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Shaw & Co surpasses half a billion deal milestone

22 November 2023
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Jim Shaw

The latest deals arranged by corporate finance advisor Shaw & Co have seen the firm surpass a major milestone – the completion of over £0.5 billion worth of business transactions since its inception in 2011.

The Bristol-based firm, which helps SME owners across the UK to buy, sell, or fund the growth of a business, broke through the target thanks to the recent sale of Ecosurety’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Batteries compliance schemes to sustainability, technology, data and services experts Reconomy, and the sale of Wiltshire-based accounting software business Data Interconnect to global digital finance transformation leader BlackLine.

Reconomy Group buys Ecosurety WEEE and batteries compliance schemes in deal led by Shaw & Co

Founded by Jim Shaw (pictured) towards the end of 2011, Shaw & Co has been involved in a range of notable deals, including some of the most significant seen in the South West. These include the sales of Pukka Herbs to Unilever, GoProposal to Sage, Senta to IRIS, Canopy Simulations to Michelin and Vouchercloud to Groupon.

The company has also helped many businesses find the right funding to support their growth, such as CatSci, a highly innovative spin-out from AstraZeneca which received significant equity investment from Paris-based Keensight Capital, and microchip designer Ensilica, which used debt funding to help create a platform for an IPO.

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The next stage for Shaw & Co will be the expansion of its footprint across the UK, from its Bristol headquarters into four further strategic locations - Birmingham, London, Manchester and Glasgow.

“Over the years we have worked extremely hard to demystify the complexity of corporate finance so more business owners and SMEs can achieve their ambitions and realise their company’s maximum value" said Jim.

“This hugely significant milestone is made up of many, many transactions and clearly demonstrates the success of our unique approach, an approach that has seen us working with some of the world’s biggest brands and most innovative SMEs.”

Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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