corporate managed the deal through to completion. Legal advice was provided by Gateley plc.

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Laystone Limited
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Nottingham
Buyer: Bright Energy Solutions Ltd

 

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FRAL UK Limited

FRAL UK Limited has been acquired by Ashtead Plant Hire Company Limited, which trades as A-Plant, for an undisclosed sum.

With over 135 Service Centres nationwide and a team of more than 2,700 professionals, A-Plant has a commanding presence within the industry and the deal will enable FRAL UK to grow to the next level and develop the business further. The acquisition forms part of Ashtead Plant Hire’s execution of a growth strategy, using bolt-on acquisitions to supplement organic growth.

A-Plant supplies a variety of equipment to hire including dumpers, excavators, accommodation units and traffic control management as well as insurance and training services to offer a “one-stop solution” for all of their customers’ rental needs.

FRAL UK, a specialist provider in the hire and sale of portable air conditioning units, dehumidifiers and heaters, was brought to the market as our client felt that a sale to the right acquirer would help the business to develop further and make the step up to the next level.

The deal was managed by Guy Haynes, Corporate Director at KBS, who managed to negotiate an uplift of almost 20% on the original offer received as well as an improved deal structure for our client.

Guy commented on the deal: “We are pleased to have completed this transaction, which proved to be an attractive on for both parties. It was clear from the outset that there was a very strong synergy between the two companies and the commanding market position occupied by Ashtead Plant Hire should provide the perfect platform for FRAL UK to grow to the next level, which was the stated aim of the sellers throughout the process.”

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FRAL UK Limited
Sector: HVAC Equipment Hire and Sale
Location: Staffordshire
Buyer: Ashtead Plant Hire Company Limited

 

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Graveytrain Sales

Catering and cleaning suppliers, Graveytrain Sales, has been acquired by rival catering disposables and cleaning products suppliers, KL Supplies Limited.

Graveytrain offers a wide and varied product range including bar sundries, table lighting, dispensers, uniforms, cookware and signs.

The business will be re-locating following the takeover by KL Supplies, with the all shareholders exiting the business immediately.

The opportunity to acquire Graveytrain attracted multiple interested parties, resulting in two solid bids received for the business.

We would like to wish our clients a very happy retirement.

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Graveytrain Sales
Sector: Catering and cleaning supplies
Location: Buckinghamshire
Buyer: KL Supplies Limited

 

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Completed Sale

RDS (3 companies)

KBS Corporate has advised on the successful Management Buyout of three regional companies which will be consolidated into one national business.

RDS North Eastern Limited, RDS (South East) Ltd and RDS Southwest Ltd are all part of the RDS GB Distribution Network, a group of regional distributors who supply RDS Technology’s electronic goods to the Agricultural and Industrial sectors. Since their inception, the companies have colelctively gained a reputation for supplying innovative, cost-effective technology, alongside service support and breakdown repair services.

The Management Buyout was led by two existing shareholders of RDS South West Ltd and RDS South East Ltd, after two key shareholders announced their intentions to exit the business.

The opportunity to acquire the portfolio attracted several interested parties and received no fewer than 3 separate offers before a deal was agreed with John Evans and Roger Hawker.

Guy Haynes, Associate Director at KBS Corporate, managed the deal through to completion and commented, “Having spoken to a number of potential buyers throughout the process, it became obvious that the best solution was for John Evans and Roger Hawker to raise the capital to consolidate the three companies. Both John and Roger possess the drive to take the business to the next level and John in particular has contributed to the success of all three companies in the past.

“The deal enables the outgoing shareholders, Tony Heath and David Weston, to exit immediately and pursue other business interests, and we wish our clients the very best for the future.

“Each business was successful in its own right, but their consolidation gives the buyers a nationwide distribution network. This and the subsequent economies of scale should enable the company to become more profitable and move on to the next level.”

Finance was provided by Leumi and legal advice was provided by KBS Corporate’s legal partner, Gateley plc.

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RDS (3 companies)
Sector: Distribution
Location: Nationwide
Buyer: Management Buyout

 

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Bearings and More Ltd

KBS Corporate has advised on the successful acquisition of Bearings and More Ltd by St Albans based Evoke Supplies Limited.

Located in Oxfordshire, Bearings and More is a specialist in the supply of a wide range of engineering components as well as the repair and re-manufacture of items such as industrial gearboxes, pumps, hydraulic rams and the manufacture of single and multiple quantity machined parts.

The acquirer, Evoke Supplies, provides customers with a single source solution for all maintenance engineering requirements including bearings, seals, transmission, circlips, lubricants and adhesives.

Evoke will use the acquisition to strengthen their already successful group of companies which they have grown both organically and through several strategic acquisitions.

Bearings and More will remain at their current premises for the foreseeable future.

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Bearings and More Ltd
Sector: Engineering
Location: Oxfordshire
Buyer: Evoke Supplies Limited

 

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Completed Sale

Ronco Engineering Limited

KBS Corporate can announce the sale of County Durham-based Ronco Engineering Limited to Altec Engineering for an undisclosed value.

Ronco Engineering is a successful CNC precision engineering company specialising in high volume sliding head, precision CNC turning and milling manufacturing solutions. The company has substantial experience and a proven track record in providing its national and international client base with sub-contract material process handling and KAN-BAN delivery scheduling.

The acquirer, Altec Engineering, also operates out of County Durham providing full engineering contract support for Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, CNC Precision Machining and Special Purpose Machine Design & Build, to a wide range of industries.

The acquisition fits in line with Altec’s buy and build strategy of local engineering companies, and managed to secure significant external funding to pursue this strategy.

3 separate parties expressed their interest in acquiring Ronco with 3 bids received. Altec’s final offer represented a 20% increase on the first bid received.

Guy Haynes, Senior Deal Executive at KBS Corporate managed the deal through to completion and commented: “This represents an ideal solution for all parties involved. Ronco is a growing business with exciting new contracts with blue-chip companies which should provide significant growth in the coming year.

“There are many shared values between the buyer and seller and the fact that the business will remain local was an important factor in concluding a successful transaction.

“We wish Bill well with his retirement, and Graham, Paul Alistair and the team at Altec the very best for the future.”

The business will continue to operate from its current site and all staff, including the 2 remaining shareholders, will remain with the business.

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Ronco Engineering Limited
Sector: Precision Engineering
Location: County Durham
Buyer: Altec Engineering Limited

 

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All Mastic Limited

Bristol-based All Mastic Limited has been acquired by Fastglobe (Mastics) Limited for an undisclosed sum.

The sealant application contractor, which offers sealant services, distribution, NVQ assessments and apprenticeships was formed in 1992 and has since built a reputation for quality and reliability.

The company employs highly motivated and mobile teams of skilled and qualified application engineers, servicing projects throughout the UK.

The acquirer, Essex-based Fastglobe, offers a comprehensive range of services to the construction industry and will use the acquisition as a means to achieve growth into new regions.

The current staff at All Mastic are to remain within the business.

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All Mastic Limited
Sector: Building
Location: Bristol
Buyer: Fastglobe (Mastics) Limited

 

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DCS Systems Ltd

KBS Corporate Finance have engineered the sale of the leading Dashcam brand “RoadHawk” to AIM listed TrakM8 for £3.2m. The business and assets of DCS Systems Ltd, specialists in the design and distribution of camera systems for the motor vehicle, bicycle and security markets, have been acquired in the £3.2 million deal by Trakm8 Holdings plc.

Trakm8 is an AIM-listed telematics company using Big Data analytics to improve driver behaviour and a leading technology designer, developer and manufacturer of telematics products and solutions.

DCS, who owned RoadHawk, specialises in the design and distribution of camera systems for the motor vehicle, bicycle and security markets. DCS trades under the three main brands of RoadHawk, Dogcam and Lawmate. Following the deal, DCS will continue to be based in Bodmin, Cornwall.

With cameras being increasingly used in a wide range of applications, including a significant demand for forward facing vehicle cameras to record driving incidents, the acquisition falls in line with Trakm8’s strategy of augmenting its organic growth with selective acquisitions that expand its telematics offering to both insurance and fleet customers.

Trakm8 and DCS have an existing relationship, with DCS supplying a number of Trakm8 customers with its RoadHawk cameras.

Mark Nelson the entrepreneurial owner of DCS commented, “I am delighted with the deal, TrakM8 have the market presence to take all our brands forward particularly RoadHawk. KBS Corporate Finance managed to find us the perfect buyer and overcame all of the obstacles which invariably arise in these deals.”

John Watkins, Executive Chairman of Trakm8 commented, “The acquisition of DCS marks another significant milestone in Trakm8’s growth strategy and reflects the growing demand from our fleet and insurance customers for camera applications. We plan to deepen the integration of the camera technology into our telematics solutions for both our fleet and insurance clients.”

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DCS Systems Ltd
Sector: Vehicle-mounted safety cameras
Location: Cornwall
Buyer: Trakm8 Holdings plc

 

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Completed Sale

Paperworks Distribution Ltd

KBS Corporate has completed the sale of Paperworks Distribution Limited to Custom Forms ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Hemel Hempstead, Paperworks specialises in the design and distribution of business forms which are compatible with all major payroll and accounting packages. The company also offers bespoke forms, enabling customers to add company logos and change colours in order to conform to their branding.

The company came to the market last year with the owner’s intentions to retire.

The acquirer, Custom Forms Ltd, is the UK’s largest supplier of standard accountancy forms for use with all the popular accounting & payroll software packages. The sale will facilitate Custom Form’s growth within the market.

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Paperworks Distribution Ltd
Sector: Business forms
Location: Hertfordshire
Buyer: Custom Forms Ltd

 

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Severn Catering Services Limited

Gloucester based Severn Catering Services Limited has been acquired by ACME Facilities Group Limited.

Severn Catering Services was snapped up just 6 months after the business came on to the market, after several parties expressed their interest in acquiring the company.

Established for 30 years, Severn Catering Services offers reactive breakdown service and preventative maintenance to the catering industry, employing manufacturer trained electricians and over 30 Comcat Gas Engineers throughout the UK.

The company also supplies gallery refits and laundry maintenance services to the off-shore industry through its marine specialists and has built up a professional association with major companies such and P&O, Carnival, Irish Ferries and V-ships.

The acquisition will allow ACME facilities services, which offer refrigeration and air conditioning, kitchen design, fabrication, cold rooms and after sales, to expand on their service offering within the catering equipment market.

Chris Hopkins, outgoing Managing Director, will remain within the company for the foreseeable future to assist with the transition.

Tom Eatough, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, who assisted with negotiations said: “Severn has a great reputation within the industry and I am pleased that we managed to secure a buyer in such a short period of time.

