Latest news from Directorbank

11 September 2019

Successful sale of Fox International for Mayfair Equity Partners and Next Wave Partners

Congratulations to Mayfair Equity Partners and Next Wave Partners on the successful sale of Fox International to US trade buyer, Lew’s Holdings Corporation.

Directorbank is proud to have supported this success by placing David Algar as Executive Chairman of Fox in 2014. Under David’s leadership, Fox experienced notable growth including investment in Western European markets, entering new markets in the US and Eastern Europe, and consistent development of its product and service lines.

Fox International is Europe’s largest fishing tackle company, selling some 3,000 products in over 30 countries. Mayfair Equity Partners backed a management buy-out in 2015 from Next Wave Partners who retained a significant minority shareholding.

This placement demonstrates our ability to deliver highly successful outcomes for our private equity clients.

For more information on Directorbank’s executive search offering and Private Equity pre-deal recruitment services, please contact:

Simon Thomas
020 7255 7940

29 August 2019

Growth100 – Recognising Yorkshire companies that have achieved and sustained rapid growth and the entrepreneurial talent behind them

The fastest growing companies in Yorkshire revealed …

The Yorkshire Growth100 – Insider’s annual league table – ranks those companies which have grown at the fastest pace in the past 5 years with head offices in the Yorkshire region. As a Yorkshire-founded executive search firm, and a leading provider of entrepreneurial directors to SMEs, we are honoured to be involved with this initiative.

To view the full 2019 Yorkshire Growth100 league table, Click here

This year’s rundown includes businesses from all corners of the county from property developers and manufacturers to restaurant operators and distributors.

 James Searby, a Director and Co-owner of Directorbank Executive Search, comments:

“The Insider Growth100 report recognises those businesses across Yorkshire that have achieved and sustained rapid growth. By doing so, it acknowledges the talent and success of some of the region’s most effective and entrepreneurial business leaders.

Founded in Leeds in 1998, Directorbank has grown from a small start-up to a pan-European search firm. However, we are extremely proud of our Yorkshire heritage and remain highly active in the region.  Last year, 30% of our executive, non-executive and senior management placements were into Northern-based businesses and it’s encouraging to see some of our clients listed in this year’s Growth100 league.”


About Directorbank:

Founded in 1998, Directorbank provides executive and non-executive search solutions for entrepreneurial growth companies across the SME market. With an exceptional talent network – developed over 20 years – and a knowledgeable, experienced team, we can demonstrate a strong track record of success covering all key sectors and roles from Chairmen, NEDs, CEOs and FDs to other critical directorships in Operations, Sales, Marketing, IT and HR. Directorbank has also worked with more than 100 Private Equity houses, supporting them at both the pre-deal and portfolio stages of the investment cycle with a suite of recruitment solutions.

For more information on our services visit

Alternatively, for a confidential discussion, please contact:

James Searby
0113 297 8000

1 August 2019

Owner-Managed Businesses – Barriers to Growth

Directorbank breakfast event – Owner-Managed businesses: Barriers to growth.

At a recent Directorbank breakfast gathering, co-hosted with Insider North West, Founders/MDs of regional OMBs revealed the first barrier to growth was often surrendering control and sharing the bounty.

Read the full write up here: OMB100 round table_Remote Control

Held in Manchester at Directorbank’s Chancery Place office, a number of regional Managing Directors and Co-Founders from the OMB100 league (see description below) discussed the challenges facing successful OMBs and the need to develop a senior team for sustainable growth. Joining them was Aziz Ul-Haq – regional director at LDC, Chris Thompson – national head of employment team at Gateley, and Bradley Russell – Director at Brewin Dolphin.

Hosted by Directorbank’s Head of North West, George Heppenstall, and the Editor of Business Insider NW, guests thrashed out some of the key issues facing both them as leader, and their businesses. Themes included: when to boost a board with a non-executive director, winning talent over the competition, and getting the right backing from an outside investor.

The OMB100 lists companies in North West Business Insider’s Top 500 where the managing director is a shareholder. They are ranked by turnover growth over the last year.


Standing L-R: Sara Wilde McKeown, Dominic Ball, Bradley Russell, Aziz Ul-Haq, Steve Pearce, George Heppenstall, Jason Iftakhar and David Roberts.
Seated L-R: Dr Karl Bamford, Jacky Sidebottom-Every, Helen Tonks, Chris Thompson and Richard Wallace.

30 July 2019

Directorbank is hiring! Researcher opportunities in Leeds and Frankfurt

We are now looking to hire three Researcher roles for our Frankfurt and Leeds offices to support our Directors and Consultants on specific mandates across the UK and Germany.

These are exciting opportunities to develop candidate and client-facing skills in a professional, collegiate environment as well as providing the opportunity to work directly with the private equity community.

To view the job descriptions please click on the links below. These give more details on each role, as well as the contact details if you wish to apply for the position.