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May 2020
Prime Global, the international medical communications and market access group, has acquired Cambridge Medical Communication, which specialises in providing medical communication materials for diverse target audiences within the healthcare industry. International M&A advisor BCMS acted as advisor to the shareholders of Cambridge Medical Communication during the transaction.
May 2020
Results are in – and there are important messages for business owners looking to sell
Apr 2020
The UK’s fastest-growing outplacement specialist Renovo has been acquired by business process services company Liberata, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Mar 2020
Despite the Coronavirus outbreak, business sale transactions are still happening. Here’s our round-up of the latest deals across key business sectors
Mar 2020
Keeping clients, community and colleagues together
Mar 2020
South East London sales, lettings and property management specialist London Stone Properties (LSP) has been acquired by Foxtons Group Plc, in a recent deal advised by M&A advisor BCMS.
Mar 2020
Selling your business in 2020: some perspectives
Mar 2020
The Forest Podiatry and Physiotherapy Clinic (trading as Foot and Health Clinic), is a recent acquisition for New Milton Foot Clinic, helping to develop their Podiatry and associated business across the New Forest region.
Jan 2020
Event review: Andy Green OBE at - Imperial War Museum, Duxford.
Jan 2020
This year's budget may have bad news for business owners, as Boris Johnson confirms The Treasury opposes the "giveaway" tax break
Jan 2020
JBW Group Limited has announced it has acquired the shares of Advantis Credit Limited, with funding provided by OUTSOURCING Inc. BCMS advised the shareholders of Advantis on the transaction.
Dec 2019
It's not only a new year, it’s a new decade. Here are our top five suggestions for building value in your business for 2020 and beyond
Dec 2019
You probably wouldn't compare yourself to the founders of a $100bn+ revenue business, with $15bn operating profit, and 114,000 employees.
Dec 2019
IT service provider entrustIT has acquired Serval Systems, in a recent deal advised by M&A advisor Kingsbrook, part of the BCMS group of companies.
Nov 2019
H2O Innovation has acquired Genesys International to strengthen its speciality chemicals line of products and broaden its range of application, in a transaction led by M&A advisor BCMS.
Nov 2019
Confidentiality is critical when selling a business – but how do you keep your staff, customers and competitors from finding out?
Nov 2019
PHD Interactive (PHDi) has been acquired by a Private Investor to achieve a step change in scale and services offered.
Nov 2019
BCMS charity fundraiser The Hope Supper, in support of The Snowdrop Foundation. BCMS do a lot of events – I reckon around 1000 in our 30-year history. But we’ve never done anything like this.
Nov 2019
The Hope Supper, in aid of The Snowdrop Foundation, Drapers’ Hall, London
Nov 2019
Lunchtime Q&A session finds M&A advisors getting M&A advice!
Oct 2019
BCMS has advised the shareholders of KeeResources, a leading provider of software solutions, data and services to the automotive industry, on its sale to the UK’s largest digital automotive marketplace, Auto Trader.
Oct 2019
Doncaster-based manufacturer Polypipe Group has acquired Alderburgh for £14m, in a transaction led by M&A advisor BCMS.
Oct 2019
Dr. Oetker acquires specialist baking business Cake Craft World for the company’s ability to adapt to the 21st century and turn its cake shop into an online brand, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Oct 2019
It must be something in the water. Every time we run an event in Glasgow - fast becoming one of my favourite cities – it seems to be a huge success. Last night was no different.
Oct 2019
Leading supplier of games and sports equipment Mightymast Leisure has recently been acquired by retail distribution Re:creation in a deal advised by BCMS.
Oct 2019
For those of us of a certain age, you think Liverpool, and you think Kevin Keegan. And so, we were delighted to welcome the former England captain, manager and Liverpool FC legend to the stunning Knowsley Hall, ancestral seat of the Earls of Derby.
Sep 2019
Technology investor Harris Computer Corporation, owned by Constellation (TSX:CSU), has acquired Quicksilva, an independent UK-based supplier of IT systems integration and messaging services, in a sale directed by BCMS.
Sep 2019
Components manufacturer Plastic & Film Holdings (PFH) has been acquired by Aston Trio in a deal advised by BCMS.
Sep 2019
US buyer Opus Agency, a global leader in event marketing, has acquired London-based event and travel management agency Number 20, Ltd in a transaction led by M&A advisors BCMS.
Sep 2019
Global freight specialist The PSL Group has been acquired by Rhenus Logistics UK, a global logistics service company, in a move that further strengthens Rhenus’ offering. This transaction was led by BCMS.
Sep 2019
“The heart of any business is important and that comes from every employee loving what they do.” Inspirational words from an inspirational man. Guest speaker Raymond Blanc was the focus of last night’s dining event at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire.
Sep 2019
Pet Media Limited has been acquired by Hästnet Sverige AB as part of its strategy to become the undisputed leader in Europe with regards to operating equestrian and pet marketplaces whilst promoting transparency, trust and safety between its users
Aug 2019
Is there a better way to spend a Thursday afternoon than driving around the legendary Silverstone track in a Cayman and 911, after hearing from previous business owners on how to sell a business?
