DEALS worth more than £100million have been secured by a go-ahead corporate finance team.

Staff at Cowgills have been involved in a series of notable transactions during 2019.

These include the sale of Quick Release Automotive to the French outfit Alten, the trade sale of Roadways and the sale of Assist Group to idverde UK.

And management buyouts of CTI Digital and The Protein Works, and the growth capital investment by Foresight into Steamforged Games have also come under the umbrella of the unit, which works out of their Bolton and Manchester offices.

Three new recent additions to their team, Richard Hunter, Brett Marsden and Adam Heywood, have brought their firepower to 15.

New office space has also been secured in the city centre which will come into play next year.

Ian Johnson, head of corporate finance, said: "The last 12 months has been a period of great success with the team advising on some really prominent deals in the region.

"We have focused on recruiting a talented and dynamic team who have been instrumental in helping to continue our progression as one of the leading mid-tier corporate finance advisers in the region.

"When we established the corporate finance arm of the business we knew that it needed to be based in Manchester’s financial district and that location has been critical to our recruitment and ultimately our success.

"We are also backed by a superb team of advisory, accountancy and taxation specialists at our head office in Bolton ,ensuring we can provide our clients with a full service offering throughout the entire lifecycle of their business.

He believes that the volume and scale of the business they have attracted over the past year reflects well on the region's prosperity.

The wider company, first established in 1983, is based in Chorley New Road and has offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Ilkley.