“I am sure that ACME will build on Severn’s success to date and I would like to wish both parties all the best with their future endeavours.”

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Severn Catering Services Limited
Sector: Catering Equipment Service
Location: Gloucestershire
Buyer: ACME Facilities Group Limited

 

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Pennine Way Preserves Limited

Pennine Way Preserves Limited, a Preston based manufacturer of jams and preserves has been sold in a Management Buy In deal.

The company, which manufactures and distributes its products from its Garstang headquarters, was placed on the market due to outgoing shareholders John and Margot Humphreys’ wishes to retire.

The company is well known within the local area for the high quality of its products.

There were around 30 expressions of interest in Pennine Way Preserves which resulted in 3 offers received for the business.

John and Margot will remain with the business for up to 12 months to assist the new owners with a handover period.

The business will remain at its current premises with all staff being retained by the new owners.

Tom Eatough, Senior Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, comments “Pennine Way Preserves produces fantastic jams and preserves and I am really pleased that we have secured a buyer for the company.

“Due to the high quality of products they produce, there was no shortage of interested parties who were looking for the opportunity to build on the successful brand that John and Margot have built.

“I would like to wish both parties the very best for the future.”

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Pennine Way Preserves Limited
Sector: Food Manufacturing
Location: Lancashire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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PWR Property Consultants LLP

PWR Property Consultants LLP has been acquired by rival lettings and estate agents, Leaders Ltd which operates more than 50 branches nationwide, with additional branches operating under several other brand names.

The £2.4m deal was completed in April, just 10 months after PWR was brought to the market.

PWR Property Consultants, which also operates as PWR Lettings and PWR Residential, is a specialist lettings and estates agency covering the Nottingham, Mansfield and Chesterfield areas.

The company has grown significantly since its inception; from managing just 10 properties in early 2004 to over 1,300 just eight years later.

The acquisition will increase both the turnover and profitability of Leaders whilst allowing them to grow their market share and expand their operations geographically.

The PWR branches will remain within their current locations and are expected to become Leaders branches.

The outgoing shareholders of PWR will exit the company immediately, with all other staff expected to be retained.

Guy Haynes of KBS Corporate, who advised the vendors on the sale, commented “Simon and Rebecca Perkins have built up an outstanding business which is held among high regard across the East Midlands.

“The Company’s strong reputation, steady growth in recent years and high levels of recurring income were attractive to Leaders as there were many shared values between the two companies.

“The transaction was conducted very well on both sides and I would like to extend my best wishes to both parties.”

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PWR Property Consultants LLP
Sector: Property Management & Lettings
Location: Nottinghamshire
Buyer: Leaders Ltd

 

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V.C.E Limited

A Lanarkshire based specialist valve refurbishments and industrial boiler maintenance company has been acquired by Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc.

The multi-national engineering group, who employs more than 1,300 dedicated industry engineers in over 100 countries, has acquired V.C.E Limited for an undisclosed sum

V.C.E offers Valve Refurbishment associated with industrial steam, boiler maintenance, pressure testing, valve reconditioning and materials supply.

The company was established in 1989 and has since formed partnerships with high profile companies such as Michelin Tyres, Balfour Beatty and GlaxoSmithKline.

Headquartered in Cheltenham, Spirax-Sarco Engineering comprises two leading engineering businesses: Spirax Sarco for steam specialities and Watson-Marlow for niche peristaltic pumps and associated fluid path technologies.

The group operates across a variety of industries, offering environmentally friendly solutions for energy and water savings, process efficiency, product quality and improvements in plant health, safety and regulatory compliance.

Outgoing shareholder and director, Stephen Jack, will remain within the company in his current capacity for a minimum of two years to ensure a smooth transition.

Guy Haynes, Senior Deal Executive at KBS Corporate who advised V.C.E in this transaction, said “It was a pleasure to work with our clients in achieving a deal for the company. The synergy between the two companies is evident and I believe that V.C.E is in an excellent position to build on their success under the guidance of Spirax-Sarco.”

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V.C.E Limited
Sector: Engineering
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc

 

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C.S. Brunt (Freight Services) Limited

Manchester based Freight Forwarder C.S Brunt (Freight Services) Limited has been acquired by EFS Group for an undisclosed sum.

C.S. Brunt has been importing and exporting goods all over the world for over 40 years. The company’s services also include warehousing and tracking of goods.

In 2009 the company received AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) status by HMRC, which indicates that C.S. Brunt’s role in the international supply chain is secure, and their customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.

More than 15 parties expressed their interest in acquiring C.S. Brunt after the shareholder’s expressed their desire to sell the business, resulting in 5 buyer meetings and 3 offers received. The final deal value represented a 56% increase on the first offer received for the company.

EFS are a Burnley based logistics provider who are looking to expand their current group of companies through a strategic acquisition programme which has already seen them complete the acquisitions of 747 Express Freight, Refrigerated Transport Services and Logictrans UK.

C.S. Brunt’s existing staff will all be retained, whilst the outgoing directors will provide a 12 month handover period.

Tom Eatough, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate who advised on the sale of the company commented, “It was a pleasure to work with our client Geoff and I am glad that we managed to bring the transaction to a successful conclusion.”

Before adding, “I think this will prove to be a great acquisition for EFS group who seem to be successfully executing their growth strategy. I would like to wish all parties the best of luck for the future.”

 

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C.S. Brunt (Freight Services) Limited
Sector: Freight Forwarding
Location: Greater Manchester
Buyer: EFS Group

 

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Corinium Employment Limited T/A Witton Recruitment

£39 million turnover Templine Employment Agency Limited have completed the acquisition of Swindon based Corinium Employment Limited for an undisclosed sum.

Corinium Employment, trading as Witton Recruitment, operates out of offices in Cirencester and Swindon and specialises in the supply of permanent and temporary staff to a wide variety of market sectors.

The business was placed on the market in April 2014 due to the outgoing shareholders wishes to retire.

70 potential buyers were identified for Corinium Employment, generating 3 interest parties, with KBS Corporate negotiating a 50% uplift on the first bid received.

Templine is a specialist supplier of blue-collar labour covering a wide range of industries across the Midlands, the South East, the South West and Yorkshire.

Chairman Stewart Rogers commented, “The deal is a strategic acquisition for us. It gives us a great opportunity to expand not only into a new geographical area but also to more fully exploit the commercial and permanent appointment market.”

Witton will be remaining at their current offices with the outgoing shareholders exiting almost immediately.

Guy Haynes of KBS Corporate advised the vendor on the transaction, while legal advice was provided by Khurshid Valli and Hannah Fletcher of Gateley LLP.

Guy Haynes stated, “It is clear that there is a strong synergy between the two companies and a number of common values between the respective shareholders. The transaction was conducted cleanly and efficiently by both parties, enabling a swift conclusion.

“Outgoing shareholders John and Jessie have developed and left behind a fine business, which I am sure will become a very productive and valuable member of the Templine group.”

 

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Corinium Employment Limited T/A Witton Recruitment
Sector: Recruitment
Location: Gloucestershire
Buyer: Templine Employment Agency Limited

 

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Firex U.K. Limited

Firex U.K. Limited, a Bedfordshire based specialist in comprehensive fire safety systems, has been acquired by Trafalgar Fire for an undisclosed sum.

The deal, which competed in March, will allow the current shareholders of Firex to pursue unrelated interests and provide Trafalgar Fire with a strong and successful servicing and installations business with a similar ethos to their own.

Firex operates throughout Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and the Home Counties, and has developed an outstanding reputation amongst its customers, leading them to be recommended by many leading fire safety institutions.

Trafalgar Fire, which is based out of Northampton, provides a complete range of systems and services including risk assessments, detection systems, suppression systems, fire extinguishers and systems maintenance. Owner John De Groot was one of 22 parties who expressed their interest in acquiring Firex.

Firex will remain in its current Bedfordshire premises and retain its staff, whilst the outgoing owners will provide a handover period for a minimum of one year.

Andrew Dodd, Corporate Director at KBS Corporate managed the deal to completion and commented, “We retained an excellent relationship with both the buyer and seller throughout, with both parties eager to see a conclusion to the deal.

“We are confident that Trafalgar Fire will build upon the business’ solid foundations and grow the company to the next stage of its development.

“I would also like to wish our clients the best of luck in their new business endeavours.”

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Firex U.K. Limited
Sector: Fire Safety Systems
Location: Bedfordshire
Buyer: Trafalgar Fire

 

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Powell and Harber (Precision Engineers) Ltd

Worcester based Powell and Harber (Precision Engineers) Ltd has been acquired by Goodfish Ltd in a deal backed by Finance Birmingham.

Powell and Harber are specialist designers and manufacturers of precision mould tools and precision injection mouldings. The company supplies quality parts to industries worldwide including automotive, domestic appliance, medical, double glazing, mining and many others.

Powell and Harber, which was placed on the market due to the shareholders’ intentions to retire, attracted significant interest from potential acquirers including trade buyers and private equity groups. The acquisition opportunity generated 18 buyers meetings and a total of 10 bids were received.

The eventual acquirer, Goodfish Ltd, is a Staffordshire based toolmaking and injection moulding company that supplies its products worldwide. The opportunity represented a strong synergistic fit with Goodfish’s existing operations.

The outgoing shareholders will remain within the company in a short but detailed consultancy period which will allow for a smooth handover, with occasional consultancy to follow in the future.

Gregory McDonald, managing director of Goodfish, said: “Together with Powell & Harber, Goodfish will be able to better address the demanding requirements of larger customers whose business we have been targeting for some time. This, in turn, will help accelerate our growth and secure employment in the area.”

Guy Haynes of KBS Corporate who assisted the seller on the deal commented, “I am delighted that the transaction reached a successful conclusion. I had an excellent relationship with Bill and Tom and their retirement is very well earned. The deal represented a fair solution for all parties involved. Powell and Harber is a company with a very rich history and I am confident that, under the new ownership of Goodfish, it will continue to grow.”

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Powell and Harber (Precision Engineers) Ltd
Sector: Precision Engineering
Location: Worcestershire
Buyer: Goodfish Ltd

 

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Rough Draft Ltd trading as The Info Group

Cardiff based Rough Draft Limited, trading as The Info Group, has been acquired by creative design, marketing and branding agency, Creation Advertising Limited.

Established for more than twenty years, The Info Group offers a wide range of marketing services including: literature, web design, branding, promotions and exhibitions.

The company was placed on the market due to retirement plans.

The acquirer was Bristol based Creation Advertising Limited, who saw the acquisition as a way to expand and grow their design team and capabilities as well as gaining access to a range of additional clients.

The opportunity generated in excess of twelve interested parties and multiple buyer meetings before a bid was received from Creation Advertising.

The majority of the staff of The Info Group will be retained and will remain in Cardiff for the foreseeable future.

