Whistl acquires Parcel Hub Limited and Mail Workshop Limited

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HMT LLP provided combined buyside advisory services to leading delivery management company Whistl on their acquisitions of Parcel Hub Limited and its sister company Mail Workshop Limited. Headquartered in Marlow, Whistl is a leading delivery management company with activities in Business Mail, Doordrop Media, Parcels and e-fulfillment. They are market leaders in Downstream Access Mail (DSA) services, handling over 50% of bulk business mail in the UK and their mail expertise and infrastructure supports their continued growth in [...]

Whistl acquires e-fulfilment business Prism DM

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HMT LLP provided buy side advisory and due diligence services to Whistl UK Ltd (“Whistl”) on their acquisition of e-fulfilment company, Prism DM. Headquartered in Marlow, Whistl are the leading delivery management company with activities in Business Mail, DoordropMedia and Parcels. They are market leaders in Downstream Access Mail (DSA) services, handling over 50% of bulk business mail in the UK and their mail expertise and infrastructure supports their continued growth in the parcel delivery and the e-commerce market. [...]

Disposal of QTR Transport to Palletforce Ltd



HMT LLP advised the shareholders of QTR Transport Limited (“QTR”) on the disposal of the business to Palletforce Ltd (“Palletforce”) for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 1980 by Paul White, QTR is based in Newbury & Reading and operates throughout the British Isles. The business provides overall distribution solutions and can operate over 100,000 square feet of warehousing. QTR’s client base includes blue-chip companies as well as smaller businesses. Palletforce is an award-winning distribution network for small and large goods across [...]

Sovereign led Management Buyout of Dalepak

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HMT undertook financial due diligence of Northampton-based logistics group Dalepak Ltd (“Dalepak”) in respect of the MBO funded by Sovereign Capital Partners (“Sovereign”) and Crescent Capital (“Crescent”). Founded in 1991, Dalepak delivers a portfolio of seamlessly integrated warehousing, distribution, packing, internet fulfilment and freight forwarding services that can be tailored around individual customer requirements. Operating from four warehouse centres across Northampton, Dalepak is currently the second fastest growing business in Northamptonshire. The management buyout was led by private equity firm [...]

Disposal of Usa2Europe to Orangefield Group

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HMT LLP advised global expansion experts Usa2Europe on the disposal of the business to Orangefield Group. USA2Europe is company of experts specializing in expansion support for growing US technology firms. Since their launch in 2004, USA2Europe was instrumental in helping numerous North American companies to successfully establish and run subsidiaries, offices and operations across Europe, Asia, and South America. Orangefield Group has confidently guided their numerous clients through international expansion for over 40 years. Orangefield has acquired USA2Europe earlier this [...]

Management Buyout Of International Logistics Group

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HMT LLP advised the management team of International Logistics Group Limited (“ILG”) on their management buyout. The transaction was supported by equity funding from Percipient Capital with Santander providing mezzanine funding through its ‘Breakthrough’ fund alongside term debt and working capital facilities. Since its establishment in 1990, ILG has grown to become a market leader in fulfilment and courier services with a growing specialism in the fashion and beauty space. Its customer base includes leading brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, [...]

Management Buyout of Whistl

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HMT LLP advised Dutch group PostNL B.V. on the transfer of UK subsidiary, Whistl UK Ltd and its subsidiaries (“Whistl”), to its management team. Headquartered in Marlow, Whistl (formerly TNT Post) is the second largest postal operator in the UK after Royal Mail, turning over more than £600m per annum.  Its core Down Stream Access business has over 56% market share in the UK, handling around 3.75 bn items of mail, alongside an established Door Drop Media division. In addition [...]

Acquisition of Millbrook Proving Ground

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HMT LLP advised specialist turnaround and restructuring investor Rutland Partners LLP (“Rutland”) on the acquisition of Millbrook Proving Ground Limited (“Millbrook”), one of Europe’s leading test and engineering solution providers, from US automotive giant General Motors. Bedford-based Millbrook was founded in 1969 and specialises in engineering services for the automotive, energy and defence markets. Through leading independent technology centres located at the heart of the UK automotive and fuel industries in Bedfordshire, solutions including the design, engineering, testing [...]

Plus Semi completes acquisition of X-FAB UK

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HMT advised Swindon-based Plus Semi on the acquisition of Plymouth based X-FAB UK from its German parent company. Following completion of the acquisition, the two semiconductor manufacturing sites have been integrated into Plymouth and the business will operate as Plessey Semiconductors Limited. Plessey Semiconductors is a well established semiconductor manufacturing business that develops, manufactures and markets niche analog and mixed-signal semiconductor wafers and products on 6” and 8” silicon and silicon-on-insulator substrates for use in integrated circuits. Its [...]

