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Mark Rathbone, Brabners LLP, Head of Corporate in Liverpool, discusses what to expect when becoming an angel investor and what to consider when entering into a possible deal, in the first of a series of articles.

Brabners’ trainee programme has been ranked as one of the highest performing in the country, according to a nationwide survey from student legal careers advisor Lex100.

According to this year’s report, Brabners is the highest scoring firm for friendliness and placed in the top 20 for stress level and work-life balance.

The latest SME 300, which appears in the November 2017 edition of the North West Business Insider magazine, is led by Brabners with a turnover of £29.6m and a pre-tax profit of £9.6m. The firm can trace its roots back to 1772 although the Brabners name was not used until 1815.

On 15 October 2017 a team of seven runners from Brabners: Ian Mylrea; Lee Jefcott; Steven Appleton; Glyn Lancefield; Adam Jones; Jonathan Khoo; and Joshua Oxley participated in the Manchester Half Marathon Corporate Clash in aid of the firm’s charities

Specialist M&A lead adviser Brabners Corporate Finance has bolstered its Liverpool-based team with new hire Andrew Norman.

Andrew is an ACA-qualified chartered accountant. He trained at accountancy firm Saffery Champness in Manchester where he went on to be an audit & accounts senior.  He joins Brabners as a corporate finance executive.

Brabners Liverpool based Corporate team acted for the Business Growth Fund providing investment advice and overseeing the business transaction.

BGF is an investment company that provides growth capital for ambitious entrepreneurs running growing UK companies. The growth capital they provide is a long-term, patient equity funding that business then use to execute their key strategic plans and goals.

Customer service is no longer enough. Any business can give great customer service at one point in time, but your customers’ loyalty and spending is determined by the before, during and after. The overall customer experience.

Do you really know what is going on in your business and how it feels to be a customer? Are you confident that all areas of your business are delivering consistently excellent service in line with your customer charter?

Mark Rathbone, partner and head of corporate in Liverpool, told BBC Radio Five Live recently that increased investment in freight infrastructure is as important to the North West as high-speed passenger transport. Here’s what he had to say:

Writing for the Financial Times (22nd August), former Chancellor George Osborne called on Theresa May to “reboot” the Northern Powerhouse and give the go ahead to HS3.  

Brabners Head of Corporate Liverpool, Mark Rathbone spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live this week following former Chancellor George Osborne’s call for the government’s commitment to back Crossrail North.

Private equity firm Rockpool has invested £5m into workwear manufacturer Wearwell UK in a deal advised on by Brabners Corporate Finance.

The buy-in-management-buy-out (BIMBO) sees Richard Wright, former vice president of international workwear supplier Kwintet, join the Staffordshire-based business as its new chief executive.

London-based Rockpool operate across a range of sectors including fashion, technology and utilities.

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