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  1. Focus acquires Incom-CNS

    Focus Group has acquired Incom-CNS, bringing specialist contact centre expertise to the group and strengthening ties with Mitel.… Continue reading

  2. Duel investment

    Duel, the UK’s leading Brand Advocacy platform used by companies including ASOS, Dove and Charlotte Tilbury, has secured a $3m (£2.5m) Seed funding round led by SuperSeed.… Continue reading

  3. Rotaready acquired

    Rotaready, the award-winning staff rota software, has been acquired by the Access Group, to help customers build effective and compliant teams.… Continue reading

  4. Focus Group acquires STL Comms Ltd

    Focus Group has announced it has acquired STL Communications Limited, a unified communications provider based in Oxfordshire.… Continue reading

  5. Stay Original acquire At The Chapel

    An operator of five premium boutique hotels and pubs throughout the South West has secured a £3.5m loan to fund the acquisition of its sixth site.… Continue reading

  6. Roxburgh Milkins and Hazlewoods advise Banner Group on latest acquisition

    Roxburgh Milkins and Hazlewoods Corporate Finance have recently advised Banner Ltd, the UK’s largest supplier of school uniforms, on its acquisition of William Turner Ltd, the UK’s leading supplier of premium quality sch… Continue reading

  7. IWS Group acquire Anco Storage Equipment

    Leading industrial workspace specialist, IWS Group, has completed its acquisition of Anco Storage Equipment Ltd, the largest trade-only supplier of storage solutions in the UK.… Continue reading

  8. Wild & Game Crowdfunding

    Wild & Game (a West Country-based brand that’s building the UK market for game meat) has raised an impressive £485,000 in its first ever equity crowd funder. Launched in 2017, Wild & Game specialises in game meat.… Continue reading

  9. The pitfalls and traps of issuing shares to employees

    We hear plenty of talk from government about the need to stimulate private enterprise, destroy bureaucracy and remove the need for unnecessary paperwork.… Continue reading

  10. Roxburgh Milkins shortlisted as Corporate Law Firm of the Year

    We're delighted to have once again been shortlisted in the 'Corporate Law Firm of the Year' category at the Insider South West Dealmakers awards.… Continue reading

  11. NMi Acquires Chamois Metrology

    Roxburgh Milkins client, Netherlands Measurement Institute (“NMi”), a portfolio company of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”), announced that it has acquired Chamois Metrology (“Chamois”).… Continue reading

  12. ITC Compliance acquisition by Fortegra

    ITC has now been acquired by its counterpart, The Fortegra Group, and the deal further establishes Fortegra's footprint in the region.… Continue reading

  13. Cakesmiths gain backing from LDC

    A Bristol-headquartered baker and supplier of artisan cakes has secured investment from mid-market private equity firm LDC to support the next stage of its growth plans.… Continue reading

  14. Sennen secures fresh investment

    A Bristol-based technology company that specialises in developing software for the renewables industry has secured new investment to accelerate its product development.… Continue reading

  15. Siloton fund raising round

    Siloton Limited, a revolutionary new deep-tech startup, has announced the first closing of its investment round, totalling c.£470k.… Continue reading

  16. Focus Group acquires EVAD

    Focus Group, a provider of essential business technology, has made a significant investment in Midlands-based communications specialist Evad, to support its ambitious plans for growth and development into new sectors.… Continue reading

  17. LBR acquisition of LegalMonitor

    Law Business Research Ltd (LBR), a portfolio company of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners VI, LP (LLCP), has acquired Worldwide Legal Research (WLR), trading as LegalMonitor, a research company headquartered in London, U… Continue reading

  18. Roxburgh Milkins ranked in top advisors

    In the Experian Market IQ report for M&A activity in 2021, Roxburgh Milkins was ranked among the top five firms in the South West region. … Continue reading

  19. Polystream acquired by Mythical Games

    UK based business Polystream was acquired by California’s Mythical Games, a leader in the growing play-to-earn gaming industry.… Continue reading

  20. CYSIAM investment from Maven

    CYSIAM, a cybersecurity business that provides advice, training, and managed services in cyber and secure technology systems has received £1.15 million investment from the Maven VCTs.… Continue reading

