The company

Founded over 100 years ago, Blackburn based, Gilbraith Transport has a turnover of £5 million and employs 50 staff from its 6 acre depot. They offer a wide range of logistics solutions and in addition to its fleet vehicles, has the capability to handle traditional rail freight. Gilbraith is a well respected business both in the Lancashire region and also in the logistics sector.

The deal

Our corporate finance team, led by Paul Stringer advised the shareholders, who were looking to retire. We undertook extensive research in the sector to identify the correct strategic buyer as ‘the fit’ was very important to the exiting shareholders. Pollock (Scotrans) ticked all of the boxes and it also proved a fantastic acquisition opportunity to enhance their own growth and UK presence. We led the negotiations and achieved the necessary sale price and terms required by the vendors.

How we can help?

As with Gilbraith Transport, we can find a buyer for you, negotiate on your behalf and structure the deal to minimise the tax you have to pay. Our transaction sizes typically range from £1m to £30m with concentration on owner-managed businesses in the mid-corporate sector. With a substantial client and contact base, powerful research databases and close connections with other firms operating in this market (including lawyers, brokers, merchant banks and other professionals), we can find the right match for your requirements and work with you every step of the way.

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