Helicopter firm set to take off after acquisition

A family-run helicopter private charter and management company has expanded significantly following the acquisition of a second business.

Saturday, 13th March 2021, 6:00 am
Jack Schofield and father Jason of The Helicopter Company, with James Towler and Emily Steed of McCormicks Solicitors, who advised on the acquisition. PHOTO: Kate Mallender.

The Helicopter Company, based in Harrogate, has acquired Hampshire-based Atlas Helicopters Ltd, which has a medevac contract for the Isle of Man TT and other motorcycle races on the island. The company already has bases in Scotland, the East Midlands and North Yorkshire.

Jason Schofield, who bought the business in 2016, said: “We are very pleased to have acquired Atlas, which enables us to grow our business in the south of England. Atlas is well established with good clients and a great team, led by Mike Burns, who will continue as a director and chief pilot.”

James Towler, head of corporate and commercial at McCormicks Solicitors, who advised on the acquisition, said: “We were delighted to work with the Schofield family, with whom we have a long relationship, and it is great to have secured this acquisition which will allow them to grow their business and target the market in and around London from Atlas’s base in the South.”

The Helicopter Company offers private charter for both business and leisure, as well as aircraft management and a helicopter purchase service.