  21. Arcturus acquired by FirstPort

    Arcturus Corporation Limited has been acquired by FirstPort.… Continue reading

  22. NMi acquires Young Calibration Ltd.

    NMi has announced its acquisition of Young Calibration Ltd., a UKAS accredited calibration laboratory (Laboratory 0604) and component testing laboratory with unrivalled knowledge and experience in thermal fluid systems t… Continue reading

  23. Pinnacle Group acquisition of AMSG

    Pinnacle Group has acquired AM Services Group (AMSG) in a deal that extends its service capacity, technical skill set and expert knowledge across new FM sectors including retail, manufacturing, and chemical industries.… Continue reading

  24. Pinnacle Group acquisition

    Pinnacle Group have acquired residential and social housing specialist Orchard & Shipman. This not only expands their geographical footprint but brings significant sector expertise and… Continue reading

  25. Focus Group acquisition of GB Technologies

    Focus Group has acquired fellow Scottish comms provider GB Technologies. The partnership will extend both brands’ geographical reach, enhance service expertise, and strengthen their product portfolios.… Continue reading

  26. GoProposal Acquired by Sage

    GoProposal, a major supplier of accounting and bookkeeping software, has been acquired by Sage, a leading provider of finance, accounting and payroll solutions to SMEs.… Continue reading

  27. Sale of Welch Hire & Bridgwater Tankwash

    Somerset family businesses Welch Hire Limited and Bridgwater Tankwash Limited have been acquired by Abbey Logistics. The takeover of Welch Hire extends Wirral-based Abbey's… Continue reading

  28. swcomms acquires Taurus

    Business communications and technology provider swcomms has acquired a counterpart in Exeter. Taurus Clearer Communication, which has been trading in the city and the South West region since 1984, has been acquired by sw… Continue reading

  29. KETS secure £3.1m funding

    Bristol-based KETS Quantum Security has raised £3.1m of funding, to keep data safe from the next generation of quantum-computing enabled hackers.… Continue reading

  30. Acquisition of Acorn Limited

    After funding a management buyout of Cambridge Maintenance Services Ltd, investment company Rockpool has now funded the acquisition of Acorn by Cambridge Maintenance Services Group… Continue reading

  31. Terrafirma acquisition by Dye & Durham

    Bristol-based Terrafirma IDC Limited (Terrafirma) has been acquired by Toronto Stock Exchange listed Dye & Durham Corporation for £12M.… Continue reading

  32. Banner acquisitions support strategic growth

    Roxburgh Milkins has worked with Hazlewoods Corporate Finance team to advise on the acquisitions of Initially Yours Limited, Total Promotions Limited and John McHugh (Stretford) Limited by Banner Limited.… Continue reading

  33. Focus Group acquires HighNet

    Focus Group have expanded their portfolio and geographical reach even further through the acquisition of Scottish-based connectivity and telephony specialists, HighNet.… Continue reading

  34. CME Ltd Management Buy Out (MBO)

    An award-winning automation and packaging machinery specialist based in Somerset has been acquired in a management buyout (MBO).… Continue reading

  35. ea Change MBO (Management Buy Out)

    After 23 years of leadership, the founders of ea Change have announced that they are handing over the reins of the company to the next generation, with James McNicol and Andrew Oliver becoming joint owners and Managing D… Continue reading

  36. Focus Group acquires swcomms

    Focus Group has completed its acquisition of swcomms in a move that the companies say will provide resources and growth for both businesses in the future. Focus Group will expand its geographical footprint through the ac… Continue reading

  37. Senta sale to IRIS Software Group

    Founded in 2014, Senta is dedicated to making accountancy practices more profitable and scalable with a ‘customer-first’ approach. Its software will be integrated into IRIS Elements, the dynamic SaaS platform designed by… Continue reading

  38. Fundamentals Ltd division acquisition

    Fundamentals Ltd has completed the sale of its HV Services division to Freedom, a company in the NG Bailey Group.… Continue reading

  39. Waste Source acquisition by Reconomy

    Waste Source, based in Bristol and formed in 2010, is an independent waste broker providing waste collection, recycling and disposal solutions to businesses primarily in commercial sectors such as retail and hospitality,… Continue reading