Aug 2019
UK SMEs remain at the forefront of dealmaking, with the number of companies changing hands up 8% in the first half of 2019, according to a new BCMS study of the latest acquisition data.
Aug 2019
Kinectrics Group, a privately owned, global provider of life cycle management services to the electric power industry, has acquired Gnosys Global in a transaction advised by BCMS.
Aug 2019
BCMS has advised Switzerland-based international employment specialist Capital GES on its successful merger with North America-based workforce deployment solutions provider People 2.0, in a move to create a new global market leader in outs
Aug 2019
Wanda Creative Ltd has recently been acquired by German buyer Bohnacker Store Solutions with support and advice from BCMS Kingsbrook.
Jul 2019
Telford based air extraction and filtration specialist Filtermist International has acquired industrial vacuum cleaner manufacturer Kerstar, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Jul 2019
New SaaS software session one of 20 webinars available free and on-demand
Jul 2019
'Your business, Your future' dining event at Lympstone Manor with Michelin starred chef Michael Caines, hosted by BCMS and partner Rathbones. 
Jun 2019
UK soil analysis consultancy Mambo-Tox has been acquired by Cawood Scientific, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Jun 2019
Engineering and technical services group RSK has acquired Headland Archaeology, the UK's leading privately-owned provider of heritage services to the construction sector, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Jun 2019
BCMS at the Financial Directors Forum, Four Seasons, London, June 2019
Jun 2019
This month’s Business Sale Live! saw guests dining under the wings of Concorde at Aerospace Bristol whilst gaining an insight into the life of Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, a truly memorable evening. Business Sale Live! is a one-day conference aimed at business owners who want to learn more about the process of a business sale. 
May 2019
Recently, one of our colleagues at BCMS Israel, Hilit Ben-Zvi, was recognised as an extraordinary woman leader in a prominent Israeli publication, Haaretz.
Apr 2019
BCMS has advised the shareholders of government SaaS specialist Firmstep on its sale to Granicus, the leading provider of cloud-based software solutions and digital engagement services for the public sector.
Mar 2019
"I had to go to prison to learn how to read and write…" As guest speakers go, John Bird - founder of the Big Issue, and now Lord Bird, a wildcard cross-bench member of the Upper House - certainly knows how to make a big impression.
Mar 2019
UK-based cloud solutions provider Cloud Direct has acquired London IT services group EZIS for an undisclosed sum.
Mar 2019
“Look, Dave, I am not a businessman” said multi-award-winning chef, serial entrepreneur and adopted national treasure Raymond Blanc, when we were discussing the schedule for last week’s BCMS event.
Mar 2019
Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP (Cairngorm Capital) has entered the fire protection sector with the acquisition of Sentry Doors Holdings Limited (Sentry Doors), through its Cairngorm Capital II fund, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Feb 2019
It's estimated that over a quarter of UK GDP is generated by family businesses, and family firms employ 12.2 million people nationwide, amounting to 47% of all private sector employment. 
Feb 2019
The John Good Group has has acquired a 50% stake in BCMS client Connaught Air Services, building further on its presence in the air freight market after gaining IATA accreditation in 2016.
Feb 2019
Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has acquired global VOD service Viewster and its subsidiary platform Viewster Anime in a landmark move that further bolsters Cinedigm's extensive OTT content portfolio, while adding an established and well-known property wi
Feb 2019
French group UPERGY has announced that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the capital of UK company Hawk-Woods, which specialises in manufacturing advanced battery systems for the global film and television industry.
Feb 2019
What a stunning venue for an event: the private yacht of the royal family. Impossibly luxurious, yet somehow cosy and homely.
Jan 2019
Davies Group has acquired Glasgow-based property and casualty public sector claims specialist Top Mark Claims Management Limited (trading as TMS), in a deal advised by BCMS.
Jan 2019
UK pet supplements manufacturer Vetark Products ('Vetark') has been acquired by Italian pharmaceuticals group Candioli Srl, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Jan 2019
Leading US multidisciplinary consulting firm J.S. Held has started expanding overseas with the acquisition of UK and Middle East construction consultancy Leach Group in a deal advised by BCMS.
Jan 2019
As 2019 gets underway, there's little doubt that many UK industries face a very challenging year. There appear to be no easy answers to ongoing Brexit worries, rising insolvencies, a tightening labour market, or rapidly changing consumer trends.
Jan 2019
After 45 years in plastics innovation and engineering, White Horse Plastics (WHP) co-founder and owner Rod Houghton has agreed a company sale to the existing management buyout team, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Dec 2018
BCMS has been running a variety of events up and down the UK throughout 2018. The two key learnings from this year are clear.
Dec 2018
Central States Trucking (CST) has acquired Dallas-based Southwest Freight Distributors (Southwest) in its latest move to expand its market-leading position. 
Dec 2018
Radius Track has sold its jobsite framing tools and hand-bendable framing product lines to Simpson Strong-Tie, has sold its jobsite framing tools and hand-bendable framing product lines to Simpson Strong-Tie.
Dec 2018
BCMS has advised the shareholders of E2M Technologies on its sale to Nasdaq-listed MTS Systems Corporation. 
