YFM’s Jamie Roberts joins the Insider South East Dealmakers Winners Roundtable 2017
Business resilience drives increase in South East dealmaking
Despite the turbulence created by the Brexit vote last June, South East businesses have continued to perform well. As a consequence the region saw an increase in the number of deal transactions in 2016, although the total deal value across the region dipped a little on the previous year.
The South East remains a highly attractive region for investment – be it from private equity, venture capital or overseas investors. There are a number of factors involved in this but it clearly demonstrates the resilience of the South East marketplace in these early post-Brexit days.
This was the backdrop for the South East Dealmakers Awards Winners’ Roundtable which saw representatives from all the winning firms at this year’s awards gather in Maidstone. Chaired by Insider’s regional business editor, Philip Cunliffe, the group took a retrospective look at the deals market in 2016 and what the prospects are for the year ahead. They were also asked about how South East businesses are currently performing and the trends that are emerging so far in 2017.
The South East is an important region for us with plenty of high quality businesses looking for investment. We have had a lot of success in the region and recently completed the buyouts of ACC Aviation and Ferrabyrne locally.
Jamie Roberts, Investment Director at YFM Equity Partners