Northumberland manufacturing firm target growth following MBO

Northumberland-based engineering supplier, Site and Field Services (SAFS), has set its sights on contract growth following a management-buy-out (MBO).

The Ashington-headquartered firm, which supplies services and components to the oil and gas industry, was recently acquired in an MBO by John Thompson and Mark Berry, who bought the company from retiring director Peter Tighe.

Managing director at SAFS, John Thompson, has been with the company since October 2018, while Mark Berry has been working as a consultant to the business. John, who previously owned Moffat 2000, brings to SAFS his experience of the offshore construction sector.

John Thompson said: “I have worked with and admired Site and Field Services for many years due to its excellent track record as a North East welding fabrication and CNC machining company. When the opportunity to acquire the business presented itself, Mark and I jumped at the chance to buy the company.

“We have a fantastic team of over 45 employees here with second to none capability and I am excited about the possibilities to develop and grow the company at a time when North Sea oil and gas market is starting to see good levels of investment after many years of downturn.

“My hopes are to grow the business by securing contracts with oil and gas majors and blue-chip offshore construction contractors as well as developing new and innovative products for the industry.”

The MBO was supported by MHA Tait Walker who aided the team throughout with forecasting, financial negotiations and project management. HSBC UK also supported John and Mark by providing the funding required to take ownership of Site and Field Services and legal advice throughout was provided by Square One Law.

Steve Plaskitt, partner at MHA Tait Walker, said: “We were delighted to have acted for John and Mark as part of this important deal. Having worked with them both through a number of projects, including the sale of Moffat, it’s great to see them now as owners of Site and Field. We would like to wish the team all the best for the future as they move forward with their new business.”