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We are delighted to have advised Northern Energy, the largest independent family-run energy supplier in the North of England, on its purchase of Kettlewell Fuels Limited for an undisclosed sum.
Based in Hampsthwaite, near Harrogate, Northern Energy has been fuelling communities since 1932. It supplies areas across the North of England with domestic, commercial, and agricultural oil and LPG. Northern Energy recently celebrated its 90th birthday and the strategic acquisition of Kettlewell Fuels will support the firm’s growth ambitions.
Founded in 1987 and based in Melmerby near Ripon, family-run Kettlewell Fuels is a leading independent heating and fuel oil supplier to domestic, agricultural and commercial customers across North Yorkshire. A member of the UK & Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA), the business has built an enviable brand based on its excellent customer service.
Stuart Illingworth, managing director at Northern Energy said: “We are thrilled to be joining forces with Kettlewell Fuels, a business that has been built on strong family values like our own. With the existing team we will continue to deliver the same unbeatable service to which Kettlewell Fuels’ customers have become accustomed. Together, the future looks very exciting.”
Philip Ashworth, and Nicole Waldron, who are based at Andrew Jackson’s office in York, provided legal advice to Northern Energy; corporate finance advice was led by James White of Brown Butler.
Janet and Trevor Kettlewell, managing shareholders of Kettlewell Fuels, who were advised by Rob Burton of Azets and David Strachan of Schofield Sweeney, said: –
“For over three decades, we have been supported by a loyal and dedicated team and we are very proud of what the business has achieved. We believe Northern Energy will sustain our legacy and we are leaving the business in great hands. We would like to thank our fantastic team, customers, and suppliers for their support over the years.”
Philip Ashworth added: – “It has been a pleasure to support and guide Stuart and the team on this acquisition. Northern Energy is a fantastic family business which is well placed for future growth; its acquisition of Kettlewell Fuels only strengthens its market position and it has a bright future ahead.”