Branston Golf & Country Club sold to Managing Director and local family

L-R: Steve Sharp, Francesca Sharp, Ben Laing, Abby Litting and Marcus Litting. Picture: Alex Cantrill-Jones / ACJ Media

Branston Golf & Country Club has been successfully purchased by a group of individuals comprising of Branston’s current Managing Director, Ben Laing and four members of a local family.

Head of Corporate and Commercial at Else Solicitors, Adam Gilbert completed the sale of the golf and country club on behalf of his client Roger Kerry and his family on Friday 6th December 2019 commenting: “The Kerry family have nurtured a first class business during their 25 year reign over the club.

“Roger Kerry was the visionary who ignored the ‘that’s never going to work’ attitudes when he first embarked on his dreams to establish a ‘premium championship golf club’ right here in Burton. Against all the odds the family have developed a much loved, award winning establishment at the heart of Burton.

“It is for this reason, I am delighted and privileged to have been instructed to represent the family in securing the club’s bright future under the very capable hands of its new owners.

“It has been a pleasure working with both Smith Cooper on the financial aspects and the purchaser’s solicitors at Flint Bishop to secure a successful outcome for all parties concerned.”

Martyn Brierley, Partner and Head of the Corporate & Finance team at Flint Bishop, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Ben Laing along with the new owners Steve and Francesca Sharp and Marcus and Abby Litting on the successful buy-out of Branston Golf and Country Club.

“I’m confident that with Ben’s experience as MD of Branston and previously in other roles in this sector, combined with the added skill sets which Steve, Francesca, Marcus and Abby bring to the table, will ensure that the club will go from strength to strength.

“It is already a fantastic leisure facility, and the new team will build on this over the coming years to further enhance the facilities for all members and guests.”

The new owners are all locally based with strong family connections. In addition to Ben Laing, the other members of the buy-out group include Steve and Francesca Sharp, and in-laws Marcus and Abby Litting. Francesca already has an established relationship with the club having joined as HR Manager back in 2014.

The new owners have made it clear that the company will continue operating under a ‘business as usual’ approach.