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Approach Personnel acquires Elizabeth Michael Associates

Elizabeth Michael Associates has been sold to Approach Personnel for an undisclosed seven figure sum.

The consultancy was founded in 1991 and makes both temporary and permanent placements across a plethora of disciplines varying from administration, accountancy, customer services and contact centres, logistics, procurement, sales, business development and HR.  

 John Hyde, founder of Elizabeth Michael Associates, said, “For almost 30 years, I have always sought to emphasise the key values of honesty and integrity in professional dealings in business. We have enjoyed tremendous success and growth over the years at Elizabeth Michael and I firmly believe this is down to our keen desire to always maintain these core values in all our dealings with people – whether colleagues, customers or suppliers.

“Today the pressures in business and on people are even greater and in our consumer age ‘getting ahead’ is too often put above all else and maintaining good relationships. Short term advantage is usually fleeting. Instead, building a more solid, long term reputation for trustworthiness and reliability has always been my goal and our guiding values at Elizabeth Michael.

“I hope that the values we have sought to promote at Elizabeth Michael will carry forward with the new owners. Approach Personnel are a fantastic business and they have built a solid track record, and as such I am confident that the two businesses together will go from strength to strength.”

Approach Personnel, which is based at Chase Park Nottingham, viewed Elizabeth Michael as an ideal acquisition. The company specialises in recruitment in the construction, civil engineering, shopfitting, interiors and industrial sectors.

Alan Spalding, managing director of Approach Personnel, said, “I have known John Hyde for many years and the acquisition of such a fantastic business was an opportunity that myself and my business partner Adam Charlesworth were both delighted to complete. Approach has become a multi-million pound turnover business, now working out of a 4300 sq. ft building that we purchased in 2016 to facilitate our ambitious growth plans. We felt the time was right to add further to our portfolio and jumped at the chance to purchase such a great business and brand.”

Hyde added, “I would like to thank in particular the professional team who acted for me on the sale. Led by Tom Gray and Hannah Raven at Fraser Brown Solicitors and Neil South at Clayton & Brewill accountants, the support and advice I have received during the process has been tremendous. The sale process can be very difficult and fraught at times, but both Fraser Brown and Clayton & Brewill have provided keen, timely and commercial advice throughout and at critical periods, and crucially share the same values in business dealings which is very important to me.”

Fraser Brown corporate lawyer, Tom Gray, and assistant solicitor, Hannah Raven, advised John Hyde on the transaction. Roger Harcourt at Shakespeare Martineau solicitors and Trevor Witts at APC Accountants also acted on the transaction advising Approach Personnel.

Pictured (left to right): Hannah Raven, Tom Gray, John Hyde, Alan Spalding

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