CORPORATE FINANCE

A SMOOTH & SUCCESSFUL TRANSACTION.  

Whether you’re buying or selling a business, get the price right, minimise the tax bill and close the deal without fuss.

To do that, you need a team that will get to know you, your business, your industry and the key issues you face. Once we understand what you are trying to achieve, we will get to work. If you are selling, we can help you prepare your business for sale, maximising its sale price and realising the value you have built up in the business. Our tax advisors will minimise tax liabilities and we will find the right buyer at the right price.  If you are looking for a business to buy, we can help you find the right business, with the right strategic fit at the right price.

Whether you are thinking of selling your business, expanding through merger or acquisition, planning a Management Buy Out or Management Buy In, our tailored, practical approach could determine the success of your venture. We have completed transactions across the UK for all sizes of business, within a wide range of sectors, and focus particularly on owner-managed business.

Our most recently completed transaction was the sale of Eden Veterinary Centre, a small animal practice in Carlise, and Border Vets, a mixed practice in Longtown, to Independent Vetcare.  Bates Weston Corporate Finance advised the shareholders on the sale which involved a focused marketing process, deal negotiation and management of the transaction through to completion.

Here is a selection of our successfully concluded deals.

Sale of Eden and Border Vets to IVC

Sale of Eden Veterinary Centre, a small animal practice in Carlise, and Border Vets, a mixed practice in Longtown, to Independent Vetcare.  Bates Weston Corporate Finance advised the shareholders on the sale which involved a focused marketing process, deal negotiation and management of the transaction through to completion.

Sale of Irongate Group to Complete Business Solutions Group

Sale of Derby based  Irongate Group to Complete Business Solutions Group. Irongate is a provider of office supplies. Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Graham Clegg Funeral Directors by Funeral Partners

Graham Clegg is a funeral directors based in Liverpool.  BWCF originated the deal for Funeral Partners.  Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Chrome Group by Hopton Trading Holdings

Chrome Group a chain of nine EE franchises based in the North East to Hopton Trading Holdings.  Bates Weston Corporate Finance (BWCF) carried out financial due diligence and provided lead advisory support through to completion.  Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Glenthorne Vets

Sale of East Staffordshire based Glenthorne Vets to Independent Vetcare.  Glenthorne is a mixed veterinary practice with two branches in Uttoxeter and Tutbury.  Bates Weston Corporate Finance advised the four shareholders on the sale which involved a focused marketing process, deal negotiation and management of the transaction through to completion.

Sale of Orion Security Print to Integrity Print

Sale of East Midlands based  Orion Security Print to Integrity Print. Orion is a provider of bespoke services in relation to secure print, fulfilment, web and digital solutions. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Pleskarn by Reliance Medical

Pleskarn supplies a range of medical consumables and equipment.  Bates Weston Corporate Finance (BWCF) carried out financial due diligence and provided lead advisory support through to completion.  Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Kavanagh & Coates Funeral Services by Funeral Partners

Kavanagh Coates is a funeral directors based in Lancashire.  BWCF originated the deal for Funeral Partners.  Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Adelaide Veterinary Centre by Vet Partners

Adelaide Veterinary Centre is a veterinary practice in Southampton.  BWCF originated the deal for Vet Partners.  Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Hillview Farm by Transparent Care

Hillview Farm is a care village in Berkshire, providing residential and supported living care to 22 service users, along with a day care facility.  BWCF carried out financial due diligence and provided lead advisory support on the transaction.  Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Roanu House and Raola House by Transparent Care

Roanu and Raola are both residential care facilities for adults with learning disabilities in Surrey.  BWCF carried out financial due diligence and provided lead advisory support on the transaction.  Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Daren Persson Funeral Directors by Funeral Partners

Daren Perrson Funeral Directors operates from two locations in Tyne & Wear.  BWCF originated the deal for Funeral Partners.  Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Monpekson by Transparent Care

Monpekson is a specialist provider of residential care for adults with learning disabilities, based in Harrow. BWCF carried out financial due diligence and provided lead advisory support on the transaction.  Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Motiva Group to Australian quoted group, SG Fleet

