Needle Mackenzie Spencer Appoints Matt Milnes

Needle Mackenzie Spencer has appointed Matt Milnes as an Associate, the company’s first appointment since the recently announced joint venture between Mackenzie Spencer and Needle Partners.

Matt, a chartered accountant, is a past winner of the Young Dealmaker of the Year Award at the South Yorkshire Insider Dealmakers Awards, and has previously worked for a number of large independent accountancy firms and in the corporate team at Lloyds Bank.  He has worked on multiple transactions, including on the buy and sell side, management buy outs and supporting clients with general and distressed funding and business support.

On joining Needle Mackenzie Spencer, Matt said: "I am thrilled to be joining Chris and his team at Needle Mackenzie Spencer.  Having worked with Chris in the past I know that we work well together and our belief in giving clients open and honest advice helps to build strong relationships.  I am keen to help Chris to further establish our Corporate Finance offering in Leeds, Sheffield and the Thames Valley.”

Needle Mackenzie Spencer combines the deals experience of Mackenzie Spencer, with the legal expertise and global resources of Needle Partners to provide a client-centric transaction solution. The company has offices in Sheffield, Leeds and the Thames Valley. 


Joint Venture by Mackenzie Spencer and Needle Partners to Provide Complete Transaction Solution

Mackenzie Spencer, the corporate finance firm, today announced a joint venture with the international commercial law firm, Needle Partners, to provide businesses with a complete transaction solution.

The agreement combines the deals experience of Mackenzie Spencer, with the legal expertise and global resources of Needle Partners to provide a client-centric service that will operate under the name Needle Mackenzie Spencer.  The company will offer the service from offices in Sheffield, Leeds and the Thames Valley.

Chris Sellars, Managing Director of Mackenzie Spencer said: "The process of completing a transaction can be a complex and challenging one. Bringing the delivery of both the lead advisory and legal aspects within one service, streamlines the process, the delivery and, most importantly, the communication with the client who will now have one point of contact throughout."

Sharon Needle, founder and Managing Partner of Needle Partners, said: "One of Needle's plans on becoming an Alternative Business Structure last December was to seek out additional services that would benefit our clients. Working with Mackenzie Spencer under the new banner will give our clients the opportunity to obtain specialist corporate finance advice in a seamless way, either complimenting their existing advisors or as an add on service. I believe we are unique in offering this to our clients and very much look forward to working with Chris and his team with clients based both in the UK and overseas."

Chris commented: "Working with Sharon and her team brings a breadth of transaction experience to the Needle Mackenzie Spencer team, along with international connections in Kuala Lumpur and a fantastic reputation of exceptional legal services.  I am excited about the opportunity to expand our geographical footprint and to explore the potential of offering our complete transaction service to international markets."

Mackenzie Spencer has been in operation for over 6 years and offers a range of services from mentoring business owners and preparing businesses for sale to advising Management Buy Out teams and fund raising for growth.

 Needle Partners offers commercially focused legal services and was started over 9 years ago by Sharon who, in 2016, was shortlisted to be named Woman Lawyer of the Year at the Law Society Excellence Awards.


New Address for our Sheffield Office

We are relocating our Sheffield office to the Old Library in Attercliffe, Sheffield. This famous building first opened in 1894 and is the proud bearer of a blue plaque to commemorate the notable building's historic nature.

From the 19th June 2017, the new address will be:

The Old Library

10 Leeds Road


S9 3TY

Our telephone number and email addresses remain the same.


Rubber Safety Hygiene Acquire Louis France Ltd

Sheffield-based company, Rubber Safety Hygiene, has recently completed the acquisition of Louis France Limited. The deal has been overseen by corporate finance firm, Mackenzie Spencer with HSBC providing a funding package for the transaction.

Rubber Safety Hygiene was founded in 1990 and supplies businesses with day-to-day consumable needs, such as janitorial supplies, safety equipment, rubber hosing and fittings. It has an office in Sheffield, a depot in Sunderland and predominantly covers the north-east of England.

Louis France Ltd, based in Huddersfield, was established in 1939 and supplies a wide-range of work wear and equipment across West Yorkshire.

Rob Hand, MD at Rubber Safety Hygiene who bought the company in 2013, said: “I met with Graham Taylor, MD of Louis France Ltd, when my Sales Manager told me that Graham was interested in selling the business. Straight away I saw synergies between the businesses in terms of product range, customer base and suppliers. The two companies are a perfect fit. Following the acquisition, we are now looking to build on the proud history and heritage that Louis France Ltd has in Huddersfield. It’s going to be very much business as usual as we are retaining all of the current Louis France Ltd staff, as well as the company name.”

Rob was advised by Chris Sellars and Mark Stanley, MDs of Mackenzie Spencer. Rob continues: “Mackenzie Spencer has completed countless sale and purchase transactions. Both Chris and Mark bring genuine deals experience and expertise to the board room.”

Mark Stanley said: “This was an acquisition that was destined for success. Rob is a driven, focused individual and under his leadership, Rubber Safety Hygiene will continue to go from strength to strength."

Funding for the transaction was provided by HSBC’s South Yorkshire Corporate Team. Hazel Van Noort, Relationship Director at HSBC, said: “This is a great business in a strong and growing sector – we are very pleased to support Rob in this acquisition.”

Matt Bradbury, from Rubber Safety Hygiene’s Sheffield office, has been appointed as Sales Manager to run the Huddersfield branch.


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