Alan Horridge is well-known as the entrepreneur who carried out an MBO on Americana, the Manchester based fashion wholesaler, after which he developed new high profile brands including Hooch and Bench. During his time there he took the business from £10m to £40m turnover. After Alan left Americana, he started to look for buyin opportunities that would provide him with a serious challenge and a part of his search was to contact Paul Griﬃths as a well recognised source of MBI opportunities in the North West. “Paul was instrumental in introducing me to David and Heather Brint, the joint force behind Footie Chick” explained Alan. “My role is to help them drive this exciting business forward through developing Footie Chick, the brand for women who play, watch or dream about football”. Footie Chick is all about quality, performance and fun and the range of technical, professional clothing is complemented by the fashion and leisure items that are also in high demand” he continued. Paul Griﬃths has known the owners of Footie Chick for many years and was glad to make the strategic introduction for them knowing Alan’s background would be highly relevant to their brand and development plans.
Healthcare products sector
Paul Griffiths was approached by a business broker to source a management buyin candidate on behalf of its client, Care-Ability Healthcare Limited, a £2m manufacturer of products for the medical sector. Paul carried out extensive research into his network using LinkedIn and other sources and found a senior management level candidate operating within a key provider in the sector. He was subsequently introduced and met by the business along with various private equity firms with a view to developing the business away from its reliance on NHS contracts. It was subsequently decided that a new company would be formed, Care-Ability NH Services, to drive future growth into new customers.