The sale of Motiva Group to Australian quoted group SG Fleet. Motiva, based in Stoke-on-Trent, provide contract hire, short-term rental and fleet management services to corporate customers across the UK. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Woodcroft Veterinary Group by Vet Partners

Woodcroft Veterinary Group is a chain of six veterinary practices and hospital in Cheshire.  BWCF originated the deal for Vet Partners.  Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Moorhead Excavations and Moorhead Demolition to Croxden Capital Partners

Sale of Leeds based Moorhead Excavations and Moorhead Demolition to investment vehicle Croxden Capital Partners. Moorhead Excavations is a provider of excavation and site remediation services and Moorhead Demolitions is a provider of demolition services. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Homesearch by Leaders Lettings

Acquisition of Homesearch by Leaders Lettings. Homesearch, with two branches in Stoke on Trent  is a property expert with a full range of sales and letting services. Leaders are one of the largest independent property groups in the UK. BWCF originated the deal for Leaders. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Air Conditioning Economics to Incentive FM Group

Sale of Derby based Air Conditioning Economics to Incentive FM. Air Conditioning Economics is a provider of heating, ventilation and air conditioning services throughout the UK. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Dynamic Sampling UK Limited to RSK PLC

Sale of Derby head-quartered Dynamic Sampling to RSK. Dynamic Sampling is a nationwide provider of site investigation drilling services. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Barwood Products to NYMAS

Sale of Stoke on Trent based Barwood Products to NYMAS. Barwood is a provider of bathroom equipment to the special needs and disability sector. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

MBO of Key 2 Care

MBO of Key 2 Care (t/a Derbyshire Care Services), a domiciliary care provider based in Derbyshire. Advised on the buyout of the majority shareholder, assisted in negotiations and managed the transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Boothmans Agriculture to Frontier

Sale of  Boothmans Agriculture to Frontier. Boothmans is an agronomy business based in Bourne. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Care Solutions Group by Lifeways

BWCF originated the deal for Lifeways and assisted with the collation and preparation of financial data.  Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Natures Dream

Sale of the majority stake in North Staffordshire based importer and distributor of beauty products. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Innovia Solutions to Ravago Chemicals SA

Sale of Ely based Innovia Solutions to Ravago Chemicals, a global chemical distribution business. Innovia is a distributor of chemicals into the coatings, adhesives, construction and textile markets. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Future Home Care to Lifeways

Sale of Future Home Care a national care provider employing over 1,100 staff which provides care to service users with learning disabilities. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Staffordshire Hydraulic Services Limited to High Pressure Equipment Company LLC

Sale of Staffordshire Hydraulic Services Limited in Stoke-on-Trent to High Pressure Equipment Company LLC based in the US. SHS designs and manufactures high pressure testing equipment and power packs for applications in oil and gas, power and industrial sectors. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Orchard Care and Haven care and Support to Lifeways

Sale of Orchard Care Limited and Haven Care and Support Limited, which provide residential care and supported living to adults with learning disabilities in Stoke on Trent. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Swan Fostering to Fostering Solutions

Sale of Swan Fostering Limited which arranges foster care for children based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of CS Electronics to HTC Solutions

Sale of CS Electronics, a supplier of fleet management and vehicle tracking services to HTC Solutions. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Winshill Pharmacy to Medex Health

Sale of Winshill Pharmacy Limited, an independent pharmacy based in Burton on Trent, to Medex Health Limited. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Body Temple to Total Produce PLC

Sale of Stoke on Trent based Body Temple, the UK’s largest distributor of sports nutrition supplements to Total Produce PLC. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Orchard Manor by Zion Care

Financial due diligence on the acquisition of Orchard Manor, a purpose built residential care home for the elderly. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Oaklands Community Care to Lifeways Community Care

Sale of Oaklands Community Care, a supported living provider to adults with learning disabilities and mental illness based in Derby to Lifeways. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Inclusion Holdings to Lifeways Community Care

Sale of Inclusion, a supported living provider to adults with learning disabilities in the North West and North Wales to Lifeways. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Selwyn Care to CareTech PLC

Sale of Selwyn Care, a Gloucestershire based residential care business for adults with autism spectrum disorder to CareTech PLC. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Derwent Lynton to Zetar PLC

Sale of chocolate manufacturer Derwent Lynton who specialise in the manufacture of chocolate balls and hollow shapes to Zetar PLC. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size £1m.

