Royds Withy King team sparkles in major laundry business acquisition

June 7, 2021

A cross-sector team from Bath-headquartered law firm Royds Withy King has advised on a major takeover in  the UK laundry equipment businesses.

Barnsley-based Wolf Laundry, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of commercial laundry equipment, acquired Brewer & Bunney for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.        

Brewer & Bunney, based Redruth, Cornwall, is the largest supplier and distributor of commercial and industrial laundry and dishwashing equipment in the South West.

Founded more than 40 years ago, it now operates across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

The acquisition, which has increased the size of Wolf Laundry’s workforce by more than 50% from 45 to 70, is part of Wolf Laundry’s strategic growth plan, which is focused on strengthening the manufacturing and supply aspects of its UK business.

The Royds Withy King team advising Wolf Laundry was led by partner and head of the corporate team John North, supported by senior associate Bharti Moore and solicitors Irene Trubbiani Montagnac and Shaun Young from the firm’s corporate practice. They were assisted by the London office real estate and employment team. 

John North, pictured, said: “This was a complex deal with a tight completion deadline of just two months. It demonstrates the firm’s expertise in mergers and acquisitions and our wider work in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, highlighting the support we can offer to businesses when dealing with mergers and acquisitions in often niche areas and tight timeframes.”

Accountants Mazars advised Wolf Laundry on the finance and tax aspects of the acquisition.

Wolf Laundry co-founder and joint managing director Joshua Brown said: “This deal consolidates Wolf’s position as one of the UK’s leading laundry equipment businesses.

“We’ve achieved outstanding organic growth ever since we were founded in 2007 by consistently providing our customers with the fastest, most reliable service.

“This acquisition will reinforce our presence across England’s South West and allow us to win an even greater share of the market.

“Brewer & Bunney has an outstanding team in place – all of whom have job security following this acquisition. The company ethos is aligned with our own which means that Wolf Laundry is now perfectly positioned to enter our next major growth phase.”


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