  40. Brexit Countdown - UK vs. EU GDPR

    In the second of our Brexit countdown notes, Carl Spencer-Spear covers some specific examples of when you will need to consider UK vs EU GDPR… Continue reading

  41. Cookie fines for Google and Amazon

    The French ICO (CNIL) has fined Google £91m and Amazon £32m for failing to comply with French data protection law when placing advertising cookies on site visitors’ computers. It said they had not given sufficiently clea… Continue reading

  42. Brexit Countdown - Data Protection Compliance

    Introduction We are fast approaching the end of 2020 and, with it, the end of the Brexit transitional period. The Government has consistently maintained that… Continue reading

  43. Annus horribilis - 5 lessons businesses can learn as we prepare to leave 2020 behind

    As we head into the final weeks of 2020, perhaps we see the faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, with several promising… Continue reading

  44. How are businesses managing Covid-19’s impact on supply contracts?

    Quite a bit has happened since I wrote my note on force majeure a few weeks ago. Some of what has happened has made the… Continue reading

  45. National Security and Investment Bill - what you need to know

    17th November 2020 The recent reversal of plans to allow Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei to supply kit for Britain’s 5G mobile phone networks… Continue reading

  46. One Big Circle investment

    Video technology and AI specialist One Big Circle has secured investment and growth thanks to the addition of David Harris and Toby Hughes to the board. Established three years ago by Ian Packer, Emily Kent and Bristol U… Continue reading

  47. New rules on transactions involving national security - Do you need to notify?

    The National Security and Investment Act 2021 ("NSI Act") has now been passed and comes into force on 4 January 2022.  The government is in the process of publishing a number of statutory instruments and guidance on cert… Continue reading

  48. Duel raises £1.8 million investment

    Duel, the UK’s leading brand advocacy platform, has secured a £1.8 million funding round led by Downing Ventures, Publicis Groupe, London Co-Investment Fund and University of Bristol Enterprise Fund.… Continue reading

  49. Acquisition of Redwood Environmental Services

    Redwood Environmental Services, based in Bridgend, South Wales has been acquired.… Continue reading

  50. The ICO fines BA £20m whilst the travel sector is in a crisis - too harsh?

    BA has been fined £20m by the ICO for a cyber-attack that took place in 2018. Following the incident, hackers were able to gather BA customers’ personal information, including bank details, for two months before the brea… Continue reading

  51. Premier Veterinary Group acquire Simplyhealth’s Preventative Animal Healthcare Business

    Bristol based Premier Veterinary Group plc (PVG) manages preventative animal healthcare plans for veterinary clinics and their customers, supporting millions of pet owners across the UK. PVG have now acquired the preven… Continue reading

  52. Mergers and Acquisitions after Covid19 - Deferred consideration and warranties

    October 2020 update: When we first published this article, we speculated that there would be changes in behaviour, including cautious drafting of warranties and more deferred considerations. We're seeing this happen and… Continue reading

  53. Will Facebook leave Europe?

    Will Facebook be leaving Europe? Unlikely, I suspect.

    In July, the ECJ accepted a legal challenge to the validity of the EU-US Privacy Shield. Our article here: provides further details on that d… Continue reading

  54. M&A activity on lockdown?

    October 2020 - Six months on from when we first published this article, this is what we're seeing now, including cautious drafting of warranties and more deferred considerations. We predict it will continue into 2021 but… Continue reading

  55. EU-US Privacy Shield Struck Down by EU Courts

    The European Court of Justice has accepted a legal challenge to the validity of the EU-US Privacy Shield, meaning it has been struck down and is no longer a valid mechanism for transferring personal data to the United St… Continue reading

  56. Covid - a fundamental change to M&A?

    Volatility and uncertainty are the watchwords at the moment and these are impacting on the M&A market. But long term, once the economy has adjusted to the impact of the pandemic and some stability returns, what will hap… Continue reading

  57. How Covid-19 is affecting the M&A market: vendor due diligence

    We’ve already explained that buyers are likely to be more exacting when carrying out due diligence on target companies.… Continue reading

  58. Need help with Innovate UK Collaboration Agreements?

    As part of its measures to assist companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, the UK Government has recently announced several funding schemes. In addition to a “Future Fund” of £250 million for investment in start-up… Continue reading

