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Just What The Doctor Ordered

27th April, 2017

Raylane Limited (Raylane) has been an established pharmacy operator for over 25 years, with pharmacies across the West Midlands. Raylane comprised of four pharmacies throughout the Black Country supplying both NHS and private prescriptions. Raylane has continued its expansion by acquiring three community pharmacies in Gloucestershire.

Raylane was supported in this transaction by Barclays Bank who helped fund the acquisition. Whilst legal support was provided by Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers.

Dinesh Patel, Managing Director of Raylane, said “this transaction, having taken longer than anticipated, completed on an auspicious day for me and now having acquired the new pharmacies Raylane will continue to meet the needs of patients both in the Midlands and further afield”.

Mani Patel, Relationship Director at Barclays Bank, said “Barclays specialist team of healthcare advisers have a good understanding of the sector and as such were able to assist Dinesh with all of his needs”.

Colin Rodrigues, Partner at Hawkins Hatton, said “Every deal has its own peculiarities, and notwithstanding the primary deal revolved around the acquisition of three pharmacies, there were wider issues which needed to be addressed. In this case, wider issues threatened completion, but with commercial foresight we were able to prescribe the perfect cure to these issues before they became fatal”.

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The Successful Bonding Of Two Chemical Businesses

28th March, 2017

Assured Solutions Limited (Assured) has long since been one of the Midlands’ leading ‘Own Label’ chemical manufacturers, providing a wide range of cleaning products, from domestic and household products to industrial products. As part of its offering Assured provides CLP compliant labelling and packaging, as well as carrying out Research and Development. This R&D is at the core of every product sold by Assured. Indeed, one of the key factors of its success is the rapid research and product development it undertakes for its clients, and its ability to bring new products successfully to market which assists its clients to stay ahead of their competitors.

As part of Assured’s growth plan, the company has now merged with one of the Midland Regions leading industrial and commercial cleaning chemicals manufacturer, MSH Chemical Manufacturing Limited (MSH). MSH is based in Dudley, and has been trading successfully for over 30 years and has created a strong name and reputation within the chemical sector.

Raj Naik (Director of MSH) said that “from our production facility in the Midlands we are able to service customers and markets across the country. With our own fleet of delivery vehicles and long established relationships with our couriers we are able to provide a safe, reliable and secure shipping service”. It was a natural progression for MSH to merge with a business like Assured, as this complimented and strengthened their offering both nationally and globally.

Colin Rodrigues (Corporate Partner at Hawkins Hatton) said that “as with most deals there is always a magic formula, and Raj managed to find this”.

Robert Taylor (Relationship Manager for Manufacturing at Lloyds Bank Plc) said that “At Lloyds Bank we are committed to supporting manufacturing businesses, and MSH is no exception. It has always been an ambitious business, focusing on its customers, and driving long-term growth. Underlining our commitment to helping Britain prosper is why we helped fund what is going to be a successful merger for MSH”.

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Home To Home

28th March, 2017

TML Housewares Ltd is a family owned business, and has been a long established customer of Lloyds Bank.

TML manufactures plastic storage boxes and housewares which are used as everyday items throughout the country, such as storage boxes, bowls, mop buckets and other associated kitchenware products. Being a successful manufacturer, TML sells into many of the UK’s independents and to PLC’s such as Poundland and Home & Bargains.

The next step for TML is to continue expansion of its products and have an ongoing investment programme in plant and machinery. To allow for such expansion, TML took the opportunity to purchase additional commercial premises with the support of Lloyds Bank. This step has also created further employment opportunities within TML.

The Directors of TML, Jagtar Narle and Jaspal Johal said “The new premises will enable increased capacity within the business, facilitating an increase in turnover of 10-15%.”

Natasha Bhardwaj (Commercial Property Lawyer at Hawkins Hatton) said “Finding a new home for TML would have been difficult, so creating an extension to their existing premises by purchasing neighbouring properties was the perfect solution for TML, much like the products that they sell”.

Mark Meakin, Relationship Manager at Lloyds Bank, Manufacturing said: “We’ve been helping businesses to grow and expand for over 250 years and when it is for a client who I have worked with for over 15 years, it makes the process even more rewarding”. “We are committed to supporting small to medium-sized manufacturers like TML and creating long-lasting relationships”.

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Conway Packing Services Limited Expands Again

7th February, 2017

Conway Packing Services Ltd (“CPS”) is a Black Country based company formed in 1991. CPS was created by enlisting a number of managers working within the packaging industry who collectively have in excess of 200 years’ hands-on experience to create a successful specialist business.

