The company which produced the UK’s first ever beer bottle label has undergone a multi million pound management buy-out.
Darley printed its first wet-glue beer label in 1860. Today it now supplies worldwide to all the major breweries and it produces wet glue labels and packaging for the UK’s most popular brands such as Carlsberg Export, Guinness, Magners, Foster’s, Budweiser and Newcastle Brown Ale. It also provides packaging for pharmaceutical companies and is one of only 32 approved UK suppliers of patient information leaflets, which are included within the packaging of all drugs and medicines. The company employs 75 people and has an annual turnover of circa £11 million.
The deal, which was funded by GE Commercial Finance, gives a majority shareholding in the business to a management team led by joint managing directors John Alton and Stewart Hughes and including finance director Amanda Barlow, sales director Stephen Blake, purchasing director Roy Cotton and production director Mick Hobster. Clearwater International has also invested in the business and takes a minority stake. Darley is one of a number of businesses which Huddersfield-based Adare Group, a leading print services company, has recently sold as part of its strategy to focus on its core business. Others include Kall Kwik, Prontaprint and C J Fallon
John Alton, Joint Managing Director, Darley
“Darley has excellent growth potential and an experienced management team with a clear vision of how to take the business forward. The buy-out will give them the autonomy they need to do this.”