Bank-funded management buyout at South Yorks creative agency

Two directors of South Yorkshire based GDA Creative Marketing Limited have bought the 26 year old design and marketing agency for an undisclosed sum following the retirement of founder and chairman Graham Dawson.

MD Alistair Farrant and creative director Jem Hager, who completed the buyout with funding from RBS, have ambitious plans to double GDA’s turnover to over £2 million in the next five years.

Following four recent new business wins, the agency – which employs 10 people at its Barnsley base – is well placed to achieve these goals.

Alistair Farrant said:

“Graham founded a vibrant, creative agency starting with just one employee, Jem, and gained a strong reputation in the north of England, particularly across the property sector.

“We are building on his legacy – diversifying our areas of expertise to include digital marketing and app development, whilst expanding into new sectors including social housing and manufacturing.”

hlw Keeble Hawson, one of Yorkshire’s biggest law firms with offices in Doncaster, Sheffield and Leeds, advised GDA Creative Marketing Limited.

Partner Chris Wilson said:

“The management buyout symbolises a real success story for this respected agency.

“After several challenging years for many businesses in the South Yorkshire area it is encouraging to see the volume of new contracts that Alistair and Jem are securing.”

Alistair Farrant added:

“We are grateful to RBS who have had the confidence to fund us and to our professional advisors at hlw Keeble Hawson and accountants GVT in Sheffield who helped to achieve the buyout swiftly and efficiently.”

GDA Creative Marketing Limited’s recent new business commissions include projects for Sheffield architects Coda Studios; Coast and Country Housing in Redcar; Arkote, a Sheffield-based manufacturer of precision knives for the tobacco industry and Environmental Essentials, an asbestos management company in Staffordshire.

Alistair Farrant and Jem Hager
Alistair Farrant and Jem Hager


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