Benchmark International is pleased to announce that Runcorn-based print industry firm, North West Roller Services (NWRS), has undergone an MBO.
Established in 1990, NWRS manufactures and distributes a range of consumable products for the flexographic, gravure and lamination industries. The company is the UK’s only manufacturer of fibreglass sleeves, which are marketed under the registered brand name ‘Easysleeve’, and exported to India, China, Italy and the USA.
The transaction was funded by a £1.5m equity investment from MSIF's AFM-managed Merseyside Loan and Equity Fund, alongside a debt package from ThinCats.
The new management team, led by sales manager Barry Dodgson, now have plans to "significantly increase" revenue levels and are targeting export markets as well as new product offerings.
The transaction followed the retirement of the previous shareholders and will see non-executive director Nick Owen join the board alongside Mr Dodgson.
Commenting on working with Benchmark International, Ian Antrobus, former managing director of NWRS, said:
“Although we had previously dealt with another broker for a period of three years without any success we were recommended to engage with Benchmark.
After entertaining many interested purchasers James Robinson secured an interested party and led us by the hand to finalise a successful sale on 06 April 2021.
May we thank James and all colleagues for their assistance in maximising the full potential of our business sale after thirty-one years in business.”
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