TURNOVER at an Altrincham acquisitions firm has gone through the roof year-on-year.

This in turn has seen pre-tax profits for Goose Green based CorpAcq grow from £40.1million in 2017 to £40.2million for 2018.

Several key deals have been cited as catalysts for the upswing by director Nicholas Cattell, not least the acquisition, in May 2018, of 55 per cent of the share capital of Cotton Traders.

Later in the year CorpAcq was also involved in securing 50 per cent of 2 Recycling, which provides metal recycling services.

In manufacturing and construction they bought out Dewsbury-based Richard Alan Group and MS W Ltd, a national flooring and decking supplier trading out of Nottingham.

Seventy-five per cent of the assets of WPI Civil Engineering, of Middlewich, Cheshire, and a similar share of Wigan's MB Heating, were also agreed during the summer of 2018. Key Forensic was bought out of administration.

Mr Cattell added: "The directors intend to continue with growth through organic improvement and acquisition.

"The directors will actively target four or five businesses a year where the appropriate criteria for purchases can be met."