Nov 2018
A UK specialist bakery has announced plans to accelerate growth by joining a new baked goods group,  in a deal advised by BCMS.
Nov 2018
BCMS has won Private Equity Deal of the Year ($10 – 50 million) at the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.
Nov 2018
RSK Group Ltd, leading provider of engineering and environmental consultancy and technical support services, has acquired CAN UK Holdings Limited (CAN), a specialist UK geotechnical and engineering contractor.
Nov 2018
Foresight Group has invested £2.5 million to support the growth of North Wales-based software provider Cimteq Limited.
Oct 2018
Spitfire Creative Technologies has acquired Green Hippo, a developer and manufacturer of award-winning media servers and digital display products with offi
Oct 2018
Retail distribution group Dee Set Logistics has added the UK's biggest seller of new items on eBay to its portfolio, in a deal advised by BCMS. 
Oct 2018
Science party provider Sublime Science Ltd – a high-profile winner of BBC TV's Dragons' Den and the Queen's Award for Enterprise – has been acquired by Hyphen Capital, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Oct 2018
Like most industries, there are lots of meaningless league tables in the world of business sales.
Sep 2018
Does a successful business really need a good marketing strategy? Interestingly, many of our clients tell us that sales and marketing is a weakness in their companies. But it’s only a weakness because they don’t do much of it.
Aug 2018
You know you should get serious about selling your company, but you just can’t picture yourself not being a business owner.
Aug 2018
New partnership set to broaden available services to UK and Ireland-based clients and strengthen both companies’ global footprint
Aug 2018
Latest market insights on M&A trends in 2018...
Aug 2018
The two leading channel partners of Siemens Industry Software in the UK have joined forces to create the largest sales, consultancy and technical support organisation for Siemens Design, Simulation, Manufacturing and
Jul 2018
BCMS and Fight For Sight at the House of Lords
Jun 2018
Intus Healthcare has been acquired by Baywater Healthcare in a transaction advised by BCMS.
Jun 2018
Former BCMS client Amberon has been named South West England Company of the Year at the South West Dealmakers Awards 2018 organised by Insider Media
May 2018
From business valuation calculators to downloadable PDF guides, the internet is awash with quick fixes to help business owners value a company. You can understand why.
May 2018
Investment firm TGM has acquired specialist shower cubicle manufacturer Taplanes, in a transaction managed by business sale advisor BCMS. 
May 2018
You are selling your business, and all of your ducks are in a row.
May 2018
CIVICA Group has expanded its presence in the UK school software market by acquiring cashless catering market specialist Nationwide Retail Systems (NRS) for an undisclosed sum. 
May 2018
How much can bad service impact a business? And can good service levels actually make your company more profitable?
Apr 2018
Our 2018 webinar Getting your house in order – a guide to Due Diligence certainly got people talking.
Apr 2018
Andrew Sesemann has sold two companies with BCMS - family businesses that had been trading since Queen Victoria was on the throne. Who better to explain the emotional and commercial impact of selling up?
Apr 2018
France’s leading independent consultancy Wavestone has acquired UK IT consultancy Xceed Group who were advised by corporate finance advisor BCMS.  
Apr 2018
"We went to 20 banks who all said no. Then we went to 500 venture capital firms. Most didn't get back to us, while the rest also said 'no'. One said we scored zero out of five in the investors handbook.
Mar 2018
There was a news story this week that will be of interest to any business owner – because it raises the oldest question in the M&A book: “How much is my business worth?”
Mar 2018
The rise of the robots is challenging human supremacy in a growing number of fields.
Feb 2018
We went to Mars last night – well, sort of…
Feb 2018
Understanding the movements and changes in your sector could be useful when the time comes to seek sale or investment. Here are some tips on monitoring your market:
Jan 2018
A few years back we were chatting with former client, Martin Phillips, about the successful sale of his company Recommended Hotels.
Jan 2018
How do you win business? For many of our clients, it’s very often a combination of the Three Rs – repeat work, referrals and recommendations.
Jan 2018
It’s not every day you’re presenting in front of an audience when a Spitfire takes off behind you. But that’s exactly what happened to me this week at the historic Imperial War Museum in Cambridge.
Jan 2018
Irish engineering group Tricel has increased its UK market share with the acquisition of pump manufacturer Action Pumps Ltd, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Jan 2018
Some interesting news to start the new year in Mergers & Acquisitions.  The board at GKN, a FTSE 100 business, and one of the UK’s biggest engineering firms, has roundly rejected an unsolicited £7bn offer from an interested acquirer.
Dec 2017
In a year dominated by wranglings over Brexit, and the air of uncertainty and change, one thing has remained constant. In BCMS’ experience, the market for business sales is remarkably strong.
Dec 2017
The UK’s third largest bakery chain, Coopland & Son, has received an investment of £8.5m from BGF to accelerate the rollout of its shops across the north of England.
Dec 2017
Perhaps because of the megadeals and mergers that make the headlines – think Heinz and Kraft, or Dow Chemical acquiring DuPont – many business owners automatically assume that the most likely acquirer for their business will be a close competitor.
