The Bluefish Group, which is based in Northampton, has acquired Harts Business Solutions of Saffron Walden.
The takeover will see staff members move over with the business – which specialises in office products, furniture interiors and print and promotional items – and it will continue to operate under the name of Harts Business Solutions.
This acquisition is the third for The Bluefish Group, which supplies office products, furniture and printing requirements, since 2012 and is part of a wider growth plan which has seen it expand across the East Midlands.
Mark Heath, Managing Director of The Bluefish Group, said: “We are proud to announce this acquisition. Bluefish has been operating since 2000 and has grown consistently year on year in that time. We saw Harts Business Solutions as an ideal opportunity for further growth and it fitted our strategic footprint into the Essex/Cambridgeshire area.
“Aside from that, Harts brings with it a fantastic heritage of almost 200 years, great people and values that make it a good fit culturally too.”
Martin Turnbull, Managing Director of Harts Business Solutions, said: “My brother Andrew and I had considered selling Harts Business Solutions before but, as it is a family business that has been in our family for generations, we struggled to find someone who shared our business ethics. I met Mark from Bluefish in March last year and was immediately impressed. We started working with them as a client as they took over our purchasing, logistics and warehousing. This meant that the staff got to know Bluefish gradually and they already have all our stock in their warehouse, which has made for a seamless transition.
“Like us, Bluefish has an established history and the same values – there is a definite synergy between us. I know that Bluefish will continue to train and look after our staff and the team will benefit from being part of a larger company with more resources as they continue to work in an ever-changing market.”