  59. TransFICC secures Series A funding

    TransFICC, the specialist provider of low-latency connectivity and workflow services for Fixed Income and Derivatives Markets, has closed its Series A investment round for £5.75 million. Led by AlbionVC, it included new… Continue reading

  60. How are businesses managing Covid-19's impact on supply contracts?

    Quite a bit has happened since I wrote my note on force majeure a few weeks ago. Some of what has happened has made the whole issue rather academic. Further restrictions on movement and the closing of shops, bars and res… Continue reading

  61. Covid-19 and Data Protection

    COVID-19 is putting a unique strain on businesses and forcing new ways of working, which may have an impact on data protection compliance.… Continue reading

  62. Is Covid-19 a force majeure event?

    Last week was an odd week. It was also a week which saw more questions on force majeure (English translation “superior force”) than I’ve had to answer in my entire career so far.

    This is one of those rare occasions wher… Continue reading

  63. Vysiion sale to Exponential-e

    IT services provider, Vysiion Group, has been acquired in a deal which provides an exit for minority stakeholder BGF. The business has now been acquired by Exponential-e, a cloud, network and unified communications compa… Continue reading

  64. IPS Capital merger

    IPS Capital, the multi-asset investment management firm, has completed a merger with Prospect Wealth Management. The transaction places the private client adviser firmly in the mid-sized market, with total assets under m… Continue reading

  65. Management Buyout of Recipero from TransUnion

    Gloucester based Recipero, which provides a range of solutions for fraud prevention and crime investigation, is back in the private hands of its former owners following a management buyout from U.S.-based, TransUnion, th… Continue reading

  66. Air IT investment from August Equity

    Nottingham based Air IT have gained investment from August Equity to build their business. Some of the minor shareholders were also bought out during this transaction.… Continue reading

  67. UK Not Expected to Implement EU Copyright Directive

    The UK Government’s Universities and Science Minister has stated that, as a result of Brexit, the UK will not implement the EU Copyright Directive, which was due to be implemented by 7 June 2021.… Continue reading

  68. Oxford Hardware sale to Kason

    Oxford Hardware Ltd has been in operation since 2001, successfully providing catering hardware and supplies to various industries.… Continue reading

  69. Sheet Plant Association presentation

    View Jason Milkins' presentation… Continue reading

  70. Carbis Bay Holidays acquisition

    Cornish holiday rental specialists, Carbis Bay Holidays, have been acquired by national counterpart Sykes Cottages.… Continue reading

  71. September 2019 Commercial Law Round-Up

    A few commercial news highlights from September, including a court ruling on the extent of the 'right to be forgotten', a warning about the use of email signatures, and new right to repair rules.… Continue reading

  72. Loose Lips Sink Ships - Importance of NDAs

    Information and ideas can be the cornerstone to the success of a business. Discussing ideas is sometimes risky and, in certain circumstances, loose lips sink ships. However, remaining tight lipped can hamper development… Continue reading

  73. Intellectual Property: Keeping Hold of Your Most Valuable Asset

    Intellectual property (IP) is an important asset for any business and, for some, will be the foundation on which the business is built. Develop designs or content for clients? Build software or applications? Analyse or i… Continue reading

  74. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - a 12-month retrospective

    In advance of 25 May 2018 - the effective date of the GDPR - there was a startling amount of speculation and misinformation about how things would change once it came into force.… Continue reading

  75. Five reasons to consider an open-source software audit

    If you’re a software developer or service provider, chances are you are using some open-source software. “Open-source” software is licensed under a group of licences that give licensees full access to the software and it… Continue reading

  76. Guidance published on data protection implications of ‘no deal’ Brexit

    The Government has published guidance on how the UK’s data protection law will work in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.… Continue reading

  77. Morrisons Pays the Price for Employee Data Leak

    A landmark legal decision has determined that Morrisons is responsible for a data leak, in which the personal details of around 100,000 of its employees were exposed by a disgruntled member of staff.… Continue reading

  78. GDPR - A 10-point checklist

    September 25th marked four months since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - the biggest overhaul of data protection law in a decade - came into effect.… Continue reading

