Bowden & Knights

The Business

Founded in 2003, based in Thetford.

One of the UK’s leading independent suppliers to the poultry industry.

Supply an extensive product range dedicated to poultry health, hygiene and welfare.

Offer extensive opportunities for growth within the poultry industry and externally into other synergetic animal welfare industries.

The Deal

100% share sale to Elta Group, an international operator with c.£100 million turnover.

Investment in resources, systems and back office facilities to unlock growth potential.

One founding shareholder fully exiting.

Remaining three shareholders staying involved in the business, as planned.

Value Add

Initially engaged with the shareholders four years before commencing sale process helping them to identify the right time to sell.

Ran and managed a competitive process with strategically selected parties across the UK.

Created competitive tension to achieve a strategic valuation premium above shareholders expectations.

Negotiated future profit participation in addition to full initial consideration.


Thetford, UK


Specialist Animal Welfare


Trade Disposal

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We could not have achieved the sale without Jon and his colleagues’ drive, enthusiasm, tenacity, advice and guidance.  Available to me 24/7, through ups and downs and with our interests at heart throughout, JDC were the driving force to ‘clinch the deal’.  A huge thank you JDC for fulfilling our dreams.

Mike Bowden Bowden & Knights