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Lucas secures £880,000 in a refinancing exercise with HSBC

Lucas, a retained client of Meta Corporate Finance has secured £880,000 in a refinancing exercise with HSBC. This will enable Lucas to further invest in the business and continue its development and growth. 

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Newmedica

Specsavers, the largest optometry provider to the NHS, has made a major investment in a partnership with Newmedica, one of the largest independent ophthalmology providers to the NHS, to improve eye health services for patients in the community.

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Ferrabyrne

Meta sends a clear message to competitors to mind the gap with new multimillion pound rail industry deal.

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Alad

Meta Corporate Finance is pleased to announce the sale of Alad Limited to Hemming Group.

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Bidvest Fresh

Meta Corporate Finance is delighted to announce a second transaction for Bidvest Fresh – the acquisition of premium quality catering butchers Knight Meats.

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Ardula

Meta Corporate Finance is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Mantransco Limited by long term client Ardula Limited.

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Itad Limited

Meta Corporate Finance (“Meta”) is pleased to announce that Foresight Group ("Foresight”) has made a significant investment into Itad Limited ("Itad” or the “Company”) to support growth.

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FFX

One of the country’s largest independent distributors of power tools, hand tools, fixings and fasteners has been boosted by a significant development capital investment.

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Red Snapper Group

Red Snapper Group, the market-leading criminal justice staffing services, media and training provider is pleased to announce it has merged its staffing business with Acumin Consulting; a specialist information and cyber security staffing services provider.

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Cabot Aviation, Powered by Air Partner, set for take off

Air Partner, the leading global aviation charter specialist, has acquired Cabot Aviation, a specialist broker in aircraft remarketing, for up to £1.2m.

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Bidvest Fresh

Meta Corporate Finance is delighted to announce a strategic partnership between Melfar Meats and Bidvest Fresh.  

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NSI (Online) Ltd

Meta Corporate Finance is pleased to announce the sale of NSI (Online) Limited, a digital publishing business focused on serving the police, military and security markets with an innovative range of digital publications, forums and online information resources.  NSI Online’s portfolio includes the UK’s market-leading policing portals, forums and job sites which attract in the region of 300,000 unique visitors and 1.8 million page views per month.  

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PMGroup Worldwide Limited

PMGroup Worldwide Limited is an international pharmaceutical publishing, communications and events business with unique access to its target audience – senior decision makers in the bio-pharmaceutical industry.

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Blanchelande Park

Blanchelande Park is a nursing home and sheltered housing retirement village on Guernsey. It was developed by the Komedera Family in the late 90s into perhaps the highest quality retirement facility on the island.

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Amba Defence

We are pleased to announce that Shires Crichton has acquired both RMS Integrated Systems Limited including CTAC ('RMS') and International Monitoring Services Limited ('IMS') from the AIM listed, Westminster Group. The companies are suppliers to UK domestic and commercial customers of alarm installation and alarm monitoring services respectively.  

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Tenax

Tenax UK Limited is one of the UK's largest manufacturers and distributors of branded gardening and netting products. The company's turnover is £8m and it supplies to many countries across Europe, with divisions in Italy, France, Germany and Belgium.

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Ardula

Ardula is now in its twentieth year providing a quality service in south-east England with customers ranging from house owners, small builders, landscapers and groundworkers, through to national contractors.

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SecureData

Meta Corporate Finance is pleased to announce the completion of the management buy-out of SecureData Europe (SecureData) from SecureData Group Holdings (SDH), listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

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Cavendish Medical

The shareholders of Cavendish Medical Limited (Cavendish) are pleased to announce the completion of their management buy-out under advice from Meta Corporate Finance, Rosenblatt Solicitors (legal) and Acumensa Consulting (tax).

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Oil Brokerage

Both corporately and individually, Oil Brokerage Limited (OB), do exactly what they say they will do. Appropriately named, the business is one of London’s, and indeed the world’s, leading brokers of gasoline, bio diesel and naphtha.

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Care at Home Services

Meta Corporate Finance is pleased to announce the acquisition of High Meadow Home Care Limited by Care at Home Services (South East) Limited (Care at Home Services).

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Abacus e-Media

Meta is pleased to announce the management buy-out of the online service developer and digital media specialist, Abacus e-Media, from its owner of four years, Bond International Software Plc. The MBO is backed by funding from the management and from external investors, including three well-known and experienced players – Graham Sherren, Martin Durham and Nick Miller.

Abacus was founded in 1983 and has become established as a leading online supplier for both the media and public sectors. In the media sector the company’s flagship Webvision CMS platform supports the online properties of leading publishers such as EMAP, Centaur, UBM, Macmillan and Thomson Reuters. Public sector clients include Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Oxfordshire County Councils, and the Bank of England.

Meta Corporate Finance first met Steve Feigen, the managing director of Abacus, in 2010. Meta also knew Martin Durham who joins as non-executive chairman together with Graham Sherren and Nick Miller as non-executive directors.

Meta advised the management team in all aspects of negotiation with their listed parent Bond International Software.

