Staff Enrol with Mindshop to Enhance Client Services

As part of our consistent drive to improve client service and enhance the knowledge and candid advice we provide, Sarika Bhimjiani (Grey and Green)and Matt Milnes (Needle Mackenzie Spencer) have enrolled on the Mindshop programme. 

Designed by a consultant group originally from Australia, Mindshop brings together over 1,000 advisors to pool ideas, experiences and learning.  Focussed around business improvement skills, it offers a wealth of training, tools and support that enables more meaningful conversations with clients. 

Sarika and Matt will use their learning alongside their own experiences to challenge, guide and help clients overcome any obstacles or blockers that they may be experiencing.

Chris Sellars, MD of both businesses, comments: “By enrolling two of our key staff on the Mindshop programme, we’re demonstrating our commitment to delivering better quality conversations and outcomes for our clients.”

He continues: “I’m looking forward to watching how Sarika and Matt take what they learn and apply this to improve the advice element of our service and, ultimately, our clients’ businesses.  They will add real value when speaking to and advising clients, which will set us apart from our competitors.”

Matt comments: “I’m keen to develop strategic, longer-term business support for my clients.  The support Mindshop offers will be invaluable when sitting in front of owners who are looking to plan for the future or are unsure as to how to move forward with their business.”

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Winter 2017 Newsletter

The Winter issue of the Needle Mackenzie Spencer newsletter is now available to view by clicking on the link below:

Winter Newsletter 2017

This issue includes news about our commitment to improve client services through staff development, a new staff appointment and our Christmas message 

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Needle Mackenzie Spencer assists Rubber Safety Hygiene in Second Acquisition

Needle Mackenzie Spencer has recently assisted Rubber Safety Hygiene Group in completing its acquisition of Distinct Disposables.  This deal is the second time in six months that Needle Mackenzie Spencer has helped RSH Group, having overseen their previous acquisition of Louis France, another Huddersfield-based company.

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.

Rob Hand, MD of RSH Group, said: "This second opportunity for acquisition came almost immediately after the purchase of Louis France and, as with that acquisition, the purchase of Distinct Disposables was also due to retirement. In addition, though, we have also welcomed Distinct Disposables' former joint Managing Director, Paul Storer, to the management team as he bought a 10 per cent stake in the group."

Distinct Disposables Limited was formed in 1987 and supplies West Yorkshire and surrounding areas with a full janitorial product range. 

Rob continues: "This deal was very different to the last one and had a number of complex issues. The passion, commitment, professionalism and advice given to me by Samantha Sellars and Chris Sellars at Needle Mackenzie Spencer was incredible.  They worked closely with Hazel Van Noort and Tom Sproson at HSBC to secure the finance package for me and both Hazel and Tom have also been tremendously supportive and helpful with the recent deals."

Having now got an appetite for acquisitions, Rob is sure he will be on the look-out for more deals and knows where he will turn for help. Rob said: "If the right opportunity came up tomorrow, I would take it and I can guarantee that Chris and Sam at Needle Mackenzie Spencer would be one of my first phone calls.  It goes without saying we would certainly recommend them to others."

Chris Sellars, MD of Needle Mackenzie Spencer, said: "Again, this was another acquisition that was destined for success. Rob is such a driven and focused individual who is determined to take Rubber Safety Hygiene from strength to strength."


Chris Sellars, MD of Needle Mackenzie Spencer, addresses Anti Money Laundering Farce

Let’s be clear from the outset, I am in no way suggesting people that are acting illegally, not paying their taxes or supporting terrorist activities should not be brought to justice. However, the world of nonsense that has been created by the Anti-Money Laundering legislation is a farce.

We moan in the UK about productivity, yet accept, and we do accept it, because that’s what we are like, that people within organisations can get in the way of, delay and undermine business, and in 99.9% of those situations, I would suggest, that no one considers anything underhand has happened or about to happen, but they just have a box that needs ticking.

My plea is for trust, trust in the people we employ to be able to access risk and apply a process and the law appropriately. As always, the process applied to stop the bad guys gets in the way of and costs the good guys, time, money and possibly business relationships.

Am I getting this wrong? If so, let me know.  If you agree, why not join the AAMLF? Maybe together we can make the UK a little more productive.


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