Irwin Mitchell Advises On Pig Veterinary Practice Sale

Garth Partnership To Expand Westpoint’s Growing Portfolio

30.03.2015

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Driffield-based Garth Partnership, a leading UK pig veterinary practice, has been acquired by the Westpoint Group for an undisclosed sum.
 
Established in 1951, the Garth Partnership is the largest and one of the foremost pig practices in the UK. Westpoint has purchased the business to enhance and complement its range of services across the UK.
                                                                                                                  
Angela McKie, Garth’s Managing Director, She said: “By learning from our new partners and expanding on their already active clinical governance approach to veterinary practice, this business partnership will allow us to develop our position as the UK’s leading provider of veterinary services to the pig industry. The access to greater resource and the wide expertise in knowledge and R&D from our veterinary led group will ensure that the UK’s pig keepers be the real winners from this development.”
 
Matt Dobbs, Managing Director of Westpoint “We will build on the strong reputation of Garth as a leading pig practice in the UK and ensure the partnership leads to new and enhanced services, complementing our current support for the other UK livestock and companion animal sectors”.
 
Westpoint is backed by private investment firm, August Equity, who have committed further funds for expansion of the group.  August Partner David Lonsdale, added:  “This merger significantly broadens the technical capability and species scope of the business. We have followed Garth’s progress closely and have been hugely impressed by their high level of knowledge and expertise. The practice is held in the highest regard by its customers and the global animal health industry.”
 
Andrea Cropley and James Foster led a multi-disciplinary team from Irwin Mitchell which advised the vendors on the deal, with corporate finance advice provided by WGN.
 
Paul Routledge from DLA Piper advised Westpoint.