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HSBC advised on funding package

A management buyout (MBO) has been completed at an industrial fan manufacturing firm in Huddersfield, for an undisclosed sum.

With the backing of a funding package from HSBC UK, the MBO of Woodcock & Wilson Group sees the leadership team of Richard Wilson, Ian Crum, Scott Harding, Charles Halstead and Gareth Wolstencroft, jointly take a majority share of the business from its chairman.

Steven Millward and Lucy Holroyd advised HSBC UK on the deal.

The business will also use the funding package to develop its Hazardous Area (ATEX/IECEx) products to complement its project offerings, as well as invest in lean manufacturing processes.

As a result, Woodcock & Wilson Group expects to increase turnover and create new jobs.

Anthony Wild, HSBC UK’s relationship director for West and South Yorkshire, added: “Yorkshire has a proud history of engineering and manufacturing so we’re delighted to support a highly skilled business with a market leading reputation in the industry. The leadership team has a wealth of experience, which, coupled with their desire for growth, will only lead to exciting opportunities for the Group.”

Established in 1973, Woodcock & Wilson Group specialises in designing, manufacturing, supplying and servicing of fans for the oil and gas, heavy industry and commercial sectors.

The group employs over 70 people at its facilities in Huddersfield.

If you would like to speak to a member of our corporate team about your business' development and growth, call 01274 306 000.


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