The north west of England saw the number of private equity buyout deals carried out in the region in 2011 rise, compared to the figures for 2010.
The figures for the region - which includes the urban hubs of Manchester and Liverpool - bucked the overall national trend by seeing the number of transactions rise to 26, up from 18 in 2010. The value of the transactions also increased significantly, by 10 per cent to £1.75 billion, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The national figures saw a year on year decline in transactions from 183 to 176, according to the figure from the Centre for Management Buyout Research.
Steve O’Hare, northern partner at Equistone Partners Europe, which sponsored the research, said: “Despite difficult trading conditions and uncertainty in the Eurozone in 2011, private equity activity in the north west remained buoyant.”
O'Hare explained that the figures highlighted the strength and dominance of the region's small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as the canny business acumen of the workforce. He said that the investment that was being drawn to the region was making for a very good outlook to business prospects in 2012.
The largest single deal that was carried out in the region was that of Bolton-based Integrated Dental Holdings for £574 million.
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