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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between South West Intervention Services Limited and Tristone Healthcare Limited

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the transaction between Devon-based South West Intervention Services (SWIS) and Manchester-based Tristone.

SWIS is a care provider that collaborates with local authorities and educational institutions to provide young people with support and intervention programmes tailored to each individual’s personal needs. The provider, which currently supports 120 individuals and employs 35 people across the region, works to re-engage children in education, with an emphasis on attaining their English, Maths and Science, while also strengthening their ability to manage behaviours.

Tristone Healthcare, owned by Tristone Capital, is a privately owned buy-and-build company that invests in profitable, cash generative businesses with good prospects for growth, and that have committed and capable management teams.

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Tristone Healthcare's strategy is to acquire and build high-quality businesses with strong fundamentals, delivering outstanding care and support to vulnerable people who need it most. This acquisition extends Tristone's footprint further into the social care sector, broadening its geographical reach and adding new specialisms to the investor’s expanding portfolio.

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Why You Should Sell Your Communication Business In 2023

The communications industry has witnessed rapid changes and advancements in recent years, driven by technological innovations and changing consumer demands.

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2023 Electrical Contracting Industry Report

Electrical contractors are a vital component of the construction industry and support broader economies. These businesses employ many workers and generate billions of dollars annually by providing essential services that power societal infrastructure, including

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What Is A Leveraged Buyout Analysis?

Leveraged Buyout (LBO)

A leveraged buyout occurs when a company is acquired using a significant amount of borrowed money to cover the purchase cost. This is done so they can avoid committing large amounts of capital to an important acquisition.

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Benefits Of Acquisition

An acquisition is a transaction in which one company purchases another or a portion of its assets. The acquiring company, also known as the buyer, assumes control of the target company, the seller, by purchasing its stock or specific investments.

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2023 Online Event Ticketing Industry Report

The global online event ticketing market was valued at $27.6 billion in 2022 and projects to reach $40.4 billion by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.8%. 

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Benchmark International Facilitated the Transaction of American Engineers, Inc. to STV Group, Inc.

The seller, American Engineers, Inc (AEI), is an engineering firm comprised of several offices. Their focus is primarily on transportation, industrial, utility, and municipality space.

With decades of experience across multiple markets and geographies, they have risen to the top of their respective field. Their motto “Designing Your Future”, paired with investments in innovative technology and the most proficient people, allow them to continually deliver excellence.

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What Is The Difference Between Selling A Business With Benchmark International Versus Without?

If you are considering selling your business, there are many reasons why you are better off with the guidance of a professional M&A team. There are many reasons why partnering with Benchmark International to sell your company can make a significant difference in both the process and the result. 

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How To Get Value Beyond EBITDA

When selling a business, most owners focus on the bottom line, typically represented by EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization). However, while EBITDA is an essential metric for valuing a business, it is not the only one that matters. There are other factors that potential buyers consider when evaluating a business, and as a seller, it is crucial to understand these factors to get the best possible value for your company.

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Benchmark International successfully facilitated the transaction between eLogger and Vogl Ventures

Benchmark International is pleased to announce Vogl Venture's acquisition of eLogger. eLogger is an innovative software developer focused on providing electronic logbook solutions for electric utilities, water utilities, oil & gas companies, and other industrial operations. Founder Ron Vogl has decades of experience wearing many hats in his industry. He has been a forerunner in business-to-business enterprise software and a leader, manager, and operator of his product. Sally-Anne Hughes (Hughes Klaiber) represented Vogl Ventures during the transaction.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between James Hamilton & Company (Lurgan) Limited and Zeus Group

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of James Hamilton Group by Zeus Group.

Established in 1923 in Northern Ireland, James Hamilton Group is a multidisciplinary B2B distributor of packaging, label production, office supplies, and personal protective equipment services across multiple sectors including retail, food and beverage production, logistics, and distribution. The company has annual sales of €18m (£15.4m) and 120 employees.

Irish-owned Zeus Group is one of the largest packaging companies in Ireland and the UK. It supplies packaging solutions for both individuals and small businesses. It now has 51 locations worldwide, having embarked on a series of acquisitions since 2019.

