Enhanced Engineering Group Ltd is a UK based team acquiring and building sub-contract engineering businesses in the Midlands/South of England. We seek companies that have a long term, sustainable customer base whose owners/shareholders are looking for an exit that ensures the continuity of their businesses. We add value by bringing commercial and operational synergies to the acquired businesses.

Our team has many decades of experience in all aspects of engineering and manufacturing across most sectors.

Leigh Smith – CEO
A Chartered Engineer, degree qualified in Mechanical Engineering with an MBA. Leigh worked for two major US headquartered corporations, managing business units in both automotive and aerospace/defence sectors where he was P&L responsible for £50m+ multi-site operations. He has extensive international experience in Europe, North and South America and Asia. 

Leigh has broad knowledge in commercial, technical and operational management, along with significant M&A activity. Previously CEO of a £15m manufacturing SME group that was sold to a large Swiss corporation and also CEO of a group of precision engineering businesses.

Kate Davis – Group Finance Director
Kate qualified with Grant Thornton before moving to a client (£40m turnover) where she was promoted from Financial Accountant to Group Financial Controller. 

Responsible for setting up a new team for the Europe division of a PLC covering 52 sites and 7 countries. Kate has experience as Group Financial Controller/Group Finance Director in a number of sectors, with significant experience of acquisitions. 

In 2019, Kate was voted as one of the top 10 FD’s on the South Coast.

Ray Hart – Non-Executive Chairman
Ray has a very long and distinguished career in a variety of executive and non-executive roles. He held senior corporate positions at Esso and Guthrie before becoming a main board director at BET PLC. 

Ray was CEO of Principal Finance Group (part of Nomura PLC), reporting to Guy Hands. He spent 10 years working for CVC where he held a variety of NED and Chairman roles.

Seamus Lyons – Non-Executive Director
Seamus had a corporate career before starting the journey of acquiring and building businesses. He is the former owner of FOX-VPS Ltd and Engineering and Developments Ltd and is now an advisor to Enhanced Engineering Group Ltd.


FOX-VPS LTD based in Camberley, Surrey, specialises in the manufacture of precision machined castings, components and finished assemblies for the defence, aerospace, automotive, nuclear, oil and gas and other specialised industrial markets.

We also manufacture hydraulic actuators, valves, fire protection, bearings and associated equipment for the aerospace, automotive and specialised industrial markets worldwide.

Precision Aluminium Casting and Engineering Ltd

Precision Aluminium Casting and Engineering Ltd (PACE) has been formed by merging W H Rowe Ltd and Engineering and Developments Ltd (EDL) at our large foundry site in Southampton.

WH Rowe Ltd, based in Southampton since 1932, specialised in the supply of high-quality sand and gravity die aluminium components. EDL supplied precision machined castings primarily into the aerospace and defence sectors for over 30 years.

The combined business will supply aluminium sand, gravity die and investment castings from self-contained and purpose-built foundry operations. The casting production is complimented by extensive CNC machining and powder coating facilities. Onsite support processes include material testing via in house spectrometers, fettling and trimming, tool maintenance, heat treatment, fully integrated real time x-ray and dye penetrant crack detection, plus the added benefit of a fully equipped pressure, hydraulic, vacuum and leak test area.

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