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Benchmark International has Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between ROC North west Limited and CareTech Holdings plc

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful sale of Lancashire-based ROC North West, a provider of residential care and education, to CareTech Holdings in a deal worth in excess of £11m.

Established in Lancaster in 2005 by founding directors Hilary Waterhouse and Glyn Waterhouse, ROC provides education and residential care for challenging and vulnerable young people with complex needs. It currently offers 41 residential places in seven residential homes across Lancashire and 25 education places in its school in Preston.

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Hilary Waterhouse, Co-founder of ROC, said: "ROC is a family run business offering high standards of care and education in the learning disabilities sector. We are pleased that we have now joined the larger family of CareTech. We had a number of different companies wishing to buy our business but chose CareTech as we believe in their philosophy of care and working practices that mirror our own expectations and high standards."

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Benchmark International Advises on the Successful Deal of ROC North West to CareTech Holdings

Posted on December 1, 2015 By in Blog

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful sale of Lancashire-based ROC North West Limited, a provider of residential care and education, to CareTech Holdings in a deal worth in excess of £11m.

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On the Hunt: Are the Big Pieces of 2015’s M&A Puzzle yet to be Placed?

Posted on November 30, 2015 By in Blog

In a previous post, we discussed the year of the megadeals and explored the motivation behind these acquisitions. Although 2015 has seen historical M&A movement, several big players are still indicating their intentions to undertake the next wave of M&A activity.

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Benchmark International Advises on Sale of Swan Seals Limited to Diploma PLC

Posted on November 25, 2015 By in Uncategorized

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Swan Seals (Aberdeen) Limited (“Swan Seals”) to Diploma PLC.  Established in 2003, Aberdeen-based Swan Seals manufactures and supplies seals and sealing products to a wide range of customers who service the North Sea Oil and Gas industry.

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2015 The Year of the Megadeals!

Posted on November 25, 2015 By in Blog

2015 has seen some of the biggest deals in the history of mergers and acquisitions: Coca-Cola, Shell, Visa and many more have all contributed to what is being referred to as “The Year of the Megadeal!”

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Benchmark International Wins 'Rising Star' Award

Alongside our success on behalf of clients, Benchmark International is immensely proud to announce that Roger Forshaw, Associate Director, has won the ‘Rising Star’ award at the annual JCI Manchester Young Talent Awards.

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Benchmark International Wins M&A Deal of the Year (Over $250M to $500M) Award

Posted on November 19, 2015 By in Blog + Recognition + #BenchmarkAwards

It is with great pride that Benchmark International announces winning Technology Deal of the Year (Over $250M to $500M) at the 14th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. The winners were announced at the annual gala held at The New York Athletic Club in New York on November 17, 2015.

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“What next?” More Huge Deals Predicted Before Close of 2015

Posted on November 16, 2015 By in Blog

Several significant deals have been completed across a range of industries this year prompting analysts to predict that there will be more big deals to come before the year is out.

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Benchmark International Completes Sale of XL Graduate Placement to Nicholas Associates Group

Posted on November 11, 2015 By in Blog

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the successful sale of Newcastle based XL Graduate Placement to South Yorkshire headquartered Nicholas Associates Group, in a deal for an undisclosed sum.

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Benchmark International has Successfully Represented a Specialty Marketing Firm

Posted on November 7, 2015 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International represented a specialty marketing firm that closed in October 2015. Benchmark International began their relationship with the seller about two years prior to the sale. 

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BBC Radio 2: Jeremy Vine Talks Family Business

Last week, during Jeremy Vine’s show on BBC 2, the hot topic on the business queries agenda heard Vine and business expert Nick Brown discussing the trials and tribulations that UK family business owners face when they are no longer a part of the company. The key question: do you have an exit strategy in place?

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M&A Driving the Fortune of the Fortune 500

Posted on October 26, 2015 By in Blog

The latest report from Deloitte shows that mergers and acquisitions are playing a key role in sustaining a company’s position on the Fortune 500 list. The study hypothesises that Fortune 500 dealmaking activity has come about as companies on the list increasingly compare the risk and return of a perspective M&A deal against the odds of delivering value via other strategies (e.g. investing in-house in innovation to develop a new product or deploying resources to build “greenfield” capabilities in a new market) and, activity levels suggest that in many cases, pursuing M&A has shown to be a better bet.

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Funding Hindering the Growth of Northern Businesses, could M&A provide the answer?

Posted on October 23, 2015 By in Blog

Last week, a roundtable was held in Manchester at Sci-tech Daresbury, home to over 100 tech companies, to discuss how the North can innovate to achieve growth.

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Benchmark International plans China expansion following success in Europe and America

Posted on October 22, 2015 By in Blog

Benchmark International has set out an ambitious, two-year strategy to expand new business into China.