Nov 2017
Well, what do we make of that? Chancellor Philip Hammond, known for his nickname ‘Spreadsheet Phil’, has delivered a budget with few thrills, and a lot of caution.
Nov 2017
We are delighted to announce that the BCMS-advised merger of Aergo Solutions LLC and Citadel Outsource Group, LLC was recognized as Deal of the Year ($10 – $25 million) at the 16th Annual M&A Advisor Awards.
Nov 2017
PSAV, a leading global provider of audiovisual and event technology services, has acquired Concise Ltd. (“Concise” or “Company”), one of the largest and most trusted providers of interactive live event software applications.
Nov 2017
Sweden’s Polystar has acquired P-OSS Solutions of Spain, in a deal that brings together two of the leading innovators in the telecoms network performance analytics industry.
Nov 2017
Interesting news coming out of the City this week.
Nov 2017
On the day the Bank Of England announced its much-predicted rise in the base rate, we met with a range of business owners and professionals for a highly enjoyable Q&A event: When is the right time to sell your business? run at
Nov 2017
Heard the one about Private Equity, the Trade Buyer, and the Angel Investor?
Oct 2017
Are business owners really clamouring to “cash out” and sell up in case Jeremy Corbyn comes to power?
Oct 2017
Juno Health Limited has acquired Ashchem Chemists – a group of 15 pharmacies employing around 120 people in North East England – for an undisclosed sum. BCMS advised the owner of Ashchem on the deal.
Oct 2017
UK data centre and connectivity specialist Belcom 247 (Belcom UK Ltd) has been acquired by Indigo Telecom Group Ltd. Belcom was advised by BCMS.
Oct 2017
Insurance loss adjuster Charles Taylor Adjusting PLC (CTA) has acquired BCMS client Criterion Adjusters (Criterion) in a move to enter the high net worth adjusting market.
Oct 2017
Skills for Care, a charity tasked with improving leadership and skills in the adult social care sector in England, has joined forces with learning and development consultancy Aston OD in a deal aimed at boosting workforce performance acros
Oct 2017
Lord Digby Jones told business owners that Brexit represents “a time of great opportunity”, at an exclusive event at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London on October 2.
Sep 2017
The VITEC Group has acquired UK film camera equipment manufacturer RT Motion Systems in a deal managed by business sale advisor BCMS.
Sep 2017
When it comes to business sales, London companies are more than twice as likely to be acquired as regional competitors. Jonathan Dunn of BCMS explains how to approach a potential sale.
Sep 2017
BCMS has helped sell more than 150 businesses in the South East, including 20 from Milton Keynes and around. Here’s a snapshot of who bought who and why.   
Sep 2017
Foresight Group has invested £3 million from the Foresight Regional Investment Fund into the specialist engineering company ONFAB Limited, a leading designer and manufacturer of flexible containment solutions, primarily for use in pharmace
Sep 2017
Canadian construction software vendor JDM Technology Group has acquired Witney-based Estimate Software, a leading provider of construction estimating software, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Sep 2017
Lyceum Capital, the leading investor in UK B2B services and technology companies, has announced that it has committed £20 million to a new buy and build strategy in the Machine to Machine (M2M) & Internet of Things (IoT) market, commencing wit
Aug 2017
A luxury confectionery business in Wetherby, Yorkshire, which supplies independent retailers and visitor attractions, has been acquired by a leading wine merchant.
Aug 2017
It’s the most common question we get asked by UK business owners – ‘I want to sell, but what about Brexit?’ It’s a fair point. But ultimately, Brexit is not an issue that should be keeping any business owner awake at night.
Aug 2017
A UK medical practice which provides patient scans and x-ray services to the National Health Service (NHS) and the private sector has been sold to Alliance Medical Group, in a deal managed by BCMS.
Aug 2017
East Midlands SMEs still on shopping list for European acquirers Meet the investors who turn local firms into national champions East Midlands deals in food, technology, healthcare, marketing and more
Aug 2017
BCMS has helped sell more than 100 businesses in the Midlands since 1989, from food manufacturers to software developers. Here’s a snapshot of who bought who and why.
Aug 2017
Putting a price on your business…and why we don’t let you name your ‘magic number’
Jul 2017
Green light for £25m growth investment at traffic management firm National rollout and acquisition plans outlined Deal marks 75th completed transaction for BCMS in SW England
Jul 2017
The real value in any event is the content, and a successful event is defined by its ability to deliver insights, information and often surprising new perspectives.
Jul 2017
Personal motives come first for entrepreneurs thinking of selling up, according to a new survey by BCMS.
Jul 2017
Leading finance magazine Moneyweek has been acquired by Dennis, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Jul 2017
Leading customer experience management platform provider Abacus Software Ltd, which trades as Abacus e-Media, has sold its applicant tracking software division to software specialist Giant Precision Limited, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Jun 2017
It had to happen sooner or later. Sheffield now has more people working in the digital economy than metal manufacturing.
Jun 2017
In the uber-competitive world of UK retail, I admire high street stalwart Timpson. Maybe it’s the curious mix of tiny shops offering a myriad of services, from key-cutting and trophy engraving to shoe repairs and phone screen repairs.
