Lloyds backs Bradford manufacturer’s management buy-out

Pictured are Ian Parsons, Parsons Accountants; Malcolm Knapton, Southern Redfern; and Ben Kimball, Lloyds Bank


A Bradford industrial solutions provider has undergone a management buy-out with support from Lloyds Bank.

Southern Redfern Industrial Solutions Ltd’s managing director, Malcolm Knapton, acquired the company from its owners after securing an invoice finance facility worth £400,000 from Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance.

With a turnover of £3million, the firm manufactures and installs electrical control units and is partnered with companies including Siemens, Unilever and Proctor & Gamble.

Following the management buy-out, the 94-year-old firm is looking to create a 24-hour service and to further develop its partnerships with blue-chip clients.

The business also plans to hire two new apprentices to add to its current team of 25 employees.

As part of the acquisition, the company’s managers, John Hoather, Jonathan Douglas, Steve Mitchell and Phil Leeman have also bought shares in the business.

Malcolm joined the company in 1997 and became managing director in 2010.

He said: “Following the management buy-out, and the funding from Lloyds Bank, we are in a better position to take advantage of our growth potential.

“Over the next year we will look to develop the service we offer to our clients as well as grow our team by hiring at least two apprentices from the Bradford area.”

Ben Kimball, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “The management buy-out and the invoice finance facility has ultimately allowed Malcolm and the team to concentrate more on manufacturing services and less on finances.

“Lloyds Bank has committed to helping small businesses fulfil their growth potential by increasing net lending to SMEs by more than £1 billion during 2016, building on six years of consistent lending growth.”

The deal was supported by Ben Kimball and Charlotte Jackson, regional manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance.

Corporate finance advisors, Parsons Accountants, alongside corporate lawyers, Ramsdens also advised on the deal.


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