Southern Bear is involved in engineering and support services businesses and intends to acquire more medium-sized businesses in these areas. It maintains and installs industrial pipework, distributes welding products and installs and maintains domestic gas heating and electricals. Southern Bear joined Aim on 22 March 2005. In November 2006 it undertook the reverse takeover of industrial pipe maker Tarvail. In August 2008 there was a second reverse takeover, this time of Newcastle-based Fenhams, which installs and maintains central heating.