New owners for Mansfield Pollard

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Published: 04 March 2020


Managing Director Lou Frankland, outgoing Chairman Alan Pollard and Operations Director Bryan Bentley Managing Director Lou Frankland, outgoing Chairman Alan Pollard and Operations Director Bryan Bentley

Air management specialist Mansfield Pollard is under new ownership following a management buyout by two of its directors.

New Managing Director Lou Frankland and Operations Director Bryan Bentley bought the business from sole shareholder and outgoing Chairman, Alan Pollard.

Frankland, who joined the business in 2017 as Sales & Marketing Director, said “This is fantastic news for both customers and staff while we continue to deliver on our ambitious five-year development plan. The opportunity afforded by the MBO will further increase our ability to develop and retain industry-leading talent, further invest into the performance driven product offering to our customers and ultimately achieve our goal of being recognised as the UK’s leading air management company.''

Bentley added: “We look forward to building upon the excellent relationships we have with our existing client base, developing products to meet their specific challenges while also bringing new products to market through our significant in-house manufacturing capability.  This is a very exciting time for the business as we push the boundaries in R&D, further streamline our manufacturing processes, and enhance our product quality.''

Outgoing Chairman Alan Pollard said: “I have seen the company grow and develop with such vigour and pace over the last three years that I feel now is the ideal time to hand over the reins to Lou and Bryan.  Although the company has been in the Pollard family for almost 100 years, there is no doubt in my mind that the change of ownership will see the brand continue to thrive and the Mansfield Pollard name remain synonymous with values of quality, integrity, value and customer service.  

“I leave the company well poised to take advantage of the many opportunities in the short, medium and long term.  Lou and Bryan’s energy and passion, will continue to drive the business forward and their recognition and appreciation of the Mansfield Pollard brand means the business is in very safe hands and will no doubt, continue to do amazing things”

Founded 150 years ago, Bradford-based Mansfield Pollard has reported consistent growth and profitability over several decades and is one of the UK’s leading specialist providers of industrial air handling units, kitchen ventilation and acoustic solutions. The company says it remains committed to keeping customer service at the forefront of the business and to continue to build strategic and long-standing partnerships with all its clients.

Former MD Joanna Robinson left the business at the end of last year.