By joining forces with James Hamilton Group, Zeus will expand its current offering in the food and retail packaging sector. It will leverage the combined purchasing power and unlock operational efficiencies across its combined operations in Northern Ireland. 

The purchase forms part of Zeus Group's 2023 growth strategy to propel group revenues beyond €500m.

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Following the transaction, James Hamilton Group will continue to operate under its established brand, leveraging its existing manufacturing expertise and management team.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between ILS Holdings Ltd and EFS Global Limited

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the transaction between Essex-based ILS Holdings and Burnley-based EFS Global.

ILS Holdings is the parent company of subsidiaries Sussex Pallet Services and Independent Logistic Solutions, an East Sussex-based freight transport collection and delivery service firm that operates throughout Europe.

EFS Global provides warehousing, haulage, customs clearances, vehicle maintenance and logistics services across the UK and worldwide. It has over 32 depots, 600 vehicles and 1,000+ staff across its 25 companies in the group.

EFS Global's 23rd acquisition since 2015, the transaction further consolidates the group’s position in the South East after it purchased sister companies Eminence Transport Ltd and Floryn Ltd last year.

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EFS Global has acquired the company's entire issued share capital, bringing on board a workforce of more than 40 people. It plans to implement a ‘business as usual’ approach with a strategy of building on what has already been achieved by ILS’ management team over the past few years.

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2023 Global Wine Market Report

The global wine industry is enjoying a ripe comeback following a few challenging years due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. The strong comeback is expected to sustain into the future. In 2023, the global wine market is valued at $333 billion and is expected to grow annually at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% between now and 2027. By 2027, a little over half of all spending, and 26% of volume consumption, will be for out-of-home consumption (e.g., in bars and restaurants).

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Benefits Of Selling Your Staffing Company In 2023

The staffing industry has experienced steady growth over the past decade, which expects to continue in the foreseeable future. The lower middle market is an ideal space for mergers and acquisitions in the staffing sector, as this industry segment typically comprises small and medium-sized businesses. For staffing companies in this market, selling to a more prominent firm can offer a range of benefits.

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Benchmark International Facilitated the Transaction Between Brookshire Learning Center and Early Bird Education Group

The seller, Brookshire Learning Center, is an early childhood development institution that prepares children for learning in an engaging and secure atmosphere. Their numerous premier award-winning facilities stretching across Indiana, support the needs of families in local communities by superseding conventional daycare options. 

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2023 Architectural Services Industry Report

The architectural services industry comprises various companies that design and plan buildings and structures spanning residential, institutional, leisure, commercial, and industrial spaces. Key areas of expertise include knowledge of design, construction, zoning, building codes, and building materials.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Macro Works Limited and APEM Group Limited

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Dublin-based Macro Works by environmental consultancy APEM.

Macro Works is a landscape consultancy firm specialising in the landscape & visual impact assessment (LVIA) of proposed developments, particularly in large scale infrastructure projects such as wind farms, solar farms, road schemes, and water/electrical transmission. The company also produces photomontages, 3D visual simulations, glint & glare reports, and landscape design.

APEM provides independent environmental consultancy and expert advice to a wide range of industries including water, renewables, power & utilities, marine & ports, transport, construction, and development. The company provides digital aerial wildlife surveys, specialist marine, freshwater, terrestrial ecology, and geospatial services to organisations across the world.

APEM has offices in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Germany, and the USA. Since receiving private equity investment from WestBridge in 2019, APEM has seen its revenue grow from £10m to a forecast c.£60m in the current financial year, employing 540 people across five divisions.

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Earlier this week, APEM announced it had secured a +£50m debt package and additional accordion from Tikehau Investment Management UK, with an additional £7.5m working capital facility from Virgin Money to accelerate its ambitious growth strategy.

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Benchmark International Facilitated the Transaction Between Electromagnetic Industries LLP and Olympic Controls Corporation

Benchmark is pleased to announce the transaction between Electromagnetic Industries LLP and Olympic Controls Corporation. The reason for targeting was strategic expansion.

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2023 Global Packaging Industry Report

The value of the global packaging market forecasts to increase from $917 billion in 2019 to $1.05 trillion in 2024, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.8%. The market has seen consistent growth over the past ten years thanks to the expansion of new areas, changes in substrate choices, and shifting ownership dynamics. Also, many vendors in the packaging sector are working to grow their market share by building new production facilities for paper packaging. 

