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Cavendish Corporate Finance, the UK’s leading sell-side mid-market M&A firm, has advised on the sale of the Walkinshaw family’s stake in Gloucester Rugby Ltd to Vice-Chairman Martin St Quinton, who is named as new owner and Chairman of the celebrated club.
Gloucester Rugby is today delighted to confirm that Martin St Quinton is the new 100% owner of the club with immediate effect.
The announcement, which comes with the club still in the hunt for a top six finish in the Aviva Premiership and in the quarter-finals in its defence of the European Rugby Challenge Cup, brings to an end a period of uncertainty. The news that Mr St Quinton, previously the club’s Vice-Chairman, has increased his shareholding to assume overall control of the club, will ensure welcome continuity in terms of the management of the club.
Mr St Quinton, who first acquired a 25% share in the club in October 2008 before subsequently increasing his shareholding, has purchased all the shares held by the Walkinshaw family and now has sole ownership of the club. The announcement follows the news in 2015 that the Kingsholm based club was seeking additional investment.
A successful businessman in the fields of office equipment and mobile communications, Mr St Quinton has served as Vice-Chairman of Gloucester Rugby since 2008 but will now assume the role of Chairman. In addition to his involvement with the club, Mr St Quinton was Chairman of the Fundraising Group that raised £50m for Cheltenham Racecourse’s recent redevelopment.
Speaking today at Kingsholm, Mr St Quinton commented
“I think it’s fair to say that the club wouldn’t be where it is today were it not for the involvement of the Walkinshaw family, firstly Tom who took over the club back in 1997 and also Ryan who took over from his father in late 2010.
Were it not for their commitment, vision, business acumen and, of course, their love of rugby, then the Gloucester Rugby story may have taken a completely different turn. On behalf of everyone connected with the club, I’d like to extend my thanks to the whole Walkinshaw family for their contribution.
I now believe that we are on the verge of an exciting new era for the club. Gloucester Rugby is a club that is moving in the right direction. We are in the privileged position of owning our own ground, have magnificent training facilities, our coaching set up and playing squad are both first class and we have the best supporters in the country.