Rubber Safety Hygiene Acquire Louis France Ltd

Sheffield-based company, Rubber Safety Hygiene, has recently completed the acquisition of Louis France Limited. The deal has been overseen by corporate finance firm, Mackenzie Spencer with HSBC providing a funding package for the transaction.

Rubber Safety Hygiene was founded in 1990 and supplies businesses with day-to-day consumable needs, such as janitorial supplies, safety equipment, rubber hosing and fittings. It has an office in Sheffield, a depot in Sunderland and predominantly covers the north-east of England.

Louis France Ltd, based in Huddersfield, was established in 1939 and supplies a wide-range of work wear and equipment across West Yorkshire.

Rob Hand, MD at Rubber Safety Hygiene who bought the company in 2013, said: “I met with Graham Taylor, MD of Louis France Ltd, when my Sales Manager told me that Graham was interested in selling the business. Straight away I saw synergies between the businesses in terms of product range, customer base and suppliers. The two companies are a perfect fit. Following the acquisition, we are now looking to build on the proud history and heritage that Louis France Ltd has in Huddersfield. It’s going to be very much business as usual as we are retaining all of the current Louis France Ltd staff, as well as the company name.”

Rob was advised by Chris Sellars and Mark Stanley, MDs of Mackenzie Spencer. Rob continues: “Mackenzie Spencer has completed countless sale and purchase transactions. Both Chris and Mark bring genuine deals experience and expertise to the board room.”

Mark Stanley said: “This was an acquisition that was destined for success. Rob is a driven, focused individual and under his leadership, Rubber Safety Hygiene will continue to go from strength to strength."

Funding for the transaction was provided by HSBC’s South Yorkshire Corporate Team. Hazel Van Noort, Relationship Director at HSBC, said: “This is a great business in a strong and growing sector – we are very pleased to support Rob in this acquisition.”

Matt Bradbury, from Rubber Safety Hygiene’s Sheffield office, has been appointed as Sales Manager to run the Huddersfield branch.


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