In the six months since our last Deals update, we’ve continued to see a lot of activity in the Deals market, both locally and further afield. There still remains uncertainty around Brexit and the eventual impact this might have and, whilst our clients are mindful of this, it has not stopped them progressing their own growth strategies through M&A. There also continues to be a lot of funding available from private equity, development capital and from lenders, enabling shareholders with quality businesses to fully exit, derisk, or raise funding to support their growth plans.
Looking forward, we’re now seeing a strong pipeline building up for next year, suggesting the market will continue to be active for some months to come. So for those of us in the regional Deals market, Christmas will come as a welcome opportunity to recharge the batteries before going again in 2018.
Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone we’ve worked with over the last 12 months - we look forward to catching up in the New Year and working with you again in 2018.