BKR International’ s Newcastle-based business advisory firm UNW is toasting a busy year having delivered 10 transactions in just 10 months.
Working with local innovative businesses on finance raising projects, UNW’s corporate finance team has helped secure six-figure investments for ROXOA Group, Fine EquinITy Ltd and Orchidsoft Ltd, and recently helped Activ Technology secure a £500k investment from FW Capital.
UNW has also acted for clients on a national scale, supporting Healthpoint Limited through a £6.5m management buy-out by private equity house Maven Capital Partners. The Blackpool-based Healthcare product supplier, which provides personal care and beauty products to wholesalers, retailers and pharmacy chains, will use the capital from the buy-out to accelerate their new product development and to support organic growth.
Meanwhile, the team has also advised on a variety of disposals, including the sale of Rook Matthew Sayer to Connells Group, Romag to Clayton Glass and ForSkills to national awarding organisation NCFE, whilst also assisting local marketing and creative agency Drummond Central during their acquisition of digital specialists CoalFace. UNW also recently provided support and advice to Sherburn Minerals through their sale to Breedon Group PLC, the UK’s largest independent construction materials company, for an eight-figure sum.
The team was led on the 10 deals by UNW Corporate Finance Partners Paul Kaiser, Neville Bearpark and John Healey. Paul said: “We are delighted at the success of our corporate finance offering over the last 10 months. The market remains active and we are confident that 2017 will be another busy year for the region.
“At UNW, we pride ourselves on a first-rate customer service and our distinct focus on people, which is reflected by our strong and growing reputation in the marketplace, both regionally and nationally.
“The strength in depth of our corporate finance team means we have the capacity to advise a broad and varied client base, ranging from innovative tech start-ups and owner managed businesses to large corporates.”