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BENCHMARK INTERNATIONAL COMPLETES SALE OF OMEGA TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS TO CERTIVE SOLUTIONS INC.

Posted on October 22, 2015 By in Deal completions

International M&A specialist, Benchmark International, has successfully negotiated the sale of Omega Technology Solutions to publically-traded Certive Solutions Inc.

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BENCHMARK INTERNATIONAL COMPLETES SALE OF ADVANTONE INC TO INTELEPEER HOLDINGS INC.

Posted on October 22, 2015 By in Deal completions

International M&A specialist, Benchmark International, has successfully negotiated the sale of Advantone Inc. to IntelePeer Holdings Inc.

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The Triad of Problems Slowing the Growth of UK Private Businesses

Posted on October 21, 2015 By in Blog

British businesses are booming and the private sector now comprises an astonishing 5.2m companies. Of this 5.2m, only 2,000 companies are publicly listed, leaving the vast majority in private hands.

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M&A Matchmaking: “It’s Not Just About Scale, it’s About Certainty”

Posted on October 20, 2015 By in Blog

The FT has been tracking the recent wave of M&As within the food & beverage sector, looking for a common denominator in these deals. However, the FT argues that instead of the motivation to ‘scale’ acting as the catalyst for an acquisition, these deals have been motivated by a longer-term ambition – the certainty of the company’s future success.

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Booming M&A Activity Across Sectors Continues Puts Global Deal Making on Track to Reach an All-Time Record in 2015

Posted on October 19, 2015 By in Blog

M&A activity in the third quarter of 2015 saw deal making achieve more than $1tn. This, with a combined value of mergers and acquisition over the past 9 months shows a 32% increase (compared to last year’s period) to £3.17tn. This puts global deal making on track to reach an all-time record in 2015, suggesting there is no better time to sell.

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Foreign Investment Up All Round: Mergers Put UK Top of FDI Table For First Time Since 1977

Posted on October 19, 2015 By in Blog

Provisional figures from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development show that the UK received more inward investment than any other nation last year. This puts the UK at the top of the foreign direct investment (FDI) table for the first time since 1977, with a large part of this FDI coming from merger and acquisition activity.

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M&A Frenzy

Posted on October 8, 2015 By in Blog

According to analysts, a mergers and acquisitions frenzy is sweeping the UK. This follows a surge of M&A activity in the gambling sector that has seen a number of significant deals completed, including a £2.3bn deal between Ladbrookes and Gala Coral in July, and a £6bn merger of Betfair and Paddy Power in August. In total, between January and August this year, there have been more takeovers and mergers in the UK gambling sector than in any other country in the world.

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Confidence Breeds M&A Buoyancy

Posted on October 7, 2015 By in Blog

At the start of 2015 the level of global deal making passed $3 trillion, 0.7% shy of the record set in 2007. Research by KPMG has found that the activity shows no sign of slowing as predictions have already been made surrounding global M&A topping $3.4 trillion by 2017. An increase of 26% based on the results from 2015.

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Milestone Operations Acquired By Staffline

Posted on October 6, 2015 By in Blog

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful sale of Milestone Operations to Nottingham-headquartered recruitment firm Staffline Group.

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BENCHMARK INTERNATIONAL NOMINATED FOR UK AND USA M&A AWARDS

2015 has been an exciting and prosperous year for Benchmark International and clients alike, bolstered by the M&A industry’s continued resurgence.

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Pharma Market Infected with M&A Fever

Posted on September 24, 2015 By in Blog

Chemistry World recently reported that M&A activity in the pharmaceutical sector has reached fever pitch, with the announcement of a $1 billion deal in which Valeant Pharmaceuticals acquired Sprout.

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How Family Members Will Deliver Future Business Success

In the latest in our blog series on the impact of family ownership on succession planning for businesses, we look at how complex emotions can result in difficult decision making for businesses owners in terms of exit prospects.

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Top Universities Launch Programme to Assist China’s Family Businesses

Posted on September 12, 2015 By in Uncategorized

China is the world’s second-largest economy, second only to the United States, and one where the private sector is dominated by family businesses.

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Outsiders Take Away Family Business “X Factor”, Says Timpson

In a recent Telegraph column, John Timpson, fourth generation chairman of multi-service retailer Timpson, criticised the idea of bringing outside professional managers into family businesses, stating they are at risk of losing their “x factor”.

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Transaction of Central Emergency Medical Services Inc. to Priority Ambulance

Posted on August 28, 2015 By in Blog + Deal completions

Benchmark International has successfully negotiated the sale of Central Emergency Medical Services to Priority Ambulance, a portfolio company of Enhanced Equity Funds. The transaction represents the conjoining of two of the strongest players in the EMS industry in the Southeast US.

