Sleaford Quality Foods Invest in Multi Million Pound Factory Move

Sleaford Quality Foods has completed the multi-million pound acquisition of an 8 acre site in a deal advised by East Midlands law firms Sills & Betteridge and chartered accountants BDO. The company is one of the UK’s most foremost suppliers of a range of ingredients including dehydrated/dried fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices to the food manufacturing and foodservice industries. In order to meet the demands of such a rapidly growing business, the company had been looking for a suitable site to expand its operations for some time. Following the announcement by Great Plains Limited that they were closing their operation in Sleaford, the land and buildings on Woodbridge Road became…

An update on Brexit and Road Haulage – A consideration of the best and worst case scenarios

The only thing we know for certain about Brexit is that there is currently a great deal of uncertainty. The Brexit negotiations are necessarily complex and the task of keeping up with the developments as they impact each sector can be overwhelming. Using the example of the haulage industry and by following developments in the negotiations as they relate to haulage we can gain an insight as to the direction of travel and possible eventual outcome of Brexit. This blog considers the rules that allow UK hauliers to travel freely across the EU and the possible future legislative framework post Brexit. If you have further concerns on issues such as…

Stephen Wilson, Executive Head of Claims at Sills & Betteridge and accredited Fellow of APIL

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers launches “Compensation Explained”

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) have recently launched what they describe as their “latest public information venture”, an online booklet called “Compensation explained” which is a guide to personal injury compensation, its purpose, and its value to society. Who are APIL? APIL is a national not-for-profit membership group that was founded in 1990 by a group of barristers and solicitors who wanted to improve the services that were provided for victims of negligence and fight and campaign for the rights of injured people. They now have more than 3,5000 members and are “dedicated to changing the law, protecting and enhancing access to justice, and improving the services provided…

Sills & Betteridge Battles Management Buy Out Lincoln

Management Buy-Out (MBO) of 185 year old animal and equestrian business

One of the UK’s most established and leading providers of animal health, equestrian and pet care brands has been sold in a management buy-out for an undisclosed sum in a deal advised by Sills & Betteridge Corporate Partner, Martin Walsh. Battle, Hayward & Bower Limited, which is based in Lincoln, stocks over 12,000 products which it sells to distributors and retailers throughout the UK. It also manufactures and exports to over 40 countries across the world and has a range of own label brands such as Aintree, Battles, Battles Poultry, Companion, Dermoline, Hy, Hydrophane, Lincoln, Super Codlivine and Wendals. The company was founded in 1832, when it first started manufacturing…

Andrew Payne - Senior Partner at Sills & Betteridge Solicitors

Sills & Betteridge LLP shares best practice alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review

East Midlands law firm, Sills & Betteridge LLP appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review – a series of documents published by Westminster Publications Ltd with the aim of sharing knowledge and raising standards. Established by former minister The Rt Hon David Curry in 2010, The Parliamentary Review’s release is now a key fixture in the political calendar. Sills & Betteridge LLP features alongside the Prime Minister and a small number of outstanding organisations in a document that looks back on the year in the legal sector and Westminster. The main aim of the Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public…

Continued Support to Age UK

In 2017, Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire celebrated its 75th anniversary and approached Sills & Betteridge asking us to support their “Trees of Life” campaign. The campaign set out to raise £75,000 to plant 750 trees in locations across Nottingham.  The aim was to create a lasting legacy for the city and county by planting trees to benefit the local environment and to continue supporting local older people through tree sponsorship. Sills & Betteridge has sponsored the planting of two saplings which were recently planted within a copse of 250 trees within Cotgrave Country Park. Commenting on behalf of Sills & Betteridge, Nottingham office Partner Stephen Britton said, “Planting a…

Top five ways to raise investment for your business

Anyone who is planning to start up a brand new business or expand their existing business knows how crucial it is to raise finance in order to do so. There are many things you need to consider when raising capital, and there are many ways to do so. This article looks at five of the most common methods, which are: Selling Shares Bank Loans Grants Crowdfunding Borrowing from friends and family Selling Shares One of the most traditional ways of getting money (or more money) into your business is by selling shares to investors. This is only available to limited companies, and means that people invest money in to your…

What you need to consider when thinking about selling your business

If you are an entrepreneur who has set up your own business then at some point, even if it is many years down the line, you are going to need an exit strategy. Usually, this comes about because of one of four key reasons: retirement, ill health, to make money, or to protect your financial future. Generally, the exit strategy is selling the business, which is often a huge milestone in the life of the business owner, as they have invested many years of hard work into growing and developing the business. Because of the magnitude of this decision, it is important that you get all aspects of selling the…

Further sentencing changes to come in 2018 and beyond

Part 4 of our review of road traffic reform in 2017 In part 1 of our series on road traffic reform in 2017 we set out the new penalties drivers are facing following a number of sentencing reforms. In this article we highlight on going consultations and proposals for further reforms in 2018 and beyond. Causing death by dangerous driving currently attracts a maximum sentence of 14 years – the government has published proposals that drivers caught speeding, using a phone or under influence drink/drugs could now face life sentences if involved in a fatal collision. There is some debate as to whether this reform is necessary as prosecutors already…

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2017 a year in review for the Haulage industry

A four part review of Road Traffic related legal news in 2017 – Part 3 In 2017 it was announced that DVSA officers will gain increased powers to impose fines for breaches of driver’s hours offences up from £300 for a single day to a possible total fine of £1500 for any five days where breaches have occurred in the last 28 days. This applies regardless of whether the offence was committed in the UK or abroad. Non UK drivers will also be subject to the fines and will require to pay on the spot. The start date for these fines is yet to be announced but will be widely…