Up and coming deals in the North West

Acquiring or merging with a new business can be an excellent way of expanding your own company and can be more cost and time effective too.

We have taken a look at some of the best deals in the North West and put together a selection to whet your appetite.

Here are some of the latest deals to hit the market:

Print and document solutions 

Annual Turnover: – £0.5m to £1m

Sector(s): – Printing & publishing

Area(s) Served: – North West England 

Serving both the Commercial and Public sectors, this business focuses on delivering exceptional standards and has continually invested in staff development and technology to create an outstanding service.

The business is said to enjoy an enviable, long standing, contracted client base with a high volume of recurring income and repeat business. 

The business has turnover circa £700,000 and an £170,000 EBITDA. The owners believe it represents an excellent platform for immediate expansion and cross fertilization of clients across the UK.


Plant Hire 

Annual Turnover: – £5m to £10m

Sector(s): – Construction, Mining & quarrying

Area(s) Served: – North West England

This company offer a wide range of equipment, including excavators, rollers, bulldozers and dumpers to the construction and mining industries, while its fleet of tipper wagons offers a secondary source of income. 

It has built a strong reputation for reliability and efficiency and the company has a loyal client base of around 90 active clients, who have been involved in several prestigious projects in the North West. 

The business has been trading for more than 30 years and has a highly skilled and experienced workforce. The sale will help to facilitate the retirement of the Managing Director.


Clinical Trials

Annual Turnover: – £5m to £10m

Sector(s): – Medical

Area(s) Served: – UK Wide

This progressive clinical trial supply company offers accurate and reliable pharmaceutical supply to its high-value client base.

Working with pharmaceutical suppliers in the UK and overseas it strategically sources pharmaceutical medicines for all stages of clinical trials. It list of clients include blue-chip companies on a global scale.

The sale is offered to aid in investment in the business to expand beyond the 25 clients it currently assists. It is fully licenced to supply pharmaceuticals within the US and is licenced by the UK Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and adheres with the EU’s guidelines for good distribution practice (GDP).


Automotive oils, metalworking fluids & industrial lubricants

Annual Turnover: – £10m to £25m

Sector(s): – Automotive

Area(s) Served: – UK Wide

Utilising an extensive industry experience, gained from over 50 years of successful trading, this company has built an enviable reputation.

Specialising in automotive, metalworking fluids and industrial lubricants, it provides trustworthy solutions developed by experienced engineers.

The company supplies a broad range of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) approved products for use across a diverse range of applications.

The company shareholders are now offering the company for sale as part of their retirement plans.


Grounds maintenance services

Annual Turnover: – £0.5m to £1m

Sector(s): – Construction

Area(s) Served: – North East England

Specialising in the provision of high-quality grounds maintenance services, this company has complementary mechanical services, including excavation works, welding, fabrication and repair solutions.

Having developed a highly skilled and dedicated team, the business works hard to deliver professional, reliable and cost-effective solutions for projects of all sizes.

The company is for sale by the current shareholders as they believe that a new buyer could effectively drive further growth.


Hairdressers & barbers

Annual Turnover: – £2m to £5m

Sector(s): – Health, beauty and care

Area(s) Served: – North East England

Established for more than 20 years, this hairdressers and barbers provides professional, creative and contemporary styling for its loyal customer based.

It has diversified into a number of different beauty services for both men and women including hairdressing, nail treatments, skincare treatments and make-up, all carried out by fully qualified and experienced employees.

The company shareholders are now offering the company for sale as part of their retirement plans.  


Digital marketing agency 

Annual Turnover: – £2m to £5m

Sector(s): – Advertising & media

Area(s) Served: – North East England

This company is a leading digital marketing agency that provides boutique services, including digital transformation programmes; mobile and tablet apps and high-end web design and build.

Thanks to its highly skilled team it regularly outperforms the market and has a proven delivery model, innovative ideas and creative flair.

Clients include major multinational brands to ambitious SMEs. The firm has future opportunities for growth and an experienced management team which has the knowledge and experience to lead the business effectively.  


Family-run bakery

Annual Turnover: – £1m to £2m

Sector(s): – Food & drink

Area(s) Served: – North East England

Specialising in a range of premium pastries, hot and cold snacks, speciality cakes and freshly baked bread, this company works with major supermarkets and local businesses across the North East.

It has a well-established reputation and a developed business brand to ensure its continued strength. The sale of this family business is offered as part of retirement plans.


Software quality management

Annual Turnover: – £0.5m to £1m

Sector(s): – Business Services, Technology

Area(s) Served: – UK Wide 

Founded 15 years ago, this market-leading software quality management business is helping client organisations build and implement software quality processes that enable them to manage new and existing software applications more effectively. 