Tom Eatough of KBS Corporate, who managed the deal until completion, commented: “I am delighted that we managed to complete the deal for The Info Group. I would like to wish Creation all the very best with their new acquisition and I hope that our client, David, enjoys his impending retirement.”

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Rough Draft Ltd trading as The Info Group
Sector: Marketing and design
Location: Wales
Buyer: Creation Advertising Limited

 

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Reflective Solutions Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the acquisition of Reflective Solutions Limited by Radar Trading Limited.

Reflective Solutions is a software products business, developing proprietary enterprise class performance testing and monitoring tools.

The Company focuses on providing products and services to test and monitor the performance of web and IBM Maximo applications. The aim of these products is to prevent performance problems in the customers’ systems.

The Company also offers consultancy and training services in their products and performance optimisation.

The company was acquired by serial acquirer Robert Zysblast of Radar Trading Limited, who had previously expressed an interest in acquiring a business within the software sector.

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Reflective Solutions Limited
Sector: Software products and services
Location: Suffolk
Buyer: Radar Trading Limited

 

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Trust Security Systems Limited

Business Watch UK Fire & Security Ltd has agreed a deal to acquire Trust Security Systems Limited for an undisclosed fee.

Trust Security Systems, based in Derbyshire, is a specialist in the installation and maintenance of electronic security systems. The Company offers products such as Intruder alarms, CCTV Systems, Access Control and Fire Alarms. In addition, Trust Security Systems also provides its customers with annual service contracts.

The opportunity generated as many as seven interested parties resulting in six buyer meetings and two separate offers.

The eventual acquirer, John Swingewood of Business Watch UK Fire & Security Ltd, previously purchased Business Watch through KBS Corporate in 2014 and wanted to create a large portfolio of security companies. John had decided to use KBS Corporate’s services once more and saw Trust Security Systems as an ideal acquisition opportunity for the future vision of his group of companies.

Business Watch is a leading supplier of burglar alarms, fire alarms and CCTV camera systems located in Peterborough.

KBS Corporate advised Trust Security on the transaction and Matthew Sibley, who led the deal commented, “I am delighted that we managed to secure and complete a deal for Trust Security.  Business Watch were a previous client of KBS Corporate and we are pleased that they had chosen to use our services once more to pursue similar businesses and expand their service offering.”

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Trust Security Systems Limited
Sector: Security Systems
Location: Derbyshire
Buyer: Business Watch UK Fire & Security Ltd

 

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Cotterill Cook (Printers) Limited

KBS Corporate has completed the sale of Birmingham based Cotterill Cook Printers Limited to The Nottingham Label Company Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Established for more than 50 years, Cotterill Cook has gained a wealth of experience providing high quality commercial printing services. The company has formed strong long term relationships with many high profile blue chip companies operating in the Waste Management, Chemical and Pharmaceutical sectors and has developed products for a very unique market.

The motivation behind the sale of Cotterill Cook and the desire to pursue KBS Corporate’s specialised services was due to our client’s decision to retire. However, they are willing to offer full support and training to ensure a smooth handover.

By applying a highly proactive approach, utilising an extensive range of buyer contacts, KBS Corporate were able to identify and target prospective acquirers. The opportunity attracted no less than 21 expressions of interest, resulting in 4 buyer meetings and 2 bids.

The eventual acquirer, The Nottingham Label Company, is an experienced provider of printed products and print services across all industries. The company helps businesses to present, promote, label and market their products.

For the last three years, The Nottingham Label Company has been looking to expand both their service offering and geographical reach through the acquisition of similar and complementary businesses.

Rachael Griffin of KBS Corporate handled the deal through to completion and commented, “Both the buyer and seller were extremely motivated to complete the sale meaning we were able to achieve a quick turnaround. Both parties can now focus on what lies ahead and I would like to wish them a successful and prosperous future.”

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Cotterill Cook (Printers) Limited
Sector: Printing
Location: West Midlands
Buyer: The Nottingham Label Company

 

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Quadscot Precision Engineers Ltd

KBS Corporate has advised on the successful acquisition of Glasgow based Quadscot Precision Engineers Ltd by Pressure Technologies plc. The acquirer was introduced to Quadscot by KBS Corporate, with a final deal value of £10.7m.

Quadscot was founded in 1990 and operates from a recently expanded 32,000 sq ft freehold facility which will form part of the acquisition. The Company has seen continuous investment into its modern, high quality engineering equipment which is operated by highly experienced engineers and machinists, providing millings, turning, boring, grinding and electric discharge machining.

Quadscot has a long established blue chip client base within the oil, petrochemicals and gas sectors. The Company reported 2013 revenues of £4.46 million and it is anticipated that this will be the subject to a significant uplift in 2014.

Based in Sheffield with origins dating back to 1897, Pressure Technologies is a growing and profitable leading designer and manufacturer of speciality engineering solutions for high pressure systems serving large global markets. The Company is building a highly profitable group of companies, specialising in technology for the containment and control of liquids and gases in pressure systems through a combination of organic initiatives and acquisitions.

In line with Pressure Technologies stated strategy, the Board believes that the Acquisition represents an excellent opportunity to further enhance the Group’s capabilities within the Engineered Products division. The acquisition is another obvious strong strategic fit with Pressure Technologies’ growth and acquisition strategy and the Directors believe that Quadscot will have excellent long term growth prospects as part of the Group.

Alan Wilson, Chairman of Pressure Technologies, said “The acquisition of Quadscot is further evidence of the Group’s ability to identify well run, profitable businesses that will benefit from being part of Pressure technologies, whilst also making a significant contribution to the future performance of the Group.”

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Quadscot Precision Engineers Ltd
Sector: Engineering
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Pressure Technologies plc

 

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Completed Sale

3 Counties Drain Services

3 Counties Drain Services is a leading independent specialist provider or drainage services including excavation, maintenance and CCTV surveys, to a wide ranging portfolio of clients from local authorities to commercial developers.

Established by the Owners in 1989, the Company has built a successful reputation based on quality of service, and since conception has been the first choice for local authorities, local councils and the National Health Service.

The acquirer, Amelio Utilities Ltd, is a multi service utilities company based in Belfast. Along with Amelio Belfast and Amelio Dublin, 3 Counties will now become Amelio Gloucester as the Company expands its operations across the UK.

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3 Counties Drain Services
Sector: Utilities Services
Location: Gloucestershire
Buyer: Amelio Utilities Ltd

 

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Wintergreen Healthcare Ltd

KBS Corporate has advised on the acquisition of Wintergreen Healthcare Ltd by ASG Risk Management Ltd.

Wintergreen healthcare are a fully independent intermediary and client advisor specialising in the private medical insurance sector across the UK. The Company has built a reputation for its approach, which is unlike many other brokers, by recognising that getting the best deal for their clients is the best way to build a long term relationship.

Wintergreen healthcare acts exclusively on behalf of its customers, offering advice and affordable health insurance.

Along with its sister company – the insurance specialist, Aston Scott ltd – ASG Risk Management Ltd is part of Aston Scott Group plc. Aston Scott group has expanded over the years and now employs over 200 staff, operating from eleven office locations throughout the UK.

The opportunity generated six separate interested parties and two formal buyer meetings. The acquisition, which completed less than 11 months of instruction, will see Wintergreen Healthcare become part of Aston Scott Ltd’s healthcare division. The Company and its staff will continue to operate from its offices in Wimbledon.

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Wintergreen Healthcare Ltd
Sector: Healthcare Insurance
Location: London
Buyer: ASG Risk Management Ltd

 

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South Coast Catering Limited

One of the UK’s leading commercial kitchen design & installation companies, Airedale Catering Group, has acquired South Coast Catering in a deal which was successfully concluded by KBS Corporate.

South Coast Catering first commenced trading in this sector in 1991 and although its core business is providing reactive and planned maintenance services to many national and regional clients, more recently South Coast has diversified into laundry, light equipment and scheme work.

Airedale catering Group is one of the leading design and build brands in the food service and hospitality industry. Established in 1985, the Group now operates from 6 regional offices throughout the UK and employs around 200 people. The company has won numerous industry awards for its innovative design concepts with clients including operators, local and national public bodies, main contractors and FTSE 100 Companies across all sectors.

Rob Bywell, CEO of Airedale commented “It is fantastic news for our business that Alex and his team have agreed to join the Airedale family. We are excited to be working with like-minded people who have built a successful business by focusing on providing its customers with a great experience.”

Chairman Andrew Bristow added “Airedale is growing as a result of its long term investment strategy in the catering sector. This year will be another strong performance for the business, with the number of design and build schemes having almost doubled over the last two years. This is an exciting period for everyone in our business, as we actively look for opportunities to expand our capabilities and provide our clients with an industry leading service. To achieve this we need to attract the best people and partners. Our strategy is not just about buying businesses, it’s about finding the pioneers that can help us reach our long term goals.

Airedale have been working with leading national and regional food service businesses of all sizes and a broad range of sectors, designing a building commercial kitchens to the highest possible standards with contracts ranging in value from £5,000 to in excess of £1,000,000. The company operates from 4 different regional office locations which makes the Airedale Group one of the few truly nationwide design and build companies in the UK.

The acquisition will position Airedale as one of the largest independent service operators within the UK catering industry, combining Airedale’s technical services division with South Coast Catering’s established maintenance business. The enlarged group will employ a network of over 70 specialist catering engineers, positioning the group as one of the largest independent service operators in the UK catering industry.

Founder and Managing Director of South Coast, Alex Hooper Greenhill, is committing his future to the company and will remain in his full time role as Director. “We are delighted to be joining Airedale. We chose them because they have demonstrated a long term commitment to this marketplace and they understand the value of our brand. This is the next step forward for South Coast, our employees, clients and partners. With the support and backing of the Airedale Group we can provide our clients with an even better service.”

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South Coast Catering Limited
Sector: Catering Equipment Installation and Maintenance
Location: Dorset
Buyer: Airedale Catering Group

 

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Completed Sale

Cambrian Park & Leisure Homes Ltd

Cambrian is one of the UK’s fastest growing and leading manufacturers of luxury Holiday lodges and Park Homes, having increased its turnover by 30% over the last two years. Cambrian is recognised as having a strong product offering and being a well-established UK brand for quality holiday lodges with 2014 turnover expected to be in excess of £9m.

Purchased by Richard and Esme Watson in 2007, the Company together with its sister company Cambrian Kitchens is based in the North Wales harbour town of Porthmadog. Cambrian is responsible for over 120 people designing and building holiday lodges that range from its popular “Plantation” model through to luxury bespoke lodges. The Company’s top end product, the Sky Lantern, is currently for sale at Lake Windermere costing £800,000.

