Boss Direct steps in for another print business

MANCHESTER-based print and design firm Armin & Butler has been bought by Bolton’s Boss Direct after being placed in administration.

The business, along with its 20 staff, will stay at its premises in Openshaw and will continue to work in the pre-press, print and finishing markets.

Boss Direct, founded 20 years ago by Tim Guest, has acquired a number of businesses in recent years including Bolton-based JM Roberts Print, Stockport-based Cloister Press and Dawn Print in Eccles.

Jason Elliott and Craig Johns of Cowgill Holloway Business Recovery were appointed joint administrators on September 4. The firm, which had been trading since 2009, was owned by Graeth and Maurice Hastie and Joseph and Samuel Greasley.

Mr Elliott cited tighter margins and an increase in competition as the main reasons for the firm’s trading difficulties.

He said: “Due to some unfortunate circumstances the business ran into trouble and could no longer justify trading. But we’re pleased to say that we have been able to secure a sale of the business and assets. This means that Armin & Butler will remain a trusted name in the print industry for the foreseeable future under the new purchaser, Boss Direct, who have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the sector.

“The operational synergies between the two companies will enable rapid and successful integration, and their combined expertise will ensure continued growth.”