DCC acquires the business wear company

DCC acquires the business wear company

Direct Corporate Clothing plc (DCC) has acquired The Business Wear Company in a move that creates one of the UK’s largest providers of workwear, corporatewear and personal protective equipment (PPE).

The acquisition means that the combined turnover of the companies is set to reach around £36m by the end of this year.

Oldbury-based DCC supplies uniforms to businesses including British Telecom, Mitie and Travis Perkins.

Nick Atkinson bought Leeds-based The Business Wear Company out of administration in in 2011, growing its turnover to a predicted £6m this year. A previous director of DCC, Nick now returns to the board to direct the company's corporate wear strategy.

Sam Sohal, joint managing director of DCC, said: "This is a great acquisition enabling us to bolt on a raft of fantastic, high profile corporate wear contracts such as Compass Group, Lothian Buses and Noonan.

“The combined business offers a full, end-to-end service from innovative design and high quality manufacturing through to premium customer service. We work closely with our global supply chain partners and contract manufacturers, which share our values of strict quality control, working conditions and environmental standards.”

Nick Atkinson added: “DCC and The Business Wear Company have experienced exceptional growth off the back of service excellence. We will leverage our combined infrastructure and experience to provide an unrivalled service for the supply of workwear, corporatewear and personal protective equipment."

Nick’s previous experience in the corporate wear market includes a management buyout of London-based Prima Corporate Wear in 1999, which he went on to sell in 2005 to listed company Alexandra for almost £4m.

Earlier this year, DCC was named in the Financial Times’ ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report.

 

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