Acquisition of Brush Traction Group by Wabtec Corporation

Financial due diligence on the acquisition of Brush Traction Group, a UK based provider of locomotive overhauls, services and aftermarket components by Wabtec Corporation. Deal size £19.2m.

Sale of Positive Living to Craegmoor

Sale of Positive Living, a supported living and residential services provider to people with learning disabilities, mental illness and autism to Craegmoor.  Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Eddie Palin Distribution Limited to Agrihealth NI Limited

Sale of Eddie Palin Distribution, a distributor of agricultural products based in Shropshire to Agrihealth NI Limited.  Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Daystate to Marocchi Arms

Sale of Daystate, a world leading manufacturer of high performance airguns to Marocchi Arms.  Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Due Diligence on proposed acquisition by Educational Resources

Financial due diligence on the proposed acquisition of a supplier of art equipment and other educational supplies. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Midland Aerospace to Calder Group

Sale of Midland Aerospace, a niche engineering business focused on the machining of aircraft structure components to Calder Group. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed, June 2008.

Due Diligence on proposed acquisition by Automotive Group

Financial due diligence on the proposed acquisition of a motor dealership by automotove group. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Care First to CareTech PLC

Sale of Care First, a residential care business for young people with mild to severe learning difficulties to CareTech PLC. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of NRJ Services by Air Conditioning Economics

Financial due diligence on the acquisition of NRJ Services, an air conditioning maintenance and installation company by ACE. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Bowmer Bond to MBI team

Sale of Bowmer Bond, a manufacturer of industrial narrow fabrics based in Derbyshire to MBI team. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Mistry Pharmacy to L Rowland & Co

Sale of pharmacy in Middlewich, Cheshire. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion.Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Moorcourt Developments to Rushcliffe Care

Sale of Moorcourt Developments, a care complex based in Staffordshire which provides residential care for adults with learning disabilities to Rushcliffe Care. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

MBO of Electract

MBO of Electract, an electrical contracting business based in Leicestershire. Advised management team , assisted in negotiations and managed the transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of Autism North to Swanton Care & Community

Sale of Autism North, a chain of specialist residential care homes for adults with autism in Sunderland, to Swanton Care and Community.

Sale of Delam Care to CareTech Holdings PLC

Sale of Delam Care, a chain of specialist residential care homes for children and adults with learning disabilities in Staffordshire, to CareTech. Deal size £8.5m.

Acquisition of Kisimul School by Bowmark Capital

Kisimul is a residential school for children with autism in Lincolnshire. BWCF identified the target for Bowmark and managed the transaction through to completion. Bowmark invested £8.5m of equity, with debt provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Acquisition of Sapphire Care Services by Craegmoor

Sapphire Care Services is a chain of residential care homes for adults with learning disabilities and autism. BWCF identified the target for Craegmoor and managed the transaction through to completion.

Sale of Adams Chemist to HI Weldrick

Sale of Adams Chemist in Sheffield to HI Weldrick. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

MBO of MWay Motiva Group

BWCF advised the management team on the MBO of Mway Motiva Group which owns Motiva Vehicle Contracts, Mway Vehicle Rentals and KC Car Sales in Stoke-on-Trent. Deal size undisclosed.

Sale of RF Foskett & Son to LLoyds Pharmacy

Sale of RF Foskett & Son, a chain of three Derbyshire pharmacies, to LLoyds Pharmacy. Focused marketing, deal negotiation and management of transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Hulmes Chemist by P Williams

Hulmes Chemist was a chain of seven pharmacies in Stoke-on-Trent. BWCF identified the target for P Williams and managed the transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

Acquisition of Milton Pharmacy by Co-operative Group

Milton Pharmacy was a single branch pharmacy in Weston-super-Mare. BWCF identified the target for the Co-operative Group and managed the transaction through to completion. Deal size undisclosed.

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