Clients include many large FTSE 250 companies predominantly operating in professional service sectors, including finance as well as media, telecoms and technology.

The business has a strong core team of 10, currently supporting the directors in the day-to-day running of the business. Increased sales and marketing activities could help this business scale to the next level and secure additional work. 


Facilities management

Annual Turnover: £2m to £5m

Sector(s): Business Services

Area(s) Served: UK Wide 

This company offers a first-class facilities management service to a diverse range of clients across the UK. 

It has embraced work of varying size and complexity successfully, working hard to ensure the highest possible standards are delivered. The sale of this well-established business is offered as part of retirement plans.


Warm air industrial heating

Annual Turnover: – Less than £0.5m

Sector(s): – Engineering & Service industries

Area(s) Served: – North West England

This company is involved in the installation of new and reconditioned warm air heating systems; service and repair to those systems; and supply of spare parts for gas, oil and LPG warm air heaters.

In operation for more than 50 years, it has had 203 clients use its services in the past 12 months, of which 161 are on service contracts.

It has a team of Gas Safe engineers, which includes one engineer and one trainee, overseen by an Operations Manager.

The business has been operating for over 50 years and has developed a strong reputation in its sector. These services are currently provided by a team of Gas Safe engineers. The team consists of one engineer and one trainee, overseen by an Operations Manager. Stock and fixed 


HGV Recruitment Service

Annual Turnover: – £2m to £5m

Sector(s): – Recruitment

Area(s) Served: – North East England, North West England

This driver recruitment business is supplying Class 1 and Class 2 drivers to major clients across the UK. It is well-established with a good reputation for reliability and efficiency.

Around 90% of clients, which include a major fashion retailer, with the rest of its clients providing regular, repeat business.

The owners of this fast-growing business are now offering the company for sale in order to concentrate on other unrelated business ventures.


Sweeper hire

Annual Turnover: –£2m to £5m

Sector(s): – Automotive, Miscellaneous, Service industries

Area(s) Served: – North East England, North West England

This company has a large fleet of high-quality road sweepers and extensive experience in the industry. It offers comprehensive hire services for a diverse client base across the north of England, including specialist drain jetting, Jet washing and airport sweeping equipment.

This company is offered for sale as part of retirement plans and are willing to support the new owner for a handover period.


Land and Property Auction Specialist

Sector(s): – Land and Property

Area(s) Served: – North West England

Opportunity to purchase a highly profitable, well-established property and land auction company based in the North of England. The business has seen significant growth in profits year-on-year and operates in a thriving sector. The current owners have built up this highly successful and profitable business over many years and now wish to retire.


Residential property management company

Annual Turnover: – Less than £0.5m

Sector(s): – Retail & wholesale

Area(s) Served: – London, North West England, South East England, West Midlands

The company works with more than 50 clients to deliver property management services for landlords and investors. It offers a wide range of professional services, with a passion for building long-term partnerships with clients.

They are a firm of specialist property managers with a focus on customer service and have a proven ability to deliver, demonstrated by the firm’s membership of trade body, ARMA.


Manufacturer of flatbreads

Annual Turnover: – £0.5m to £1m

Sector(s): – Food & drink

Area(s) Served: – North East England, North West England, Scotland

This manufacturer is well-known for its range of flatbreads, which it supplies to customers across Scotland and Northern England.

It has around 245 clients and operates from two leasehold premises. It is accredited by Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA), which highlights its dedication to providing a first-class service and product.

It already has a schedule of work for the coming financial year, with additional negotiations in place with ‘blue-chip’ companies.


Training provider

Annual Turnover: – £0.5m to £1m

Sector(s): – Education

Area(s) Served: – North West England

This provider of vocational training has been operating for more than 22 years and has developed key relationships with a number of prestigious clients across the North West.

It provides training support for a wide range of apprenticeship qualifications for the early-years childcare, business administration and hairdressing sectors including support with maths, English and IT.

Works closely with a number of organisations and delivery partners to ensure that every course meets the standards set by multiple education organisations. Its reputation has helped it to establish a network of around 130 businesses that it supports.


Plumbing & heating business

Annual Turnover: – £1m to £2m

Sector(s): – Construction, Miscellaneous, Service industries

Area(s) Served: – North West England

This company was founded in 2003 and has become one of the leading regional specialists in Gas Safe Registered heating and plumbing solution.

The current shareholders have created a stable and well-known business with a reputation for being at the forefront of the industry. As a result, the business boasts an enviable, long-standing client base. Thanks to this they are projecting a 10% rise in turnover by 2020, with opportunities to expand beyond the current region it serves.


