Cathy Cook and Chris Davison.
Cathy Cook and Chris Davison.
Matthew Neville

Employees take ownership of Yorkshire construction supplier with help from local law firm

Yorkshire company Davison Fencing provides fencing solutions to the construction, housing, education, sports and recreational sectors, and is now owned by its employees, after transferring into an Employee Ownership Trust.

Davison Fencing was established more than 30 years ago as a family business. Today the company is a leading installer of mesh panel systems, timber fencing and steel railings to schools, colleges, construction projects and all other types of commercial premises throughout the north of England.

The new structure gives Davison Fencing’s 30-strong team a vested interest in the future success of the business, whilst managing director Chris Davison and the senior team continue their roles with no changes.

The company was advised by Cathy Cook and Michael Crook of Yorkshire based LCF Law, and David Butterworth from Wheawill & Sudworth provided accountancy advice.

In addition, Stephen Frazer of Frazer Hall Corporate Finance and Simon Shorthouse of Sandringham Financial Partners provided commercial advice to the board.

Chris Davison said: “Davison Fencing has a hugely experienced and dedicated team with a strong track record working on all types of large-scale projects throughout the north and beyond.

“The advice that the team at LCF Law provided has been clear and straightforward throughout and the firm has been instrumental in enabling us to realise our ambition of joining an exclusive group of businesses that operate as EOTs.”

Cathy Cook, who is a partner within LCF Law’s corporate department, said: “Davison Fencing is a successful and well-established business that had numerous options in front of it, but ultimately the EOT offers the best way for the company’s deserving team to maintain continuity and ownership in the future.”

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