The BIMBO was backed by YFM Equity Partners, one of the UK’s most active investors. YFM has invested over £35 million in 10 new investments so far in 2014. A number of factors attracted them to Cambrian, including the reputation and focus on quality, attractive margins, strong order book driven by the growing popularity of the holiday home market, and significant growth potential expected in the UK leisure sector throughout 2015 and beyond.

Anthony Richardson, advising for KBS Corporate Finance, said “From the outset of the transaction Richard was clear about what qualities he was seeking from an acquirer and about his desire to pass control of the business to a partner that would secure the company’s presence in Porthmadog and continue to invest in the growth of the business. Once Richard had selected YFM as the favoured equity partner we worked with them to supplement the existing management team and structured a deal that allowed Richard to retain an equity stake and continue to provide consultancy services to the company.”

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Cambrian Park & Leisure Homes Ltd
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Wales
Buyer: YFM Equity Partners

 

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Completed Sale

Westmoor Veterinary Hospital

KBS Corporate has advised on the acquisition of Westmoor Veterinary Hospital by CVS (UK) Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Westmoor is a dedicated small animal practice based in Tavistock, Devon, which gained hospital practice in July 2012. They provide 24 hour care with specialist surgeons in ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery, orthopaedics, medicines and diagnostics and can trace their origins back almost 100 years.

Since its establishment, Westmoor has evolved into a state of the art, five vet, small animal practice with twenty-four hour nursing and diagnostic equipment including digital X-ray, an in house laboratory, scanners, endoscopes and a full range of anaesthetic monitors.

The acquirer, CVS (UK) Limited was established in 1999 to acquire and operate veterinary practises which were well established within their local community and had a reputation for high quality service. The holding company, CVS Group plc now owns over 250 veterinary surgeries throughout England, Scotland and Wales. It operates 5 laboratories performing diagnostics services for the veterinary industry and 2 pet crematoria. The Group also operates an online dispensary selling medicines, pet food and other animal related products.

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Westmoor Veterinary Hospital
Sector: Veterinary Hospital
Location: Devon
Buyer: CVS (UK) Ltd

 

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Completed Sale

Unitel One Source Limited

Manchester-based ISP and cloud service provider Unitel One Source has been acquired by Telappliant, the first acquisition in what will be an aggressive buy and build strategy.

Teleppliant Managing Director Tan Askoy said: “Unitel One Source’s ability to deliver infrastructure connectivity along with its technical team are an excellent fit for us.”

Gary Nield, Managing Director for Unitel One Source, added: “From our perspective this deal brings access to the London market, to greater reserves of financial and human capital, and the prospect of driving sales in much greater volumes.”

The acquisition of Unitel will offer Telappliant access to new markets, an expanded network services portfolio and a creative team to drive innovation. Unitel One Source will be fully integrated into Teleppliant, which now plans to roll out a data services portfolio alongside its VoIP services.

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Unitel One Source Limited
Sector: IT Systems, Telephony & Hosting
Location: Greater Manchester
Buyer: Telappliant Ltd

 

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Completed Sale

Business Watch UK Fire & Security Ltd

Located in Peterborough, Business Watch UK Fire and Security Ltd is a £1.4m turnover provider of single source solutions for its clients’ fire and security requirements, with customers spread across the Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire areas.

The company operates under two brand names, Business Watch and Home Watch, through which it provides a comprehensive range of fire and security services in the electronic and manned guarding sector to both commercial and domestic properties.

The opportunity generated multiple buyer meetings and around 11 unique interested parties from private and trade buyers, including several businesses within the fire and security sector based across the UK.

The eventual acquirer was an MBI candidate who has various other business interests.  The exiting shareholder, Jonathan Wakerley, is to remain in the company post completion and take on the role of CEO.

The deal completed on 31st August, less than 6 months after coming to market.

KBS Corporate would like to wish Jonathan and the new owner all the best for the future.

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Business Watch UK Fire & Security Ltd
Sector: Security
Location: Peterborough
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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Completed Sale

KG Coating Ltd

KBS Corporate Finance has advised on the £2.3m acquisition a highly reputable specialist subcontract coating company. The business was acquired by SPS Technologies Limited, the UK subsidiary of Oregon-based global corporate, Precision Castparts Corporation (‘PCC’). PCC has a strong UK presence and made the acquisition in order to have complete control of the supply chain.

Formed in 1995, KG Coating offers a coating service applying aluminium and polymer coatings for corrosion prevention and dry lubrication offering services to a range of sectors including aerospace, defence, industrial, oil and gas, electronics and automotive.

Holding particularly strong ties with UK aircraft manufacturers; the company’s IVD Aluminium coating service is specialist and has only one competitor in the UK, with an additional one in Germany.

The £1.45m turnover company attracted interest from as many as 30 interested parties generating 9 separate buyer meetings and 5 offers. Among the potential acquirers were 4 major overseas trade buyers from the United States, the Netherlands, India and France.

The acquirer specialises in the design and manufacture of high performance and high strength fasteners for critical applications and severe environments. The £80m turnover business has been an industry leader for over 100 years, creating new materials, designs, and manufacturing practices to satisfy the changing needs of their customers.

Guy Haynes, Senior Deal Executive at KBS Corporate Finance assisted on the deal and Said: “Our client had previously purchased the business in 2013, and decided to investigate the option of selling after noticing improving market conditions within the aerospace industry. He was impressed by our performance last time, prompting him to pursue a sale through our services once the time was right. The deal with SPS offered Gavin a significant return on his original investment, and we are delighted to have played our part in making this possible.”

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KG Coating Ltd
Sector: Industrial Coatings
Location: Wales
Buyer: SPS Technologies Ltd

 

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Testconsult Ltd

In a deal worth a total cash consideration of £9.1 million, Testconsult Ltd has been acquired by James Fisher and Sons plc.

North West-based Testconsult is a market leader in providing structural materials testing, structural investigation, foundation testing and instrumentation and monitoring services, operating across the whole of the UK, Ireland and worldwide.

The deal was successfully concluded by KBS Corporate who identified buyers through their extensive and pro-active approach, utilising their widespread range of UK and International buyer contacts.

Using a truly global approach, KBS Corporate identified 22 interested parties from both UK and overseas trade buyers, including interest from countries including France, Netherlands and Australia. Such an approach generated a competitive buyer process with multiple offers received from a wide range of buyers. The first offer received for the company was £3.25 million, meaning KBS Corporate negotiated an uplift of £5.85 million on the initial offer and the final consideration received was in the region of x11 operating profits.

Operations Director Matt Clancy commented: “We are delighted with the sale of Testconsult to James Fisher and Sons, the deal demonstrates our commitment to a truly global approach when targeting suitable trade buyers and our focus on maximising shareholder return for our clients.”

This ‘strategic’ acquisition will extend and compliment the range of services provided by James Fisher’s Strainstall monitoring business. Strainstall has developed world-class systems to monitor physical and performance parameters such as load, stress, temperature, acceleration, pressure and displacement.

The deal will aid James Fisher in expanding their activities in testing and monitoring with complementary skills, products and services and help to build on both companies combined strengths, particularly in international markets.

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Testconsult Ltd
Sector: Testing & Inspection
Location: Cheshire
Buyer: James Fisher & Sons plc

 

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Completed Sale

Hay Hampers Ltd

Established for 30 years, Hay Hampers has a renowned reputation for creating luxury food and wine gifts for customers all over the world, from large corporate clients to private individuals.

Based in Grantham, this relocatable business boasts an enviable online presence, generating a turnover of £660,000 with an adjusted profit of £96,000.

The Hay Hampers team is dedicated to helping customers choose gifts to celebrate events and occasions from Christmas gifts, sales incentives, promotion and motivation schemes, to birthdays, engagements, weddings, anniversaries and thank you gifts.

The deal was completed just 10 months after the business came to the market and was acquired by Trade Buyer Gabriele Da Re of Dare & Dare Ltd, a gourmet Italian food company. The share sale was valued at £320,000 and the company will continue to trade as Hay Hampers in its existing location and run alongside their Italian foods operations.

The deal was concluded by KBS Corporate and the opportunity generated interest from as many as 29 parties and received 2 offers.

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Hay Hampers Ltd
Sector: Corporate Gift Suppliers
Location: Lincolnshire
Buyer: Dare & Dare Ltd

 

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TVA Ltd

TVA Ltd, a media production company has been acquired by Broadcast Productions Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

TVA Ltd, based in Harrogate and established in 1987, provides training services to clients through the development of resource materials. Such materials include complete resource packages that can include trainers’ notes, video, user guides, posters and other visual aids.

Broadcast Productions Ltd is a creative video production company, with considerable broadcast expertise and experience in translating projects into compelling visual productions. They work across multiple genres ranging from 40 minute DVD documentaries to high-end motion graphics promos, idents or cinematic shorts.

KBS Corporate, a leading company sales adviser, completed the full share sale within three months of an acceptable offer being received by Broadcast Productions Ltd. KBS Corporate’s national law partner, Gateley LLP, advised on the legal process to ensure a smooth completion.

Ryan Bilsborough Deal Executive at KBS Corporate said: “It was a pleasure to work on this deal and we’re pleased that we were able to assist in the securing a sale for our client.”

“I believe that the acquisition of TVA Ltd will allow the combined entity will be successful and allow it to go from strength to strength. I wish our clients, Mr & Mrs Davies the very best in their future endeavours.”

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TVA Ltd
Sector: Media Production
Location: North Yorkshire
Buyer: Broadcast Productions Ltd

 

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Kelso & Lothian Harvesters Ltd

Supplier and servicer of agricultural machinery, Kelso & Lothian Harvesters Limited was acquired by Scot JCB for an undisclosed sum.

The full share sale was completed by KBS Corporate within three months of an offer being accepted in May 2014 and the Haddington based business, established by Robert Reid, will still trade as Kelso & Lothian and be added to a network of ten depots as a trading division of Scot JCB.

All members of staff, including the vendor, were retained after the acquisition as Scot JCB aims to increase their market share within Scotland. The vendor chose to pursue the offer from Scot JCB despite a number of interested parties, all of which were identified and targeted by KBS Corporate.

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Kelso & Lothian Harvesters Ltd
Sector: Agricultural Machinery
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Scot JCB Limited

 

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Edinburgh Tea And Coffee Company Ltd

Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company Ltd was formed following a management buy-out in 1991. Since then, they have progressed from a small local roaster to a modern coffee company moving into new larger premises in 2005.

The company serves a mixture of foodservice and retail customers and has experienced strong organic growth in recent years, developing a number of products that have attracted interest from some leading food retailers.

KBS Corporate carries almost 20 years experience and has a proven track record in successfully completing hundreds of transactions across a variety of industry sectors.

