AFL Insurance Brokers buys Zodiac Insurance Services

AFL Insurance Brokers has announced the acquisition of Zodiac Insurance Services, a New Jersey-based firm specialising in professional, entertainment and event insurance. A Lloyd’s managing general agent, Zodiac underwrites in excess of $10m in casualty lines.

Ayima boosts digital analytics with LeapThree deal

Digital marketing and SEO group Ayima has acquired LeapThree, a specialist in web analytics, data analysis and conversion optimisation. LeapThree and its directors Michael Feiner and Peter O’Neill will join Ayima as their own unit.

Crown Oil seals second September deal

Crown Oil Group has announced a second deal in as many weeks with the purchase of family-run business Beesley Fuels. The deal gives Crown Oil a new presence in the West Midlands and takes the headcount of the wider group to more than 1,500 people.

Apposite Capital acquires Prime Health Diagnostics

Healthcare-focused private equity firm Apposite Capital has acquired Prime Health Diagnostics, building on its purchases of Medical Imaging Partnership in 2016 and Nuada Medical last year. Prime Health operates a diagnostic, treatment and fitness clinic in Weybridge. Its facilities include a 3T MRI scanner, digital x-ray and ultrasound.

BBA Aviation buys Firstmark for $97m

BBA Aviation has announced the acquisition of Firstmark, an aftermarket service provider to the aerospace industry. The $97m deal will see Firstmark join Ontic, BBA Aviation’s aftermarket services business, expanding its US presence with two offices along the East Coast and 70 employees.

Carr’s Group buys Animax for £8.5m

Agriculture and engineering company Carr’s Group has acquired Animax for £8.5m. Established in 1982, the Suffolk-based firm researches, develops and produces animal health products. The deal also includes Clinimax, a manufacturer of specialist disinfectant products for the medical industry.

Succession Group completes double acquisition

Wealth planning firm Succession Group has acquired two investment businesses, MacKenzie Investments and Warwick Butchart. The deal adds £350m of funds under management to the firm.

Chess ICT makes move for TMS

Technology solutions provider Chess ICT has acquired TMS, a provider of billing, hosted voice and data connectivity solutions for IT and telecoms suppliers. TMS chairman and founder Suzanne Chappell is to retire with this deal with the firm’s existing management team otherwise remaining in place. The fast-growing firm recorded revenue of £49.6m in 2017 and has a stable of relationships with over 100 partners and resellers.

US furniture firm Steelcase buys Orangebox

US office furniture firm Steelcase has acquired UK business Orangebox for up to £63m. Orangebox specialises in the creation of ‘alternative furniture’ for the workplace. The deal broadens the span of postures Steelcase’s portfolio can accommodate, as well as the range between private and open office set-ups. Orangebox employs over 400 people and recorded turnover of £61.3m in 2017.

Vonage to buy cloud contact centre startup for $350m

Communications firm Vonage has agreed to buy contact centre solutions provider NewVoiceMedia for $350m. The acquisition combines with Vonage’s unified communications (UCaaS) and communications platform (CPaaS) capabilities to create an end-to-end cloud communications service with a focus on mid-market and enterprise customers.