Martin Durham said, "The Meta team drove this transaction to completion. We would not hesitate to use them again."

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Mathews Smith

Dominic Mathews helped advise Mark and Peter when they set up Meta in 1999, so it was very pleasing when he turned to us to help him achieve a retirement sale. Dominic’s business, Mathews Smith, is one of the few remaining truly independent small IFAs in the south-east so a number of people were aware of the business and interested in using it as a platform for further acquisitions.

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Faversham House

Meta is pleased to announce the management buy-out of Faversham House Limited, the East Grinstead-based B2B publisher for a consideration of £4m.

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Lucas

Meta is pleased to announce the completion of the management buy-out of the S Lucas Group, the £8m turnover specialist commercial finishing contractor.

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CareSys Software

Meta has advised the shareholders of CareSys Software Ltd (CareSys) in a sale to Advanced Computer Software Group Plc (ACS) for £2.6m.

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Flambeau Europlast

Meta is pleased to announce the acquisition by Flambeau Europlast Limited (Flambeau) of Stadium Building Products (Stadium Building) and the Quest Baby Care (Quest) product lines.

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Masters Pharmaceuticals

Albion Ventures has invested £2.65m in Masters Pharmaceuticals Ltd (Masters) as sole investor. Masters is a specialist international supplier and distributor of pharmaceutical products and the investment will be used for continued expansion in its core markets of Latin America, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Masters is also seeking to open new markets in Asia.

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Healthy Software

Meta Corporate Finance announces the completion of the sale of Healthy Software Limited to Advanced Computer Software Plc (ACS) in a cash and share deal led by Mark Ledger Beadell.

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Tech Optics

Meta Corporate Finance is pleased to extend its track record of completing transactions for its clients despite the economic conditions and difficult funding markets, with the announcement of the sale of Tech Optics Limited to Stuart Carter.

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Newmedica

New Medical Systems Ltd (Newmedica) and Consultant Eye Surgeons Partnership Ltd (CESP) are pleased to announce that they have concluded the management buy-out of Newmedica.

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StaffPlan

Meta Corporate Finance today announces the sale of StaffPlan Limited to Advanced Computer Software Plc (AIM:ASW, ACS) for a consideration of £1.36m in a cash and share deal.

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Validair (Euro)

Validair (Euro) Limited, a quality force in the field of clean air validation, test and certification is pleased to announce the acquisition of the assets and business of Diamond Scientific Limited, a company located in Darlington, County Durham, England.

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Active Sign Maintenance

Meta Corporate Finance today announces the sale of Active Sign Maintenance to Blaze Signs Holdings.

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Overseas Courier Service

Tim Jones and Lance Farr, the CEO and FD of Overseas Courier Service (London) Limited (OCS) have acquired OCS from its previous owners in an MBO structured by Meta Corporate Finance.

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Argentis Financial Management

Argentis Financial Management Limited, the fast growing specialist financial adviser completed a complex transaction affording shareholders an equity release and restructuring scheme to meet their individual needs.

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Boisdale

Meta Corporate Finance today announces the completion of the Capital Fund’s investment in Boisdale Plc.

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James Villa Holidays

James Villa Holidays Limited, the UK's leading tour operator specialising in villa holidays, was acquired in a management buy-out (MBO) supported by Bank of Scotland and a small group of private investors.

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Affinity Cards

Further to the initial fund raising round in November 2006, Meta Corporate Finance today announces the completion of the second round financing of First Prepay, the market leader in pre-paid debit cards in the UK.

Instant Fire Protection

Meta Corporate Finance has today completed a complex transaction representing a cornerstone investment for the Peverel Group to enhance its existing Cirrus Fire Protection and Building Services Business.

Boisdale International

Meta Corporate Finance announces the completion of the successful fund raising for Boisdale International Ltd. Boisdale the successful UK Scottish restaurant, bar, jazz and cigar club currently runs three restaurants in London and one in Wiltshire.

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Sand Resources

Meta Corporate Finance announces today the sale of Sand Resources Limited (Sand) to InterQuest Group Plc (InterQuest).

Lawshare

Hans Christian Iversen, Chief Executive, said, “We are delighted to announce that OMX Securities Limited have acquired Lawshare Limited. By joining forces with OMX, an organisation which is already providing a service in this space, centred on client service and technology, we can expand our services to customers."

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HGH Plumbing

Meta Corporate Finance is pleased to announce the sale of HGH Plumbing Supplies Limited (HGH) to Wolseley UK Limited. Meta acted for the shareholders, Peter Lake and Gwyn Hadridge, in the sale of the entire issued share capital for an undisclosed amount.

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Prowse & Co

Surrey based Prowse & Company Limited, a respected and successful PR and economic development consultancy, was subject to a management buy-out last year with the support of Meta Corporate Finance and Warners Solicitors.

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Genesis

Genesis Home Loans PLC (Genesis) is pleased to announce its merger with Guaranteed Home Loans Network Services Limited (GHL). This puts the merged businesses, owned by RGS Acquisitions Limited (RGS), well on the way up the Mortgage Network League Table. RGS is the acquisition vehicle by which the Genesis management team bought their business back from Merrill Lynch earlier this year.

