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Nick Atkinson and Sam Sohal

 

DCC ACQUIRES THE BUSINESS WEAR COMPANY TO CREATE £36M BUSINESS

3 August 2016

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 combined turnover of the companies will be around £36m by the end of 2016.

Birmingham-based DCC supplies uniforms to many of the country’s biggest businesses including British Telecom, Mitie and Travis Perkins. It maintains stock levels at a 72,000 sq ft warehouse, in order to deliver fast turnaround of orders and exceptional customer service.

Industry veteran 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 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.

DCC won the Best Bespoke PPE Uniform category at the recent Professional Clothing Awards 2016, in recognition of its work-wear for BT Group. DCC client Compass Group UK and Ireland won the Best Bespoke Workwear Uniform category. DCC was also highly commended for two further entries for BT Group and Morrison Utility Services.

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