Bristol packaging firm seals seven figure deal

A South West packaging firm has acquired a Bristol business as part of seven figure deal.

Rawlings & Son Ltd (Rawlings Group), a multi-brand packaging and drink processing specialist based in Bristol, has acquired the Paper Bag Company, in a deal advised on by the GS Verde Group.

The acquisition brings together the largest independent glass packaging supplier in the UK and the market-leading supplier of bespoke bags for retail and business.

Rawlings Group has a rich history dating back to 1850, starting out by washing and recycling beer bottles and selling them to breweries.

Paper Bag Co. has been providing alternatives to plastic bags for businesses and retail spaces since its launch 18 years ago.

The business draws on expertise in both digital and traditional printing techniques to create a wide range of high-quality, tailored paper, canvas, and reusable cotton bags for their clients.

Rawlings Group and Paper Bag Co. both prioritise an ethical approach to their products and supply chain.

Through their accreditations and supply chain Paper Bag Co can offer a wide range of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS organic) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified products; this level of transparency underpins a shared culture and commitment to protect the environment.

Rawlings Group chief executive Tom Wood said: “The acquisition of Paper Bag Co is an exceptional opportunity for the Rawlings Group.

“By expanding our product offering in this space we will further develop our range of packaging services that share an ethical and sustainable focus, offering clients an end-to-end service for most packaging requirements.”

Paper Bag Co. chief executive Jon Marling added: “Rawlings Group was the perfect option to continue our journey on a larger platform.

“The Rawlings team’s ethos and purpose are very much aligned with ours and we are looking forward to developing our people and growing our positive impact & synergies in the future.”

The multidiscipline team at GS Verde Group advised Rawlings at every stage of the transaction, providing legal, financial and tax support for a streamlined and successful corporate transaction.

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