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SDC Enterprises acquires Sam Weller & Sons with NatWest support

SDC Enterprises, which manufactures premium-quality colour fastness testing consumables, has announced its acquisition of specialist weaver Sam Weller & Sons following funding from NatWest.

Based in Holmfirth, UK, Sam Weller & Sons is one of the leading decatising wrapper manufacturers in the world, having almost a century of experience working with the cloth finishing industry. It also manufactures a wide range of specialist technical and industrial fabrics, predominately in cellulosic and man-made fibres.

SDC Enterprises (SDCE) has been working in partnership with Sam Weller over many years to ensure that the high-quality manufacture of SDCE world-leading test fabrics is retained in the UK. The acquisition of Sam Weller will allow SDCE to secure the manufacture of its full-width fabrics, alongside the narrow weaving it already operates, and add its extensive testing and quality control knowledge to Sam Weller’s diverse product portfolio.

The acquisition provides Sam Weller with a succession plan for the retiring directors, one of whom, Anthony Weller will join the Board of SDCE as a non-executive director. Sixteen jobs at the Holmfirth will be safeguarded by the deal.

Mark Yare, MD, SDC Enterprises, said: “NatWest made it surprisingly straight forward and easy to get the finance we needed to secure this acquisition. We really appreciated their knowledge and advice and their regular contact ensured they were genuinely involved throughout the transaction.”

Paul Dawson, senior relationship manager, NatWest Commercial Banking, said: “Now specified by many major retailers, SDC products have become the industry-standard, world-wide, for those organisations wishing to invest in the quality and value of their brand or product. It’s fantastic that with our support they will safeguard jobs locally.”

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