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Exploring The Advantages Of Vertical Integration

Vertical Integration

Vertical integration is a strategy that involves a company expanding its operations into other stages of its supply chain. This means that a company takes control of its suppliers, distributors, or both. Vertical integration can be achieved in two ways, either through backward integration or forward integration.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Poise Group Limited and BRUSH Group Limited

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of electrical infrastructure specialists, Poise Group, by the BRUSH Group.

Rajic Agrawal, director at Poise Group, said this about working with Benchmark International: “What an amazing and professional group of people Benchmark have. This was my first time selling a company and without Benchmark we couldn't have done what we did. I have no words to describe their excellence in this field. Strongly recommend them to anyone.”

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Poise Group is a design consultancy specialising in major infrastructure projects across a diverse range of sectors including rail, civil engineering, and electric vehicle charging.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between RC - Research & Consulting GmbH and MAC Holding GmbH ('Management Consult')

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of rc - research & consulting by management consult. 

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Founded in 2002, rc - research & consulting, based in Bielefeld, Germany, is a well-known full-service market research institute. The company provides qualitative and quantitative research services to national and international companies. 

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2023 Global Manufacturing Industry Outlook

The manufacturing industry enjoys growth despite labor shortages, supply chain problems, and economic woes. 2023 holds many opportunities for the sector to capture more growth and turn risks into positives. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain issues are finally on track to ease this year. This is due to improved production and transportation capacity and replenishing inventories.

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The Value Of A Good Bookkeeper On Board During The Sale Of Your Company

No matter what business you are in, we all know that life becomes much easier when we have our finances in order. Whether preparing for Tax season, doing an audit, or ensuring that your business is operating at its highest potential, having accountable financials is vital. This becomes especially true when you are trying to sell your business. Not only do your financials need to make sense to you, but they need to be as attractive as possible to potential buyers. A key to making this financial transition as smooth as possible lies in the hands of one person: your bookkeeper. 

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Healthcare Is A Hot Industry For M&A In 2023

After a very active year in 2021 and a reasonably robust market in 2022, M&A deal-making in the healthcare sector will soar in 2023 thanks to much corporate cash and private equity sitting on plenty of dry powder. Healthcare and health services companies are expected to actively explore M&A, divestitures, and other types of transactions, making it an attractive marketplace for parties.

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Benchmark International’s Brittney Zoeller Named Among Top 10 Inspiring Women Leaders Of 2023

We are proud to announce that our very own Brittney Zoeller, Global Creative & Brand Strategy Director at Benchmark International, has been named among the Top 10 Inspiring Women Leaders of 2023 by Industry Era Women Leaders magazine.

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2023 Global Distribution Industry Report

The global industrial distribution market was valued at $7.72 trillion in 2022 and is forecasted to reach $11.93 trillion by 2032, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5%.

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How Do Economic Conditions Affect The Lower Middle Market?

How do Economic Conditions affect the Lower Middle Market? 

The lower middle market is typically defined as companies with an enterprise value (EV) between $5 million and $100 million. A range of factors, including economic conditions, interest rates, and availability of financing, influences M&A activity in this market segment. In recent years, lower middle market M&A has been driven by several factors, including a strong economy, low-interest rates, and the availability of financing. Here are a few ways that current economic conditions can affect M&A activity in these key industries:

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Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the transaction between Cire Airos (Pty) Ltd and Kiki Products (Pty) Ltd t/a Northridge

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that Cire Airos (Pty) Ltd. has successfully acquired controlling interest in Northridge. 

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How Technology is Streamlining the Deal Process

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have come a long way since the days of tedious paperwork and manual processes. The evolution of technology has revolutionised the M&A landscape, making the once paper-intensive process more cost-effective, streamlined, and efficient. 


Charlotte Burgess and Erica Skittrall are experienced executives who support the transaction leaders at Benchmark International’s Manchester office. In this article, they explore the shift to technology in M&A transactions, take a closer look at the different platforms that have emerged to drive these changes, and how Benchmark International uses these platforms to the advantage of our clients.

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Why Do I Need An Exit Strategy?

