PRIVATE equity firm Endless has backed the acquisition of John Hall Schoolwear by school uniform supplier Trutex.
Leeds-based Endless, which acquired Trutex in February 2010, said the takeover would “further develop the growth potential and the strategic strength of the business”. John Hall Schoolwear is an £800,000 turnover specialist school uniform manufacturing business, located in Rochdale, Lancashire. All its employees will be taken on by £21.2m turnover Trutex with the acquisition, and the operation will continue to be run in Rochdale.
Endless said the deal “further increases Trutex’s share of the bespoke school uniform market” and will see it return to manufacturing garments in the UK for the first time in over a decade.
Before acquiring John Hall Schoolwear, all of Trutex’s products were made in the Far East. Endless said it hoped to increase the proportion of goods made in the UK further.
Trutex, which has around 100 employees, was established in 1865 as the Clitheroe Shirting Company in Lancashire.