Complementary acquisitions to drive future organic growth

We make complementary acquisitions to drive future organic growth, positioning behind exciting end markets, expanding our footprint in a core geography, or adding product capability. 

We are long-term investors in our businesses. We acquire high-quality companies, preserving their legacy, culture and people, and supporting their onward growth journeys with continued investment and sharing of best practice. We have considerable expertise in doing acquisitions and have completed over 30 in the last four years. 

Steve Sargeant

Group Corporate Development Director

We're the best home for owner-managed businesses

We differentiate ourselves clearly from financial investors and other strategic buyers in our approach to acquisitions, and how we onboard businesses once they are part of our Group. We believe strongly that we are the best home for privately-owned businesses in our markets. 

During the acquisition process, we are culturally sensitive to owners' emotional journeys; we are industry experts who understand your business and markets; and we are acquisition experts, who can move quickly and have cash available so don't need to raise funds to complete the transaction. We also offer shareholders the option of a full exit, and we pay fair value for businesses ensuring a win-win outcome. 

Post-acquisition, we have a lot to offer too: we preserve the name, legacy, heritage and core values of the business; we give management teams the autonomy and accountability to continue to run their businesses; we are long-term partners to our acquisitions and invest in talent, technology and facilities. Lastly, Diploma is a great place to be – a fast-growing and successful Group that puts its people first. 

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What we look for in a target acquisition

We acquire high-quality businesses with great leadership teams. We look to invest across all three of our Sectors – Seals, Controls and Life Sciences and are active across North America, Europe and Australia / New Zealand.

Our acquisitions have the same value-add distribution model that we do, ensuring customer loyalty and high gross margins. We look for businesses that have strong organic growth potential and ambition, and continue to invest in them.

Our approach 

We offer absolute confidentiality and discretion, and our lean structure allows us to make decisions quickly.

We have business expertise in your industry and speak the same language, but we are also M&A experts and can navigate through an acquisition process efficiently. We are friendly, approachable, down-to-earth people who care about and understand the importance of culture. We pay a fair price for the businesses we acquire, to ensure the deal is a win-win.

We have a strong track record of successful acquisitions. We have completed over 30 acquisitions in the past 4 years, investing over £1 billion.

Get in touch

If you are considering selling your business, please get in touch for a confidential discussion. 

Steve Sargeant
Group Corporate Development Director
+44 (0) 20 7549 5700

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