Jun 2017
The US$485m acquisition of Allworld Exhibitions by UBM plc has won the M&A Deal of the Year (US$250m-$500m) at the 9th Annual International M&A Awards.
Jun 2017
Global development company DAI has acquired the HPI Group, which consists of Health Partners International (HPI) and WISE Development. BCMS acted as advisor to the shareholders of the HPI Group.
Jun 2017
Loading bay equipment supplier Fen-Bay Services has secured backing from an investor group, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Jun 2017
BCMS has today announced it has managed the completion of IRIS Software Group’s acquisition of Results Squared, the software developer behind one of the most successful school messaging apps in the UK.
May 2017
Atkore International has acquired Marco Cable Management, a leading U.K. designer and manufacturer of wire cable tray and PVC trunking, in a deal led by BCMS.
May 2017
BCMS has been selling businesses since 1989, and has completed more than 50 food industry transactions, from sandwich and ready-meal manufacturers to food logistics and packaging specialists.
May 2017
With UK food exports now at an all-time high of £20bn a year, could our food and drink industry become the unlikely export champion of post-Brexit Britain?
May 2017
With more than 10 UK food companies changing hands every week, the food industry is currently being reshaped by acquisition activity.
May 2017
It’s fair to say Tim Gray’s first steps as an entrepreneur didn’t get off to a flying start.
May 2017
Many business owners know exactly what to do to grow their company, but don’t have the time or cash to make it happen.
May 2017
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.
May 2017
With more than 500 Yorkshire companies changing hands last year, the regional market is currently in peak condition for buyer and seller alike.
May 2017
Launched in early 2017, the BCMS webinar programme was developed to provide clear, no-nonsense information on the business sale process.
May 2017
Dealmaking in the USA and Europe recovered sharply in the first three months of 2017, new figures show. Thomson Reuters recorded 10,433 transactions worldwide in Q1, a 9% rise on the same period a year ago.
May 2017
Would a night in a cardboard box be high on your list of things to do post sale?
May 2017
SKY Deutschland has acquired 100% of Homedia SA, the largest independent Swiss OTT platform.
Apr 2017
With around 600 transactions completing in 2016, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in Scotland remains robust in comparison with many other parts of the UK, as our fascinating infographic shows.
Apr 2017
We’ve all been using those crisp, holographic fivers for a while. Chances are you’ve had a few of those nice new 12-sided £1 coins, too… apparently the most secure coin in the world.
Apr 2017
Thousands of SMEs will change hands this year, as large corporate acquirers continue their spree of buying up UK businesses.
Apr 2017
This week’s announcement that we are set for a General Election on June 8 – subsequently approved in parliament by a crushing majority of 522 votes to 13 – has taken everyone by surprise.
Apr 2017
In early April, BCMS hosted an evening event in the offices of law firm, Mills & Reeve, in the City of London.
Apr 2017
Dutch investor Intersaction Ventures has acquired one of the Netherland’s most highly skilled IT consultancies, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Mar 2017
There’s a really interesting blog doing the rounds about business sales.
Mar 2017
Anyone who has ever attended a BCMS masterclass – or met us at a networking event – will know that we are always stressing the importance of looking far and wide when researching potential acquirers in any business sale.
Mar 2017
The Chancellor has delivered a number of measures within today’s budget which are likely to inject a feeling of nervousness into the hearts of many small- to mid-sized business owners.
Mar 2017
A new webinar tackling the thorny subject of Earn Outs is now available to view online, for free.
Mar 2017
Did anyone catch this series of Dragons’ Den? While not as high profile, perhaps, as in previous years, it has been a fascinating watch. It remains compelling viewing for entrepreneurs everywhere.
Feb 2017
Our new BCMS headquarters in Kingsclere was officially opened by a special guest, Sir Clive Woodward. Know more about the insightful talk he delivered here.
Feb 2017
A leading UK supplier of water treatment equipment has been sold to a Belgium-headquartered international group, in a deal advised by BCMS. Find out more.
Feb 2017
Insights & News - Interestingly, the supermarket giant’s sudden appearance as an acquirer follows an 18-month disposal programme of non-core businesses.
Jan 2017
Donald Trump wrote in his book The Art of The Deal:“You can't con people, at least not for long. You can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press.
Jan 2017
Insights & News. Swedish industrial giant, indutrade, has moved into the UK healthcare manufacturing market with Sunflower Medical acquisition. 
Jan 2017
The Latest Panel Evening - Glasgow. The stars of the show were the business owners and entrepreneurs who have successfully sold businesses, and moved on.
Jan 2017
Why do sellers sell? As part of our market intelligence activities, BCMS profiles the reasons given by our clients for selling their business.
Jan 2017
UK sports equipment specialist acquired by ABEO Group. French sports and leisure equipment designer ABEO has acquired an 80% stake in Sportsafe UK.
Jan 2017
Two creative consultancies have joined forces in Milton Keynes to create a new full-service agency, after advertising specialist Walters Snowdon announced the acquisition of marketing agency Tregartha Dinnie.
