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Napthens advises on Crown Paints’ Yorkshire expansion

A team from Napthens solicitors has advised Crown Paints on the expansion of its decorator centre business.

Crown Paints, headquartered in Darwen and part of the Danish Hempel Group, was established more than 200 years ago and is now one of the UK’s largest and most successful paint manufacturers.

As well as supplying large retailers with its decorative and protective range of products, the business also operates more than 130 Crown Decorating Centres across the UK and Eire offering trade and professional products.

Now Crown has acquired three additional decorator merchant centres in Yorkshire from Needlers Limited, to allow it to focus on its core business of hygiene and workwear supplies to the food industry.

The centres are in Scarborough, Bridlington and Driffield. All current staff will join Crown Paints as part of the acquisition.

Crown Paints was advised on the deal by a team from Napthens led by head of Corporate, Keith Melling, and including Employment partner Oliver McCann and Commercial Property solicitor Marc Appleton.

Needlers was advised by Andrew Jackson solicitors of Hull.

Keith Melling of Napthens said: “This was a strategic acquisition for Crown Paints and helps to cement its footprint in the Yorkshire region. We are delighted that Crown engaged us on the project as this demonstrates how we can help both large and small businesses in Lancashire to achieve their objectives.”

Crown Decorating Centres’ general manager, Naiem Wafa, said: “The addition of the three Needlers stores is a great asset to our offering and the very productive relationship we have always enjoyed with Needlers will stand us in good stead as we maintain the excellent level of service provided to existing and to new customers.

“We are very pleased to welcome the staff at the three stores to the Crown Decorating Centres’ family.”