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Spectrum Corporate Finance is delighted to announce that James Mines has recently been promoted to director within the firm. This promotion brings the director team at Spectrum to six, reaffirming the firms position as the largest and most experienced independent corporate finance boutique in the South, focused on lead and debt advisory.
Stannah has announced that joint chairmen Brian and Alan Stannah have been awarded MBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The brothers and fourth-generation business leaders have received the honour in recognition of services to British manufacturing.
Brian and Alan have been awarded MBEs as Stannah, based in Andover, celebrates its 150th year in business as manufacturer and supplier of lifting products. The brothers have worked together for 54 years, not only turning around the fortunes of the ailing business in the 1960s, but transforming Stannah – number 9 in our Solent 250 list – into a household name.
With complementary sales and engineering expertise, Brian and Alan were the masterminds behind Stannah’s most famed product: the stairlift. Together, they worked tirelessly to produce and launch the stairlift in the 1970s, going on to sell over 600,000 worldwide ever since. The brothers then developed the Maxilift, an innovative range of passenger lifts which quickly became extremely popular and a core product for the business.
The joint chairmen have committed their professional lives to excellence and innovation in British engineering and manufacturing, with every single Stannah stairlift chair and carriage designed and manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Andover.
Today, Stannah operates in 40 countries worldwide and employs almost 2,000 people, with the support of the fifth generation of the family. Under the brothers’ stewardship, the company has generated well over £3.5 billion of turnover and is widely regarded as a pioneering, sustainable and vibrant business.
In parallel to their professional endeavours, the brothers have also spent the past 50 years supporting local charities. They have donated their time and considerable sums to causes such as Icknield Special School in Andover, Alton College’s Building Futures Fundraising Appeal, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, Riding for the Disabled and The Prince’s Trust.
Commenting on the news, Brian and Alan Stannah said: “We are deeply humbled to be the recipients of such an honour. A steadfast commitment to innovation, quality and customer service has been the guiding principles of our family business and are as relevant today as they were when we joined the business. Our hard working and loyal colleagues have been integral to upholding these values over the years, and to them we are truly grateful.”
The mergers & acquisitions (M&A) team at accountants and business advisers BDO in Southampton is celebrating after scooping three top awards at the 2017 Solent Deals Awards last week.
The BDO team won the Mid-Range Deal of the Year Award for the China Tool Projects/CT Automotive management buyout and the Large Deal of the Year award for Hendy Automotive’s acquisition of Lifestyle Group. A successful evening culminated in a well-deserved win for M&A managing director Helen O’Kane, who was named Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year, sponsored by law firm Moore Blatch.
Malcolm Thixton, head of BDO Southampton, commented: “The team has worked tirelessly over the last 12 months on a large number of transactions for some of the region’s key mid-market companies. These awards are great recognition of their contribution to the local market and these businesses on-going growth.
“I’m particularly delighted for Helen – her drive and efforts on what were very complicated deals was crucial to their success.”
The Solent Deals Awards are organised annually by The Business Magazine. Full details of all the winners and sponsors can be found at solentdealsawards.co.uk.
Blake Morgan has taken two top honours for lawyers – Law Firm of the Year and Lawyer of the Year – at the Solent Deals Awards, the south coast’s major corporate finance awards event.
The awards recognise and celebrate excellence in dealmaking across the South Coast. The title of Law Firm of the Year recognises the strength of Blake Morgan’s corporate team in delivering advice on complex deals in a wide range of sectors in the region and the firm’s expertise in banking and asset finance work.
The coveted individual Lawyer of the Year prize went to Steve Cole, who leads Blake Morgan’s Banking and Finance team on the South Coast. Cole, based in Blake Morgan’s Southampton office, is a specialist in commercial, property and asset finance.
Blake Morgan was also recognised for its role in advising HSBC on the winning deals in the Small and Mid-range Deal of the Year categories at the awards – the management buyout of Stewart Signs and the management buyout of China Tool Projects/CT Automotive.
The corporate team is acknowledged within the legal industry for providing a first class level of service across a wide range of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, management buy-outs, sales, private equity, IPOs and joint ventures. The banking and finance team is also widely recognised for its strong commercial approach when acting for lenders and borrowers in all types of financing transactions.
James Hawkeswood, who leads Blake Morgan’s Corporate Team on the South Coast, said: “This award is further recognition of the strength and depth of Blake Morgan’s offering for corporate clients, and I am extremely proud of every member of the team whose hard work and expertise has contributed to Blake Morgan being honoured as Law Firm of the Year.
“I would also like to congratulate Steve Cole, whose extensive experience and exceptional performance on behalf of his clients make him a worthy winner. To take the two top awards for lawyers at such a prestigious event for the Solent region is a tremendous achievement which affirms our position as leading deal makers in the region.”
Cole commented: “These awards demonstrate my team’s commitment to delivering top quality service for our clients in the region. It has been a privilege to work with an excellent set of clients and advisors on some of the most ground breaking deals here on the South Coast.”
Blake Morgan is recognised as having one of the leading corporate and commercial practices in the south and is listed in the highly-regarded Legal 500 directory, which notes that its “knowledge and experience of corporate transactions is first class”.
Leading legal directory Chambers lists the firm for its banking and finance expertise, noting that the team is “especially noted for its work on structured financings, refinancings and acquisition financings” and its experience in handling cross-border transactions.
A collection of multi-million-pound deals at home and abroad has seen Trethowans recognised through a trio of awards. The law firm was praised last week after its work on the management buyout of CT Automotive Group in Hong Kong and the MBO of Stewart Signs in Hampshire which scooped three Solent Deals Awards.
