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Founded by entrepreneur Lee Bushell, the Bushell Investment Group have bought or sold over 40 businesses during a 23 year period.
Lee remains as CEO of the group and is a serial investor and transactor. Having established a range of businesses from a young age, he exited his first substantive business by the age of 30. The funds generated from this transaction created the financial platform to invest in further lucrative opportunities.
Centrally managed in Birmingham, BIG is a fast paced and forward thinking business with a vast and diverse portfolio. The group boasts a range of industries UK wide including the hair & beauty industry, storage and logistics, construction, health and safety, property, finance, retail and recruitment.
The team at the Bushell Investment Group are highly experienced at both executing acquisitions and successfully exiting businesses.
Birmingham Bank launched to serve
SME businesses in the Midlands
The new Birmingham Bank is being launched following the acquisition of Bira Bank by Lee Bushell, the Chairman of the Bushell Investment Group.
The acquisition was granted regulatory approval in late 2020 and this will be the first bank to be launched in the city bearing Birmingham’s name for over a century. From its Birmingham base, the bank aims to serve SME businesses in the Midlands and then throughout the UK.
Mr Bushell commented “This acquisition and investment is focused on providing a real banking alternative for Midlands businesses. As an entrepreneur I understand the frustrations many businesses face when dealing with their bank. As we roll out the Birmingham Bank, we aim to simplify banking and focus on the underlying relationship between ourselves and our customers. In an age of FinTechs and large banks – we will sit squarely in the centre and use technology to make banking needs simpler – but use experienced people to make common sense-based decisions.”
West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street welcomed the new bank saying, “The launch of the new Birmingham Bank is a great boost for the region’s economy and will play an important role in supporting local business and enterprise. Small and medium sized businesses are critical to our economy and jobs and having this new bank embedded in the region will help provide them with the financial support that is crucial – now more than ever.”
Continuing the tradition of Bira Bank, customers will maintain one point of contact, emphasising the importance and unique value of relationship banking. Katrina Arnold, a long standing and experienced banker, is excited to continue in her role as Chairman of the bank as it expands to an icon of Banking in the Midlands, and soon after across the nation.
The ALDO Group is a world-leading creator and operator of desirable footwear and accessory brands. The organisation operates under two signature brands, ALDO and Call It Spring, and a multi-brand retail concept, GLOBO. The ALDO Group is also an industry-recognised wholesale distributor and third-party sourcing provider of fashion footwear, handbags and accessories.
Regis Salons are renowned for taking the best hairstyles from around the world of fashion and recreating them in their salons for their image conscious guests. All Regis stylists are supported by the industry’s best education, with ongoing training in the most current trends, products, colours and techniques. With over 60 salons located across the UK in shopping centres, department stores and on the high street Regis is one of the largest and widely recognised salons brands in the UK.
Supercuts believe that good looks cost less, and with over 80 salons around the UK, operating a non-appointment system, the brand prides itself on offering great service and fantastic results from expert stylists without a high-end price tag. Prices begin at just £16.95 for a haircut, from £58 for a colour package and just £16.95 for a blow dry.
WorkPlace HR is a leading UK-based specialist providing Outsourced HR, Employment Law Advice, GDPR Compliance and many different types of training. Offering a comprehensive range of tailored services to small and medium-sized employers based anywhere in the UK, and supporting clients across all sectors including private, non-profit and charity. With a range of innovative services designed for today’s businesses, WorkPlace can act as a fully outsourced Human Resources department for SME’s, as well as delivering complex HR projects and growth strategy.
With direct injection into the UK distribution network and access to global partners Willenhall based Guardian Warehousing offer an integrated approach to your logistics. The Guardian team consider everything on the client’s behalf; from stuffing and de-stuffing, to order processing, storage, stock rotation, packaging and of course delivery. Offering a comprehensive range of value added services; co-packing, re-working, labelling and configuration, Guardian recognises that each task is unique and always work in partnership with their customers to ensure the service delivered is 100% on brief.
Safety Services Direct was established with the aim of making it easy for employers and business owners to meet health and safety regulations in the workplace. A one-stop health and safety online shop, they offer protective equipment, health and safety training and compliant material under “one roof”, saving the customer time and hassle of having to shop around. Health and safety training courses can be completed online, with instant qualification, allowing companies to tender for a wider range of jobs. Consultancy and advice on gaining certifications in a number of health and safety qualifications is also offered.
Guardian Support are a HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety consultancy based in the heart of Birmingham. With years of experience and a plethora of satisfied clients across the wider West Midlands and most of the UK Guardian Support can provide help with recruiting the best staff, advice on employee contracts and support carrying out a risk assessment and much more.
BIG Finance are a Birmingham based property finance company offering short-term bridging loans and development finance. Offering a unique and fresh approach to lending for property owners, investors and developers, they have a variety of products that are flexible and designed to suit the varied requirements of their borrowers.
Part of the Safety Services Group Gorilla Scaffolding are a team of scaffolding experts, based in Birmingham and the Midlands, providing scaffolding hire, assembly and design services to a wide range of businesses and individuals undergoing construction work. With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Gorilla offer a friendly and bespoke service which strives to deliver exceptionally high-quality and safe scaffolding enabling the client to focus solely on completing their project without any risk or delays.
*Please note that Birmingham Bank is owned by Lee Bushell personally and not Bushell Investment Group
Birmingham Bank works to support and represent independent businesses. Working with over 6,500 independent businesses of all sizes, Birmingham Bank ensures every member of the bank is supported, informed, and inspired. Birmingham Bank is proud to support independent retail businesses in the UK, from local DIY stores to cafes and fashion retailers. Proud of its heritage the bank is the first to bear Birmingham’s name for over a century.
The customer is at the heart of Birmingham Bank, with an emphasis and importance placed on relationship banking. No call centres, no lengthy waiting times; just a bespoke, friendly, and professional service.
“It goes without saying we warmly welcome the investment by BIG. They have worked with us with utmost professionalism to rescue an incredible business that has been on the UK high streets since 1990.”Jackie Lang, Managing Director at Regis UK
MEET THE TEAM
Lee is a serial investor and transactor and focuses on supporting management teams by implementing consistent systems and processes widely used throughout his own businesses.
Lee is a well-known business figure in the Birmingham and surrounding area.
Rob is an operations specialist focusing on business integration post acquisition. He is skilled at working with management teams to implement and achieve turnaround teams.
Jessica works closely with the Management Teams post acquisition to provide support at Board Level and to ensure that there is adequate access to the Bushell Investment Group Central teams, including Finance, HR, IT and Marketing.
Nigel is an experienced Financial Director who oversees all projects from acquisition through to completion. Working with the teams to fully understand the businesses and carry out thorough due diligence.