By applying a highly proactive approach, utilising an extensive UK and international range of buyer contacts, the UK-wide brokerage firm who operate from their head office in Bolton, were able to identify and target prospective acquirers.

Established by David Greig, Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company Ltd generated substantial interest from MBI candidates and several large trade buyers, which led to a number of different parties bidding to acquire the company.

Tom Eatough, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, said: “It was a pleasure working with David and I am really happy that we managed to secure a deal for him.

“The bidding process was a real success and I would like to wish both parties all the best for future”

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Edinburgh Tea And Coffee Company Ltd
Sector: Specialist Beverage Supplier
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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Kelros Limited

KBS Corporate completed the sale of the Swindon based business that provides a range of technical solutions and professional services for IBM Messaging and Collaboration technologies.
In addition to selling the business, KBS Corporate, who have been established for almost 20 years, sold the property in the deal which completed on 30 May 2014. Established in 1996 by husband and wife duo, Mr and Mrs Garcia, Kelros attracted interest from a number of buyers.

By applying a highly proactive approach, utilising an extensive UK and international range of buyer contacts, KBS Corporate were able to identify and target prospective acquirers.
The acquisition completed within six months of going to market to Life IT, who specialise in support and consultancy for key technologies within the IBM and Microsoft portfolio.
The vendors pursued Life IT’s offer as they felt there was a good synergy between the two companies who were offering similar products.

Since inception, Kelros has gained a reputation for the exceptional quality of its services, which is reflected in being rated as IBM’s top Messaging and Collaboration License re-seller in the mid-UK market for three years running. The company holds an impressive client base which includes both blue chip and high end clients.

Tom Eatough, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate advised on the sale and said: “I’m pleased that we managed to agree and complete this transaction so quickly after Kelros came to market. “I would like to wish Marc & Rachael the best for future and I am sure Life IT will continue to build on their success.”

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Kelros Limited
Sector: IT Software & Support
Location: Wiltshire
Buyer: Life IT

 

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CQM Training And Consultancy Limited

KBS Corporate has advised on the sale of CQM Training & Consultancy, to Skills CFA, a charity promoting skills and qualifications in the workplace, for an undisclosed fee.

The firm, which operates from its head office in Bolton, completed the sale of the Derbyshire based company that is a highly respected and well regarded business improvement, consultancy and training company carrying over 20 years experience.

Established in 1993 by Peter Booth, CQM attracted interest from a wide range of private corporate entities, charitable organisations and academic institutions.

By applying a highly proactive approach, utilising an extensive UK and international range of buyer contacts, KBS Corporate were able to identify and target prospective acquirers.

Offers were received from several parties and Peter Booth decided to pursue Skills CFA’s offer as it was a cash deal and it was felt that the London based company provided the best fit for CQM and in particular Operations Director and minority shareholder Andrew Cheshire, who will remain with the business post completion.

The motivation behind the sale of CQM and the desire to pursue KBS Corporate’s specialised services was due to Peter’s decision to retire, having successfully spent the past 21 years building the business.

Since inception, CQM has been awarded several contracts to run regional ‘Lean Management Thinking’ programmes across the UK and has worked on a number of projects including assisting a leading soft drink brand win the award for Best Training Programme at the 2012 Food Manufacturer Awards.

Guy Haynes, Senior Deal Executive at KBS Corporate led the deal through to completion and said: “This deal gave Peter Booth an ideal exit from the business, as well as a strong future for both the business and Andrew Cheshire. Both parties, and their legal advisors, were highly motivated to complete the transaction throughout, and in particular it was a pleasure to deal with Peter.
I wish Peter well for retirement, and all other parties well. CQM is a strong business that I am sure will go from strength to strength under its new ownership.”

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CQM Training And Consultancy Limited
Sector: Business Consultancy
Location: Derbyshire
Buyer: Skills CFA

 

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AES Systems Ltd

AES Systems specialise in the supply, installation and maintenance of fire alarm and safety systems and was acquired by Churches Fire Security Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

This highly acquisitive company are based in Chandlers Ford and provide customers nationwide with fire safety solutions.

The deal, which attracted seven buyer meetings and three offers, completed on 27 May 2014 just five months after an indicative offer had been received.
KBS Corporate’s national law partner, Gateley LLP advised on the legal fees for AES Systems through to completion.

The deal completed in a full share sale and Mark Barber, Managing Director of AES Systems will retain the e-commerce platform of the business.

Ryan Bilsborough, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate led the deal through to completion and said the acquisition will allow Churches Fire to expand the business even further.
He added: “I am delighted to have advised on this deal and pleased we were able to find AES Systems a suitable buyer. I wish Mark and Churches Fire the very best for the future.”

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AES Systems Ltd
Sector: Security
Location: Surrey
Buyer: Churches Fire Security Ltd

 

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S.J.H. Row & Sons Limited

Essex based Row & Sons, producers of hardwood surfaces and butchers’ blocks, was acquired by Partwell group, a leading plastic engineering company based in Lancashire. Founded in 1880 by Joshua Row, the company was formed in Topsham, Devon before relocating to London and later to their current Manningtree base.

S.J.H Row & Sons gained a positive international repute for manufacturing high quality, professional food cutting surfaces and their modern facility in Essex has allowed them to develop their production techniques and service to customers.

Blackburn based Partwell group, who specialise in cutting technology – supplying CNC machined plastic parts, water jet cutting services, food cutting surfaces amongst other engineered plastic products, will be looking to take advantage of Row & Sons’ long standing client base.

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S.J.H. Row & Sons Limited
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Essex
Buyer: Partwell Group

 

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Innovative Electronic Technology Limited

Innovative Electronic Technology Ltd has been acquired in a management buy in deal.

The Hertfordshire based company are leaders in access control systems, offering flexible and intelligent security solutions over a broad spectrum of applications and in many sectors including commerce, education, government, health, sport and leisure.

Established in 1981, the £700k turnover company initially worked as a design house incorporating electronics into a variety of products and consulting in a government sponsored technology design group. The business now provides a wide range of access control components and systems including readers, stand alone and on-line control systems and associated software.

The opportunity generated in excess of 20 expressions of interest from a variety of buyer types including various companies within the security systems sector.

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Innovative Electronic Technology Limited
Sector: Access Control Systems
Location: Hertfordshire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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S R Antenna Systems Limited

Designers and manufacturers of antennas, RF distribution systems and other communication systems S R Antenna Systems was acquired by STS Defence in February. The company has been involved in the design and production of masts for the Royal Navy export programmes, in particularly for the LDP(R) landing ships and Type-45 destroyers.

KBS Corporate’s Test the Market approach was pursued by S R Antenna Systems, allowing them to assess the level of interest that the business would attracts from prospective purchasers, indicating how much the company might be worth should they decide to commit to selling it.

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S R Antenna Systems Limited
Sector: Electronic Communications Manufacturer
Location: Hampshire
Buyer: STS Defence Ltd

 

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Longdin & Browning (Surveys) Limited

KBS Corporate successfully completed the sale of surveyors Longdin & Browning in April 2014 for an undisclosed sum. The acquirer, Scottish based Ogilvie Group, operates throughout the UK and in New York as well as having trading partnerships with organisations across Europe.

Ogilvie Group holds significant interests in the contracting and constructions sectors and the acquisition of the Swansea based Specialist Land Surveyors, with their International Blue Chip Clients and leading technologies, will no doubt increase their share. The directors of Longdin and Browning will remain with the company post completion in order to ensure a smooth transition of ownership.

Longdin & Browning will no doubt be able to develop to its full potential in the future with the aid of Ogilvie’s managerial, technological and financial resources.

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Longdin & Browning (Surveys) Limited
Sector: Land & Global Surveyors
Location: Wales
Buyer: Ogilvie Group Limited

 

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Pace Commerce Ltd

KBS Corporate advised on the sale of the West Yorkshire based company that delivers a wide range of services including e-commerce solutions and web application development to medium and large organisations. The deal sold to David Ritchie, a management buy in candidate based in Hertfordshire for an undisclosed sum.

KBS Corporate agreed an offer within five months of the e-commerce business going to market. KBS Corporate’s national law partner, Gateley advised on the legal process from instruction through to completion. and both parties will remain in the business post completion and hope to upscale by opening an office in the South.

Ryan Bilsborough, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate saw the deal through to completion and said the acquisition will allow Pace Commerce Ltd to expand the already well established business. He added: “I’m pleased we have been able to agree a deal, which is suited both parties and delighted that we were able to attract a suitable buyer so quickly. I wish David and Pace Commerce Ltd all the very best for the future.”

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Pace Commerce Ltd
Sector: e-commerce
Location: West Yorkshire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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A.B. Seals Ltd

Company sales specialists, KBS Corporate has advised on the sale of Kent based A.B Seals Ltd, which completed on the 28 February 2014.

The Bolton based firm completed the acquisition of the company that was established in 1976 by Allan Bourne to be involved in the selling and marketing of O-rings, oil seals and hydraulic seals.

Today A.B Seals has progressed into ranges of power transmissions and bearing products and was acquired by Diploma plc.

Diploma plc, a London based company, was founded in 1931 and is an international group of businesses supplying specialised technical products and services.

Since restructuring the company in the 1990’s, Diploma now operates in three distinct sectors Life Sciences, Seals and Controls. Diploma has grown considerably in recent years with revenue in excess of £285m in 2013.

This growth has been achieved organically as well as through successfully executing their ongoing acquisition programme, amounting to a £15m average spend per annum over the past five years.

Allan and Lorraine Bourne, majority shareholders of A.B Seals Ltd will be exiting the company whilst Keith Atkinson will remain with the company post completion.

Tom Eatough, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, advised on the deal through to completion and stated how Allan had built such a successful company with an excellent reputation.

He added: “I am pleased that we managed to find a suitable buyer for such a thriving business. There were obvious synergies with Diploma’s seal operations and A.B Seals Ltd which meant all parties were keen to reach an agreement. It was a pleasure to work with Allan and I wish him all the best for the future.”

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A.B. Seals Ltd
Sector: Distribution
Location: Kent
Buyer: Diploma plc

 

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Armstrong Bradley Ltd

Long established Ekman Cleave Films, suppliers of highly specialised packaging plastics, and its subsidiary Armstrong Bradley were acquired by £62 million turnover trade buyer, Plastribution.

Established on 1966 by Dr John Walker, the company services around 40 clients at an international level was acquired by the highly progressive ad industry leading distributor of plastic raw materials for injection moulding, extrusion and blow moulding customers.

Dr Walker has built up a successful business over many years with a strong, loyal client base, and is highly regarded within his field. Plastribution provides an ideal platform to take John’s work to the next level and the good relationship between the two parties will no doubt continue post-acquisition.

Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire based Plastribution is owned by multi-national Japanese firm Itochu.

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Armstrong Bradley Ltd
Sector: Packaging Plastics
Location: Cheshire
Buyer: Plastribution Ltd

 

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Taupo Consulting Ltd

Taupo Consulting, specialists in all areas of IT infrastructure virtualisation was acquired by Purely Computing Limited for an undisclosed sum in February 2014, advised by KBS Corporate.

A leading provider of information systems managed services, Purely Computing was founded in 1994 in South Cambridgeshire and serves an international client base of small to medium sized businesses and have built a strong reputation for professional led managed services.

Glasgow based Taupo was founded as a small VMware training company and has gradually developed into VMware consultancy, achieving VMware Enterprise status in 2007 and awarded VMware End User Computing Partner of the Year in 2011.

The company will continue to operate from their Glasgow office along with founder Alistair Sutherland who has decided to retain his position within the company. However, shareholder Tom Mill will be departing after being involved with the business for many years. The acquisition has provided a platform for Purely Computing to extend their product offering in the growing cloud and virtualisation market.

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Taupo Consulting Ltd
Sector: Cloud & Virtualisation Services
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Purely Computing Ltd

 

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Railex Limited

Railex Ltd, comprising Railex Filing Ltd, an industry-leading supplier of paper filing products, and Railex Storage Ltd, one of the UK’s premier designers and manufacturers of metal storage products, have been acquired in a Management Buy In, in a deal led by Bolton based KBS Corporate.

The acquisition marks the first time in Railex’s 105 year history that the link will be broken with the founding Wilson family.

Originally established by Frank Wilson and his wife as WH Hilton in 1908, the £3.5m turnover group of companies is now spread over two sites. Railex Storage, based in Essex, produces a wide range of filing cabinets, mobile storage and bespoke storage solutions. Railex Filing is based in Southport and is a leading manufacturer of office and large format files, wallets and folders.

The buyers, Andrew Ferguson and Raymond Crane, acquired 100% of the shares of Railex Limited for an undisclosed sum just prior to Christmas. Andrew Ferguson is a serial investor in manufacturing and engineering businesses and Raymond Crane has a number of business interests including a successful recycling business in Northern Ireland.

Funding for the transaction was sourced by the buyers using asset backed lending and factoring facilities. The buyers were represented by Robin Gill of Storrar Cowdry.

It is understood that all shareholders will exit the Company with immediate effect, but will receive rental income from the Southport property going forward having taken control of the freehold in a sale and leaseback transaction.

Guy Haynes, Senior Deal Executive at KBS Corporate led the deal, with Gateley LLP’s Manchester office providing legal representation for the vendors. Guy commented, “It was evident from the outset that there was significant trade interest in both Railex entities. I spoke to a number of different buyers within both sectors, especially in the storage sector. However, it became clear that ultimately, the best solution for our clients came from the eventual buyers, who held an interest in the whole group rather than just one of the subsidiaries.”

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Railex Limited
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Essex
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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Easimovals

Commercial removals and storage company Easimovals were acquired by local trade buyer R.B. Steel & Co., after being on the market for only six months with KBS Corporate.

The Dumbarton based company was established in 1981 by owner James McCarry and quickly developed an enviable local reputation for offering a high quality, reliable and personal removal service. This positive reputation assisted Easimovals in creating and maintaining long standing trading relationships as an approved removal contractor to local authorities and other large companies including BAE Systems.

Locally based R.B. Steel & Co. was established in 1959 and operates within the logistics, warehousing, general haulage, commercial property, self storage, commercial removals and house removals sectors. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, will allow Steel & Co. to take in Easimovals’ active operations and expand its service offering and geographical coverage, allowing a gateway into Easimovals’ customer base.

There was a clear Synergy between the Easimovals and R.B Steel & Co. aided by their geographical proximity to each other.

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Easimovals
Sector: Commercial Removal & Storage
Location: Scotland
Buyer: R.B. Steel & Co.

 

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D.R.B. Engineering Limited

As a highly regarded and well respected provider of comprehensive metal pressing, manufacturing and toolmaking services with a turnover of £6 million, DRB Holdings has extensive experience as a tier 1 supplier to consumer electronics and industrial products manufacturers. The company serves a high end, blue chip customer base, boasting developed relationships with Xpeliar, Redring, Baxi and Panasonic. The business also has tier 2 supplier relationships in the automotive industry, providing a service for Nissan, Toyota, Jaguar, Land Rover and Bentley.

Acquirers Walsall Pressings generate an annual turnover in excess of £33 million and specialise in the design, development and manufacture of technical metal presswork, robotic welding and mechanical assemblies for customers spanning a diverse range of market sectors including automotive, communications and domestic appliances.

A major customer of DRB Holdings, Walsall Pressings initially approached KBS Corporate and were able to fund complete the deal in a straightforward transaction with a small additional dividend payable to the exiting directors given certain conditions being met.

There was an immediate and significant interest in DRB meaning that a competitive bidding process was able to be launched within three months of going to market. Given the established and successful relationship between Walsall Pressings and DRB Holdings, the deal was always the most obvious conclusion despite other respectable bids.

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D.R.B. Engineering Limited
Sector: Engineering
Location: West Midlands
Buyer: Walsall Pressings Company Ltd

 

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Graduate Services Limited

In its 18 years since inception, Stourbridge based Graduate Services has grown into a £200,000 turnover company, offering an array of office, industrial and window cleaning services to commercial customers across the West Midlands.

After only seven weeks from instructing KBS Corporate to sell the Company, a deal had been agreed with leading commercial contract cleaning company ServiceMaster Midlands. A company with over 50 years experience, ServiceMaster midlands has experience operating in all types of building including offices, hotels, retail outlets, hospitals public entertainment venues, schools and the airline industry.

KBS Corporate initially identified trade buyer David Edwards of ServiceMaster Midlands by utilising the extensive research resources to enable a highly targeted and proactive approach. The existing staff were retained post-completion and the structured deal allowed vendor Geoff Marsh the ability to exit the company immediately. The sale has been a catalyst for growth for ServiceMaster Midlands, bolstering its service range.

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Graduate Services Limited
Sector: Commercial Cleaning
Location: West Midlands
Buyer: ServiceMaster Limited

 

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Macrogate Ltd

KBS Corporate successfully advised on the sale of Macrogate Ltd in a management buy in deal by private buyer Paul Tucker. Based in Poole, Dorset, Macrogate Ltd is a mixed investment portfolio within the property and land sector comprising listed investments, freeholds, long leaseholds and ground rents with all properties currently let.

Formed in 1982, the company initially offered financial services whilst gradually moving into the property sector before focusing entirely on property investment in 1996 with small commercial and residential properties.

Our client wished to pursue a sale in order to retire and there were no immediate successors to take over the business.
KBS Corporate found a buyer within 6 weeks of instruction utilising the extensive research resources provided by KBS to enable a highly targeted approach. The £340,000 deal was completed in September 2013.

Ryan Bilsborough, deal executive at KBS Corporate, assisted with negotiations and was delighted that a deal could be concluded so quickly, allowing our client to achieve a smooth exit from the business.

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Macrogate Ltd
Sector: Mixed Investment Portfolio
Location: Dorset
Buyer: Private Investor

 

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Peel Mount Contract Furnishing Ltd

Manchester based Peel mount Contract Furnishings was successfully acquired by David Phillips Furniture Ltd for an undisclosed sum in a deal that will fuel rapid strategic growth in the area.

Boasting a turnover figure of £4.2 million in 2012, Peel Mount Contract Furnishings has achieved strong year on year growth since its inception in 1979. Specialising in contract furnishing, the business offers a range of products and services including measuring, estimating, manufacturing, purchasing, delivery and installation, to a diverse customer base, with lucrative contracts in place with various universities, colleges, schools, local Authorities and residential establishments.

David Phillips, the acquirer, is a specialist property service company with branches in England and Scotland, providing furniture packages, furniture rental, contract furniture and interior design services to nationwide customer base.

For the foreseeable future, the vendor will remain as an employee of Peel Mount, playing a vital part in the company’s continuing strong performance. There was a great synergistic fit for both companies and the acquisition allows for the opportunity to expand their geographical presence and increase the services range.

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Peel Mount Contract Furnishing Ltd
Sector: Furnishing Contractors
Location: Greater Manchester
Buyer: David Phillips Furniture Ltd

 

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Tenon Engineering Ltd

C&M Projects Ltd acquired both Tenon Engineering Ltd and Hancock & Sell Ltd. Internationally recognised in the field of precision engineering and steel fabrication, Tenon Engineering specialises in complete supply chain management for ongoing projects. The company is an undisputed world leader in the field of air bearing design, engineering and manufacture.

Formed in 2009, Hancock & Sell Ltd provides a similar offering as Tenon but deals with a large number of smaller customers, all work is sub-contracted by Tenon allowing them to concentrate solely on key clients.

Both companies were managed by Martin Sherlock and have achieved growth by providing clients with a complete service; from initial design through to assembly, testing and quality assurance. C&M Projects acquired the shares of both companies for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is a good deal for all parties and the deal represents just reward for our clients’ excellent organisation that they have built up over the years.

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Tenon Engineering Ltd
Sector: Engineering
Location: Surrey
Buyer: C&M Projects Ltd

 

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Equi-Ads Ltd

Scotland based Equi-Ads is a market leading, ad-supported, specialist equestrian magazine publisher. The business has achieved its positive reputation by supplying a quality, informative and professional publication to an ever increasing customer base. Boasting impressive circulation figures in excess of 50,000 per month and has subsequently diversified into offering a Home magazine and a fashion & style magazine; each of which are under the known and trusted name of ‘Equi-Homes’ and ‘Equi-Style’ respectively.

Through KBS Corporate’s targeted marketing a thorough research process, the acquirer, a family run trade buyer, Stone Leisure Limited was identified. The acquisition will allow Stone Leisure to develop the business and add to its ongoing success, reflected in nearly 50 years of trading through publications including: Motorhome Monthly and Motorhome and Campervan Magazine, in addition to Cycling World, On Board Windsurfing Magazine, Surf Magazine and Heavy Duty Motorcycle Magazine.

The acquisition was an ideal fit for Stone Leisure’s continued growth plans and the quick, cash on completion transaction allowed the clients at Equi-Aids an imminent exit in order to pursue further business interests.

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Equi-Ads Ltd
Sector: Publishing
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Stone Leisure Ltd

 

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First Call Employment Ltd

KBS Corporate assisted in negotiating the sale of Essex based First Call Employment to A24 group Ltd for an undisclosed sum in July 2013.

