Zenith Hygiene Group, an independent manufacturer and supplier of cleaning and hygiene products, has completed the takeover of a family-run counterpart in North Yorkshire. Founded by chief executive Ted Collins, Cater-Lyne is a family-run Harrogate business with a 30-year history, which supplies a range of customers across the UK within the food service sector.
The company, run by managing director James Hannaway, has been acquired by Zenith for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, Cater-Lyne has been rebranded Zenith Hygiene, and its exclusive chemical formulations have been incorporated into Zenith's product range.
Both Collings and Hannaway will be closely involved within the expanded group, and will primarily focus on "continuing to deliver an exceptional level of customer service and support".
Ringo Francis, Zenith Hygiene chief executive, said, "We're delighted to announce the completion of Cater-Lyne's acquisition and to welcome them to the Zenith Group. We've carved out our leadership position within the food service industry and Cater-Lyne's expertise in this area, along with their very impressive portfolio of customers and importantly, the highly professional team will further add to our offering in this sector."
Ted Collings added: "We're proud to be joining the Zenith Group family and we look forward to driving forward the business together. Given Zenith's ethos is very much in line with our own, with a priority focus on delivering value, results, service and performance to their customers, we knew this would be an exciting and positive next step for us and look forward to being part of Zenith's ongoing growth."
Zenith Hygiene Group operates from its head office in Welham Green, Hertfordshire, along with sites in Kent, Somerset, Worcestershire, Lancashire, West Yorkshire, East Kilbride and Co Antrim. The company is majority owned and led by Lord Fink, the former chief executive and deputy chairman of the Man Group plc.