Recruitment Specialist for Healthcare

Annual Turnover: – £2m to £5m

Sector(s): – Healthcare

Area(s) Served: – North West England and West Midlands

This recruitment company specialises in providing a range of candidates to the healthcare sector, such as Operating Theatre Practitioners, Registered General Nurses, Registered Mental Health Nurses and Healthcare Assistants.

The company is very well-regarded and has a strong position within its marketplace as a leading provider of temporary staff. The current owners have indicated that they would be willing to remain in place for a handover period to assist the buyers.


Chartered Surveyors Practice

Annual Turnover: – £0.5m to £1m

Sector(s): – Business Services, Property

Area(s) Served: – North East England, North West England and Scotland

This practice of Chartered Surveyors specialises in property management, valuation and disputes surrounding commercial property. It works with national and local companies, private trusts and property owners throughout the north of England.

It currently has a large portfolio of more than 150 commercial properties comprising retail, office and industrial units, which it manages for its client base. This sale is intended to facilitate the retirement plans for two of the shareholders.


Family Run Waste Recycling Business

Annual Turnover: – £2m to £5m

Sector(s): – Technology

Area(s) Served: – North West England

Specialising in the recycling of industrial batteries, this family-run business has been in operation for more than 45 years.

The business provides an environmentally friendly and cost-effective approach to the collection and recycling of batteries by using specialist technology and an expertly trained workforce.

The business has experienced significant growth and is attracting clients from a wide variety of sectors to become a dominant force in their sector.


Building Services and Timber Merchant

Annual Turnover: – £2m to £5m

Sector(s): – Construction and Manufacturing

Area(s) Served: – North West England

This business works on the provision of new build, refurbishment and shop fit-out services for the UK’s retail and leisure sectors, while also supplying other businesses with a wide range of timber goods, sheet materials, ironmongery and hardware.

Well-regarded for its high standards and exceptional value, it has a client base of around 400 loyal customers. The business has developed innovative timber and building solutions that are complemented by high levels of customer service.


Precision machining, mould & injection tooling

Annual Turnover: – £1m to £2m

Sector(s): – Business services, Engineering, Manufacturing

Area Served: – North East England & North West England 

This business facilitates the production of a comprehensive range of tooling, offering a selection of services that includes precision machining, mould and injection tooling, repair and refurbishment, wire erosion, CNC machining and the production of prototypes. The shareholders are now offering the company for sale as part of their retirement plans.


Logistics providing haulage, courier, storage

Annual Turnover: – £2m to £5m

Sector(s): – Distribution, freight & logistics, Service industries

Area Served: – North West England 

This logistics business operates within two large industrial centres providing courier and haulage services from single parcel up to palletised freight. They are part of a large international network and benefit from long standing contracted relationships in both customer and supply chain. The business is run under management, with strong systems.


Technology solutions & managed IT services

Annual Turnover: – £1m to £2m

Sector(s): – Business services, Service industries, Technology

Area Served: – North West England & UK Wide

Established for over 27 years, the company has developed a strong reputation for providing consistently high standards of service to well-established businesses located across central England. Business activities include a wide range of high-quality system projects, plus managed services in networking, data centres and cloud computing, particularly in data integrity and security.

The shareholders are offering the business for sale to facilitate its further development and growth with a new owner able to expand its scopes and reach across clients, regions and sectors. The full-time executive management team are willing to continue in operational roles post-sale, after the withdrawal of the two senior majority shareholders.


Designer, manufacturer, installer – HVAC systems

Annual Turnover: – £1m to £2m

Sector(s): – Business services, Service industries, Technology

Area Served: – North West England & UK Wide

The company specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of bespoke HVAC control systems and building energy management systems (BEMS) that enable clients to effectively manage their energy usage and environmental conditions.

Utilising a highly experienced in-house team, the company works closely with its clients to provide fully tailored systems that meet the complex requirements of modern buildings and deliver users’ desired results, whilst effectively managing their energy usage and generating cost savings. This sale is part of the business owners’ retirement plans.


Highly regarded concrete supplier

Annual Turnover: – £2m to £5m

Sector(s): – Business services, Construction, Miscellaneous

Area Served: – North West England 

The company is a well-established supplier of high-quality ready-mix concrete to major blue-chip contractors throughout the North West. Established for more than 25 years, it has developed the skills and expertise to produce concrete for a wide range of applications. This is an early retirement sale. 


Steel fabrication & erection

Annual Turnover: – £25m to £50m

Sector(s): – Business services, Construction, Manufacturing, Medical

Area Served: – North East England, with clients across the UK

This business contracts with a mixture of end-users, including building contractors. Its main strength lies in its existing relationships with clients and the provision of bespoke structural steelwork incorporating design, fabrication and erection.