Recruitment agency First Call Employment focuses on the placement of temporary workers primarily in catering, industrial and domestic environments. First Call has strived in ensuring that its name is prevalent within its industry and has established customer relationships whilst being regarded for its flexibility and professionalism.

Surrey based, £57 million turnover A24 Group Ltd is a privately owned medical staffing agency that has traded successfully since 1996 and now operates globally through the supply of agency nurses, locum doctors, AHPs and HCA care assistants to hospitals and primary care providers, prisons and care homes, insurance and other companies. With a strategic growth plan in place, the acquisition of First Call will assist in further developing A24 Group’s customer base and allow them to penetrate additional synergistic sectors.

The deal was straightforward and cash on completion which resulted in a quick transaction for our clients. The advantage of being acquired by such a large trade buyer meant they were offered an immediate exit from the business, whilst safeguarding the remaining employees’ future.

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First Call Employment Ltd
Sector: Recruitment
Location: Essex
Buyer: A24 Group Ltd

 

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Andrews Computer Services Limited

In a management Buy In deal completed in July 2013, Tamal Saha acquired 66% of Andrews Computer Services, whilst remaining shareholder and Technical Director Adam Painter, will retain his shareholding and remain with the company, assisting with the continued growth and development of the business.

The company, established in 1986, provides the installation, management, and maintenance of SME I.T. systems, specialising in Sage products. With a high profile dealer status with leading brands including Microsoft, HP, Epson and Canon, Andrews Computer Services boasts a loyal client base and has retained a stable turnover and profits since its inception.

Both Vendor and Buyer had an instant rapport from the offset, which, combined with Tamal’s professional experience within the industry, gave them confidence and reassurance in disposal of their shareholding to him. The transaction was straightforward and offered an ideal foundation for rapid expansion provided by high levels of investment and ongoing strategic acquisitions.

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Andrews Computer Services Limited
Sector: IT Services
Location: Hertfordshire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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GM Instruments Limited

Established in 1992 and taking an elevated position within its niche market, GM Instruments Limited is a highly regarded manufacturer and supplier of a diverse range of ENT (ORL) electronic medical instruments including Nasal Measurement Instrumentation, Screening Audiometers and accessories and Respiratory Flowheads, in addition to calibration and support facilities.

The acquirer, trade buyer health-Care Equipment and Supplied Co Ltd, completed the deal in July 2013 for an undisclosed sum. HCE are recognised as one of the UK’s leading distributors of medical/orthopaedic supplies and equipment pharmaceuticals and the acquisition represents an important strategic milestone for them. Both vendor and buyer shared past business relationship and so ways in which the two companies could be integrated was seen from the offset.

With pans for retirement, our client will continue to run the business throughout a 12 month handover period which will allow for smooth assimilation of customer and supplier contracts. The company in which our client has strived to successfully grow over the past 20 years will have a very optimistic future.

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GM Instruments Limited
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Scotland
Buyer: HCE Medical Group

 

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V.S. Rail Limited

Founded in 2000, V.S. Rail is a regional construction and support service company operating primarily in the rail sector.

The Company undertakes a wide range of projects throughout the southern and central regions of England including platform extensions and rebuilds, along with drainage, fencing, vegetation clearance and the provision of safety critical resources.

 

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V.S. Rail Limited
Sector: Specialist Rail Contractor
Location: Dorset
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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CVSI Ltd

KBS Corporate has successfully completed a deal for West Yorkshire based CVSI Limited, who have been acquired by Computer Systems Integration (CSI) Ltd.

Established in 1989, CVSI has earned its reputation for delivering scalable, customised IT solutions based on market leading hardware and software products, specialising in the field of supplying, maintaining, supporting and integrating Microsoft networks, with particular focus on IBM Power and blade technologies, supported by relevant accreditations and Business Partner status.

CSI is an IBM Premier Business partner, an SAP Gold Partner, a member of the Infor Partner Network and a partner of VMware and HP. It is one of the UK’s leading business system integrators with a wide range of customers across a number of sectors and from its deep technical skill base, delivers services ranging from design consultancy through to Managed Services. CSI was acquired in 2012 by Blackhawk Capital LLP, whose mission was to evolve CSI into the UK’s largest IT Support Group.

The acquisition of CVSI, which completed on 23rd May 2012 for an undisclosed sum, is an important milestone in CSI’s growth strategy. All 4 of CVSI’s directors will remain in the business and are considered to be vital in order to maintain the company’s strong performance.

Guy Haynes, Senior Deal Executive at KBS Corporate who advised CVSI in this transaction, said “The overriding objective of the Directors at CVSI was to find a new owner that could build on the Company’s success and provide CVSI with a bright future. CSI and Blackhawk Capital were clearly able to deliver on these objectives, as well as being able to offer a clean deal that was not reliant on deferred consideration or earn out. The transaction was underpinned by a strong relationship between Kevin Lewis on the buyer’s side and our Clients, which means that this deal was completed with a great deal of optimism for the future on all sides. I feel sure that this is the right deal for Marie and the people at CVSI, and I wish all parties well for the future.”

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CVSI Ltd
Sector: IT Solutions
Location: West Yorkshire
Buyer: Computer Systems Integration (CSI) Ltd

 

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Compubyte Systems Ltd

Compubyte Systems Limited has been acquired by the LDD Group Limited for an undisclosed sum, assisted in negotiations by KBS Corporate, Bolton based specialist in company sales and brokerage services.

Established in 1999, Compubyte, based in Cullingworth near Bradford in West Yorkshire provides a full range of I.T. services to Primary Schools in the West Yorkshire/Lancashire areas including I.T. maintenance, installations and also the leasing of I.T. equipment.

The acquirer, LDD Group Limited, based in nearby Horsforth near Leeds, was established by Ian Sellars and Paul Hartley in 1993 and provides tailored I.T. hardware, software and integrated services to public and private sector companies across the UK. LDD are the outsourcing provider to local government departments, NHS Foundation Trusts, local manufacturing and education establishments.

The acquisition of Compubyte will enable the LDD Group to grow their service offering in the Educational sector, adding to their 20 strong employee base and £10m annual turnover.
Full terms of the deal have not been disclosed for the acquisition which completed on 30th April 2013.

Deal executive Tom Eatough of KBS Corporate who was integral to the sales process comments “LDD Group is a well suited acquirer for Compubyte and I am delighted that we managed to agree a deal. It was a pleasure to work with Bill & Elaine and I wish them the best for their impending retirement.”

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Compubyte Systems Ltd
Sector: IT Support
Location: West Yorkshire
Buyer: LDD Group Ltd

 

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Johnson Haigh Rogers Ltd

Loughborough based JHR Educational, trading as Playground Basics, was acquired by market leading library and educational resources distribution company, Demco Europe Ltd.

Playground Basics employs 10 people and provides a comprehensive and unique range of learning resources for nurseries and primary schools. Demco operates through a number of highly prestigious brands including: Gresswell, Storysack, LFC, Demco France, Demco Interiors, Articles of Faith, Demco Germany, StartRight and Boo Zoo.

KBS Corporate advised on the sale on behalf of our clients and the overall deal structure obtained offers the Vendors the exit they desired and the necessary investment to take the company to the next level, continuing to build upon its existing success and outstanding reputation within its operating industry.

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Johnson Haigh Rogers Ltd
Sector: Educational Furniture Distributor
Location: Leicestershire
Buyer: Demco Europe Ltd

 

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Logictrans UK Limited

KBS Corporate has helped to negotiate a deal for Logictrans UK Limited based in Leigh, Lancashire, which was sold to EFS Group based in Burnley, Lancashire on March 27th 2013 for an undisclosed sum.

Logictrans UK Limited is a freight forwarding company that specialises in customs clearing and was formed in 2004 as the UK office of a US based operation. At this time, there were three UK based directors, which further reduced to two in 2006, cutting all existing ties with the U.S. Since its inception, the business has traded well with strong sales and good profit margins, in spite of the prevailing economic climate.

The acquirer, EFS (Express Freight Solutions) Group based locally to Logictrans in Burnley, Lancashire, are an ambitious logistics company with an annual turnover in the region of £6m. After more than a decade of organic growth, the company has embarked on a strategic acquisition programme to rapidly expand its business including the acquisition of 747 Express Freight in 2010 and Refrigerated Transport Services in 2011. The recent acquisition of Logictrans UK will help to further develop their customer base and service proposition.

KBS Corporate is based in Bolton, Lancashire and specialises in company sales and brokerage services. Tom Eatough, Deal Executive at KBS Corporate who advised on the sale comments “I am pleased that we managed to agree a deal which suited Neil & Jeanne whilst enabling EFS Group to expand their service offering. It was a pleasure working with Neil and I wish him and EFS the best of luck with their future endeavours.”

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Logictrans UK Limited
Sector: Specialist Freight Forwarder
Location: Greater Manchester
Buyer: EFS (Express Freight Solutions) Group

 

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Blackwell Hydraulics Ltd

The acquisition of Blackwell hydraulics Ltd to Hydroscand Ltd is seen as a major strategic expansion to both strengthen and develop the Hydroscand branch of its network.

A major supplier in north Wales and Cheshire, Blackwell Hydraulics is a well established company providing hose assemblies and hydraulic and pneumatic components. With a strong and experienced technical team of qualified experts, Blackwell Hydraulics has forged an excellent reputation within its sector.

First established in 1969 in Stockholm, Sweden, acquirers Hydroscand Ltd operates 12 branches across the UK and Ireland and offer solutions for all related industrial requirements. The deal has given Hydroscand the ability to access a wider customer base.

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Blackwell Hydraulics Ltd
Sector: Engineering
Location: Wales
Buyer: Hydroscand Ltd

 

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K G Coating Ltd

KBS Corporate has assisted in negotiations for the £1.6m deal for Wrexham based K G Coatings, which completed on February 1st 2013.

The buyer was Mr Gavin Williams, an MBI Candidate who was formerly Operations Director at Ribble Packaging Ltd. Gavin was advised by David Plant of Proventure Consulting in Manchester, with whom KBS has built up a good relationship. K G Coating boasts an impressive client list and carries out work for companies such as Airbus.

Key to negotiations was Guy Haynes, experienced Senior Deal Executive who comments “I am delighted that this transaction has finally completed, and the strong relationship between buyer and seller was key to this. This deal has offered our client a clean exit from the business, so that he can concentrate on other interests, and our client firmly believes that Gavin has the tools to take the business forward and build on its existing success. I wish both parties well for the future.”

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K G Coating Ltd
Sector: Metal Coatings
Location: Wrexham
Buyer: Management Buy-In

 

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Soar Mill Seeds Ltd

KBS Corporate has assisted with negotiations to complete the sale of Devon based Soar Mill Seeds Ltd. The acquisition was made by £8m Lancashire based trade buyer R&E Bamford Ltd, who own the Bamfords Top Flight Brand.

