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It’s true - larger businesses are typically more sought after in the world of M&A. They often attract a wave of investors for a variety of reasons – their scalability, their return on investment, their access to economies of scale... the list goes on.

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Smith Cooper’s Corporate Finance division are delighted to announce two May deals, which completed within a week.

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Midlands based Accountants and Business advisors Smith Cooper are delighted to announce their Corporate Finance team were awarded not one, but two Awards last night at the Insider East Midlands Dealmakers Awards.

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In a recent survey conducted by Smith Cooper Corporate Finance, it’s clear that sentiment regarding M&A activity remains robust - 68% of professionals and private shareholders expect activity to increase or remain unchanged in the next 3 months, showing promise for the M&A landscape despite uncertainties.

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Calendar year 2017 was a buoyant year for M&A activity across the UK, and the third busiest year on record according to official figures published in Experian’s 2017 M&A Review.

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Two distinguished Midlands based businesses have been sold in deals advised by Smith Cooper.

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We are delighted to welcome two new members to our award winning Corporate Finance team.

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Nottingham based specialist coffee company, 200 Degrees, has received £3m funding from private equity investor Foresight Group, in a deal advised on by Smith Cooper.

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A recent study published by Ernst & Young concludes that the UK remains Europe’s number one choice for investment in acquisitions – surely a vote of confidence in the resilience of our economy.

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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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