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The Bushell Investment Group have bought or sold over 40 businesses over a 23-year period. Founded in 1997 by Lee Bushell, who still remains as CEO of the group today.
Lee started his first business at the age of just 15 selling clothing at his school and a year later set up Racso Promotions – an events company organising parties across Birmingham, culminating in the purchase of his own nightclub in 2004. In 2008 Lee and his team saw an opportunity in buying unwanted jewellery items and selling them on. As one of the first to realise the potential of the gold market, at its peak Guardian Law Services had over 500 locations purchasing gold all over UK and Europe with a turnover of £100m. The success achieved through the gold buying business gave Lee the platform to invest in other businesses, via his investment vehicle, The Bushell Investment Group (BIG).
BIG is a fast paced, ever evolving entrepreneurially led group with a vast and diverse portfolio, boasting a range of industries UK wide including the hair & beauty industry, logistics and transportation, property, retail and recruitment.
The team at BIG are experienced at both executing acquisitions and successfully exiting businesses.
Located in the UK’s second city, prosperous Birmingham, Bushell Investment Group is primed and ready to discuss opportunities – get in touch today.
Bushell Investment Group acquires footwear retailer ALDO UK, saving 150 jobs and creating an additional 50 roles across the business over the next 12 months
The UK arm of ALDO, which fell into administration in May 2020, will join the growing BIG portfolio which already includes high street hair salon brands Regis and Supercuts. It is the fifth acquisition BIG have made in the last 18 months.
“We are incredibly excited to be part of ALDO UK’s future. The ALDO brand holds significant strength, offering high quality merchandise through its high street and ecommerce channels, and this is further supported by the passion and commitment of its workforce. For BIG, this exciting acquisition builds on our experience in the retail sector and adds further diversity yo our growing portfolio.”
Lee Bushell, CEO at Bushell Investment Group
“The ALDO Group is thrilled that ALDO will preserve its store network and ecommerce business in the UK market under BIG’s umbrella. As a fashion capital, the UK has always been a strategic market, and having such a solid partner to join our brand is positive news.”
Michel Fahmy, Vice President at ALDO Group International
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.
(formerly Aspray Logistics)
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
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.
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.
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.
“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.