The UK ICT Services M&A environment looks set for a positive 2018 as corporates continue to seek strategic acquisitions to achieve ambitious growth plans.
M&A activity in the UK recruitment market remained healthy in FY17 with 55 deals completed involving UK and Irish target companies.
Against a backdrop of continued political uncertainty activity levels in the industrials sector remain high, with industry survey results and the PMI all recording higher than at this point last year.
Increased cloud integration drives M&A activity growth within the UK software sector.
M&A activity in the UK food & beverage sector showed signs of growth in H1 2017, with 67 deals completed involving UK target companies.
Network infrastructure and business communications providers continue to drive growth in the telecoms sub-sector while connectivity companies thrive in the growing cloud economy.
Over the last 12 months increasing deal volumes and strong valuations have been paid.
M&A activity for 2017 Q1 has been above the levels seen in previous years and up 12.5% for the same period last year.