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BCMS has been selling businesses in Yorkshire since 1989, and has completed more than 30 transactions in the region, from cutting edge software developers to precision engineers. Here’s a snapshot of who bought who and why.

Leeds precision engineer acquired by US components group

New York-listed industrial components group Idex Corporation entered the UK in 2010, with the £35m acquisition of Polymer Precision Engineering in Blackburn (PPE). A year later, and Idex acquired our client, Morley-based seals and bearings engineer FTL Seal Technology. Today, FTL is now part of Idex’s sealing solutions division and still based at the same site.

Swedish group makes first overseas acquisition in Yorkshire

Easi Recycling rents or hires waste baler equipment to numerous industries, and was acquired by Swedish group San Sac in its first foray into the UK market. San Sac is a manufacturer of the Orwak premium brand of balers and compactors, and bought Easi to get its products to market. Easi is now rebranding as Orwak Easi, and has opened a new distribution centre near Birmingham to serve the southern half of the UK.

Consolidation for Yorkshire digital health economy

After pioneering an NHS messaging service in 1992, Indigo 4 was launched in 1997 following a management buyout. By 2012, the Sheffield firm was delivering 50% of blood test results to GP surgeries, making it an attractive £3.2m acquisition for Leeds digital health champion EMIS Health.

Private equity backing for Selby healthcare supplier

Selby-based GBUK Healthcare is a market-leading supplier of catheters and feeding tubes to the NHS and direct to patients. In 2015, GBUK secured significant private equity investment from H2 Equity Partners to help the business expand beyond the UK and develop new products. In early 2017, GBUK acquired Chesterfield-based Intervene Group – adding important new products to its portfolio.

Swedish group enters UK hospital supply market with Bradford acquisition

Hospital equipment manufacturer Sunflower Medical was founded in Bradford UK in 2003 by three entrepreneurs, and had recently expanded internationally. The BCMS principle of searching far and wide, and beyond the obvious brought Indutrade to the table, and the acquisition was agreed at the end of 2016.


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Posted May 2017
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