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What does the snap election mean for UK M&A?

In a country revered for its well-oiled political system, UK voters must now prepare for their third visit to the voting booth in two years.  In his latest article, Kevin Uphill, Chairman at Avondale Corporate shares his thinking on the forthcoming election and what the outcome could mean for UK business and mergers and acquisitions. 

In the article, Kevin anticipates the impact of a softer Brexit alongside the UK’s slow growing economy and predicts that strategic M&A is critical path UK businesses need to take to ensure growth and competitive advantage.       Read more

23rd May 2017

How superabundance of capital is fuelling M&A activity

For all the uncertainty surrounding the global economy, company balance sheets are the healthiest they’ve ever been. According to Bain & Company, global financial assets now total more than $700 trillion – having stood at just $220 trillion in 1990.

In this age of readily available capital and deprived of traditional areas for growth, strategic M&A provides an appealing and necessary vehicle for long-term growth, while offsetting risks associated with hoarding large amounts of capital in an uncertain future. For buyers, not to mention those selling companies, the window of opportunity is wide open.   Read more

27th April 2017

Business leaders cite acquisitions as the key route to growth

As the UK dots the i’s and crosses the t’s on its EU exit papers, businesses on both sides of the channel are facing an increasingly uncertain future. Yet, against an increasingly complex geopolitical backdrop, the appetite for mergers and acquisitions is still healthy.

In fact, the demand for M&A is growing: data provided by research company Experian showed a 21% jump in UK deal volumes in February, with the rise underpinned by a sharp increase in small and mid-market transactions. In this respect, at least, Europe was united, with deal activity rising by 25% across the wider continent during the month.  Read More

11th April 2017

Strategic M&A - Why is it critical to today's successful business leaders?                          

Profitable growth is central to business strategy; however unprecedented technical change, globalisation, workforce demands and cross sector fertilisation are increasing disruption, consolidation and complexity.

Such changes make organic growth increasingly pressured and consequently many companies are turning to acquisitions to create competitive advantage. It is expected that over 50% of companies will pursue acquisitions in the next year placing mergers and acquisition and shareholder value strategy centre stage as companies reinvent and rethink in response to deep economic shifts.  Read More

17th March 2017

M&A Reflections & Projections - 2016/2017

For a year that bought political turmoil on an international scale, the global M&A market rounded off 2016 in bullish fashion with 2017 showing increased activity.  Read More 

11th January 2017

M&A moves centre stage in disruptive times

The established political order in the West continues its transition with the news that Trump has been voted in as US President. This climate of change leaves the business community with uncertainty, but it is this very flux that creates opportunities.  Change favours the strategic, the agile and those who are prepared to adapt to change and potentially disrupt their traditional business model to turn adversity into success.

In this unstable landscape, acquisitions have increased in relevance and importance as a route to secure business growth and competitive advantage.  Read more

9th November 2016

Recipe for Success - Calder Foods sold to US Flagship Group

In 1992 Nigel Harrison and Paul Baker established Calder Foods, a specialist chilled food manufacturer, taking the business from strength to strength to a £22m turnover with 70% growth in the last 5 years.  Their goal was to bring another party to the business to increase the value even further.  Aware of their track record in the food sector, they instructed Avondale to secure an acquisition that would not only be financially rewarding but also enabled them to retain a stake and active involvement in the business.

Avondale’s exceptional insight into the food industry enabled them to be extremely targeted in their approach to potential acquirers.   Of the six parties Avondale brought to the table, five submitted indicative offers.  Ultimately it came down to two offers; one trade and one private equity, and after much negotiation and deliberation the offer from Flagship Food Group, a US owned multi-national food service specialist, was accepted.  Read more

2nd November 2016

Latest business and M&A statistics point to a brighter post-Brexit Britain

Despite Theresa May’s G20 press conference in China and David Davis’ Brexit statement on Monday 5th September, there remains little concrete information about how and when Britain will exit the EU.  What we can clearly see is that UK business is proving resilient, as evidenced in recently published data.  Read more

7th September 2016

Britain votes out - what is the impact on M&A - business as usual?

So after weeks and months of debate and controversy, although we have been discussing this since we entered the Common Market in 1973, we finally know – the UK public has voted OUT.  Britain has taken the first, pioneering step out.  Many EU member countries have long struggled with the EU’s sclerotic nature and this step will undoubtedly pose the same question for others.   We need to support the decision and move forward.  Business leaders need to analyse this new environment, hold their nerve and set aligned strategies for success.   Read more

24th June 2016

Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIN

Microsoft have just completed their largest ever acquisition by acquiring 100% of business networking group LinkedIn at $196 per share, a 50% premium on the previous week’s close – bringing the sale value to $26.2 billion. The question is whether this gargantuan investment is part of a cunning plan or an incredibly expensive red herring.  Read more

17th June 2016

IoD's Director Magazine review Kevin Uphill's latest book, Creating Competitive Advantage

Kevin Uphill, chairman of Avondale, considers the winning strategies of successful businesses in new book Creating Competitive Advantage – Director took a closer look.  Read more

29th March 2016

Chantilly Patisserie sold to The Real Good Food Company

Avondale have successfully completed the sale of Chantilly Patisserie to The Real Good Food Company Plc.  Read more

11th February 2016

How business leaders create competitive advantage?

Kevin Uphill, chairman of Avondale and author of "Creating Competitive Advantage" discusses how business leaders stay ahead of the competition in today's challenging times.  Read more

3rd February 2016

Reh Kendermann invest in Yapp Brothers

Avondale have successfully completed the investment buy of the UK's leading French wine importers to Reh Kendermann.  Read more

18th December 2015

IoD Roundtable Discussion - Exit Strategies

For entrepreneurs with a brilliant idea and the drive to grow a new venture, the thought of a future exit from the business rarely enters the mind. But should SME owners be considering their exit from day one? And how can they ensure they get the best deal when the time comes to step away?

At the Institute of Directors, business leaders joined the IoD director general, Simon Walker, to discuss exit strategy.  Read more 

26th November 2015

Ambertrain sold to IMechE

Avondale have just successfully completed the sale of Amber Trains to IMechE. Amber Train, specialise in providing apprenticeships to those just out of education or towards the end of prison sentences.  Read more

16th November 2015


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