BOSSES at a Burnley couriers firm could be forgiven for being on Cloud Nine after their latest takeover.

EFS Global, based in Phoenix Way, has acquired the interests of Bromborough’s PDQ, which specialises in pharmaceutical and hazardous substance transportation.

The deal, which not only brings their Merseyside head office into the fold but other sites in Buckinghamshire, Cheshire and Ireland, represents the outfit’s ninth move on a competitor in under a decade.

One of the advantages of PDQ and the Bromborough depot is that it offers the latest in temperature-controlled transport facilities for the chemicals industry.

Manchester-based solicitors Davis Blank Furniss advised EFS on the transaction, including carrying out legal due diligence ahead of the final contracts being signed.

Mark Jones, the managing director of the Burnley firm, which was established in 1996, said: “PDQ is a great addition to the EFS Group and we are delighted that Brian and Amanda Brennan – long-term directors of the business – will be carrying on steering the firm into the future.

“It really is a case of business as usual for PDQ’s staff and clients but with the added benefits that come with being part of one of the UK’s leading freight and haulage companies.”

Sonio Singh, a partner in the corporate department at Davis Blank Furniss, added: “This deal is another milestone for EFS Global as it further strengthens its position and reach in the freight and haulage sector.”

Other takeovers carried out since 2010 have seen Euro SDB, 747 Express Freight, Logictrans UK Limited, RTS Refrigeration, CS Brunt, Horizon Distribution, Euro-Tran Despatch and JRS Traction come under their umbrella.

Last month the ambitious company, which has a £29million turnover, also staged an equity drive, where investors were encouraged to take part in a shares buyback scheme, through Crowdcube.

According to their own figures, this raised more than £900,000, set against a target of £650,000, with 275 investors said to have come on board.