CPS, using the latest technology and highly skilled crafts people, offer a bespoke packaging, design, manufacturing and packing service to businesses, from multi-nationals to smaller SMEs. CPS operates from premises covering 18 acres and relied upon its long partnership with Lloyds Bank to facilitate its further expansion.

Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers (“HH”) who acted for Lloyds Bank in the transaction ensured the timeline for completion was achieved by taking a commercial approach delivered on a team basis.

Colin Rodrigues (partner of HH) said “this deal had a number of complexities to unwrap but this is all part and parcel of how HH delivers its service for the Bank and the Bank’s clients and this is done by thinking laterally and focusing on solution based advice.”

David Chance, Relationship Director at Lloyds Commercial Banking, said that “CPS are not just a long standing client of Lloyds but a company I have dealt with for a number of years and we were proud to support CPS with their continued expansion.”

David Conway (director of CPS) commented that “expansion was a key objective for CPS and knowing that we had the backing of Lloyds, it was a natural step to continue to expand CPS in a way which would enable the business to gear up for further growth, and deliver more employment opportunities within the Black Country”.

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Legionella Awareness Within Business

13th January, 2017

At Hawkins Hatton, we frequently assist our corporate clients to expand their businesses or to diversify their offerings to new areas of current focus. This is demonstrated in our recent involvement with Ames Group, one of the Midlands leading providers of environmental services including pest and bird control, clinical waste collection and washroom hygiene services. We assisted Ames to expand its offering into Legionella Risk Assessments and Water Management services.

Given that a growing number of offices are now required to be compliant, an important consideration (other than what temperature the air conditioning is set at!) is whether or not the office, retail unit, School, university and/or factory are compliant with the relevant legislation in respect of legionella.

Legionella is not just a risk associated with large cooling towers, in fact it can affect most water cooled air conditioning systems and as such the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommend that sources of risk to legionella are identified, prevented where possible or suitably managed, ensuring that accurate records are maintained.
Alan Read, Managing Director of Ames, said “legionella is one of those things that people do not necessarily associate with an office or retail environment however, given the extreme heat we have been having in recent years over the summer period, air conditioning has become more prevalent. As such, at Ames, we want to try and meet the needs for business owners to ensure that they are at all times fully compliant with HSE requirements. That is why we have set up this new business of legionella services to ensure that all of the statutory obligations for any business owner are met by Ames”.

Alan Read went on to say that “for a number of years Ames has been using Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers for all of its corporate law needs and as such knowing that Hawkins Hatton are there, we have been able to not only continue to focus on the business but find new areas to grow using their expertise to avoid legal pitfalls.”

Regulations affect every aspect of business life and as such it is always sensible to ensure businesses check they are fully compliant with all legislation and regulation in order to avoid directors falling foul of their duties which are imposed by statute under the Companies Act 2006. The HSE recommendations in respect of legionella are just another aspect of what may seem an innocuous issue turning out to be a much wider problem.

Please address any queries to the issues raised by this article to Colin Rodrigues on 01384 216840 or email

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MWF Fuels Growth

4th November, 2016

Midlands Wood Fuel (“MWF”) has for some time been regarded as the leading wood fuel supplier to Central and Northern England, and Wales in respect of wood chip, pellets, fuels and wood boiler servicing and maintenance.

Now, MWF, with the help of Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers, has fueled its next stage of growth by teaming up with Forest Fuels (“FF”), a national leading wood fuel supply company for small and medium scale heat boilers.

FF is already part of Aggregated Micro Power Holdings plc (“AMP”) who are listed on AIM and are recognised as being specialists in the sale of wood fuels and the development of distributed energy projects. The combination of FF and MWF within the AMP group will allow both FF and MWF to continue to develop their expertise within wood fuel, which is a growing part of the UK’s energy sector.

Mark Appleton (Managing Director of MWF) said “MWF has since its inception prioritised service as its key offering to clients. With this in mind MWF would never have contemplated merging other than with a like-minded partner. We have found this partner in FF and using its national footprint we are able to bring together two firms having different strengths and markets, the combination of which will lead to a bigger business better able to continue investment for growth. We’ve already started re-branding MWF to operate under the trusted Forest Fuels name, together offering local service, nationwide.”

Colin Rodrigues (Corporate Partner of Hawkins Hatton) said “it is always good to see businesses with a similar focus coming together to create a new and stronger entity. As with many deals of this kind, it is important that the personalities fit, and knowing the key members of MWF I can say without hesitation that they will give it their best to ensure that FF and MWF are the jewel in the crown of the AMP group.”