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Ferrabyrne

Meta Corporate Finance is pleased to announce that Ferrabyrne Limited, the Littlehampton based designer and manufacturer of moulded and bonded rubber based products to the rail, truck and electrical industries, has been sold by Andy Byrne, who founded the business over thirty years ago, and fellow director Bob Slatter to a management team comprising Glenn Mills, Managing Director, and Ken Horton, Commercial Director. Hans Christian Iversen, will be appointed as non-executive chairman.

The Brantham Group

Meta Corporate Finance (Meta), the leading corporate finance advisors, is delighted to announce the completion of the MBO of The Brantham Group, specialist provider of electronic manufacturing services.

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Halstead Boilers

Glen Dimplex Group has acquired Halstead Boilers Limited, a UK based manufacturer of gas domestic central heating boilers. Founded in 1990, Halstead has a turnover of €30 million, 120 employees and is located at Halstead in Essex. Mr Brian Day and Mr Andrew Marshall, the founding shareholders, will continue in their current roles as joint managing directors.

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Murston Plant

Ashford based construction plant hire company Murston Plant Limited has been acquired by fellow Kent-based GSE Plant Limited, part of the GSE Group. GSE Group also includes activities in haulage, building, civil engineering and design and build.

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Celab

Today it is announced that the shareholders of Celab Limited have sold their shares in an all cash deal to C&D Technologies, based in Pennsylvania.

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Isuzu Truck (UK)

Isuzu Truck (UK) Ltd's majority shareholding has been bought from RAC plc in a joint venture by Isuzu Motors Ltd and the directors and senior management team of Isuzu Truck (UK) Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Interact Health Management

Meta today announced the management buy-out of Interact Health Management (IHM), the market leading occupational health business, from Swiss Life (UK) Limited.

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Erith Waste

Meta Corporate Finance has helped the management team of Kent-based Erith Waste Management Limited (Erith Waste), to take control of its business.

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Clarity Blue

One of Kent's leading corporate finance teams has helped the management of a high tech St Albans business take control of its own destiny.

Set Meals

Specialist location caterer Set Meals Ltd, which provides catering for the major film and television productions, as well as concerts, has new owners thanks to the work of top local business advisers Meta Corporate Finance.

Sevenoaks Travel

Sevenoaks Travel Ltd, the town’s leading independent agency, has a new owner thanks to top local business advisers Meta Corporate Finance.

Brasher Boot Company

Chris Brasher CBE (73), has announced his retirement from the board of The Brasher Boot Company Limited. Since June 1998, three months after Robert Perkins was appointed managing director, Chris Brasher has had the role of non-executive chairman.

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Letraset

Meta Corporate Finance announces the management buy-out of the business and assets of Letraset®.

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Revive

Meta Corporate Finance, today announces that Revive, the leading supplier of e‑booking systems to the National Health Service, has been sold to iSOFT.

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Maxim Training

Meta Corporate Finance is pleased to announce the sale of Maxim Training to Knowledge Pool, the e‑Learning, IT and business skills training company.

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Leasedrive VELO

Nigel Stephens, ex-vice-president and CFO of Budget Rent-a-Car International Inc, has led the management team to the acquisition from Kleinwort Benson of VELO, the vehicle management and contract hire specialist.

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Meta Corporate Finance today announces the sale of JJ's, the specialist typesetting and data management business, to its management team.

Precision Engineering Group

Precision has been formed by a buy-in team, Ian Watson, Michael Cox and Marco Gandini to be a vehicle for the acquisition of independent precision engineering businesses. The intention is to build the group to critical mass and to effect an attractive exit to investors.

HGH Plumbing Supplies

Meta Corporate Finance has led and arranged a transaction to re-finance HGH Plumbing Supplies Ltd (HGH) such that one of its shareholders, who had wished to retire, was able to release equity from the business.

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Blagden Speciality Chemicals

A management team has acquired the chemical distribution business of Blagden plc. Peter Counsell of Meta Corporate Finance led and structured the transaction on behalf of the management team, Graham Turton, David Wilcox and Frank Wilkinson. The business, which will be renamed Blagden Specialty Chemicals Limited, will operate from the existing offices in Westerham, Kent.

Cargo Solutions

A management team has acquired ESIS International Inc from leading global insurance company, ACE INA International Holdings Limited.

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Wilmington Group

Wilmington Group plc (Wilmington) has completed the purchase of the business, publishing rights and goodwill of five magazines and related events, directories and supplements from United News & Media Group Ltd. The acquisition re-inforces Wilmington’s position as a provider of specialist information in business-to-business markets.

FG Chambers & Co

Meta Corporate Finance, the independent corporate finance specialist, is pleased to announce the sale of FG Chambers & Co Ltd to Boards (Leeds) Ltd. The sale provided the exit opportunity for the institutional shareholders, Royal Bank Development Capital, Kleinwort Benson Development Capital and Elderstreet that together funded the original MBO in 1996.

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