Jan 2017
Many business owners automatically assume that another company will buy their firm, but for some businesses, the ideal acquirer may be your existing management.
Dec 2016
High-end stereo equipment manufacturer Roksan Audio has been acquired by leading speaker specialist Monitor Audio in a deal advised by BCMS.
Dec 2016
The fast-growing foreign exchange specialist No1 Currency has acquired London firm CAC and six of its branches to become the largest dedicated foreign exchange provider on the UK high street.
Dec 2016
The BCMS-advised sale of a majority interest in IPS-Integrated Project Services, Inc.
Dec 2016
Could now be the right time to sell for UK technology businesses?
Dec 2016
Thanks to our friends at Real Business, BCMS was privileged to be among the guests at last night’s prestigious Amazon Growing Business Awards, held at the Brewery, in the City of London.
Nov 2016
Leading corporate finance advisor BCMS has outlined ambitious expansion plans following a major upgrade to its global headquarters in Kingsclere, Hampshire.
Nov 2016
At BCMS we speak with thousands of potential acquirers each year, across multiple sectors from food to healthcare and heavy industry. Interestingly, the key strategic motives for acquisition are often similar, regardless of sector.
Nov 2016
Firms in the Leicester area have reported strong growth since the Brexit vote, and are confident about the future – according to a survey of local business owners.
Nov 2016
2016 has been a year of change, and Brexit – this year’s major disruptive event – is at the forefront of future commercial and strategic planning for UK business owners.
Oct 2016
An in-depth study of nearly 34,000 global acquisitions has identified the common predictors that a company will become targeted by investors and trade buyers.
Oct 2016
In partnership with Investec Wealth & Investment  and lawyers Harrison Clark Rickerbys, BCMS held a highly successful evening event in Cheltenham on 11 October.
Oct 2016
Tractebel, a global engineering company and part of ENGIE, has announced its acquisition of a 70 percent stake in RED, an award-winning consultancy specialising in the design of innovative and low energy Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health (M
Oct 2016
The Bridges Sustainable Growth Fund III (“SGF III”), managed by specialist sustainable and impact investor Bridges Ventures (“Bridges”), has announced its investment in Vegetarian Express (“VE”), a specialist supplier of plant-based food ingredien
Oct 2016
Two leading firms have teamed up to expand their recruitment services to UK airports.
Sep 2016
A UK manufacturer of parts for motorsports, supercars and F1 teams, has been acquired by an Indian group, in a transaction advised by BCMS.
Sep 2016
Smaller UK firms are more likely to be bought out by overseas acquirers than local competitors, new BCMS research has found.
Sep 2016
Highway maintenance and civil engineering contractor Irvine Grenson Ltd. has acquired Richard Ashford Ltd. in a deal advised by BCMS.
Sep 2016
Two business stories caught my eye this week – and both demonstrate the ability of Mergers & Acquisitions activity to transform a business, whether you are a FTSE-100 company, or a specialist SME.
Sep 2016
UL, a global safety science leader headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, USA, has announced the acquisition of Safeware Quasar Limited, a UK-based market leader in chemical regulatory compliance software and consultancy solutions.
Sep 2016
With family business succession becoming more challenging, more and more SME owners are choosing to sell their firm on the open market. But how long does it take? How much is my business worth?
Sep 2016
Thousands of SMEs will change hands this year, as large corporate acquirers continue their spree of buying up HK businesses.
Aug 2016
Last year’s headlines were all about the global $4 trillion M&A boom, and the rise and rise of the mega deal. This year, commentators have found their stories elsewhere.
Aug 2016
Provincial Aerospace Ltd. (“PAL Aerospace”) and CarteNav Solutions Inc.
Jul 2016
San Sac Group, the Swedish waste sorting and recycling solution provider has made its first foray into the UK market with the acquisition of Yorkshire-based Easi Recycling Solutions Limited and Easi Recycling UK Limited (Easi Recycling).
Jul 2016
Why bother planning anything? If the last few weeks has taught us anything, unplanned is the new normal.
Jul 2016
Ulster Carpets is pleased to announce the acquisition of Roger Oates Design. The purchase of this prestigious brand fits perfectly with Ulster’s philosophy of acquiring high quality businesses in the floor covering sector.
Jul 2016
Around one in three major corporations and investors expect to make more acquisitions in the UK after the Brexit vote, a new survey by BCMS said today.
Jul 2016
World M&A markets are proving resilient in the face of increased global volatility, with more than 20,000 M&A transactions announced in the first half of 2016.
Jul 2016
Two Dutch members of UNIGLOBE’S business travel franchise network have joined forces in a move to improve efficiency and generate economies of scale.
Jun 2016
The Whitbread Group owns Premier Inns, Brewers Fayre, Whitbread Inns and Beefeater. But it has seen its revenues boosted by one key division. At Costa Coffee, like-for-like sales are rising ahead of the group’s other brands.
Jun 2016
CMS Enviro Systems Ltd – trading as CMS Window Systems (CMS) – has agreed a significant growth capital investment deal with Lloyds Development Capital (LDC). M&A specialist BCMS featured as lead advisor to the shareholders of CMS.
