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Benchmark International wins the ‘International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of the Year’ award for a second year running

In recognition of recent efforts, Benchmark International is the proud recipient of the ‘International – Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of the Year’ award for a second year running at the ACQ Global Awards 2015.

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Benchmark International winner at AI M&A Awards

Benchmark International is delighted to announce it has been named winner of the AI M&A Awards ‘Best for Acquisition Strategy 2015 - UK’ at the Acquisition International Awards 2015.

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Industry Outlook: Telecommunications

Posted on July 2, 2015 By in Blog

As digital technology has changed the way in which the UK population communicates, the telecommunications industry has had to adapt and diversify its services to remain relevant.

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The Art of Due Diligence - Part 3

Best practises for classifying and producing due diligence materials

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Complete Limited to Sparks Commercial Services

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Complete Limited to Sparks Commercial Services.

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Benchmark International nominated at Awwwards event

Posted on June 23, 2015 By in Blog + #BenchmarkAwards

Benchmark International is delighted to announce that our new website has been nominated for this year’s prestigious Awwwards prize, following our successful rebranding earlier this year.

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Benchmark International opens Oxfordshire office

Posted on June 22, 2015 By in Blog + OxfordOfficeNews

At Benchmark International, we’re proud to be celebrating an exciting year of strategic growth and an increase in headcount by opening brand new offices in Milton Park, Oxfordshire.

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Arblaster & Clarke acquired by Specialist Tours Limited

Posted on June 19, 2015 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the successful sale of Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours Limited (Arblaster) to Specialist Tours Limited (Specialist Tours) for an undisclosed sum.

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Benchmark International Facilitates the Transaction of RX30 to GTCR

Posted on June 18, 2015 By in Deal completions

Strategic Investment in Leading Developer of Pharmacy Management Software

Benchmark International’s Major Transaction Team had the opportunity to represent Transaction Data Systems, Inc., doing business as Rx30 ("Rx30"), in a transaction with new investor GTCR completed on Monday. GTCR’s strategic equity investment in Rx30 will accelerate Rx30’s new product development and continued growth. Rx30's CEO, Steve Wubker, and the existing management team will continue to lead the company.

Rx30 is a leading national developer and supplier of vertical enterprise software that offers pharmacy management software solutions to the independent, hospital, long-term care and specialty pharmacy markets. Dedicated to the independent pharmacy market for the last 35 years, Rx30 offers a suite of market-leading software solutions to enable prescription filling, pharmacy management and other critical functions for its pharmacist customers.

Kendall Stafford, Managing Director of Benchmark International, stated, “It was a pleasure to advise Rx30 on this transaction. It was important for CEO Steve Wubker and the existing management team to partner with an equity investor that would add both healthcare and technology expertise to help accelerate the growth of the company. GTCR was the perfect fit. The transaction allowed the founding shareholders to exit happily at close, knowing their company is in good hands, with the existing management team continuing to grow the business and a new equity partnership in place to support their vision. It will be an exciting road forward for Rx30 and we were fortunate to be a part of the company’s growth and starting this next chapter. We wish each party the best of luck.”

If you are considering a strategic partnership or exit, Benchmark International should be your first call.

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Systems Up acquired by iomart Group

Posted on June 17, 2015 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the successful sale of Systems Up Limited (SystemsUp) to iomart Group plc (iomart) in a deal worth up to £13 million.

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Mergers & Acquisitions following the General Election

Posted on June 16, 2015 By in Uncategorized

The dust is finally settling on the post-election period. The build up to the election was marked by low levels of activity prompted by uncertainty for investors, so recent ONS statistics delivering the news that Q1 of 2015 had historically low-levels of M&A activity in the UK should come as no surprise. As the Conservative party has secured its first majority for over two decades and is poised to deliver their first budget next month on the 8th July, Benchmark International reviews the press to see what business publications are saying about UK M&A activity in light of the Tory victory.

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The Art of Due Diligence - Part 2

The biggest fear for any buyer in an M&A transaction is purchasing a problem rather than a solution.

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The Art of Due Diligence - Part 1

This is the first of three blogs that will give you, the business owner looking to sell your company, an insight into the art of due diligence and its important in the M&A process.

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10 steps to maximise the value and saleability of your business - Step 10

Throughout our 10 blog series, we have discussed the different processes and stages recommended for you, a business owner, to take that could make your company more valuable and saleable.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Yeovil Plumbing Supplies Limited to the Bradfords Group

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Yeovil Plumbing Supplies Limited to the Bradfords Group.

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General Election – what does a Conservative government mean for your business?

Posted on May 12, 2015 By in Blog

David Cameron has vowed to lead a government for “one nation” and will make “Great Britain greater” after securing the 326 seats needed for the first majority Conservative government since 1992.

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10 steps to maximise the value and saleability of your business - Step 9

In our penultimate blog we will discuss legal issues in your business, and the importance of tackling them.

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Academy Design & Technology Services acquired by Integrity Trade Services Inc.

Posted on May 5, 2015 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful sale of Academy Design & Technology Services (Academy Design) to Integrity Trade Services Inc. (Integrity) in a deal for an undisclosed sum.

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AF Cruden Associates acquired by Arch Henderson

Posted on April 27, 2015 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the successful sale of AF Cruden Associates Limited (AF Cruden), to Arch Henderson LLP (Arch Henderson) for an undisclosed fee.

