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Yorkshire print management firm acquires North Wales business as part of UK expansion plans

Crooks recently advised ABS UK Ltd, the Elland-based print management business, in connection with its acquisition of North Wales’ Sapphire Business Systems which specialises in providing technology solutions, including digital copier and printer services.

As part of a growth strategy, the acquisition opens up new possibilities for the Elland-based company in both North Wales and North West England. Brett Abson, Sales Director at ABS UK Ltd commented: “Acquiring Sapphire Business Systems has allowed us to further extend our geographic reach without additional recruitment. “Several of our existing service clients have operations in Wales and/or the North West and therefore this merger will allow us to provide them with even better support while accessing a predominantly technologically-demanding commercial client base.”

Explaining the immediate impact of the acquisition, Brett confirmed: “The acquisition also strengthens the business moving forward, adding around £10,000 per month in service revenue alone as part of an overall £350k to £400k per annum increase in turnover.”

David Lees, ABS UK marketing director, added: “As a well-established firm, growth in the short and medium terms is at the heart of our plans. “Acquiring Sapphire was the first of three planned purchases and fits our ambition to work with a client base exactly double its current size. So long as we continue to lead the market by providing the very best customer support, our commercial partners, the ABS Charitable Foundation and the ABS team itself will thrive and prosper. That is our long-term aim.”