Both deals were led by Lucy Grey, corporate partner, and Sophie Eales, banking partner.
The awards success comes as the law firm, which has offices in Poole, Salisbury, Southampton, Winchester and a base in London, has presided over a record-breaking number of deals in the past year. It also follows the firm’s unveiling of its ambitious new growth strategy, through which it hopes to become a £20m firm by 2020.
Lucy Grey, partner and corporate lawyer at Trethowans, said: “We’ve seen a record number of deals complete over the last 12 months, working alongside some fantastic local businesses. The success of the transactions is down to having a team of the region’s best advisers working together. The awards recognise the quality of the work the corporate team is undertaking and reflects our hard work and dedication.”
Head of commercial services and Southampton office Mike Watson added: “We are absolutely thrilled that our work on these important deals has been recognised by our peers. It’s further proof of our excellent service, which is playing an integral part in our latest growth strategy.”
This year’s Solent Deals Awards attracted more than 520 nominations for the 12 award categories, and a 250-guest ‘black-tie’ gala dinner attendance. Brain Tumour Research, the event’s chosen charity, was boosted by donations totalling £1,502.50 and a table collection also gathered £1,669 from generous corporate finance community representatives attending to help London’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy survivors.
The first-ever awarding of the Young Dealmaker of the Year title brought a 2017 Solent Deals Awards surprise of its own with two winners – Philip Mettam of Meridian Corporate Finance and Gemma Wild of HSBC.
The Deals Awards judging panel decided the quality of emerging talent in this new under-35s category of ‘rising stars’ deserved joint winners – “Two very impressive dealmakers among a strong entry, all highly talented and impossibly young and vibrant.”
The result on this award’s debut was not the only pleasant double winning surprise of this gala evening staged at Southampton’s Hilton at The Ageas Bowl – the south coast’s major corporate finance event of the year.
Mettam and Wild both doubled up with colleagues in helping to win performance recognition awards for their companies for assisting dealmaking within the Solent region’s business community – with Meridian winning Corporate Finance Team of the Year, and HSBC Bank of the Year.
Law firm Blake Morgan, also took home two Solent Deals Awards. First, Steve Cole, a banking and finance partner in Blake Morgan’s Southampton office, was honoured with the much -prized Lawyer of the Year title. Then Blake Morgan was presented with the overall Law Firm of the Year award.
This year’s Solent Deals Awards attracted more than 520 nominations for the 12 award categories, and a 250-guest ‘black-tie’ gala dinner attendance.
The event was staged by The Business Magazine and sponsored by Taylor Made Computer Solutions, PwC, Moore Blatch, Meridian Corporate Finance, IGF, HSBC, CMA Recruitment, Clarke Willmott, and Blake Morgan.
Brain Tumour Research, the event’s chosen charity, was boosted by donations totalling £1,502.50 and a table collection also gathered £1,669 from generous corporate finance community representatives attending to help London’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy survivors.
Private Equity Firm of the Year – sponsored by CMA Recruitment Group
Other finalists: Altitude Partners, Meridian Growth Capital
Lawyer of the Year – sponsored by Meridian Corporate Finance
Winner: Steve Cole of Blake Morgan
Other finalists: Peter Jeffery of Moore Blatch, Stephen Porter of Shoosmiths
Management Team of the Year – sponsored by PwC
Winner: CT Automotive/ChinaTool
Other finalists: CEGA Group, Hendy Group, Stewart Signs
Due Diligence Team of the Year – sponsored by Clarke Willmott
Other finalists: PwC, Mazars, KPMG
Corporate Finance Team of the Year – sponsored by HSBC
Winner: Meridian Corporate Finance
Other finalists: BDO, Spectrum Corporate Finance
Law Firm of the Year – sponsored by Taylor Made Computer Solutions
Winner: Blake Morgan
Other finalists: Shoosmiths, Trethowans
Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year – sponsored by Moore Blatch
Winner: Helen O’Kane of BDO
Other finalists: Darren Miller of Spectrum Corporate Finance, Stewart Lambert of James Cowper Kreston, Darren Thompson of Meridian Corporate Finance, Michael Barcia of Meridian Corporate Finance
Bank of the Year – sponsored by Blake Morgan
Other finalists: Lloyds Banking Group, RBS NatWest
Young Dealmaker of the Year – sponsored by The Business Magazine
Joint Winners: Philip Mettam of Meridian Corporate Finance, Gemma Wild of HSBC
Other finalists: Oliver Kelly of Pitmans Law, Lisa Sigalet of Shoosmiths, Mat Wilson of Blake Morgan
Small Deal of the Year (under £10m) – sponsored by Independent Growth Finance (IGF)
Winner: Stewart Signs MBO
Other finalists: AndersElite MBO; Deacons Boatyard sale to Dean & Reddyhoff; Opus Telecom sale to NIX Communications; ProcessFlows sale to Konica Minolta
Mid-Range Deal of the Year (£10m-£50m) – sponsored by IGF
Winner: ChinaTool/CT Automotive MBO
Other finalists: Dyer & Butler sale to First Resolve; Onecom acquisition of Evolve; Raymond Brown Minerals sale to Elysian; Wellian Investments acquisition and IPO on AIM
Large Deal of the Year (over £50m) – sponsored by CMA Recruitment Group
Winner: Hendy acquisition of Lifestyle Motor Group
Other finalists: University of Southampton bond issue; Utility Funding sale to Foresight Metering; Trustmarque Solutions sale to Capita