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Benchmark International advises proposed sale of W. Corbett & Co. (Galvanizing) to Hill & Smith Holdings

Posted on April 24, 2015 By in Blog

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the proposed sale of W. Corbett & Co. (Galvanizing) Limited (W. Corbett) to Hill & Smith Holdings PLC (Hill & Smith) in a deal valued at £10.5 million on an Enterprise Value basis.

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Cross-border transactions to boost the M&A Market in 2015

Posted on April 22, 2015 By in Blog

A recent survey suggests that circa 60% of UK companies are planning to acquire assets over the next 12 months, with the appetite for cross-border transactions at an all-time high.

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Benchmark International to help a local university in the Clinton Foundation’s Hult Prize Competition

Posted on April 21, 2015 By in Blog + #BenchmarkGivesBack

Benchmark International’s US team has stepped up efforts to help a local university competing in the Clinton Foundation’s Hult Prize Competition, encouraging students to form profitable businesses that provide social good through health care and education for those living in poverty. The judges, including Bill Clinton, will determine the ultimate winner based upon the viability of the business and the degree to which the targeted social benefits appear achievable.

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Tandem’s Pre-tax profits up following acquisition

Posted on April 17, 2015 By in Blog

Following the successful acquisition of a business represented by Benchmark International’s UK Transaction team, a Castle Bromwich-based company has posted substantially improved pre-tax profits of £1.7m, compared to £16,000 in 2013.

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10 steps to maximise the value and saleability of your business – Step 8

In the final three instalments of our 10 blog series, we will discuss running your business as though selling is not a necessity, tackling problems that may lead to legal disputes and the importance of first impressions of your company. 

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Seven Seas acquired by private investor

Posted on April 15, 2015 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the successful sale of Seven Seas Logistics Limited (7seas) to a private buyer, for an undisclosed fee.

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Benchmark International continues its commitment to the environment

Posted on April 10, 2015 By in Blog + #BenchmarkGivesBack

Being mindful of our impact on our local and wider environment is a shared responsibility, and Benchmark International takes this responsibility seriously by actively participating in a number of environmental schemes.

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10 steps to maximise the value and saleability of your business – Step 7

Posted on April 2, 2015 By in Blog

Although it may seem trivial, it is fundamental for you, as a business owner, to consider the reliability of your management and financial information.

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Benchmark International to sponsor this year's Association for Corporate Growth event

Posted on March 31, 2015 By in Blog

Benchmark International is proud to sponsor this year’s Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) InterGrowth event on 13th April, one of the largest middle-market Mergers and Acquisitions event in North America.

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Kraft Foods set to merge with Heinz

Posted on March 25, 2015 By in Uncategorized

US food consortium Heinz is set to merge with Kraft Foods Group, creating what both companies describe as one of the largest food and beverage company’s in the US, encompassing high profile brands such as Kraft, Heinz and Oscar Mayer.

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UK the best marketplace to invest

Posted on March 24, 2015 By in Blog

One of the richest men in the world believes the UK is the best place in the world to invest.

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Lancelyn Lighting acquired by Northern Stage Services

Posted on March 23, 2015 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the successful sale of Lancelyn Lighting Limited, trading as ‘Lancelyn Theatre Supplies’, to Northern Stage Services Limited.

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10 Steps to maximise the value and saleability of your business - Step 6

You, as a business owner, need to be aware of the vulnerabilities faced by your business if the products and services you offer are easy to replicate.

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March Budget 2015

Posted on March 20, 2015 By in Blog

Under the proclamation that “Britain is walking tall again”, Chancellor George Osbourne delivered the 2015 Budget, announcing that the national debt target has been met and predicted the “end of austerity” a year early.

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Benchmark International team member to run the Greater Manchester Marathon for Children's Hospital

Posted on March 18, 2015 By in Blog + #BenchmarkGivesBack

Benchmark International’s own Andy Hancock is running the 2015 Greater Manchester Marathon, on 19th April, to raise money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

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A New Era at Benchmark International

Posted on March 11, 2015 By in Blog

“Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything…” Steve Jobs

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10 Steps to maximise the value and saleability of your business - Step 5

At the halfway stage of our 10 blog series we’ve already discussed removing owner dependence, demonstrating growth in sales, profits and cash with good projections, reducing customer and supplier dependence, adding depth in staff, and making sure your business’ brand values are clear, attractive and resilient.

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Contronics acquired by private investors

Posted on March 3, 2015 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of Contronics Limited (Contronics), which has been acquired by two private investors, for an undisclosed fee.

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Wimpole Printing acquired by Greens Digital

Posted on March 2, 2015 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of Wimpole Printing Limited (Wimpole) to Greens Digital Limited (Greens Digital), for an undisclosed fee.

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10 steps to maximise the value and saleability of your business - Step 4

In this instalment, the fourth of our 10 blog series, we will discuss the importance of brand values.

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PDC Utility Services acquired by Siteserv Group

Posted on February 19, 2015 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of PDC Utility Services Limited (PDC) to Siteserv Group (Siteserv), in a deal which bolsters the industrial services division of its subsidiary, Deborah Services Limited (DSL), for an undisclosed fee.

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