Dains advise on sale of Derby-based insurance company Bell & Co

Deal Summary

Derby-based insurance company Bell & Co has been acquired by Kent-based national insurance brokerage firm Aston Scott Group. The Bell & Co brand will be retained and the existing board of directors, led by Richard Salt, will continue to manage the business and become a Midlands hub for the group to focus on further acquisitions in the region.

Bell & Co has been providing expert, impartial insurance advice, policies and risk management solutions to corporate and private clients for over 35 years. Bell & Co provide expertise in Health & Safety, Employment Law, Professional Indemnity and all types of Business and Personal Insurance.

Richard Salt and his fellow shareholders were advised on the sale by Jenny Moore & Roy Farmer of Dains Corporate Finance and Martyn Brierley of Flint Bishop.

What we said
Lead advisor Jenny Moore from Dains Corporate Finance added: "It has been a pleasure to work with the Richard on this transaction. Bell & Co is a great example of a business which prioritises service at its core. Richard has built a fantastic business which will now act as a great platform from which to make further acquisitions on behalf of Aston Scott.”

What our client said
Bell & Co Managing Director Richard Salt said: "In an era where scale and quality means so much to our insurer suppliers, this is great news for our existing and new customers and growing team. We are really excited that Aston Scott are backing us and our staff with ambitious growth plans. Derby has in my view needed a broker of this scale for some time. It is what we have been aspiring to and we are proud to achieve this through everyone’s hard work and now Aston Scott's support."