‘Deal of the Year’ – Management buyout of Bodycove plc

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HMT advised the Management of Tristar Cars Limited ("Tristar") on the management buyout of Bodycove plc. Bodycove is a non-trading holding company of Tristar Cars Limited, the UK’s market leading executive chauffeuring business. Bodycove is also the Holding Company of Tristar Services (US) Inc, a fast growing US chauffeuring business. In the last 20 years, Tristar has developed into the UK’s longest established and market leading executive chauffeuring business. Tristar has developed a market leading position securing an [...]

Management buy-in of CGH Group

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HMT advised on the European management buy-in of CGH Group. CGH is a well-established manufacturer and distributor of large above and underground fuel storage tanks, together with related equipment. CGH is the largest manufacturer of its type in Europe and has a dominant market position in Poland and Scandinavia. CGH is based in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Belgium and Denmark. The fuel tanks are manufactured from the main operation in Poland and sales are predominantly generated in Poland with distribution [...]

Disposal of Tiger Haulage Limited



HMT advised the shareholders of Tiger Haulage Limited ("Tiger Haulage") on the sale to City Link Limited, a subsidiary of Rentokil Initial Plc. Mr Gerry Zukas, the founder and principal shareholder, has built up Tiger Haulage over 24 years to become City Link’s largest franchisee group with depots in Barking, Birmingham, Hemel Hempstead, High Wycombe, Hoddesdon, Reading, Welwyn Garden City, West Bromwich and Worcester, it operates a networked express parcel delivery services across the UK and Northern Ireland [...]

Investment in Seafood Holdings Limited

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HMT acted as reporting accountants for Risk Capital Partners on its investment in Seafood Holdings Limited. Seafood was originally established by Mr Toby Baxendale in June 2001 as a seafood distributor. The decision to enter into the seafood industry was to compliment Mr Baxendale’s long established meats business, Billfields, with the consumption of fish increasing as consumers move away from meat. Andrew Thomson commented: “Seafoods has been pursuing a buy and build strategy since 2001, gaining countrywide coverage [...]

Disposal of Swindon Autos

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HMT negotiated the disposal of Swindon Auto’s together with the project management of the process. Swindon has been trading for approximately 20 years, selling new and used cars, car parts and servicing.  The dealerships are Saab, Seat, Jaguar, Mazda and Citroen. Andrew Thomson commented: “Having acted for Swindon Auto’s for over 10 years, I was pleased to advise Cambria on the sale which has effectively allowed John Sudbury to retire from Swindon and on what looks like being [...]

Management buyout of Rollalong Hire Limited for £10 million

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HMT acted as reporting accountants to Barclays Ventures in the management buyout of Rollalong Hire Ltd (“RHL”) for £10 million. RHL’s business was established in 1968 and now operates from eight regional hire centres across the country.  In 2001, to complement its traditional hire business, which supplies accommodation units to the construction, education and local authority sectors, RHL established its event hire business.  In recent years, the events division has contributed to RHL’s growth, supplying high-profile events such [...]

Sale of Heathrow Limited for £4.6 million

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HMT advised Mr Brian Johnston and the other shareholders of Heathrow Limited on its sale to HR Owen plc for £4.6 million. HMT acted as lead advisers in the transaction which included detailed negotiations with HR Owen plc. Heathrow Limited was acquired by Mr Johnston in 1994 and Andrew Thomson also advised Mr Johnston in the original acquisition. Since the management buyout, HMT were retained as auditors and tax advisers to Heathrow Limited. HMT partner Andrew Thomson commented: [...]

Investor buyout of Warehouse Express Limited

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  HMT advised management and provided transaction support services for Barclays Ventures in the investor buyout of Warehouse Express. Warehouse Express is an online supplier of a full range of digital, optical and photographic equipment, digital and SLR cameras, camera accessories, binoculars and bird watching equipment. Warehouse Express has more than doubled turnover over the passed two years. The company received funding from Barclays Ventures and now plans to relocate to a 30,000 sq ft site in Norwich [...]

Sale of Caterham Cars Limited

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  HMT advised the shareholders of Caterham Cars Limited ("Caterham Cars") on the sale of the company to Corven Ventures for an undisclosed sum. Established in the 1960’s, Caterham Cars manufactures and sells the Caterham Seven sports car in both kit and fully built form. There are four variants of the Caterham 7 in production; the Classic, the Roadsport, the Superlight and the CSR that can all be used on the road or for track racing. Caterham Cars [...]

Management buyout of Atlantic Airlines

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HMT acted as reporting accountants for the Royal Bank of Scotland in the management buyout of Atlantic Airlines from its parent company. Atlantic Airlines, based at Coventry airport, operates a fleet of seven Lockheed Electra L188s to support international freight businesses on contracted night-time parcel deliveries across Europe. Atlantic Airlines takes responsibility for the timely delivery of thousands of parcels and cargo as well as providing a standby environmental spraying capability for the Coastguard in UK coastal waters. [...]