Jun 2016
UK agricultural waste recycler FGS Organics has acquired Envar Composting from ADAS Group in a deal advised by BCMS.
Jun 2016
S J Bargh Ltd, the leading milk logistics company in the North West of England, has acquired R G Bassett & Sons Ltd (Bassetts), in a deal advised by BCMS.
Jun 2016
Do we stay or do we go? The blanket media coverage given to Brexit, supported by the endless polls and ubiquitous TV debates, is a reminder of two things. Firstly, that there is probably such a thing as too much coverage. 
Jun 2016
I’m a bit of a football fan and need to be careful not to find myself getting swept away by these really big international tournaments.
Jun 2016
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May 2016
I don’t really like the term “baby boomer”. Statisticians and the media use it liberally to refer to anyone born between 1945 and 1965 –as if we are all part of some great movement.
May 2016
A new survey conducted by BCMS has revealed that six out of 10 SME business owners want the UK to leave the European Union next month - despite the fact most of them are unsure of the impact on their firms.
Apr 2016
In business, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Apr 2016
From Management Buyouts to ‘corporate restructuring’ via ‘expressions of interest’, business sale terminology has made its way from the financial section to the front pages in recent weeks.
Apr 2016
London Swimming Pool Company Managing Director Jamie Smith has acquired the business in a management buy-out. The deal was managed by international M&A advisor BCMS.
Apr 2016
Aurum Group has acquired 100% of the shares of leading watch repair specialist The WATCH Lab, in a deal advised by the Corporate Finance division of BCMS. 
Apr 2016
Last week we filmed a series of video testimonials with business owners who sold their company through BCMS.
Mar 2016
A revealing new video interview with BCMS CEO Steve Dally is now live and available to watch on The Telegraph’s website
Mar 2016
Market commentators including Forbes, Thomson Reuters, Deloitte and JP Morgan are all agreed: 2016 is an intensive year for business sales and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Mar 2016
Hartford Holdings has acquired Warwickshire-based Thomas Crapper & Company Ltd. BCMS acted as lead advisor to the shareholders of Thomas Crapper during the transaction.
Mar 2016
Leading Swedish IT distributor Swedeltaco has acquired UAB AG Trade – a leading Lithuanian distributor of home appliances and consumer electronics in a deal advised by BCMS. 
Mar 2016
Norway’s Norlandia Care Group has acquired Dutch childcare operator KindeX in a deal advised by BCMS. 
Mar 2016
Murray & Roberts has acquired Aquamarine Water Treatment for R28m ($1.8m) in a deal advised by BCMS Xigo. 
Mar 2016
Exco Technologies Limited has completed the acquisition of Automotive Leather Company Group (ALC) in a deal worth C$17.3m ($13m).
Mar 2016
AVK, a Danish valve manufacturer, has bought a majority stake in South Africa’s Premier Valves Group (PVG) for R100m ($6.5m), enabling its AVK SA subsidiary to be compliant with a new South African law requiring state-owned companies to bu
Mar 2016
Following approval from South Africa’s Competitions Commission, RAD Phambili Interface has been acquired by Bidvest Electrical (Voltex) – a subsidiary of the Johannesburg-listed Bidvest Group.
Mar 2016
Enigma Telematics of the UK has merged with Italy’s Viasat Group to create a leading pan-European business serving the fleet and insurance industries. 
Mar 2016
Dutch technical and safety equipment distributor NOMAG BV has been acquired by Destil BV – part of Ets Descours & Cabaud – in a transaction advised by leading SME M&A advisor BCMS. 
Mar 2016
Polish industrial glue specialist Termolan has been sold to Germany’s Bühnen Group in a deal advised by BCMS. 
Mar 2016
South African consumer packaging specialist Flexible Packaging Converters (Pty) Ltd has completed the sale of a 55% shareholding in the company to international acquirers Packages Ltd of Pakistan. 
Mar 2016
Pretoria’s AQS Liquid Transfer sold to major European pump distributor AxFlow Deal safeguards more than 100 jobs Continuing overseas interest in South African SMEs
Mar 2016
"M&A is very strange, a game of centuries and ducks" So said one of our repeat acquirers, a keen cricket fan, recently.
Mar 2016
Market-leading catering industry distributors Bidvest Foodservice has acquired Devon-based Caterfood, in a deal managed by the Major Transactions division of M&A advisor BCMS.
Mar 2016
I don’t usually comment on political matters, but SMEs are once again being used as a political football, this time as the noisy debate around the UK’s referendum on EU membership hots up.
Feb 2016
Every year I am approached by business owners who have received an offer for their company.   Some pick up the phone immediately. Some wait a while.  But all are looking for support to guide them through an unknown process.
Feb 2016
Schauenburg International of Germany has invested in a majority shareholding in Astech Projects in a deal advised by leading M&A advisor BCMS. 
Feb 2016
Two Dutch members of UNIGLOBE’S business travel franchise network have joined forces in a move to improve efficiency and generate economies of scale. 
Feb 2016
As a business owner myself, I feel I have a strong affinity with our entrepreneurial clients – their thinking, their ambitions, and how they feel about the businesses they have built.
