Bell Group, which claims to be the UK’s largest commercial decorating contractor, has completed a management buy-out.

The move was made with the support of a seven-figure loan from HSBC UK.

Under its new stewardship, Bell Group plans to complete acquisitions, continue to diversify its services, and "improve business operations as part of an organic growth strategy over the next five years".

Craig Bell, chief executive of Bell Group and major shareholder, said: “We have seen a real step change in the work we’ve completed over the last six months and we’re very excited about the future. The pandemic understandably slowed our growth over the last year, but our forecasts for this year are very strong."

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He added: "As new owners we’re excited to continue to build on the legacy of our predecessors over the past 37 years.

“HSBC UK have been a supportive partner for Bell Group for over 10 years and their continued backing means we can set out new plans for this year and beyond.”

Scott Wilson, deputy head of corporate banking in Scotland at HSBC UK, said: “Bell Group is a great Scottish business success story, having built up impressive growth over many years. The management buy-out marks an exciting and pivotal moment for the company, and we have been delighted to support this process and help set the Group up for the years to come.”

Bell Group, which has its headquarters in Airdrie, has 31 locations across the UK and employs over 1,600 people.

The company forecasts turnover of £150 million for 2021, building on its average year on year growth of 15 per cent. Its customers include NHS, Ministry of Defence, housing associations and local councils across the UK, as well as working in historic buildings, palaces and now offering a service to decorate residential homes.

Edinburgh oil and gas firm eyes bumper field off Israel

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Cairn Energy may be set to buy a stake in a gas field off Israel in a deal that would be worth more than $1bn (£0.85bn).

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App for football fans is just the ticket for clubs

HeraldScotland: Alasdair Crawley, third from right, with members of the Fanbase team.Alasdair Crawley, third from right, with members of the Fanbase team.

FOOTBALL clubs including Berwick Rangers and Annan Athletic are using an app developed by two Scottish brothers to help get fans back to their grounds.

READ MORE: Brothers Alasdair and Michael Crawley launch their Fanbase app this Friday, enabling sports clubs to sell digital tickets, manage contactless stadia and share content through their own branded mobile app.

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