Bob Martin tames Seven Seas

Pet care and accessories company Bob Martin has added more than 100 products to its business through the acquisition of Seven Seas petcare business for an undisclosed sum.

Done deals

  • Intertek, a provider of quality and safety services, has bought US company HP White Laboratory, a personal protective equipment testing specialist, for an initial £20 million
  • Industrial chains manufacturer Renold has bought 75 per cent of Indian group LG Balakrishnan & Bros for an undisclosed sum
  • Investment company Ninety Plc has completed the acquisition of rival firm Honour Field for as much as £15 million
  • Schroders has received regulatory approval for its acquisition of E Sun Securities Investment Trust in Taiwan for some £8.8 million in cash
  • Manchester’s water additives business BWA has been sold by private equity firm Close Brothers to Bahrain-based United International Bank for £100 million
  • Entrepreneurs Kate Little and John Cavanagh have spent an undisclosed six-figure sum on buying Edinburgh-based media company Channel 6

Deals in the pipeline

  • Engineering specialist Redhall Group is to expand its oil and gas services operations after tabling an £18.6 million cash bid for Chieftain
  • Equity Special Situations has agreed to buy 41 per cent of TransSend, the pre-paid card division of Conister Financial, as part of its strategy to invest in financial services businesses

Marc Barber

Marc Barber

Marc was editor of GrowthBusiness from 2006 to 2010. He specialised in writing about entrepreneurs, private equity and venture capital, mid-market M&A, small caps and high-growth businesses.

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