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Ensuring a Fair Trade

Corporate Finance Team Support a Management Buyout for Sheffield Based Manufacturing Company

fds Director Services, based in Wakefield has advised on the sale a cotton and jute printed bag wholesale company, to the management team.

The deal was headed by Poonam Kaur, Managing Director and supported by CEO Jo Haigh, who worked alongside Roger Dyson and Henry Hill of hlw Keeble Hawson to drive through a successful sale and ensuring the client’s requirements were met.

Established in 2007 by founder and former owner Julia Gash, the company trades nationally and internationally, making branded cloth bags as an eco-friendly, fairly traded alternative to plastic bags. The company’s products act as a sustainable marketing tool or ethical fashion accessory for an extensive client list.

Former owner Julia Gash said “Selling a company is an incredibly involved and demanding process and on top of running a business I’ve realised that it’s critical that you have expert help and guidance all of the way.  Poonam and her team at fds hand held the sales process for BIDBI (Bag It Don’t Bin It) from beginning to end, ensuring that the deal progressed smoothly and leaving me with the freedom to carry on with my work.”

Poonam Kaur, MD of fds, which was recently awarded Acquisition International’s Most Innovative UK Deal Negotiator & AI One to Watch in Corporate Finance, said: “Working on this transaction with a client like Julia has been wonderful. Julia wanted to ensure that we found the right home for her business, with someone who could take it to the next level, whilst she pursues other opportunities. Julia was more than thrilled to learn the management team, Daya Singh, General Manager Designate and Marc Larsen, Finance Manager wished to acquire the company and believes they are the ideal candidates to take the company forward.”

Roger Dyson added, who heads hlw Keeble Hawson’s corporate and business team: “We were delighted to apply our expertise and work alongside fds acting on behalf of Julia on this management buyout, ensuring her requirements and terms were agreed and the completion went through successfully.”

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