London Pride brewer Fuller’s has boosted its craft beer credentials with the acquisition of Dark Star Brewing. Fuller’s will provide funds for Dark Star to invest in new markets and increase sales of its beer brands, which include Hophead, APA, Dark Star Original and Revelation. Dark Star will continue to operate as a standalone business with James Cuthbertson at the helm. The company’s four-strong pub estate will be operated under a separate vehicle.
Sedulo Group has acquired the Leeds-based accountancy firm Bartfields. The deals grow Sedulo’s team from 60 to around 100 members of staff covering accountancy, tax, corporate finance, debt funding and wealth management, as well as forensic accounting with the addition of Bartfields’ specialist department.
Yorkshire accountancy firm Hentons has merged with York-based practice Forster Stott & Co. The deal has been supported by a multimillion-pound funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Forster Stott’s team will be retained and expanded.
Welsh firm Educate Resourcing has acquired Educate Teacher Training. Educate Resourcing is based in Wrexham and provides teaching and support staff, bespoke alternative curriculum courses and specialised personal tuition. The businesses will combine under the banner of the Educate Resourcing Group of Companies.
Tobii has acquired Acuity ETS and Acuity Intelligence, to be integrated into the Tobii Pro business unit. Acuity ETS specialises in eye-tracking research solutions and is the largest reseller of Tobii Pro’s products, while Acuity Intelligence conducts behavioural and cognitive research on behalf of global brands. The deal gives Tobii ownership of analytics software for eye-tracking studies in VR environments as well as its first office in the UK, opening a route for direct sales. The Acuity teams are based in Reading and together employ eight people.
Forbes Media has acquired The Memo, a British online business news outlet. The Memo will join Forbes Media to become its first full-fledged European Editorial Team, as part of its wider expansion plans across the continent. Following the deal, The Memo’s content will be hosted on Forbes.com and its London-based editorial team will move to a new and expanded office space.
Global digital agency Valtech has acquired UK counterpart True Clarity, a specialist in e-commerce and experience platforms such as Sitecore. The deal adds brands including ASOS, Dyson and EasyJet to the company’s client portfolio, and sees the addition of a Bristol site to Valtech’s existing offices in London and Manchester.
Merchanting and DIY group Grafton has bought Leyland SDM for £82.4m. Leyland SDM is a trusted decorating and DIY brand in Central London, selling paint, tools, ironmongery and accessories. The business has a network of 21 mostly high street stores situated in some of London’s most prominent locations, such as King’s Road Chelsea, High Street Kensington and Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as a distribution centre in Wembley.
Audioboom has been incorporated into Triton Digital following a reverse takeover. Audioboom is a leading spoken word audio on-demand platform for hosting, distributing and monetising content. It has bought Triton Digital for approximately £134m in cash. The group plans to fund the acquisition through a share placement with which it hopes to raise around £155m.
Business advisory company KPMG has acquired the Identity and Access Management (IAM) business of Silicon Valley tech firm Cyberinc, which has operations in Wetherby and Scarborough. Cyberinc IAM provides advisory, strategy, implementation and managed services for organisations needing to transform their enterprise or consumer identity capabilities. Cyberinc’s staff will merge with KPMG’s cybersecurity team in Leeds.