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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Back In Action Physiotherapy Limited and Sano Physiotherapy Ltd

Posted on March 8, 2023 By

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of St Albans-based Back in Action UK by Leeds-based Sano Physiotherapy.

Back in Action UK is an occupational physiotherapy company that was established in 2001. It provides assessment, treatment, and ergonomic consultancy to private sector corporates nationwide.

Founded in 2010, Sano Physiotherapy, backed by Solingen Private Equity, provides specialised onsite occupational health physiotherapy services and ergonomic assessments to some of the UK's largest brands.

It also provides NHS and private sector services and delivers numerous public-sector physiotherapy contracts throughout the UK, including local authorities and police, fire and ambulance services.

The acquisition of Back in Action UK has doubled the size of Sano's occupational health physiotherapy services, expanding its expertise into new industries such as rail, travel and utilities.

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The enlarged Sano group now employs more than 100 full-time staff across its customer locations and operates nationally.

Alex Bell, founder of Back in Action UK, said: "We are delighted to join the Sano Physiotherapy group that not only diversifies our industrial reach but increases our ability to offer UK plc a wider portfolio of occupational health services.

"This collaboration creates a high impact workplace health solution at a time when it's needed most, when the nation's worsening health is holding back economic growth."

Matthew Taylor, managing director of Sano, commented: "This is an exciting time for Sano as we continue to accelerate our ambitious growth plans in the occupational health space. Back in Action UK is a company I have admired for many years, and I am highly impressed with the clinical quality and ethos of the business which aligns to how we operate at Sano.

"This acquisition fits perfectly with our strategic goal of providing rapid access to high quality physiotherapy services for UK workforces. In a post-covid landscape with lengthy NHS waiting lists, this acquisition will add significant value to our growing customer base."

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Benchmark International is a global M&A firm that provides business owners with creative, value-maximizing solutions for growing and exiting their businesses. Benchmark International has handled over $9.4 billion in transaction value across various industries from offices across the world. With decades of M&A experience, Benchmark International’s transaction teams have assisted business owners with achieving their objectives and ensuring the continued growth of their businesses. The firm has also been named the Investment Banking Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor and the Global M&A Network as well as the #1 Sell-side Exclusive M&A Advisor in the World by Pitchbook’s Global League Tables.


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