Equity firm ACC Capital has bought a majority stake in Lubbers Transport Group as part of a management buy-out at the firm. The deal sees the management team at Lubbers, which is lead by CEO Ger Englsman, invest alongside ACC, with the existing shareholders (Ronald Lubbers and UK MD Tony Tailford) retaining a minority interest in the business. Lubbers specialises in serving the oil and gas industry in Europe, and in 2005 Lubbers of the Netherlands merged with RTH in […]
With UK banks under constant fire for failing to lend to British businesses, it is refreshing to talk to a banker who is positively eager to work with UK operators. Graham Winslet is sales director of BNP Paribas Rental Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas, one of the strongest banks in the world (rated AA by Standard & Poor’s). He is responsible for growing the CV contract hire business, which currently owns around 15,000 CVs in France and the UK.
Over half the transport firms planning to secure bank lending in the next 12 months fear their request will be turned down, according to the results of the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer.
A harsh economic climate, growing costs and rising customer resistance to rates increases all left Gloucestershire-based haulier CM Downton struggling to raise its profit level significantly, despite a 13.8% increase in turnover in the year to the end of June 2012.