Medical lighting

Annual Turnover: – £0.5m to £1m

Sector(s): – Engineering, Medical

Area Served: – North West England, with clients across the UK 

This well-established company works on the installation, supply and maintenance of medical operating theatre lights. It has an excellent industry reputation, with contact at a number of major hospital groups, NHS trusts and private medical groups. Its diverse client base is offered an exceptional level of customer service resulting in a high amount of repeat business.


English language centre

Annual Turnover: – £1m to £2m

Sector(s): – Education

Area Served: – North West England

This business offers high quality, accredited training with approval from the British Council and supports students and professionals to develop their language skills to the required level and certification, including providing supporting exams (IELTS, FCE and CAE).

All Teachers are qualified to teach ELT courses and handle up to 120 students during busy periods of the year. However, there is additional capacity in the current leased premises and room to expand in future.

The company has enjoyed rapid sales growth over the past six years and has built long-term relations with overseas agencies.


Automation, multimedia & integrated systems

Annual Turnover: – £0.5m to £1m

Sector(s): – Construction, Creative industries, Technology

Area Served: – North West England

The company’s core service offering comprises the design, development and installation of intuitive lighting and power design.

This includes audio-visual integration, home automation, electrical installation, remote access and security systems for a high-end residential and commercial client base.

The business has experienced a sustained period of growth and has a strong place in the market in the North West and beyond.

The business is being offered for sale by the current owners as they believe it is the time is right to introduce a new owner who can facilitate further sustained growth.


Logistics providing haulage, courier, storage

Annual Turnover: – £0.5m to £1m

Sector(s): – Construction, Creative industries, Technology

Area Served: – North West England

This business operates from two large industrial centres providing courier and haulage services from single parcel up to palletised freight. As part of a large international network, it benefits from long-standing relationships with both customers and supply chain.

The business is run under management, with strong systems, which could ensure that the potential buyer has to spend very little time at the company premises.


E-commerce retailer operating in niche markets

Annual Turnover: – £2m to £5m

Sector(s): – Retail & wholesale

Area Served: – North East England

This is a well-established brand with 17 years successful trading and an excellent reputation with its customers and suppliers in the B2C niche market. 

It enjoyed sales growth of more than 40% in 2017 by capitalising on economies of scale to generating cash and improved net margins.

Operating throughout the UK, it is set up as a stand-alone enterprise and has strong systems in place that allow the senior team to manage growth within the business, retain control and allow it to operate independently.


Used vehicle dealership & rentals

Annual Turnover: – £5m to £10m

Sector(s): – Automotive

Area Served: – North West England

The company is a well-established used car dealership that has been in operation for more than 40 years and is reputable for its diverse range of high-quality used vehicles.

The company also generates significant revenue through its dedicated vehicle rental service. It currently has a fleet of over 200 rental vehicles and stocks a diverse range of 120 used vehicles.

The business is offered for sale to facilitate the retirement plans of its shareholders, who are willing to provide a mutually agreeable handover, post-sale. 


Access solutions to construction industry

Annual Turnover: – £0.5m to £1m

Sector(s): – Construction

Area Served: – North West England

The company is a specialist scaffolding provider for the construction industry that has been established for the last 15 years.

It offers traditional tube and fitting, system scaffolding, temporary roof systems and in-house design solutions, as well as fixed-term contracts and 24-hour call-out services.

Its highly trained, directly employed workforce specialise in working at height within confined spaces.


Legal services provider

Annual Turnover: – £0.5m to £1m 

Sector(s): – Professional services

Area Served: – North West England

The company provides a fully comprehensive service, providing legal services for Solicitors and end users.

Its extensive service provision includes conveyancing instructions, panel management, online marketing, property searches and website design, as well as general legal enquiries. 

The current shareholder is willing to facilitate a handover period, subject to negotiation and may wish to remain in the business in a reduced capacity going forward.


Steel fabrication & erection

Annual Turnover: – £0.5m to £1m 

Sector(s): – Business services, Construction, Manufacturing, Medical 

Area Served: – North West England

There is the potential to acquire 100% of the share capital of a steel fabrication and erection business, which contracts with a mixture of end-users and main building contractors.

This business has developed strong relationships with clients and provides a fully bespoke package for any structural steelwork project incorporating design, fabrication and steel erection.


If you are interested in any of the sales or are considering a sale yourself then why not contact our team. We have helped hundreds of businesses with sales, mergers and acquisitions and can help you make the most of your next big deal.

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