Business Services

Supporting growth in support services

M&A specialists to mid-market companies


aggregate market cap of the 21 companies we act for in this sector


raised in IPO and secondary transactions in the last 5 years


transacted in public and private M&A since 2019

Through our in-depth company-specific and thematic research, we convey our expertise to the market, as well as showcasing our privately-backed and corporate clients.

Business Services is a diverse sector covering physical infrastructure, professional services, recruitment, distribution or B2B services more generally. Despite this diversity there are often common themes:

  • Companies providing essential services, critical in enabling their clients to focus on their core activities.
  • Often in a regulated environment
  • Often subject to subject to sweeping technological disruptions

Proactive and approachable team with decades’ sector knowledge, critical in helping corporates deliver their narrative clearly and effectively.

Our support services subsectors

  • Recruitment and resourcing
  • Education and training (inc. e-learning)
  • HR and recruitment technologies
  • Employee benefits and wellbeing
  • ESG, management and strategy consulting
  • Accounting, financial and corporate services
  • Legal and compliance services
  • Media and digital services
  • Specialist and value-added distributors
  • Wholesalers
  • Transport services
  • Equipment hire
  • Property repair and maintenance
  • Cleaning and hygiene services
  • Fire and security
  • Social housing services
  • White-collar outsourced services
  • Contact centres
  • Property management
  • Judicial and debt collection services


Marlowe plc

Cavendish acted as Nominated Adviser and Broker to AIM quoted Marlowe plc, on its £131 million equity raise its acquisition of Optima Health Group Limited,  an occupational health and wellbeing company.

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