Kirton Healthcare Group ... management move into the driving seat

RSM’s M&A team has successfully advised on the management buyout of the Kirton Healthcare Group, backed by NVM Private Equity.

The client

Kirton is the leading UK manufacturer and supplier of specialist seating and other products for the elderly and disabled. It was established over 30 years ago by exiting Chairman, Martin Battye. The group's core customers are local authorities, NHS Trusts, private care homes as well as the homecare market. Throughout Kirton’s history the business has continued to design and launch new products - seeking input from user groups and healthcare professionals.

What RSM did

The RSM team, led by corporate finance Director Tom Gallop, advised the management team throughout the process and introduced NVM Private Equity as investors. Management, led by Beverly Lawrence, intends to grow the business organically and by acquisition. It expects demand to be boosted by the ageing population, advances in medical treatment and care leading to higher survival rates from serious injury and illness, and a greater awareness of postural management for those with severe disabilities. Mike Lord, previously CEO at Minivator, will be joining the business as chairman.

Testimonial

'I am extremely grateful to Tom for all his hard work, support and advice in negotiating the deal on our behalf and helping us close the transaction. We encountered a number of challenges along the way and Tom was always on hand to guide us through any difficulties…'

Beverley Lawrence, Group Managing Director, Kirton Healthcare Group.

Transaction team

Tom Gallop, Director

James McMillan, Associate

Mark Gormley, Associate