We are delighted to sponsor the new Yorkshire Business Insider Mid-Market Profit Tracker, and are proud to work with many of the businesses featured on the list.
In the September 2019 issue Business Insider introduce a new data set on the most profitable middle market companies in Yorkshire and the Humber. They are profiling some of those businesses driving a true commercial edge and delivering great shareholder value.
These are just some of the themes that we discuss with our clients, putting in place strategies to help them achieve the objectives. Here's what some of our clients featured in the Insider Mid-Market Profit Tracker have to say...
Raising finance to support business growth
“Attracting private equity to help finance our growth and future plans was central to our strategy and it was vital to present the business as professionally as possible. Having worked with Clarion since 2005, we knew that the corporate team would provide the best advice and undertake the rigorous financial and legal
due diligence work needed to reassure potential investors and this helped us secure £1m in growth capital. Looking after our interests from a legal perspective is not an easy task, but the Clarion team has more than earned its position as our trusted advisers – I’d go so far as to say that Richard understands the sausage making business almost as well as we do! Their advice has been essential, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”
Debbie Keeble, Founder of Heck Food Ltd
“Since acquiring the business in 2010, we have seen huge expansion, increasing to six sites across the UK with turnover rising from £4m to £55m. Clarion has proved able to accommodate our growing needs, providing all legal support for our operations from employment and property matters right through to corporate work and dispute management. We need a full service firm which works at our level and Clarion ticks all the boxes – it is a truly professional outfit which focuses on strong personal relationships. They’re a great fit for us.”
Alex Khan, Managing Director of Belgrade Insulations Ltd (part of KAAM Holdings)
Strategic business planning through acquisitions
“A key to our success has been partnering with professionals who really understand our business and can provide real insight. Over the many years we have worked with Clarion they have taken on a more far-reaching role as business advisers rather than just lawyers. Where as previously we only involved lawyers at
the last minute to handle the legal paperwork, we now get the Clarion team on board at the earliest stage so they can provide strategic input during our growth process. Their proactive approach has allowed us to move quickly on our chosen acquisition targets which has enabled us to close our deals on time and on budget”
Dave Sewards, chief executive, HOME
Property portfolio growth
“As one of the fastest growing bar and restaurant businesses in the North, it is vital that we have a strong team of professional advisers behind us to support our rapid expansion strategy. Clarion’s property lawyers are highly proactive and commercial – they do an outstanding job for us. As a company, we are constantly evolving, expanding our geographic reach and also building on the success of established brands like Banyan alongside newer offerings such as Box and Manahatta. In such a fast-paced industry, it’s comforting to know we have a reputable and professional team on board as we embark on the next stage of our journey.”
Martin Wolstencroft, CEO, Arc Inspirations
International supply chain management and new product development
“The global nature of the food industry makes the supply chain extremely complex and demanding, and given the fact that the sector is highly regulated, it’s vital for a business like ours to protect itself by having rigorous controls and processes in place. Clarion has helped to improve our purchase and sale procedures and related contractual documentation as well as our licences and supply agreements. Clarion is wellversed in working with food companies, their experience
makes them specialists in the sector, and they really understand how it works and the challenges and opportunities that we have. The firm has also supported our new product development initiatives as well as providing advice on risk management. People respect the Clarion name, which really adds credibility. Overall, I have
found the team at Clarion to be very skilled and great people to work with.”
Keith Tindell, Managing Director, Holmesterne Foods
Understanding your business objectives
“As well as being a leading manufacturer of windows, doors and conservatories, we also acquired two conservatory retailers in 2017 and needed to re-finance the debt with a new bank. Clarion’s specialist banking and finance team came highly recommended and after looking at other legal firms, we felt they were the most able to handle the deal. Having worked with many lawyers over the years, we were really impressed by Clarion. They stood out as good people to work with – not only were they very responsive, but they also quickly grasped the commercial side, understanding the bigger picture of what we wanted to achieve as a business. As a group, we have big ambitions and plan to continue to grow both organically and by supporting our network of retailers. We would certainly
look to Clarion for support with future transactions.”
Sarah Van Haazel, CFO of Conservatory, Outlet Group
Maximising value in selling your business
“We were extremely satisfied with the support Clarion gave us during the sale of our family business to Ibstock plc. Not only did the corporate team demonstrate complete professionalism and timeliness at every stage of the process, but we, as sellers, felt very well supported throughout and highly valued Clarion’s advice
and guidance. We had the confidence of knowing we were in safe hands.”
John Longley, Financial Director of Longley Concrete
Want to find out more and talk us through where you want your business to go?
Please call Jonathan Simms, Partner, on 07825 635 213 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.