Swinton Insurance buys Rockford and all today’s headlines

In today's headlines Henry Schein has bought W&J Dunlop for undisclosed terms and Dawson Holdings acquires Marketing Communications for £6 million.

Done deals:

  • Specialist distribution group Diploma has snapped up 75% in AMT Vantage holdings, a Canadian-based distributor of electro-surgery and endoscopy equipment, for £14 million
  • Steam Valves and boiler mountings manufacturer Taylor Shaw has gone into administration
  • Swinton Insurance has acquired Rockford Insurance Brokers for an undisclosed sum to build on its risk assessment service in commercial business and motor trade insurance
  • Icelandic food group Bakkovor has bought vegetable supplier Exotic Farm Produce for undisclosed terms
  • US-based Henry Schein has bought W&J Dunlop for undisclosed terms, adding to its medical, dental and veterinary supplies operation
  • Steel brackets factory PL Williamson has gone into administration through Geoffrey Martin & Co
  • Claimar Care has completed its 11th deal since floating on AIM last year, acquiring Lynks Care for £500,000, bolstering its domiciliary care service
  • Marketing services group Motivcom has acquired incentive travel and conference facilities provider Motivation Travel Management for an initial £900,000
  • Belfast-based electrical engineering business Scott ElectroMech has gone into administration through Ernst & Young
  • US media and entertainment group NBC Universal has acquired Sparrowhawk Media, the broadcast group that owns the Hallmark TV channel, for £175 million
  • Dawson Holdings has acquired marketing fulfilment services firm Marketing Communications for £6 million
  • Avon Group Manufacturing has bought PP Injection Mould & Mouldings for an undisclosed figure
  • Logistics firm PB Logistics has been purchased by rival IDS Group of Hong Kong for £11 million
  • East Lancashire Coachbuilders and North West Bus & Coach Repairs have been bought out of administration by newly formed transport group Darwen, saving 360 jobs

Deals in the pipeline:

  • AESSEAL is to invest £7 million in the expansion of its mechanical seals technology centre at Bradmarsh Industrial Park in Rotherham
  • Sills & Betteridge is to merge with Walkers Rainey & Owen to create a combined law firm with about 130 staff
  • Motor group HR Owen is looking to sell about six of its BMW car dealerships
  • Restaurant operator Tragus Group is considering a £500 million float on AIM early next year

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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