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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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10 steps to maximise the value and saleability of your business - Step 3

In the third instalment of our 10-blog series about the steps business owners may wish to consider when working toward maximising value and saleability, we look at some of the external and internal factors at play:

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10 steps to maximise the value and saleability of your business - Step 2

We’re pleased to bring you the second instalment of our 10-part blog series about the steps you can take to improve your business in the eyes of an acquirer, before taking it to market:

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10 steps to maximise the value and saleability of your business

Over the course of a 10-blog series, we will highlight the key steps business owners should take in order to maximise the value and saleability of their business. Industry specialist and founder of ‘Prepare to Sell’, Richard Wright, advises 10 key steps.

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Benchmark International Facilitated the Transaction of Michael Robb Limited to JM Taylor Limited

Posted on February 11, 2015 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful sale of Michael Robb (Accountancy and Taxation Services) Limited to JM Taylor Limited.

The Aberdeen-based company Michael Robb (Accountancy and Taxation Services) was established in 1998 as a one-man business catering for all the needs of small to medium sized business, including accountancy, taxation, VAT, and payroll services. The continued success and growth of the Company has meant constant additions to staff, which now numbers five.

The acquirer, JM Taylor Limited, offers financial and accountancy services to the local business community. Established in 1978, JM Taylor has vast experience and acts as accounts/business consultants and independent advisers to circa 2,000 clients, both large and small.

The Company is ideally located for this acquisition as it has offices in three locations in the north east of Scotland, Aberdeen, Ellon & Blackburn.

Discussing the deal, Benchmark International Chief Operations Officer, James Thornton noted, “The opportunity generated 38 interested parties, resulting in two firm offers.

“With two competing offers providing a competitive atmosphere surrounding the deal, our client was afforded the opportunity to select an acquirer which would best suit his objectives and those he holds for the company.

“The timeframe in which the deal was completed is also worthy of note, just over eight months from the initial marketing phase being undertaken. On behalf of everyone involved at Benchmark International, I would like to wish them all the best for the future.”

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Competition hots up for Mid-Market acquisitions

Posted on February 9, 2015 By in Blog

For several years, Private Equity firms have been slowly shifting their focus toward sub-$50 million acquisition opportunities. These smaller acquisitions offer bolt-on opportunities for firms to integrate into their current portfolios, and also represent reduced risk for firms still wary of over exposing themselves following the uncertainty of the past few years.

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Benchmark International sponsors ACG Intergrowth 2015

Posted on February 5, 2015 By in What's happening at Benchmark

Benchmark International will sponsor ACG Intergrowth 2015, held at the Waldorf Astoria Resort, Orlando Florida, 13-15 April.

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Formations Direct Limited acquired by Xephyr Limited

Posted on January 30, 2015 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of Formations Direct Limited to Xephyr Limited in an all-cash deal amounting to nine times the Company’s EBITDA.

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Private Equity activity set to surge

Posted on January 22, 2015 By in Blog

‘Dry powder’, or the amount of capital committed to private equity firms, is frequently a strong indicator of future activity levels in the private equity industry.

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Benchmark International meeting with key players in UK Private Equity Mid-Market

Posted on January 20, 2015 By in What's happening at Benchmark

On 6 February 2015 over 90% of UK Private Equity firms will gather at The Landmark Hotel in London and, once again, Benchmark International be in attendance to meet with them.

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Capital Gains Tax hike – Act now to avoid significant lost value

Posted on January 20, 2015 By in Blog

President Obama is set to use his State of the Union address - his largest television audience of the year - to propose significant tax increases, which will largely affect the wealthiest Americans.

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Don’t wait on a major event to trigger exit planning

Thoughts of selling are all too often put off by business owners until a major event demands that it be given due consideration.

