Case Studies: Corporate Finance

Maintenance and Repair of Motor Vehicles

1st Choice Accident Repair Centre Limited is an independent Cardiff based business which specialises in bodywork repair for accident damaged cars and vans. The business has been running for over 8 years and the owners have developed a strong reputation in that time. 1st Choice is an approved repairer for a number of the leading insurance companies in the UK. They pride themselves on providing a high level of customer service arranging a courtesy car from their fleet while providing a trustworthy and professional service to ensure damaged cars get repaired and back on the road as quickly as possible.

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Translation Services

Wolfestone Translation Ltd is a Swansea based business which was set up by Anna Bastek and Roy Allkin in 2006, with the aim of revolutionising the translation industry. Over 12 years they have grown their business to be one of the biggest translation companies in Wales and pride themselves on providing high customer satisfaction.

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Construction

Clarks Modular Buildings Limited was founded in 1951 as a family run business. The initial business was hire of jackleg cabins to local business contractors and the construction industry. Clarks progressed into hire and sales of modular buildings in 1998. The company’s clients are spread across the private and public sector in Wales and throughout the UK and include some major utility companies and well known construction businesses.

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Automotive/Wholesale & Retail

LDS Motor Factors Limited is a supplier of vehicle parts and spares with 4 locations across South Wales. They have a reputation for good customer service and value for money. The company has been operating for in excess of 25 years and was a family business until the recent transaction. The business had grown significantly through the vision of founder Lyndon Smith, which included the acquisition of Normag Motor Factors, bringing Wayne Thomas on board.

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Retail Pharmacy

Magawell Limited trades as Evans Pharmacies and has a growing portfolio of sites in South Wales. Magawell Limited is owned and managed by Mo Nazemi, who is supported by an external investor in relation to his growth plans. Due to restrictions in the sector, growth is mainly achieved through acquisition and this also provides an exit route for pharmacists seeking succession for their outlets. Magawell Limited has a strategy to grow the number of pharmacies within the company to provide critical mass and regional coverage.

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CCTV and Security Systems

Formed in 2003, DVS Limited established itself as one of Europe’s most successful multi-brand distributors of electronic surveillance products. A fast paced and energetic organisation, DVS has embraced innovative technological advances in the industry and is now seen as one of the industry’s most proficient distributors of IP CCTV products.

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Electronic Engineering

Since 1996, the company has been supplying design services and embedded processing systems to its client base worldwide. The company has grown to cover all aspects of the electronic solution including hardware, operating system and application software development.

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Construction Services

Spencer Environmental Care Associates (ECA) provides a wide range of environmental and land infrastructure management services to a variety of industries in the construction and renewable energy sectors.

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Contract Research Organisation

Pharmaron is a premier R&D service provider for the life science industry. The company was founded in 2003 and has over 3,000 employees and operations in both China and the USA.

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Successful deals: Building Products

Our client supplies building products for the commercial and residential construction sectors. Large new contract wins and a strategy to secure more resulted in a funding requirement, primarily for working capital but also to support the company with further growth plans off the back of these successes.

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Successful deals: Aerospace

Our client is a supplier of services in the aerospace industry seeking to establish a full service location for the company. In looking to secure premises in a strategically important location they had 2 options.

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Successful deals: Media

There has been a period of consolidation in certain sectors of the media industry with the changing habits of readers and advertisers. Our client sought to restructure internally to enable greater efficiency of operations.

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Successful deals: Web Design

Our client is a developer of mobile retail applications who required funding to develop a new m-commerce product accessible to SMEs, enabling them to reach a wider market place.

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Successful deals: Design & Digital

Our client is in the design and digital sector, providing a range of services and solutions to clients across all sectors. Our client had used their flexible, cross disciplinary approach to ensure the business could survive during the recent recession.

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Successful deals: Biotage

Biotage are part of a large international group that supplies instruments and consumables for chemical processes, including in the pharmaceutical, forensic and diagnostic sectors.

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Successful deals: Grant Funding

The company is an aluminium die caster for the automotive sector located in Welshpool. The company exports c70% of its output for use in cars across all the major manufacturers

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Successful deals: Newsquest

Newsquest is one of the UK’s largest regional newspaper publishers with more than 200 newspapers, magazines and trade publications, a weekly readership of 13 million and a weekly circulation of 10 million.

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Successful deals: Manufacturing

Our client is part of an international group manufacturing and distributing mobility and healthcare products. Some of the international product manufacturing is outsourced and the Welsh operation put forward its proposal to the group to bring the manufacture of a particular product in house. Bringing the manufacturing here to Wales requires investment in capital equipment and new jobs.

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Successful deals: Energy & Environment

Our client is involved in the development of new technologies in the energy and environment sector and was seeking grant funding to establish a full scale R&D and manufacturing facility for their products. Due to existing relationships and the growth of similar technologies in the Far East, the company had a choice to locate this new facility in Wales or in China.

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Successful deals: Technology

Our client, Vizolution, is an award winning next generation company specialising in digital customer engagement technology. Vizolution originally launched its patented technology into the UK financial services contact centre sector but is now expanding into new business sectors both in the UK and Internationally.

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Successful deals: Professional Practices

Cunningham Lindsey is a large multi national loss adjusting and claims management business working primarily within the financial services sector. The company sought grant funding from the Welsh Government, to invest in its existing operations in Cardiff – specifically to improve the buildings infrastructure and its facilities.

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Successful deals: IT and Technology

Following a recent acquisition in the North West of England, Certus TG was looking to grow and increase the number of skilled staff to deliver high levels of customer satisfaction and to support the forecast growth of the business. Grant support was applied for in order to grow headcount at their South Wales office as compared to an alternative location.

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Manufacturing (cosmetics)

Fillcare is a market leading third party cosmetic manufacturer based in Talbot Green and has developed to produce hair care and styling products for L’Oreal as well as other major brands.

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Energy & Recycling

Celtic Recycling Ltd is a leading specialist in the decommissioning and recycling of heavy electrical plant such as transformers and switch gear. Recycling and recovery services include live site dismantling, hazardous waste, abnormal load movement, PCBs, oil recycling, SF6 treatment and high pressure cleaning.

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Travel

Comtec is a market leading provider of technology solutions to the travel industry. It is unique in providing systems and services to both tour operators and travel agents.

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Construction/Engineering

Lewis Civil Engineering Limited provides groundwork services to the utilities sector, primarily water companies such as Welsh Water and Wessex Water.

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Motor Dealer

Griffin Mill Garages Limited is motor dealer and service centre with 2 locations in South East Wales which has a number of franchises from brands such as Peugeot, fiat, Kia and Nissan.

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Technology

RUMM was established in 2005 having been spun out of work undertaken at the University of South Wales, formerly Glamorgan University, in relation to student attendance. The then new mobile phone technology used in the initial application was developed to meet a market need for energy management services.

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Domiciliary Care

The company provides domiciliary care services to councils in a region of Wales.

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Retail Pharmacy

Magawell Limited currently trades as Evans Pharmacies and has 3 sites in West Wales. Magawell Limited is owned and managed by Mo Nazemi, who is supported by an external investor in relation to his growth plans.

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Manufacturing

Lenstec Optical Laboratories is a leading South Wales based supplier of lenses and eyewear to independent opticians across the UK. Lenstec has built a successful business providing surfaced lens and finished glasses for general wear, as well as high-performance sports use, to opticians in the UK.

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