Bell Group completes management buy-out with seven-figure HSBC UK loan



Commercial decorating contractor Bell Group has completed a management buy-out with the support of a seven-figure loan from HSBC UK.

Under its new stewardship, Bell Group plans to complete acquisitions, continue to diversify its services, and improve business operations as part of an organic growth strategy over the next five years.

Craig Bell, CEO of Bell Group and major shareholder, said: “We have seen a real step change in the work we’ve completed over the last six months and we’re very excited about the future. The pandemic understandably slowed our growth over the last year, but our forecasts for this year are very strong. As new owners, we’re excited to continue to build on the legacy of our predecessors over the past 37 years.

“HSBC UK have been a supportive partner for Bell Group for over 10 years and their continued backing means we can set out new plans for this year and beyond.”

Scott Wilson, deputy head of corporate banking in Scotland at HSBC UK, added: “Bell Group is a great Scottish business success story, having built up impressive growth over many years. The management buy-out marks an exciting and pivotal moment for the company, and we have been delighted to support this process and help set the Group up for the years to come.”

Bell Group has 31 locations across the UK and employs over 1,600 people.

The company forecasts turnover of £150 million for 2021, building on its average year on year growth of 15%. Its customers include NHS Trusts, Ministry of Defense, housing associations and local councils across the UK as well as working in many historic buildings, palaces and now offering a home decoration service.



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