• Armstrong has provided commercial due diligence for Dunedin’s investment in Incremental Group, the provider of digital technology services. The business helps its clients to design, implement and manage their IT infrastructure needs which include ERP, CRM, cyber security and digital applications. It has a headcount of 125, across five sites in Glasgow, London, Manchester, Inverurie and Northwich.  Clients include Total, Aggreko Shelter, Scottish Leather Group and Aberdeen City Council. Management has delivered growth through a combination of organic expansion and the acquisition of [...]

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    Armstrong has provided commercial due diligence for Phoenix Equity Partners’ coterminous investment in Nineteen Group and Western Business Exhibitions. Nineteen Group organises the International Security Expo, a leading event for the global homeland and commercial security industry. The company also organises the International Disaster Response Expo, a showcase for the specialist global emergency response sector. The two events together attract over 350 exhibitors and 12,500 international decision-makers from government and the private sector. The investment from Phoenix will allow [...]

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    Brooklyn Travel has been created by the simultaneous public-to-private MBO of Stewart Travel from AIM listed Minoan Group Plc and acquisition of Canterbury Travel. Stewart Travel is a travel business specialising in providing niche holidays to the independent travel market, specialising into high growth sectors such as Cruise, Canada, Lapland and Golf, sold via online and offline distribution channels, to UK consumers. Canterbury is a specialist provider of Lapland holidays.  It owns and operates Santa-themed villas and hotels, offering a range of Arctic activities such as sleigh [...]

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    TrustedHousesitters is the world’s largest house and pet sitting community operating in over 130 countries. Since launch, the platform has facilitated more than two million nights of house sitting, saving its members over £170m in accommodation and pet care costs. The investment comes at a time of significant growth for the company, so far this year TrustedHousesitters launched their first commercial partnership with low cost carrier easyJet, as well as continuing their expansion across the USA and Australia, and doubling staff numbers to 50.  This has driven 70% growth in the year to [...]

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    Armstrong has provided commercial due diligence for Mobeus Equity Partners’ £9 million investment in Ventrica, a European, award-winning outsourced contact centre. Ventrica provides intelligent, multi-lingual and omni-channel outsourced customer service to a range of global ‘blue-chip’ brands. Southend-based Ventrica was founded in 2010 by Dino Forte and has undergone rapid growth, doubling in size over the last two years.  Ventrica is one Southend’s major private employers, with over 350 staff and aiming to grow to 600 this year. Armstrong conducted 55 interviews in the[...]

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    Armstrong has provided commercial due diligence for Three Hills Capital Partners’ investment in WPI Group, a provider of civil engineering, groundwork, and surfacing services to homebuilders in North West England.​ WPI consists of two main business units: (i) a civil engineering division, providing groundworks, sewers, drainage, and road construction services to housing developments, and (ii) a surfacing division, providing integrated surfacing solutions to homebuilders. Armstrong’s CDD report included in-depth scenario analysis of the regional housebuilding market and local [...]

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    Armstrong has provided commercial due diligence for the acquisition of adventure tour operator Wilderness Scotland by Ski Solutions, a Mobeus Equity Partners portfolio company, to form the Active Travel Group. Wilderness Scotland is a tour operator based in Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands, which offers a range of walking, cycling and kayaking tours in Scotland, the North of England and Ireland. The enlarged group will comprise Wilderness Scotland and its sister brand Wilderness Ireland, alongside Ski Solutions and outbound cycle and walking operators BSpoke and Cycling for Softies.[...]

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    Armstrong has provided commercial due diligence for Maven Capital Partners’ £20m MBO of UAP Limited, a UK supplier and distributor of door and window hardware. Founded in 1996 by David Jennings, Manchester-based UAP has an extensive and market leading portfolio of brands across key product areas such as door lock cylinders, handles, hinges, letter box plates and guards. The business now offers over 3,000 product lines and exports to 25 different countries. Armstrong’s work included detailed estimation of market demand uplift in response to fire safety regulatory change within the [...]

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    Armstrong has provided commercial due diligence for Search Consultancy Group’s acquisition of IT recruitment agency Henderson Scott. Working across a range of niche markets in both the public and private sector, Henderson Scott bolsters the strategic development of Search’s capability in the rapidly evolving growth technology market.  It also strengthens Search’s reach in London and the south east.  This deal is the first transaction in Search’s strategy to increase the number of consultants, enhance its UK coverage, and make selected bolt-on acquisitions. Armstrong [...]

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    Armstrong has provided commercial due diligence for LDC’s acquisition of summer and winter activity holiday operator Neilson Active Holidays. The business operates a range of activity-focused holidays across seven countries in Europe where it operates beachclubs, ski hotels and chalets as well as 65 yachts, exclusively for its guests who number almost 80,000 every year. In recent years Neilson has successfully capitalised on the increasing demand for activity and wellness holidays at the premium end of the market.  LDC’s investment will be used to open new hotels and extend the [...]

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