Yorkshire advisors act in family business new headquarters purchase

L-R: Alaric Birch (hlw Keeble Hawson), Nick Holland (Director Minorfern), Steve Wicks (Clydesdale Bank)

hlw Keeble Hawson has represented a car parts distributor – which has branches in Barnsley and Sheffield – in its acquisition of a new head office and warehousing centre.

SDL Minorfern acquired a new 40,000 sq. ft. head office and warehousing facility centre at Clay Cross, Chesterfield in a private sale funded by Yorkshire bank.

Headed by partner, Alaric Birch, the property team at hlw Keeble Hawson acted for SDL Minorfern and Yorkshire Bank – arranging and managing the bank finance and overseeing the sale processes. 

Founded in 1978, SDL Minorfern, an independent distributor of car and van replacement parts, employs 260 people and operates nine branches across Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire.

MD Nick Holland said: “The purchase of our new headquarters marks a formative milestone and is instrumental in our growth targets and increasing efficiency. 

“hlw Keeble Hawson was recommended to us as the ‘go to practice’ for a commercial conveyance of this size, and the service from Alaric and his team was impeccable. Both they and Yorkshire Bank worked effectively to ensure a smooth and timely completion.” 

Alaric Birch said: “This major development – which entailed SDL Minorfern bringing two separate warehousing operations and management, accounts and procurement teams under one roof – paves the way for continued success for the business, which has established itself as a leading player in its field.”  

Yorkshire Bank relationship manager Steve Wicks said: “SDL Minorfern is a family business, in a highly competitive market, that recognises the value of first-class customer service. Yorkshire Bank is pleased to support the firm’s latest expansion.”


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