  79. 5 Minute Catch-Up: ICO fines Equifax £500,000 for data protection failings

    In May and June 2017, credit rating agency Equifax fell victim to cyber-attacks which reportedly affected 146 million customers globally, including 15 million UK citizens.… Continue reading

  80. Being asked to give an indemnity? 5 things to think about

    Indemnities come in all shapes and sizes. Generally speaking, an indemnity is a promise to make good another’s loss which has either occurred because liability has arisen under the contract (for example there has been a… Continue reading

  81. Latest Copyright Changes On Hold For Now

    Copyright law has been in the spotlight over the past few months, as musicians such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and David Guetta - as well as other rights holders - clashed with free internet campaigners.… Continue reading

  82. All you need to know about the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica story

    $35 billion shaved off Facebook’s value: Cambridge Analytica being investigated by the ICO.… Continue reading

  83. Monumental Cluck Up - Why Disaster Recovery Plans Can Be Crucial

    A chicken restaurant without chicken. It’s not ideal” were the words printed on an ad that was released by the chain restaurant, KFC, in response to its closure of over 600 restaurants across the UK.… Continue reading

  84. When creative and legal work together

    Glynn Hayward is a creative guy with some great ideas (BAFTA award winning, in fact). From dreaming up brilliant kids games ideas in his kitchen, to building a successful business with 18 staff hasn't been a quick transi… Continue reading

  85. Apple and the 14-day cancellation right

    Apple has been in the news recently, following an update to its iTunes and App Store terms of use. The Guardian and other media outlets, have reported on a change to its terms for EU countries, which allows customers to… Continue reading

  86. Debunking 6 Contract Myths

    Virtually all businesses will enter into all sorts of commercial arrangements and money-making ventures on a day to day basis but too often fail to consider the underlying contractual implications.… Continue reading

  87. Case Comment - The “Right to be Forgotten”

    In a case that triggered a mass media storm, the European Court of Justice recently ruled that a Spanish man had the “right to be forgotten” in online searches.… Continue reading

  88. Quick Guide to Intellectual Property Rights Act 2014

    The Intellectual Property Rights Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014 and is due to come into effect in October. The Act will modernise certain aspects of intellectual property (IP) law and assist those seeking… Continue reading

  89. New copyright exceptions on the way

    Parliament is currently scrutinising a set of 5 regulations which, if approved, will introduce new and amended exceptions to copyright protection into UK law from 1 June 2014.… Continue reading

  90. Contract Negotiations

    A number of our clients have benefited recently from our help in negotiating with the following household name companies:… Continue reading

  91. Web Browsing does not Infringe Copyright

    The European Court of Justice has decided that internet browsing which involves viewing copyrighted content does not require the copyright holder’s permission and is not copyright infringement.… Continue reading

  92. New Consumer Regulations: Are Your Contracts Compliant?

    On Friday 13 June 2014, new consumer regulations come into force in the UK, affecting businesses which sell goods or services to consumers (meaning individuals not buying in the course of business).… Continue reading

  93. A simple way to help prepare a software business for sale or investment

    If your business creates any software or code, chances are it’s quite technical.… Continue reading

  94. Legal focus: taking the pain out of due diligence

    A version of this article first appeared on AccountingWeb and can be found here (you will need to register to view this on AccountingWeb) … Continue reading

  95. Cookies and the new law

    ICO issues new guidance the day before end of moratorium on enforcing new cookie rules.
    This guidance suggests implied consent (opt-out) may be a good enough solution.… Continue reading

  96. Mike Tyson and Tattoos – Know your Copyright

    What has Mike Tyson and “The Hangover 2” got to do with Copyright?… Continue reading

  97. What to do when contract negotiations go bad…

    When helping out clients with contracts recently, I’ve had a few comments along the following lines from the other side:… Continue reading

  98. Protect your brand - watch out for dragons and trademarks (and keep records)

    A cautionary tale
    We recently helped a young luxury fashion business appoint a distributor for its products in China. The business was started a few years ago and has done fantastically well:… Continue reading

  99. Six things to know before you give shares or share options to employees

    We spend lots of time talking to clients about issuing shares and options to employees. This is particularly the case with young companies which often want to attract and retain ambitious staff but don’t have the money t… Continue reading

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