Tuesday, 09 Jul 2019 12:14 GMT

Merger creates £30m Scottish print business

A new deal has secured 300 printing jobs in Scotland, following the merger of two Glasgow-based print businesses.

Bell & Bain, one of the oldest independent book printers, was approached by J Thomson Colour Printers chairman, Nick Thomson, who was looking to sell the firm.

The two merged businesses will continue to operate in their respective markets under managing directors Kevin Creechan at J Thomson, and Karen Baille at Bell & Bain.

Managing director Stephen Docherty, who took control of Bell & Bain in 2019, will become chairman of the merged business. He comments: “This exciting transaction offers us the ability to capitalise on our respective strengths to create a major force within the Scottish and UK print industry.

This exciting transaction offers us the ability to capitalise on our respective strengths to create a major force within the Scottish and UK print industry

“With our combined resources we will be in a position both to expand our current operations and to invest substantially to create new efficiencies and opportunities for future growth.”

Docherty adds: “Dealing with Nick Aust of Close Brothers Asset Finance has been a refreshing change from the high street lenders – they understand how businesses need to run and have made a personal dream come true.”

Nick Thomson will stay on as a consultant for the merged business until the end of the year. “I am delighted that this coming together of two first-class Glasgow-based print companies will create an enhanced business with tremendous potential for growth,” he comments. “It is a meeting of two outstanding businesses which will provide a major boost for our industry in Scotland.”

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