Websense buys SurfControl and all today’s headlines

In today's headlines private equity group Venture Capital Partners has backed the BIMBO of Datapath and Linden Foods buys W&K Holdings for an undisclosed sum.

Done deals:

  • Communications research firm I to I Research has been subject to a management buy-out for an undisclosed amount.
  • Private equity group Venture Capital Partners has backed the BIMBO of Datapath, a supplier of technology for large screen displays, in a £12 million deal.
  • Crane and plant hire company William O’Brien Plant Hire, valued at €15 million (£10.4 million), has been bought by a son of the company’s eponymous founder.
  • Northern Ireland-based meat processing company Linden Foods has acquired Abbatoir operator W&K Holdings for an undisclosed sum.
  • San Diego-based Websense has bought SurfControl for £204 million, expanding its Internet security operations.
  • Investment adviser Chartwell Group has acquired financial adviser Broadoak Group for an undisclosed sum.
  • UNITE UK Student Accommodation Fund has bolstered its supply of student accommodation with the acquisition of three properties from UNITE Group for £81 million.
  • Car retailer Inchcape has acquired 75.1% of OOO Orgtekhstroy and 100% of OOO Concord for $43 million (£21.2 million). The companies sell Audi and Peugeot cars in Russia respectively.
  • Investment bank Rothschild has bought a majority stake in Lanebridge Investment Management in an undisclosed multi-million pound deal.
  • Bank of Scotland Integrated Finance has backed the £225 million management buy-out of Ainscough Crane Hire.
  • Investment firm Merseyside Special Investment Fund’s Liverpool Seed Fund has invested £250,000 in health screening company Gemini Biomedical.

Deal in the pipeline:

  • Merchant Securities is to buy the holding company of corporate financial adviser John East & Partners for £4.9 million.

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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