David Ross acquires Simon Jersey

ACCRINGTON-based corporate clothing supplier Simon Jersey has been acquired by Carphone Warehouse co-founder David Ross.

Mr Ross has taken control of Kwintet UK from the Swedish parent company Kwintet Group. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

The deal also includes Pionér, a fire retardant brand within the oil and gas sector. The company, which has changed its name to Simon Jersey, will continue to offer garments from the Bragard and Fristads Kansas brands.

Mr Ross, who last year acquired Stockport protective clothing firm Ballyclare, said: “The Simon Jersey brand has over 40 years’ experience serving both the UK and international markets, as well as a bespoke design and full service offering, so provides the perfect platform as a name for the wider business to replace Kwintet.

“This is a great business which has been unable to develop its full potential in recent years. It has a strong reputation for innovative garment design, and with our experience, we believe we can improve the performance of the business further by building on this reputation and allowing the team to be totally committed to putting customers first in every decision.

“Simon Jersey and Ballyclare will operate and trade separately, both being able to prosper and grow by focusing on the specific needs of customers in the respective industries which each business serves, but where opportunities arise and there is a customer need, they will cooperate together to collaboratively deliver a full service one stop shop and even better value.”