Soar Mill, a mail order, multi channel wild bird seed and related products and accessories business was initially formed by our clients Colin and Vanessa Mills under a partnership in October 2000.
R&E Bamford Ltd, a third generation, independently owned company, have been involved in the Animal Feed and Pet Trade for over 70 years, and with continued investment, has seen production and capacity increase significantly over the past few years. Bamfords acquired the assets and Intellectual Property of Soar Mill Seeds Ltd for an undisclosed sum on 10th January 2013, in a deal which has enabled clients Colin and Vanessa Mills to have a complete exit from the business in order to focus on their other interests. The business will be relocated to Lancashire.

Senior Deal Executive at KBS Corporate, Guy Haynes, who handled the sale process from start to finish, commented, “This deal offered our clients a clean exit from the business, and equally importantly, our clients believe that Bamfords will be able to build on their hard work and take the business to the next level. KBS Corporate wishes both buyer and seller well for the future.”

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Soar Mill Seeds Ltd
Sector: Wholesale & Supply
Location: Devon
Buyer: R&E Bamford Ltd

 

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Bridge Solutions (UK) Ltd

Warminster based Bridge Solutions provides IT solutions to a range of customers across Wiltshire including local businesses and educational establishments. Also offering consultancy, installation services, managed support services and maintenance contracts, Bridge Solutions have been providing computer and IT support services to customers in the South West of England for over 14 years.

Acquirers Excalibur Communications were attracted by bridge Solutions’ range of services as they look to expand their services offering which are currently predominantly telecoms solutions.

Bridge Solutions provided the right cultural fit for the buyer and one of the existing owners has been asked to remain involved in the business, along with all the existing staff. The acquisition presents a good opportunity for Excalibur to cross sell IT Solutions to their existing customer base, as well as inheriting Bridge’s impressive client base.

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Bridge Solutions (UK) Ltd
Sector: IT Services
Location: South West
Buyer: Excalibur Communications Limited

 

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Pathways To Independence (DO) Ltd

KBS Corporate has advised on the rapid successful acquisition of Pathways to Independence (DO) Ltd by Business Growth Fund (BGF) backed trade buyer Springfield Home Care Services Ltd. Established in 2008, Pathways to Independence (DO) Ltd is a three centre, North East based domiciliary care provider which provides a range of support services to adults with disabilities across Hartlepool, Darlington, Stockton on Tees, and Durham.

The Company’s experienced team of dedicated staff has allowed Pathways to consistently increase both turnover and profits, and build up strong relationships with local authorities and external agencies since its inception.

The buyer, Springfield Homecare Services Ltd is an £8.4m turnover, domiciliary care company which trades as Springfield Healthcare Group, encompassing Springfield Carehome, Springfield Apartments, Springfield Homecare and Definitive Training. Originally founded in Garforth near Leeds in 1968 as a family run care home, the business has grown steadily ever since, and now operates out of offices across Leeds, Wakefield, Hull, York and Knaresborough and employs over 600 staff, cementing its position as the largest independent home care provider in Yorkshire and Humberside. The business came to market on 22nd May this year and sold for an undisclosed sum within 6 months, completing on 8th November 2013.

Corporate Manager Neil Leach acted on behalf of KBS Corporate’s clients at Pathways, and commented, “It was an absolute pleasure to deal with vendors Christine and Tracy and I am delighted that KBS Corporate could achieve such a swift sale for them to allow them the exit they so hoped for to release them of their responsibilities and provide them with much needed time for personal reasons.” Neil also added, “The buyer saw Christine and Tracy as key to the success of the business, and were seeking a purchase only on the basis of their remaining in the business. Therefore, both are remaining in the business permanently post-sale, albeit on a part-time basis, with assistance from the acquirer’s own resources. This was the perfect solution for both parties and allowed all of the other existing staff to be retained. Springfield Home Care Services is highly acquisitive having made numerous previous acquisitions including two in the past 12 months. The purchase of Pathways will add further to their extensive strategic growth plan both geographically, and to assist with their entry into a niche domiciliary care area they are not already involved with. I wish all parties the very best for the future.”

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Pathways To Independence (DO) Ltd
Sector: Adult Care Services
Location: County Durham
Buyer: Springfield Home Care Services Ltd

 

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NFC (Kent) Ltd

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NFC (Kent) Ltd
Sector: Food Wholesale
Location: Kent
Buyer: Q Catering Supplies Ltd

 

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Sisson & French

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Sisson & French
Sector: Haulage
Location: Derbyshire
Buyer: E.P.S Global Ltd

 

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Ram Power Ltd

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Ram Power Ltd
Sector: Engineering
Location: Hertfordshire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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Progressive Printers Ltd

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Progressive Printers Ltd
Sector: Printing & Advertising
Location: Nottinghamshire
Buyer: Advanced Imaging Ltd

 

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FK Optical Ltd

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FK Optical Ltd
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Tyne & Wear
Buyer: Northumbria Optical Coatings Ltd

 

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Waivis Limited

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Waivis Limited
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: London
Buyer: Rehau AG

 

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Charnwood Trading Ltd

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Charnwood Trading Ltd
Sector: E-commerce
Location: Lincolnshire
Buyer: Pack-it Group

 

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Apollo Protection Ltd

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Apollo Protection Ltd
Sector: Security
Location: Worcestershire
Buyer: DBI Support Services ltd

 

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C J Hardie & Son Ltd

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C J Hardie & Son Ltd
Sector: Car Dealership
Location: Lancashire
Buyer: West Riding Motor Group

 

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CSM Electronics Ltd

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CSM Electronics Ltd
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Dorset
Buyer: Rilform Ltd

 

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A&E Estates Ltd

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A&E Estates Ltd
Sector: Estate Agency
Location: London
Buyer: E.T Mortgage Solutions Ltd

 

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Regionport Ltd

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Regionport Ltd
Sector: Haulage
Location: Northamptonshire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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Codepack Solutions Ltd

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Codepack Solutions Ltd
Sector: Technology
Location: West Sussex
Buyer: Paseama Ltd

 

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Storm Recycling Limited

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Storm Recycling Limited
Sector: Recycling & Waste Management
Location: Cheshire
Buyer: Viridor Limited

 

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Hodson Coaches Ltd

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Hodson Coaches Ltd
Sector: Coach Hire
Location: Lincolnshire
Buyer: Gooseman Holdings Ltd

 

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London Physio Limited

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London Physio Limited
Sector: Physiotherapy Practices
Location: London
Buyer: Private Investor

 

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McCarroll Foods

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McCarroll Foods
Sector: Food Wholesale
Location: Devon
Buyer: Trade Buyer

 

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John Pryke & Partners Ltd

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John Pryke & Partners Ltd
Sector: Engineering
Location: Essex
Buyer: HLN Holdings

 

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Celtic Home Care Ltd

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Celtic Home Care Ltd
Sector: Domiciliary Care
Location: Wales
Buyer: Reach Supported Learning

 

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Holman Specialist Paints Limited

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Holman Specialist Paints Limited
Sector: Specialist Paint & Coatings Merchant
Location: Wiltshire
Buyer: Management Buy-In

 

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QCS International Ltd

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QCS International Ltd
Sector: Training & Consultancy
Location: Scotland
Buyer: PHSC plc

 

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Dale (Mansfield) Ltd

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Dale (Mansfield) Ltd
Sector: Engineering
Location: Nottinghamshire
Buyer: Management Buy Out

 

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Roe Green Transport Ltd

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Roe Green Transport Ltd
Sector: Haulage
Location: Greater Manchester
Buyer: Brian Prescott Ltd

 

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A1 Plant & Commercial Spares Ltd

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A1 Plant & Commercial Spares Ltd
Sector: Plant Hire
Location: South Yorkshire
Buyer: Digraph Transport Supplies Ltd

 

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Flooring Accessories Ltd

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Flooring Accessories Ltd
Sector: Wholesale
Location: Wales
Buyer: Headlam Group plc

 

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Regent Travel Ltd T/A Uniglobe

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Regent Travel Ltd T/A Uniglobe
Sector: Travel Management
Location: Greater Manchester
Buyer: Good Travel Management Ltd

 

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Pro-Line Securities (UK) Limited

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Pro-Line Securities (UK) Limited
Sector: Security
Location: North Yorkshire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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L B Materials Handling Equipment

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L B Materials Handling Equipment
Sector: Materials Handling
Location: Lancashire
Buyer: Carrylift Group (Holdings) Ltd

 

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IVI Metallics Limited

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IVI Metallics Limited
Sector: Engineering
Location: Leicestershire
Buyer: Management Buy in

 

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E. Lloyd & Co. (Wireworkers) Limited

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E. Lloyd & Co. (Wireworkers) Limited
Sector: Engineering
Location: Middlesex
Buyer: A. Harvey (Wireworkers) Limited

 

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MTS Trading Ltd

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MTS Trading Ltd
Sector: Medical Supplies
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Trade Buyer

 

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Swift Security Ltd

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Swift Security Ltd
Sector: Security Services
Location: Kent
Buyer: Brooknight Security Limited

 

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Troughles Fine Foods Ltd

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Troughles Fine Foods Ltd
Sector: Food Wholesale
Location: Hertfordshire
Buyer: Trade Buyer

 

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Easley Health Ltd

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Easley Health Ltd
Sector: Domiciliary Care
Location: North Yorkshire
Buyer: Complete Care Holdings Ltd

 

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Frood’s Fleetcare

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Frood’s Fleetcare
Sector: Garage & MOT Centre
Location: Bedfordshire
Buyer: Private Investor

 

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Tank Cleaning Services Ltd

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Tank Cleaning Services Ltd
Sector: Waste Management
Location: North East
Buyer: William Tracey Limited

 

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Cheshire Recruitment Personnel ltd

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Cheshire Recruitment Personnel ltd
Sector: Recruitment
Location: Cheshire
Buyer: Staffwise plc

 

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Icon Kitchens Ltd

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Icon Kitchens Ltd
Sector: E-commerce
Location: Scotland
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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Carlton Recycling Limited

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Carlton Recycling Limited
Sector: Recycling & Waste Management
Location: Lincolnshire
Buyer: Ellgia Recycling Ltd

 

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Onus Technologies Limited

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Onus Technologies Limited
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Dorset
Buyer: Sandhurst Autoprint

 

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Berkshire Caravans

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Berkshire Caravans
Sector: Leisure Retail
Location: Berkshire
Buyer: Oxford Caravan Centre Ltd

 

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Braithwaite Plant Hire & Sales Ltd

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Braithwaite Plant Hire & Sales Ltd
Sector: Plant Hire
Location: Lancashire
Buyer: Management Buy In

 

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