Kartell UK Limited (“Kartell”), a supplier of heating and bathroom products has completed the acquisition of Summerbridge Holdings Limited and its subsidiary Humber Doors Limited, which trade as Summerbridge.
As part of the deal, Summerbridge will continue to operate as a standalone business within the Kartell group under the guidance of the existing management team and will benefit from opportunities to work closely with the group’s other businesses, including Leeds based shower tray manufacturer Just Trays and Vogue, a towel warmer specialist.
Headquartered in Anlaby, East Yorkshire and established for 30 years, Summerbridge manufactures kitchen and bathroom cabinets for the leisure and KBB industry across commercial and residential sectors. Summerbridge employs more than 120 people and delivers more than £7m in annual sales.
Alex Norford, CEO of Kartell, said: “In common with many in our industry over the last eighteen months we have experienced record levels of demand. We always strive to deliver exactly what our customers require and recognised earlier this year we needed to secure additional bathroom furniture supply to provide the consistent, high quality products our customers expect from us.
“It is with great pleasure we are supporting the future of another fantastic British manufacturer and having identified the benefits Hull’s status as a Freeport can bring to the group, we were keen to be invested in a city which is clearly making giant strides in the UK economy. I am really excited to have the opportunity to welcome everyone at Summerbridge into our group and offer our customers their top quality, British-made cabinetry moving forward.”
Simon Lunt, director of Summerbridge Holdings, said: “When we received the approach from Kartell’s advisors we immediately saw the potential for the two businesses to join forces. We acquired Summerbridge in 2018 and have worked alongside the wonderful team at the business to put it back on the path to growth and to realise its undoubted potential. It is with great pleasure that I and my fellow directors hand over the reins to Alex and the team at Kartell to take Summerbridge forwards.”
Founded in 2008, Kartell is the largest supplier of radiators, designer towel warmers and bathroom products to the independent and merchant showroom sector in the UK. The group turns over in excess of £125m using brands K-RAD, K-VIT, JT and Vogue, and employs more than 430 people across principal sites in Bedford, Wigan, Willenhall and Leeds. The group management team will work closely with the Summerbridge team to develop the business in the UK and internationally, with the group expecting significant growth across their core markets.