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Dow Schofield Watts advises South Staffordshire Plc on acquisition


Dow Schofield Watts’ North West corporate finance team advised South Staffordshire Plc (SSPlc), the Walsall-based integrated services group, on its acquisition of multi-utility infrastructure provider Infrastructure Gateway Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Backed by its shareholder, funds managed by Arjun Infrastructure Partners, SSPlc operates two regulated water companies – South Staffs Water and Cambridge Water – and a range of complementary non-regulated businesses that serve essential services markets. The group employs over 3,000 people.

The acquisition marks a key milestone in the growth of its clean energy business, which already includes electric vehicle charging infrastructure and turnkey ground source and district heating services, to further support its customers’ decarbonisation goals.

Kettering-based Infrastructure Gateway Ltd (IGL) is the UK’s largest independent multi-utility infrastructure provider, serving residential housebuilders and commercial developers across the East of England. One of a select group of UK companies accredited under the Lloyds Register and holding Multi Utility Registration Status, IGL is also one of the UK’s top three providers of water connections to Ofwat appointed NAVs (New Appointments and Variations).

Phil Newland, CEO of South Staffordshire Plc, commented: “This acquisition brings a highly complementary capability to our existing services, helping us to further strengthen our energy infrastructure and decarbonisation offerings. The expertise and passion of the IGL team has meant the business has already achieved a market leading position, and we’re excited to welcome the IGL team to our Group and to support the next chapter of their development as part of our overall growth strategy.”

Steven Draper, managing director of IGL added: “We are delighted to join SSPlc and look forward to our future as part of the Group. We already have a strong regional client base, and SSPlc is the perfect fit to help us drive further growth opportunities; expanding our services nationwide and into next generation essential infrastructure markets.”

Dan Walker, Alex Odlin and Gregg Pendlington of Dow Schofield Watts corporate finance team in the North West advised SSPlc. Dan Walker said: “It was a pleasure to have supported the SSPlc team on this significant acquisition. With demand for energy infrastructure to support new housing as strong as ever, IGL’s team has positioned the business well to help address that demand. We wish the company and its employees all the best as they continue their growth journey as part of the SSPlc group.”

James Killing and Tom Rowe of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided financial due diligence to SSPlc, while Andrew Smith and Gweni Rees-Evans of Shakespeare Martineau provided legal advice to the company.