Don’t Delay

As a business owner, an exit plan is critical to preparing you and your company ready for retirement or your next act. Unfortunately, many business owners do not realize the importance of exit strategies, so they don’t feel like it’s worth taking the time to craft one. This is often a huge mistake. It doesn’t matter if you do not plan on selling or retiring soon. However, it’s wise to have an exit strategy for several reasons. 

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Want To Sell? What To Look For In An M&A Firm

If you are considering selling your company, you have several options for pursuing the sale, and you have quite a few decisions to make. And this is a journey you do not want to take lightly. You’ve worked so hard to build your business. When you sell it, you want everything right to get the value you deserve. In addition to extracting value, you want the process to be as painless as possible. These are the reasons you should consider having the representation of a reputable mergers and acquisitions firm. Partnering with the right M&A advisor can significantly affect your sale price. 

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Transaction Between Integrity 1st, Inc And Onedigital

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the transaction between Integrity 1st, Inc and OneDigital, a portfolio company of Onex. This transaction creates a strategic expansion into the Colorado insurance market. 

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The Role Of Mergers And Acquisitions In Achieving Corporate Strategy

In today's competitive business landscape, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have become a strategic tool for companies to achieve their corporate objectives. This is because M&A can offer companies various opportunities, such as expanding into new markets, gaining competitive advantage, accessing new technologies, and achieving economies of scale. So let's explore how M&A can be crucial to attaining corporate strategy.

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Benchmark International Facilitated the Transaction Between Corptemps, Inc. and an Undisclosed Buyer

Benchmark International’s client Corptemps, Inc., is a staffing company located in Niles, Ohio. They have a fierce reputation for providing high caliber candidates to the manufacturing, warehousing, heavy industrial, clerical, and food production industries for over 20 years. They have become an integral part of the business community by assisting with screening, hiring, and human resource needs.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Feritech Global Ltd and Addtech AB

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the transaction between Redruth-based Feritech and Swedish-based Addtech Industrial Solutions, a business area in the Addtech Group.

The agreement is for 90% of the shares outstanding in Feritech.

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Feritech designs, manufactures, and supplies turnkey engineering solutions for the geotechnical and subsea sectors through its extensive in-house manufacturing capabilities. Headquartered in Cornwall, the company has 21 employees and a turnover of approximately GBP 4.5 million.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between C4 Laboratories and SC Labs

C4 Laboratories (a provider of cannabis testing services) was recently acquired by SC Labs. SC Labs is a licensed and accredited cannabis testing agency with locations spanning: California, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, and Arizona.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Gottlieb Packaging Materials Limited and Macfarlane Group PLC

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Manchester-based Gottlieb by national packaging and labels services company, Macfarlane.

Established in 2001, Gottlieb is a supplier of packaging materials, hygiene products and warehouse equipment to a broad range of sectors including clothing retail, printing, and logistics.

Gottlieb, owned by A & G Holdings Ltd, has an experienced team of 15 employees, including two directors, all of whom will remain with the business following the acquisition.

Headquartered in Glasgow, Macfarlane is a listed company that was established in 1949. The company employs more than 1,000 people at 37 sites, principally in the UK, as well as in Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands. In 2022, Macfarlane reported revenue of 290.4 million GBP.

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The acquisition highlights Macfarlane’s ‘buy and build’ strategy, aimed at delivering further stakeholder value. Meanwhile, Gottlieb’s customers will also benefit from the deal through Macfarlane’s range of protective packaging products and services.

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2023 Global Equipment Rental Industry Report

The global equipment rental industry is rapidly expanding, with the global market size forecast to reach $120.7 billion by 2027. The equipment rental industry is set to experience significant growth in the coming years and is becoming an increasingly important part of the global economy.

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How Is An Owner’s Compensation Treated In A CIM?

Owner’s compensation is a key feature that is addressed in various ways in a CIM. Some variables affect how owner’s compensation is treated in a CIM. Some of these variables include how much salary the owner is receiving, the role of the owner in the business currently, and the owner's role following a transaction. Combining these variables will determine how owner’s compensation is addressed in the CIM. A key point that must be known is that distributions do not affect adjustments to owner’s compensation. Distributions do not affect the income statement of the business, so they are not to be considered when making adjustments for owner’s compensation adjustments.

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