Based in Atlanta, Central EMS provides advanced life support, basic life support, critical care and nonemergency transport options from 13 stations throughout the state. Eight stations are located in the Atlanta metro area and its surrounding counties. Central EMS also serves Northeast Georgia from an Athens location; Central Georgia from Macon, Dublin and Newnan stations; and Southeast Georgia from a station in Savannah.

Central EMS transports approximately 50,000 patients annually with 77 ambulances. The company specializes in ambulance transport service between hospitals and other health care facilities, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and long distance transports, as well as contracts for special event medical coverage. Central EMS currently employs more than 340 EMTs, paramedics, communication and billing specialists.

 

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Based in Knoxville, Tenn., Priority Ambulance provides the highest level of clinical excellence in emergency and nonemergency medical care to the communities it serves. Throughout its national service area, more than 1,000 highly trained paramedics and EMTs staff more than 170 state-of-the-art ambulances with the latest medical equipment and technology.

Priority Ambulance provides emergency and nonemergency medical transport options to communities in Tennessee, Alabama, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Georgia. Operating as Priority Ambulance, the company serves Knox, Loudon and Blount counties in East Tennessee. Priority Ambulance operates as Kunkel Ambulance in Utica, New York; as Trans Am Ambulance in Olean, New York; as Shoals Ambulance in Alabama; as Seals Ambulance in Indiana; and as Central EMS in Georgia.

Dara Shareef, Director at Benchmark International, stated, “It was a pleasure to represent Central Emergency Medical Services in this transaction. Combining management teams with hundreds of years of experience, backed by a strong private equity investor we believe the partnership with Priority Ambulance will be extremely successful within the EMS industry. We wish both parties the best of luck moving forward.”

 

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Graham Woodard, Senior Associate at Benchmark International, stated, “Benchmark’s ability to create a competitive bid process for our client was instrumental in this transaction. At the end of the day, we believe our client found the perfect fit to continue and grow in the EMS industry and preserve a merited legacy.”

Central Emergency Medical Services Founder and CEO, Gary Coker, stated, “I am extremely pleased with the partnership that we have developed with Priority under the guidance of Benchmark International. I believe that the Central EMS and Priority Ambulance combined management teams will be able to deliver powerful results within the industry. I would like to thank all the members of the Benchmark International transaction team that worked diligently to produce this result and feel strongly we could not have achieved this without them by my side every step of the way.”

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Preparing for a Transaction – Expect the unexpected

In many cases, mid-market business owners and entrepreneurs, like you, only go through the mergers and acquisitions process once in a lifetime. It’s difficult to know what to expect from a transaction, and business owners often, unknowingly, limit their chances of achieving an ideal outcome for what will likely be the biggest deal of their lives.

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M&A heating up over the summer

Posted on August 15, 2015 By in Blog

The 2015 summer so far has seen an unprecedented ‘heat wave’ across the M&A industry. Despite many business owners and acquirers packing their bags to jet off on their holidays, deal activity remains robust. By September proposed global M&A deals could reach a trillion dollars, beating the previous high in 2007.

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BSW Consulting (Exeter) Limited acquired by Parkwood Consultancy Services Limited

Posted on August 14, 2015 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of BSW Consulting (Exeter) Limited (BSW) to Parkwood Consultancy Services Limited (PCS) for an undisclosed sum.

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Protean Software acquired by Foresight Group

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the successful sale of Protean Software Limited (Protean) to Foresight Group (Foresight) in a £4 million deal.

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Managed Fleet Services acquired by The Davies Group

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful sale of Managed Fleet Services Limited (MFSL) to The Davies Group for an undisclosed sum.

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Blood is Thicker than Water: Exiting Family Business

According to PwC’s latest Global Family Business Survey, only 16% of the 2,378 businesses interviewed had a documented succession plan in place.  It is particularly important for those involved in a family business to consider an exit strategy at the earliest possible stage, especially as the Business Families Foundation reports that only 13% of family businesses make it to the third generation.

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Safety & Technical Hydraulics Limited acquired by ATR Group

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of Safety & Technical Hydraulics Limited (Safety & Technical) to ATR Group (ATR) for an undisclosed sum.

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UK Budget July 2015: What this means for your business

Posted on July 10, 2015 By in UK + Budget + Business + Uncategorized

"The British economy I report on today is fundamentally stronger than it was five years ago. We're growing faster than any other major advanced economy. Our businesses have created two million more jobs" – these were the words from Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, as he gave the first Conservative Budget since May’s General Election victory.

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Top tips for preparing to sell your IT business

Oculus, the virtual subsidiary of Facebook, has purchased British firm Surreal Vision as part of a drive to acquire virtual reality-focused businesses. The team at Surreal Vision is said to be moving to Washington to work at the Oculus lab. So how do small IT businesses get on the radar of the bigger companies if their owners have acquisition on their mind? Here are some top tips for you if you are considering selling your IT business and want to ensure that you attract the best buyers.

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