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Intact Pathways acquired by HNWI

Posted on December 22, 2014 By in Uncategorized

Intact Pathways Inc and MyIOM LLC has been acquired by a high net worth individual. Benchmark International has advised the seller on the successful sale of Intact Pathways Inc and MyIOM LLC to a high net worth individual for an undisclosed sum.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Benchmark International

Posted on December 18, 2014 By in Uncategorized

After a long but successful year here at Benchmark International, we’re all looking forward to a hard-earned break over the festive period.

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Benchmark International named International Corporate Finance Adviser 2014

Posted on December 18, 2014 By in Uncategorized + #BenchmarkAwards

Benchmark International is pleased to have been named ‘International Corporate Finance Adviser 2014’ by Corporate Livewire at its ‘Business Awards 2014.’

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True Lens Services acquired by Procam

Posted on December 15, 2014 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of True Lens Services Ltd to Procam Television Holdings Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

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Ball and Hoolahan Ltd acquired by Empresaria Group plc

Posted on December 15, 2014 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of a 75% interest in Ball and Hoolahan Ltd to Empresaria Group plc for £1.5m.

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Benchmark International Facilitated the Transaction of Sterimedix Ltd to Synergetics USA

Posted on December 11, 2014 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is delighted to announce successful completion of the sale of Sterimedix Ltd to Synergetic USA, Inc. for an initial sum of £8.5m, with an additional gross profit margin earn-out through December 31, 2017.

Based in Redditch, Worcestershire, Sterimedix manufactures and distributes cannulas, needles and other disposable products for ophthalmic and aesthetic procedures. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Sterimedix generated total revenue of approximately £4.1m.

Synergetics USA, headquartered in Missouri, USA, with offices in France, Germany, Italy and Australia, specialises in the design, manufacture, and marketing of innovative surgical devices for ophthalmic and neurological applications.

Sterimedix’s Managing Director, Ronnie McFarlane, noted, “The Benchmark International team, led by Roger Forshaw, was left by us to negotiate the price entirely. We as a company did not feel adequate to start the negotiations with potential acquirers and, therefore, by using alternative quotes Roger managed to leverage a final offer price from Synergetics USA." He further added, "Roger became personally involved to try to keep the wheels oiled and to keep negotiations going when we became frustrated with the due diligence process. He suggested alternative routes to complete the process and that was certainly a significant benefit to us completing the deal at the end."

On the deal, Benchmark International Associate Director, Roger Forshaw, commented, “This is another great completion for Benchmark International. We were able to source a great buyer from the US, structure a deal that worked for all parties and tightly manage a cross-Atlantic deal to a successful completion. We wish both our clients and the buyer, Synergetics, every success in the future.”

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Autumn Statement 2014 – Highlights

Posted on December 9, 2014 By in Uncategorized

With a general election now in sight, Chancellor George Osbourne delivered his Autumn statement last week to set out the plan he believes will maintain the country’s economic recovery and possibly enhance his party’s chances of retaining power.

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Earn-outs: inside and out

Agreements regarding the sale of a business can be structured in many ways, typically involving cash, stock, financing and earn-outs in varying degrees.

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The rise of US M&A

Posted on November 27, 2014 By in Blog

After a number of slow years, US M&A has returned with a bang in 2014 as cash rich buyers have returned to a market, fuelling an explosion of high value deals.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Benchmark International

Posted on November 26, 2014 By in Blog

Benchmark International would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Border Group acquired by Premier Forest Group

Posted on November 18, 2014 By in Uncategorized

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of Border Group, comprising Border (Disposable) Products Ltd and Lanes Garage (Ystrad Mynack) Ltd (trading as GTP Border Forest and Border Forest Products, respectively) to Premier Forest Group for an undisclosed sum.

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Benchmark International to attend ACG Capital Connection 2014

Posted on November 13, 2014 By in What's happening at Benchmark

Benchmark International will be in attendance when the annual ACG Capital Connection conference returns on November 18-19 held at the Grand Hyatt, Tampa Bay on November 18-19.

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