L-R: UKSE regional executive Mike Lowe, Robell directors Edd Watson, Ruth Fennell and Adam Woroch with UKSE investment executive Michael Hydari

A Birmingham business specialising in the design and installation of automatic control systems has secured the future of more than 40 jobs after completing a management buyout, supported by UKSE.

Robell Control Systems, based in Nechells, Birmingham are one of the UK’s leading specialists in the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of automated heating, ventilation, environmental and air-conditioning control systems in a range of commercial buildings.

The management buyout which was supported by a six-figure equity investment from business investment specialist UKSE, will secure the long-term future of the company.

With a combined 40 years’ experience with Robell, project sales manager Adam Woroch, operations manager Edd Watson and accounts manager Ruth Fennell have acquired the business from founding directors and outgoing owners Mike Everell and Dave Robinson.


Established in 1989, Robell provides automated control systems in buildings such as shopping centres, schools, train stations and hospitals, working to high standards of improved sustainability and efficiency.

Adam Woroch said: “We are focussed on the long-term prosperity of the business and will be investing in training, apprenticeships and technology to boost energy efficiency going forward.”

Ruth Fennell added: “The UKSE investment will enable us to continue to grow the company in ways that are profitable and sustainable for the benefit of colleagues and customers.”

Edd Watson commented: “We would like to thank Mike Everell and Dave Robinson for their great dedication over the past 35 years to growing Robell to the business it is today.”

UKSE regional executive Mike Lowe added: “We are thrilled to be able to support Robell with the investment they needed to fund a management buyout.

“Robell is a thriving business committed to delivering excellence and retaining the values that have contributed to the success of the business.

“UKSE’s primary goal is to help businesses grow and create employment opportunities. Whether you are an existing business looking to expand or acquiring a new business, UKSE can help.”

UKSE provides up to £1m in equity investment finance to support local businesses in the West Midlands area.  UKSE’s equity finance package leaves the management team in control, patient capital from a supportive partner.

UKSE can also provide up to £200k in loan finance, without the need for company or personal security.

Established in 1975, UKSE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel UK Limited with a mission to enable and encourage businesses and the people behind them to create jobs, grow and prosper, within communities affected by current or historic changes in the steel industry and its jobs.

To date, UKSE has invested over £115m, supporting 8,000 businesses, stimulating the creation of an estimated 83,000 new jobs.