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Shawbrook goes the extra mile to drive transport firm forward

  • Shawbrook provides bespoke hybrid funding package to support succession plan
  • MBO team at H&M Distribution and International driving growth to new levels

A leading distribution and warehousing company has completed a management buyout (MBO) with an eight figure bespoke funding solution from Shawbrook.

H&M Distribution Group provides UK and international transport facilities from hubs in Warrington, St Neots and Gloucester, putting its fleet within 90 minutes of any area in England. Founded in 2007, the national-based transport and 3PL specialist has grown rapidly to employ more than 150 people, handling thousands of consignments every day.

The company’s majority shareholders, who will remain in the business, had been preparing for succession for more than four years. They were focused on rewarding members of the MBO team responsible for consolidating H&M’s success and driving volumes to new levels.

Matt Scott and Hamish Morrison of BHP Corporate Finance introduced H&M to Shawbrook specialists, who had impressed with their approach to relationship banking and knowledge of the logistics sector. They were able to offer a bespoke hybrid funding package, including a working capital facility, to support further growth under managing director Dean Woodyer.

The agreement is the latest in a series of flexible funding solutions provided by Shawbrook to facilitate event-based transactions such as MBOs. It continues to work with firms in a broad range of sectors, including haulage and other logistics and distribution areas.

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Dean Woodyer, Managing Director and H&M Distribution Group, said: “We have been preparing for this MBO for nearly five years and wanted a banking partner with experience and sector knowledge. Shawbrook went the extra mile to build a proper relationship and provide a tailored solution. The whole senior leadership team at H&M is looking forward to building on that momentum to drive further growth.”

Matthew Fannon, Director at Shawbrook, said: “The management buyout follows several years of significant growth and careful succession planning at H&M. We were able to provide the team with a flexible solution made up of structured-term debt alongside a working capital facility. We look forward to seeing the MBO drive further growth and success for H&M.”

H&M Distribution Group Ltd was advised on the deal by BHP Corporate Finance and Clarion Solicitors. Gordons advised the management team.

Shawbrook was advised by gunnercooke, and financial due diligence was provided by Azets.



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