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Derby based epm technology, well known as a supplier of Formula 1, has been acquired by Manchester based AS.G (Aero Services Global Limited), a global distributor of aviation consumables, as part of a multimillion pound ‘buy and build’ deal.

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The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) helps entrepreneurial SME’s based in the Midlands achieve their growth potential through the provision of funding in the form of small business loans and debt finance.

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Smith Cooper Corporate Finance recently hosted Mobeus who updated the team on the current funds they have available for SME’s.

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The Corporate Finance division of Smith Cooper, won the “SME Deal of the Year” award on Thursday evening at the Insider Midlands Dealmakers Awards in Birmingham.

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Following recommendation by a previous client, Smith Cooper initiated and project-managed a deal for North-East based Wiltshire Farm Foods (Newcastle) Limited, a franchisee of the UK’s leading frozen meal home delivery business Wiltshire Farm Foods (WFF) which has been sold to ex-banker, Robbie Jones.  

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Wearwell Group Limited, British designers and manufacturers of high quality technical workwear, has been sold to Richard Wright in a deal advised by the Corporate Finance division of Smith Cooper. 

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Update on the market

11 August 2017

Figures released at the end of June revealed that the rate of inflation dropped to 2.6% from 2.9%, mainly due to reduced petrol prices, and the Pound falling against the Dollar and the Euro by 0.25% and 1.12% respectively, exceeding economists’ expectations.  Interest rates have since been kept at their all-time low of 0.25%, signalling the Bank of England’s cutting of its growth forecasts.

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Smith Cooper have once again secured a top ten ranking in the Midlands region of Experian’s M&A Activity League Tables for H1 2017, being in 9th position by deal volume. However, it has also broken into the top 10 in two additional regions, ranking 8th in both the North East and Northern Ireland. This places Midlands-based Smith Cooper in the top 10 in three of Experian’s 12 regions.

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The National Living Wage (NLW) was first introduced in April 2016. For employees over the age of 25, the NLW is currently set at £7.50 per hour and was projected to rise to at least £9 per hour by April 2020. The NLW was designed to improve the general health of our economy and the people in it which in, theory, should benefit all.

 

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WFF (York) Limited, an operator of the UK’s leading frozen meal home delivery business Wiltshire Farm Foods, has been sold to York Group Limited in a deal advised by Smith Cooper.  

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Private is often a word we associate with secrecy, seclusion and exclusivity. This is right in some respects, however Private Equity simply refers to capital which has been provided outside of a public market. In essence, it is any capital in an operating company that is not listed or publicly trading on a stock exchange. Private Equity can refer to a host of alternative investing methods, ranging from buyout funds to growth funds.

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Figures released last week reveal the rate of growth in the UK economy has risen by 0.3%, assuring the 17th consecutive quarter of growth. This encouragingly affirmative figure has defied widespread predictions of a recession in the light of Brexit, and provides a much needed vote of confidence for our economy’s resilience.

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Deals 2016-17

4 May 2017

Take a look at our annual round-up of deals for year ended 31 March 2017.

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Corporate Finance

Whilst 2016 was a period of political and economic turbulence for both the UK and the global market place, remarkably, UK deal volumes remained resilient.  In fact, 2016 UK deal volumes were the highest since 2007 and, although lower than 2015, aggregate value was above the ten year average of around £250 billion per year.

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Smith Cooper Corporate Finance, the specialist deal management division of Smith Cooper, have today announced further growth through the appointment of Nicola Whiting. 

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Every four hours a baby originally conceived at a Fertility Partnership clinic is born in the UK. As part of its vision for improved continuity of fertility care, the company has acquired majority interest in Ultrasound Direct in a deal advised on by Smith Cooper. 

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Where are we now?

20 February 2017

A really great question posed by David Bowie in his Black Star album…..and never more relevant to the business market than in these rapidly changing political times. I’m not sure the answer lies in the Black Star album but who knows?

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Corporate Finance

Midlands based accountancy and business advisory firm, Smith Cooper, have today announced further expansion of their specialist Corporate Finance team through the appointment of Christopher Campbell. 

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A stampede of deals

26 January 2017

Whilst there is significant political unrest and it feels like the world is at a significant point of change you may not have noticed but news on the global economy has almost disappeared.

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New Year – that time of year when the financial press is full of forecasts and predictions; so perhaps I should add mine as regards company values and the M&A market? Well, maybe not according to fool.com which comments “No one … has any idea what the stock market will do over 12 months”.  Apparently Warren Buffet has often said as much too.

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