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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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Corporate Finance

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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Corporate Finance

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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Delay in deals?

15 December 2016

At Smith Cooper we complete circa 25 deals a year which provides us with some insight into the state of the Midlands M&A market.

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Corporate Finance

Despite the poll-defying decisions on Brexit and the US election, continuing pressure in the European banking sector, and forthcoming elections in 3 or 4 European jurisdictions which could yield equally surprising results, the UK M&A market is showing remarkable resilience.

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Corporate Finance

It’s encouraging to see that post the referendum a strong investor appetite for UK based-SMEs continued in Q3 2016 with 26 private equity backed deals being completed with a total combined value of £983m.

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Sterling plummeted to a shocking 168 year low mid-month whilst, at broadly the same time, the FTSE 100 index soared to a new intraday high which eclipsed the previous record set in April 2005.

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Corporate Finance

An owner’s business is a valuable investment but its price can fluctuate like a commodity. Knowing when to exit and how, is critical in achieving best value. Timing an exit is difficult to predict but there are alternative options to an outright sale – a partial sale where you keep control.

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Coffee Follows Pizza

22 September 2016

The largest chain of franchised Costa Coffee stores in Scotland has been sold to CP Properties in a £multi-million deal initiated and project managed by Smith Cooper.

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As summer is (quickly) coming to end and autumn is almost upon us, the onset of darker mornings may force business owners to question why they are getting out of bed to face another day at work.

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Corporate Finance

The Smith Cooper Corporate Finance team last night won SME Advisory Team of the Year at Midlands Insider’s Dealmaker Awards 2016. 

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Corporate Finance

There’s a competition running  in the financial weekly, Money Week, to rename "Brexit" as  something more positive. Favourite suggestions include Brenaissance,  Brevival,  Brenewal, Breedom and Britonomy.

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