Taking a family firm through acquisition: Barry Chevallier Guild of Aspall - 07/03/19

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Bailey Fisher Executive Search was delighted to host the latest in our series of Private Markets Dinners at the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket.  The dinner was hosted by Andrew Moore, Managing Director of Bailey Fisher, in association with Richard Lane of Farrer & Co and Sian Steele of PwC UK.

The guest speaker was Barry Chevallier Guild of Aspall, who enthralled guests with the story of how he and his brother built on the legacy of an 8th generation family business leading to a sale to Molson Coors.

Barry talked about taking the reins of the historic cyder-making business, founded by Clement Chevallier in 1728.  Whilst he and his brother faced challenges inheriting a 30-person family firm, Barry noted that taking on a larger business would have been far more challenging without the experience and know-how.  Talking about preparing the business for acquisition, Barry focused on:

  • The importance of having a strong brand that differentiates you
  • Building a great team
  • Selling at the right time to the right corporate

The Private Markets Dinner was attended by founders and leaders of privately owned and family firms including Pinkster Gin, HÜGGE, Heathpatch, Mick George Ltd, Nationwide Produce Ltd, Hoare & Co, The Chesterford Group and Sydney Hart Ltd.  The dinner was hosted by Bailey Fisher in partnership with Farrer & Co and PwC.

The next Private Markets Dinner will take place in the summer.  Attendance is by invitation for leaders of private and family firms. If you are interested in finding out more about future dinners, please contact Andrew Moore, Managing Director at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.

Bailey Fisher Executive Search is an independent executive search firm operating globally to find and hire people who fundamentally impact the success of their businesses, working in partnership with our clients to understand their challenges and ambitions.

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