SSE picks up rest of offshore wind firm

SSE has taken full ownership of Seagreen Wind Energy, buying the 50% of the business it didn’t already own for $155m from Fluor. The Crown Estate recently awarded Seagreen exclusive rights for the Firth of Forth Zone of the UK’s Round 3 offshore wind farm development programme. Seagreen is expected to build a wind farm with capacity of up to 1.5GW off the east of Fife, although has only been granted permission for 1.05GW so far. SSE currently has an output of 1.7GW from off and onshore wind projects, which is just under 10% of the UK total. A merger between SSE’s retail arm and npower was provisionally cleared in August, which would see the UK Big Six become a Big Five.

UK ID card business Digital ID Group has been acquired by US counterpart Alphacard. The deal creates the world’s largest ID card company with 360 employees posted across offices in 11 cities worldwide. The partnership is expected to create 40 jobs over the next three years. Established in 1990, Digital ID is headquartered in Stockport with offices in London, Amsterdam and Gothenburg.  The fast-growing firm recorded revenues of £17.9m in 2017.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

SSE picks up rest of offshore wind firm

SSE has taken full ownership of Seagreen Wind Energy, buying the 50% of the business it didn’t already own for $155m from Fluor. The Crown Estate recently awarded Seagreen exclusive rights for the Firth of Forth Zone of the UK’s Round 3 offshore wind farm development programme. Seagreen is expected to build a wind farm with capacity of up to 1.5GW off the east of Fife, although has only been granted permission for 1.05GW so far. SSE currently has an output of 1.7GW from off and onshore wind projects, which is just under 10% of the UK total. A merger between SSE’s retail arm and npower was provisionally cleared in August, which would see the UK Big Six become a Big Five.

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Digital ID Group acquired by US firm

UK ID card business Digital ID Group has been acquired by US counterpart Alphacard. The deal creates the world’s largest ID card company with 360 employees posted across offices in 11 cities worldwide. The partnership is expected to create 40 jobs over the next three years. Established in 1990, Digital ID is headquartered in Stockport with offices in London, Amsterdam and Gothenburg.  The fast-growing firm recorded revenues of £17.9m in 2017.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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