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Strong deal volumes expected to continue post-Budget

PKF Francis Clark has reported an ongoing surge in transactions, with 22 deals completing in the past week alone – and more still in the pipeline. The firm has advised on 12 acquisitions, two management buy-outs and six company sales…

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Financial planning for an exit

By Andy Hammond The time preparing a business for sale and going through the sales process itself can be time consuming, exhilarating and hard work.  A lot of questions are asked of all parties involved in preparation of the asset…

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Employee Ownership Trusts: Looking to employees to continue the legacy

By Martin Brown All business owners need a succession plan. For many the obvious route would seem to be that of a trade sale, however depending on the culture of the business, the presence in the local region and the…

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The impact of Covid-19 on business finance in 2021

By Paul Crocker 2020 was potentially a transformational year for funding of businesses in the UK. Covid-19, and the financial systems’ response to the impact on business, kicked up a dust storm which is only now beginning to settle. Here…

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The iOutlet acquired by management team

James Green Ltd, the Plymouth-based company behind The iOutlet, has been acquired by its management team. Established by Matt Green and Liam James in 2012, The iOutlet has developed into one of the UK’s leading multi-channel retailers of refurbished or…

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PKF Francis Clark advises on sale of WPL Ltd to Marlowe Plc

AIM-listed Marlowe Plc has acquired wastewater treatment and compliance services provider WPL Limited for an enterprise value of £10 million. With headquarters in Waterlooville, Hampshire, WPL was founded in 1991 and specialises in the custom design, manufacture and on-site delivery…

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Cornish pasties made by Prima Bakeries

Prima Bakeries acquires Cornish Premier Pasties

PKF Francis Clark has advised on a deal which creates one of the largest independently owned producers of pasties in the UK. Our corporate finance team was pleased to support Prima Bakeries’ acquisition of Cornish Premier Pasties by carrying out…

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Acquisition creates new online beauty retail group

Online beauty retailer Gorgeous Shop Ltd (GSL) has acquired competitor LDLP Ltd, better known as Beauty Flash. The deal comes as Covid-19 has ushered in a new era for make-up trends due to the wearing of face masks in public,…

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Up to £75m secured for rooftop solar energy developer

PKF Francis Clark’s specialist energy and infrastructure team has helped Olympus Power to secure up to £75m of funding to install hundreds of commercial rooftop solar arrays across the UK. The financing framework arranged with Thrive Renewables will enable South West-based Olympus…

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