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Slough solicitors advise in aquisition of Henley-based cleaning company


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5 November 2019

Thames-Valley solicitor advises national cleaning franchise on acquisition of Henley-based firm

Slough-based Owen White Solicitors have recently acted as legal advisors to Ecocleen Services Ltd, in their purchase of family-owned, Henley-based, Regency Cleaning Services in a deal worth up to £2.5 million.  The successful takeover will enable the company to increase its presence within key sectors - most notably education and motor retail, while expanding its nationwide franchise network.

Owen White, who have had offices on the Bath Road in Slough for 30 years, are widely regarded as one of the leading franchise firms in the UK, working with franchisors, franchisees and franchise action groups alike. 

Ecocleen has more than 25 years of experience developing and implementing tailored commercial cleaning solutions. The franchise handles contracts of all sizes on behalf of over 600 customers, servicing both single and multi-site operations on a local, regional and national basis.

Regency Cleaning Services operates throughout Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, supporting more than 100 clients. The company's team of 500 staff are responsible for delivering cleaning, waste management, porterage and maintenance services to a variety of private and public sector sites such as schools, nurseries, offices and car showrooms.

Andrew Hayward, head of Owen White's Corporate and Commercial team said,

"This was a particularly rewarding transaction to work on with our longstanding client Ecocleen Services Ltd.  As is often the case, there were one or two wrinkles that needed ironing out along the way.  The pragmatism and commerciality of our client was enormously helpful, enabling us to achieve a very satisfactory result all round."

Jean-Henri Beukes, Managing Director of Ecocleen said,

"Regency Cleaning Services is a likeminded and profitable business that will immediately strengthen a number of existing franchisees while helping us create new franchise areas.  This is the first of a number of strategic acquisitions we are planning as we look to accelerate our growth within the UK. We are seeking further opportunities in London, the South-East, South-West and North-West, which will add value and expertise to our business and existing infrastructure."

ENDS                                                                                                                                             NOVEMBER 2019

 Notes to Editors

  • Owen White Solicitors was formed as a partnership in 1988 and was incorporated in 2013.
  • Owen White Solicitors is affiliated member of the British Franchise Association
  • Owen White Solicitors is Owen White is one of the leading franchise specialists in the UK with over 35 years' experience of providing legal advice to both franchisors and franchisees. 
  • The team can advise on:
    • Drafting Franchise and Master Licence agreements
    • Brand protection
    • UK and EU competition law and relevant exemptions
    • International opportunities for exploitation of the franchise concept
    • Acquisition of premises
    • Franchise disputes and litigation
    • Franchisee Associations
  • Owen White Solicitors also provide advice on:
    • Company and commercial
    • Disputes and litigation
    • Employment
    • Property
    • Social Housing
  • Contact details:
    • Owen White Solicitors
      Senate House
      62 - 70 Bath Road
      SL1 3SR
    • Tel: +44 (0)1753 876800
      Fax: +44 (0)1753 876876

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