Feb 2016
BCMS Founding Director Dave Rebbettes has been voted UK Gamechanger of the Year (Corporate Finance), after speaking at more than 60 engagements to small business owners around the world in 2015.
Feb 2016
Our local supermarket has no Ginger Nuts on the shelves. Custard Creams are in pretty short supply too.
Jan 2016
You know how it is. There are certain parts of your role that you really love, but don’t get to do that often. Your diary just gets in the way.
Jan 2016
From the Golden Globes and Oscars to a plethora of lesser-known accolades, the awards season is upon us.
Jan 2016
Agrovista UK Limited has acquired Cambridgeshire-based seed wholesaler and breeder’s agent, Ebbage Seeds Ltd. BCMS acted as lead advisor to the shareholders of Ebbage Seeds during the transaction.
Jan 2016
UK agronomy company HL Hutchinson Ltd has successfully acquired Daventry-based crop protection and feed services specialist Norman & Spicer (Agriculture) Limited. BCMS acted as lead advisor to the shareholders of Norman & Spicer.
Jan 2016
I had a conversation with an acquirer the other day who has bought a number of companies through BCMS.
Jan 2016
Amey, one of the UK’s leading engineering consultancies and major provider of public and regulated services has acquired Travel Point Trading Ltd (TPT), a strategic asset management consultancy with a strong presence in the UK rail sector.
Jan 2016
A flurry of SME acquisitions by some of the world’s top corporations has propelled UK mergers & acquisitions (M&A) activity to record levels in 2015, BCMS announced today.
Dec 2015
Aim-listed health and safety group PHSC PLC acquires Wiltshire-based SG Systems  PHSC’s second acquisition in retail security tagging sector  BCMS acts as lead adviser to SG Systems 
Dec 2015
I regularly speak with business owners who tell me how another company has, quite out of the blue, made an offer to buy their business. As a company owner myself, I completely understand how flattered they must feel.
Dec 2015
Baldwins Holdings Ltd – on behalf of the Baldwins Accountants group – has acquired Berkeley Hamilton LLP (and its subsidiary PayeStaff Ltd). The Berkeley Hamilton partnership was advised by leading M&A specialist BCMS.
Dec 2015
Gravity Media Group has acquired Surrey-based broadcast TV and film equipment specialist Hyperactive Broadcast Ltd. BCMS acted as lead advisor to the shareholders of Hyperactive Broadcast during the transaction.
Nov 2015
Over the past few decades Taiwan has experienced strong economic growth, which has led to the formation of a large number of family-owned SMEs.
Nov 2015
They say what goes around comes around, and nothing I have seen sums this up better than the news this week that Amazon – famous for sounding the death knell of the traditional bookshop – has opened… a traditional bookshop.
Nov 2015
IMB Contracts Ltd has been acquired by Display World in a deal managed by international M&A advisor BCMS. BCMS acted as lead advisor to IMB Contracts Ltd throughout the deal.
Oct 2015
Shares in BEST Energy Saving Technology Group (BEST), an innovative designer of energy saving products, have been acquired by private investor John Carver and private equity firm Percipient Capital, in a transaction managed by int
Oct 2015
Reconomy, the UK’s leading provider of outsourced waste management services, has confirmed the acquisition of Just Hire UK Limited, trading as Network Waste.
Oct 2015
After 33 years with the company, Mark Price, managing director of Waitrose and deputy chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, is stepping down.
Oct 2015
SMALL business owners are selling up at record levels as multinational corporations and investors ramp up their search for high quality acquisitions, specialist SME advisor BCMS said today.
Oct 2015
Coventry based insurance specialist joins French financial services multinational GIM provides tailored insurance products for 400 clients in 39 countries New ownership enables UK SME to become a global market leader
Sep 2015
Whatever business you’re in, it’s not a case of where you go from here, but how you grow from here.
Sep 2015
I love London. We are regular visitors to Marble Arch where we host seminars, and the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, which is a great place to meet clients. In fact I was there last week meeting with an exciting new client.
Sep 2015
Social care provider Potens has expanded its operations in South West England with the acquisition of Devon-based Besmart South West, in a deal advised by M&A specialist BCMS.
Sep 2015
The emissions scandal currently engulfing Volkswagen is a stark reminder of the importance of honesty, integrity and transparency in any business transaction - however big or small the company, and whatever the sector.
Sep 2015
“I’ve got nothing to sell, and nothing to pass on.”
Sep 2015
Kent Social Care Professionals Ltd (KentSCP), a leading provider of social care recruitment and domiciliary care services, has been acquired by City and County Healthcare Group Limited, in a transaction managed by international M&A advisor BCM
Sep 2015
International M&A advisory firm BCMS Corporate has advised the shareholders of Heads Recruitment Ltd (HRL) on the sale of the company to Proman Group of France.
Sep 2015
September 2015 looks set to be an intensive month for SME sales, after BCMS announced a record six M&A deals completed in the first week of the month alone.
Sep 2015
BCMS completed a range of deals in August to take us past 50 transactions so far in 2015. 31% of all deals are now “cross-border”, with the acquirer based in a different country to the seller.

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