Acquisition announcement – Clares acquires George Rose Office Products Ltd
Clares is delighted to announce that on the 1st May 2019 it acquired George Rose Office Products Ltd. George Rose Office Products is an independent, family owned business based in Brighton, and serving commercial organisations across Brighton, Eastbourne, Sussex and the surrounding areas.
Established in 1965, today Clares is the largest independent office services supplier on the South coast of England. Our aim is to provide public sector and commercial organisations with transformational procurement solutions across their supply chain, enabling them to gain huge efficiencies in terms of time and resource, as well as significant cost savings.
Our mission is to be the first choice provider of innovative procurement solutions to businesses within the UK, and we call our transformational procurement approach ‘The Model Office’. We’ve been building and focusing on the Model Office for more than ten years and have won awards for our innovative frameworks. Acquiring George Rose Office Products Ltd is a strategic move that will help us extend our Model Office solution to a larger customer base, enabling many more businesses across the South East to benefit from greater efficiencies and a reduced lifetime spend.
The opportunity to purchase the £2.1m George Rose Office Products business provides Clares with an established, professional office product and services organisation that complements our existing range of services. George Rose provides its extensive client base with business and facilities supplies, office furniture, work wear, print and design, and packaging materials and solutions.
Steve Clare, Managing Director commented,
“George Rose Office Products is an established office products and services business that has been providing reliable customer service to its client base for over 40 years. We are delighted to have been able to procure the business and are very excited about the opportunities it creates. By amalgamating our businesses, George Rose’s customers can capitalise on a greater service offering that includes our growing archive storage and digitisation division and our commercial interiors division – two services that were not previously available through George Rose.”
As a business Clares invests heavily in its people, systems and processes in order to deliver the highest level of customer service. The George Rose business is already benefitting from investment in its IT capabilities and automation of all of its back office functions.
Martin Gander, Sales Director, George Rose Office Products commented,
“The acquisition has breathed new life into our business. We are a customer focused and orientated organisation and the investment in our back office functionality, IT systems and hardware will significantly improve efficiencies and services across our operations. The level of resource and financial commitment that Clares is providing, as well as the increased service offering, is a complete game changer for us. It puts us in a far more competitive position. We can now go out with an extended range of products and services, which is very exciting in terms of retaining and growing our existing customer base, as well as winning new business.”