Forbes Advises on Graphic Arts UK Ltd MBO

Corporate News

19 January, 2017

Forbes Solicitors has advised on the management buyout of Lancashire-based Graphic Arts UK Limited which trades under the names of Concept4 and Printoff.

Alex Buck, Jane Cleaver and Jason Tomlinson have bought Graphic Arts, which is based on Lomeshaye Industrial Estate in Nelson, from its outgoing owner Allan Buck, who has retired. Allan owned 100% of Graphic Arts, which employs almost 50 staff.

Printoff was formed in 1976 and provides comprehensive printing services to organisations throughout the UK, with versatility across litho presses, digital presses, web-to-print, personalisation and print finishing services, all on site.

Concept4 is a creative marketing and digital agency, boasting experience across education, healthcare and commercial. It provides creative solutions covering all aspects of marketing including branding, websites, apps and video.

Jane Cleaver, Managing Director said, "The business already has many strengths. Supported by the fantastic team we have here and our strong and loyal client base, Alex, Jason and I have some exciting ideas for developing the two trading businesses further and we look forward to rolling these out over the coming months.

Pauline Rigby, Partner and Head of Corporate and Restructuring at Forbes Solicitors, based in Central Lancashire, acted on behalf of all parties in the MBO.

Pauline said, "This was a fantastic deal to work on and Allan has passed the Company down to a great team whom he knows have the skill and knowledge to maximise the growth going forward".

Jason Tomlinson, Finance Director said of Forbes, "Pauline and her team were on hand to guide us throughout this quite complex process, offering both vast experience and practical solutions. As we were doing this kind of deal for the first time this expertise was of great benefit to us and their services come highly recommended".

If you are looking for any more information with regards to our services view our Corporate section. You can also contact Pauline Rigby in our Corporate department via email or phone on 0333 207 1131. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.


15 Feb 2019



What can SME's do to prepare for Brexit?

With the Brexit deadline imminently approaching, how can you prepare your business for Brexit?

Read the article

Forbes Solicitors delivers 'fast response times' and demonstrates 'impressive industry knowledge'.

2018-19 edition Legal 500

More clients

Very thorough and precise with each contract and have made it very easy for us to feel very confident going into new territories, whether it being a different country or a different manufacturer.


More clients

Forbes was instrumental in ensuring Electric Coffee Co is able to meet its growth ambitions.

Adnan Anwar
Electric Coffee Co

More clients

It is always a pleasure to deal with true professionals and specialists in their area and this is what you can expect when dealing with Forbes and, in our case, specifically Nick and Gemma.

Gareth & Janet Watson
Zinge Industries

More clients

The team not only provides professional and practical advice, but also takes a personal interest to understand the business and the matter at hand.

Mark Delaney
Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

More clients

The advice and service that we receive from Pauline and her colleagues is consistently professional, knowledgeable and efficient. They have a great ethos and are a pleasure to work with.

Andy Platt
Focus Insolvency Group

More clients

What a pleasure to do business with Forbes - Pauline Rigby & Nick Pickup both understood my personal objectives and requirements

John Laycock
Former Business Owner

More clients

I would like to thank Jayne and the Business Law team for being so friendly, professional and patient throughout the sale.

Arthur Porter
Oak Glen

More clients

We have been very happy with the professional service from Pauline Rigby and her colleagues in the Business Law team and the ease of purchasing our new business

Andrew M Jones
Internet Trading Ltd

More clients

I and the UCLan team wanted to acknowledge the support from your team, including Nick Pickup and Pauline Rigby. Their contribution has been much appreciated by both clients and our staff.

John Lonsdale
Head of Innovation and Enterprise

More clients

Sincere thanks for all the time, patience and professionalism from Pauline and Tricia in the completion of MAP12 contract terms and conditions.

Jayne & Anthony Mellor
MAP12 Ltd

More clients

It's a One Stop Shop as a legal entity, whatever problem we've got you've got someone to come and advise us or fix it

Craig Bancroft
Managing Director
The Northcote Group

More clients

We have always found Forbes to be approachable and helpful and we look forward to a continuing professional relationship

John Tempest
Chief Executive
Child Action Northwest

More clients

I have been extremely pleased with the legal team at Forbes and all their help

Tracy Malham
South Lakes Veterinary Centre

More clients

The team at Forbes have been professional, thorough, friendly and efficient from day one through to completion. We will certainly be using them again as we look to move our business forward.

Stuart Wilson
S & L Wilson

More clients

Make an enquiry