Skipton builders merchants Merritt & Fryers Ltd have acquired fellow family-rum firm Briggs & Duxbury in Barnoldswick.
Director Rachel Fryers says: “We are delighted to be bringing our two firms together under the Merritt & Fryers brand at this time. We plan to retain jobs for all the existing staff and will be looking to develop the business further.”
Both firms started out as builders and funeral directors before becoming builders merchants. The funeral directors division of Briggs & Duxbury will remain under that name, with the builders merchants business re-branded to Merritt & Fryers Limited over the coming months in a gradual integration.
Mark Brennand of Briggs & Duxbury said “We share the same values and background as family businesses with expertise and customer service central to our success, so we are confident that this transition is a great opportunity and definitely great news for our employees and the Barnoldswick community”.
The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, represents a key step in Merritt & Fryers consolidating its reputation in the Craven area by extending its footprint into Lancashire. The former owners will continue to work in the company, under the Merritt & Fryers brand.