Cheshire-based Manor Service Stations acquired by UK’s second biggest forecourt operator
Family-owned petrol retailer Manor Service Stations Limited has been acquired by the UK’s second biggest forecourt company.
Manor was snapped up by Motor Fuel Limited – operator of 413 stations under the BP, Shell, Texaco, JET and Murco fuel brands – for an undisclosed sum.
Headquartered in Macclesfield, Manor employs more than 80 staff at nine petrol stations across Northern England and Wales.
Manchester law firm Kuits advised on sale of the business, providing owners Peter, Joe and Anthea Brough with commercial and legal advice, integrating corporate, commercial property and employment.
Corporate partners Peter Allen and Kirsti Pinnell led on the deal with support from solicitors Barry Riley and Rebecca Bainbridge.
Partner David Moroney and solicitor Matt Wallis advised on the transfer of property. Mark Clayton advised on employment and partner Paul Bricknell on the transaction’s tax element.
Kuits’ Peter Allen said: “Manor Services is a longstanding client of Kuits and we are delighted to have worked closely with Peter and his family throughout the process of preparing the family business for sale.
“The experience built up by our specialist Family Business advisory team in working with all shapes and sizes of family businesses across the North West meant that we were able to provide a bespoke service on this complex and very personal transaction.”
Peter Brough commented: “To say that I was pleasantly surprised by the entire process handled by Kuits’ corporate team would be an understatement. The process, lasting a number of months, was naturally very stressful. However, the team went out of their way to make it as painless as possible.”
Other advisors to Manor included accountants Thompson Wright and advisory firm Barber Wadlow.
Law firm Pinsent Masons acted for Motor Fuel Limited.