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Scientific laboratory and field equipment manufacturer

£0.5m to £1m
Manufacturing, Medical
UK Wide
16 June 2021

Business description

The business’s products enjoy an enviable reputation for high quality, so much so, that a number of them are widely regarded as ‘the standard of reference’ in their particular field.

Over 90% of sales are made to export markets notwithstanding the company’s absence from overseas exhibitions for over a decade.

Zephyr is committed to a programme of research and development to ensure that it’s equipment remains at the forefront of its specialised markets. Much of that research and development is undertaken in conjunction with Universities to provide independent evaluation and verification of the outcomes.


Turnover (£'000) Adjusted EBITDA (£'000)
2018 (Actual) 564 148
2019 (Actual) 836 303
2020 (Actual) 732 271
2021 (Forecast) 1,189 716


An outstanding product range and a small but experienced and highly skilled workforce.

Longstanding relationships with a high quality international customer base.  

A well maintained asset base including a long-leasehold factory & office building of just over 6,000 sq. ft. situated close to London but in a semi-rural location.

Prospective purchasers

The business would be attractive to other manufacturers supplying a similar range of products or who operate within a similar sector.  

Other businesses operating within complementary sectors seeking to acquire Zephyr as a strategic addition thereby widening their product offering.  

Private Equity firms who invest with investments in the manufacturing sector, particularly those that are focused on the production of scientific  equipment used either in the laboratory or in the field.

Reason for sale

The present owner of the business is planning to retire completely once  a suitable handover period has been completed.

Additional information

The Company’s  turnover and profitability are on an upward trend over the last 4 years and it is currently receiving a high level of enquiries that are adding to an already strong order book.

The impact of COVID-19 has largely been helpful to the business as some of the products that the it manufactures are being used by scientists investigating the virus.

The company is very cash generative and is completely debt free with an extremely healthy balance sheet.

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