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Jasper’s Collaborative Triumph with David Walley: Transforming the Live Events Landscape

Igniting Success through Exclusive Partnership

Jasper embarked on a transformative journey in collaboration with David Walley, a former client, exclusively focusing on a strategic buy & build strategy within the live events sector. This commenced with the strategic acquisition of Mobile Promotions – a pivotal business identified by David.

Business Insight – Mobile Promotions

Mobile Promotions, an experiential and live events business, was under family ownership and had a turnover of £4.5 million, with a strategic reliance on key customers, including Mercedes-Benz.

Strategic Buy & Build

In the initial 18 months following the acquisition of Mobile Promotions, we orchestrated three strategic bolt-on acquisitions, crafting a comprehensive full-service live events offering:

BluePeg: a brand partnership and activation agency with £1.1 million turnover.

Beautiful Minds: an event staffing agency contributed a £900,000 turnover.

Star Events: a leading UK supplier of stage structures and services, delivering £6.3 million turnover.

Investment in People, Systems & Processes

The journey was marked by substantial investments in people, systems and processes:

People: key senior-level appointments, including an FD, a COO who transitioned to become the CEO, and a Chief Commercial Officer enriched the leadership team.

Systems: Star Live invested across rental stock and infrastructure, encompassing upgrades in event seating stock, investment in 2 Titan stages and 32 view boxes, plus other general equipment totalling over £4 million, along with a major office refurbishment, a new vehicle fleet, and the adoption of the Sage 200 accounting and ERP system.

Processes: individual businesses were seamlessly integrated into one operating structure, delineating clear roles and lines of reporting.

Successful Exit

After 6 years of investment, the business undertook an MBO with the backing of private equity firm LDC. The deal structure resulted in a fantastic outcome with a triple digit return of money for the shareholders on completion.

“It’s virtually impossible to underestimate how key David was to the process from acquisition to sale. There was a reason he was the very first person I spoke to when I started this particular journey. Thank you…..for believing in me, supporting me, putting up with me and being the voice of reason when my emotions started to take hold! It’s been a journey and I could not have done it without you!”

– David Walley (CEO), Star Live

Jasper’s Strategic Investment In Translift Group: Elevating Materials Handling Excellence

Introduction Through Expert Networks

Jasper was introduced to Translift in 2016 by a trusted associate. We concluded there was a need for the existing shareholders to realise their investment and allow the business to develop under new ownership.

Business Insight – Translift Bendi

Translift, a key player in materials handling, stood out as one of the three principal distributors of articulated forklifts in the UK & Ireland.

At the time of acquisition, the business, primarily owned by two individuals, was refocusing on new, unrelated machinery, resulting in underinvestment in its core operations – the sale of new and refurbished forklifts, service and maintenance.

Despite distinctive challenges, the business had a turnover of £14 million and was breakeven. The due diligence process involved reconstructing historic financials due to the absence of management accounts.

Investment in People, Systems & Processes

The business has received, and continues to receive, significant investment in its people, systems and processes.


To ensure a smooth transition of ownership, an experienced Managing Director was strategically recruited with a background in the sales and maintenance of an industrial plant.

Over the years, the MD progressed to a Chairman’s role, eventually exiting as part of a shareholder restructure in 2021 with profitability restored.

The Sales Director was subsequently promoted to Managing Director, with a Financial Director now on board to strengthen financial management.


Strategic investments were made in the rental fleet, and a small bolt-on business was acquired in 2022.

This diversified the rental fleet and expanding capacity, marking a crucial expansion for the business. Further investments installed an ERP system and renovated the premises.


The commitment to excellence extended to significant infrastructure investment. New quality, purchasing, and health & safety procedures were introduced.

Additionally, a focus on enhancing employee training and development underscored a commitment to continual improvement.

Successful Shareholder Restructure

A strategic shareholder restructure was executed in 2021, allowing some investors to exit whilst rewarding those that were critical to ongoing future success.

Presently, the business generates a turnover of £16 million with EBITDA margins approaching 25%.

“The support provided by Jasper – led by David – has been integral to the transformation of Translift. The practical hands-on support in the early days was invaluable. Now working in partnership on the future strategic growth of the group demonstrates the long-term commitment to Translift.”

– Rob Bull, Finance Director, Translift Group

Jasper’s Pioneering Venture With Paul Deehan: Revolutionising The EMS/CEMS Landscape

Unlocking Success Through Strategic Collaboration

In a testament to the power of collaboration, we were retained by Paul Deehan, leveraging a longstanding relationship, to embark on an exclusive journey focused on a robust buy & build strategy within the Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS)/Contract EMS sector.

Strategic Sector Exploration

Diving deep into the EMS/CEMS sector, we meticulously identified potential platform businesses. The culmination of this endeavour was the selection of AWS through a discreet off-market transaction.

AWS Business Insight

AWS, a CEMS business primarily owned by an individual, stood as the focal point of this transformative strategy.

Nestled in Stoke, AWS boasted a turnover of £10 million from a clientele primarily consisting of 8 customers, with a notable emphasis on defence.

Strategic Buy & Build

In the 22 months after acquiring AWS, we spearheaded a strategic series of four bolt-on acquisitions:

Jantec: a specialist in lifetime asset management with expertise in reverse engineering.

Cemgraft: a CEM business based in Newbury, broadened the group’s customer base and enhanced the product portfolio.

Electroconnect Slovakia: strategically secured contracts and introduced a low-cost manufacturing facility based in Slovakia into the group.

Instem Technologies: Staffordshire-based CEM business contributed operational efficiencies and an enriched product portfolio.

Investment in People, Systems & Processes

Jasper’s commitment always extends beyond acquisitions. Substantial investments were made in people, systems and processes.

People: key senior appointments were made, fortifying the team with an FD, Purchasing Director, and Group Business Improvement Director.

Systems: significant financial injections were directed towards a group-wide ERP, custom manufacturing software development, facility upgrades in the UK, and the consolidation of Instem operations into the AWS site.

Processes: achievements included ISO9001 & 14001 certifications, aerospace accreditation, and the implementation of a group-wide lean manufacturing process.

Exit Strategy and Remarkable Returns

The journey reached a milestone in 2009 as AWS had a £35m turnover and 3 sites across the UK and Slovakia. Both Paul Deehan and Jasper sold c.50% of their equity, with Barclays Ventures acquiring a 47% stake in . This strategic move resulted in a 47.9x money return to Jasper in a mere four-year period.

“David was a valued investor, long-term partner and in an integral part of the buy-and-build strategy. His support and commitment to both myself and the business as it underwent a rapid growth trajectory, that wasn’t without its challenges, was invaluable.”

– Paul Deehan (CEO), AWS Electronics