Bristol business bought amidst spike in interest from abroad for UK firms

Charles Davey

Bristol-based Danbury MotorCaravans has been sold for an undisclosed sum to French-based motorhome group, Pilote, with the help of a Midlands and Westcountry-based advisory team.

The shareholders of Danbury Motorcaravans were advised on the deal by top 30 accountants and corporate finance specialists, Bishop Fleming.

Danbury MotorCaravans is a long-established family-run business that has built a strong brand and loyal customer base in the lifestyle motorhome conversion market.

It boasts a proud history of converting the retro style VW T2, the VW T5&6 and Ford Transit into Motorcaravans at its factory in Yate, Bristol. It has been converting vehicles for over 15 years.

French-based Pilote, which has been in the Motorcaravan business for over 50 years, acquired Danbury Motor Caravans and all its staff

Bishop Fleming’s Corporate Finance Partner, Charles Davey, commented: “I am really pleased to have delivered this transaction for the sellers.

“They have built an extremely strong brand in Danbury, with market-leading products over a number of years, and now the time is right for the new owners to take the business forward.

“The lifestyle motorcaravan market is extremely strong in the UK, and I am sure the business will go from strength to strength under its new owners.”

Mr. Davey adds: “We are seeing considerable interest from European acquirers for UK-based companies as part of their own Brexit planning, which is another avenue for UK companies when considering their exit. Here at Bishop Fleming, we are working with owner-managed businesses in the South West to identify their strategic options and plan for the future.”