Our 2019/20 Manufacturing & Engineering Survey is now open

We are running a Manufacturing & Engineering Survey which will help to compile a nationwide picture of what the sectors think. This is our seventh annual survey and although none of us have access to a crystal ball, your views in the here and now will help our specialist advisers gauge where the sector is and what can be done to support it through what may be an uncertain few years.

We will again be focusing on several core areas: Your business as a whole including business confidence and growth focusing on post Brexit, industry 4.0 and recruitment.

The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes and once we have done the analysis you will receive the full report detailing the findings with case studies and commentary from industry experts.

Take part in the survey now.

We are also delighted to confirm that Lloyds Commercial Banking are again supporting the MHA Manufacturing & Engineering Survey along with Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

You can read last year’s report here.

MBO cements future for structural engineering firm

Durham-based Building Design Northern Limited (BDN) has welcomed a new Managing Director. This follows a management buy-out by the firm’s lead architect.

With support from our team here at MHA Tait Walker and North East-based commercial law firm Muckle LLP, Richard Marsden has taken over the reins from previous majority shareholders Clive Oliphant and Gary Ward.

The multi-disciplined firm currently employs 11 members of staff and has offices based in Durham’s Salvus House and the Lake District. They offer architectural, engineering and project management services to major retail chains and property developers.

Alongside the design and construction of residential developments, including a development of eight executive Eco Homes on a Hillside in Sunderland, Spire View, the firm is well-known for its structural and civil engineering work. It boasts a portfolio including developments from residential schemes to shopping malls worth in excess of £50 million.

Having worked at BDN since October 2011, Richard decided to take over the firm as the sole owner to continue with its growth both regionally and further into the North West, alongside maintaining current roles at its existing sites.

Richard Marsden said:

“I am delighted to have secured a well-established and thriving business.  We have an exceptional team of loyal staff on board as well as some great clients with some exciting projects in the pipeline, I am very much looking forward to developing the BDN brand.”

Providing accountancy advice on behalf of MHA Tait Walker was Michael Smith and Paul Shields, with legal advice from Philip Clare and Sara Worsick of Muckle LLP.

Paul Shields, Associate Partner and head of MHA Tait Walker’s Durham office, added:

“We are delighted to be working with our long-standard client Richard in his acquisition of BDN and we’re looking forward to working alongside him in his future plans.

“It’s an exciting time for BDN and we’re pleased that we can continue to watch the firm grow with Richard heading it up.”

Phillip Clare, Corporate Partner at Muckle LLP, said:

“This is an exciting new chapter for this Durham-based business and we look forward to seeing Richard grow and further develop the firm.”

The Engine – Issue 3

MHA Manufacturing & Engineering Newsletter – The Engine Issue 3

We have worked with MHA to provide a national outlook on the issues facing the manufacturing and engineering sectors. Issue 3 of the newsletter, The Engine, is available now!

This publication is just one of the ways MHA member firms help manufacturing and engineering businesses and individuals. This issue has articles containing information on Capital Allowances, the Authorised Economic Operator Scheme, the Gatsby benchmarks, and more.

Key Stats

Some key messages are outlined in the newsletter:

MHA Manufacturing & Engineering Newsletter – The Engine Issue 3