James Briggs invests in future following MBO

James Briggs, the leading supplier of aerosols and speciality chemicals for the automotive, industrial and hygiene sectors, has completed a £350,000 investment to upgrade its solvent bulk storage tanks and launch a new website.

The major investment, which follows the recent management buyout of the business backed by Endless LLP, includes the commissioning of a new bulk tank farm following the installation of six new storage vessels to replace old units. 

The project also includes a number of elements to improve health, safety and sustainability such as new high-level alarms, flame arrestors and pressure release valves. 

Mark Lyth, managing director of James Briggs, said: “The new tank farm installation shows a real long-term commitment to the business. This significant investment is helping us to create a safer environment and improving the service we can offer our customers.”

Addison Projects was construction design and management coordinator on the project and Hawkins Construction was principal contractor. The old storage tanks have been recycled by European Metal Recycling.

James Briggs has also invested significantly in a new, smartphone-friendly website which improves the presentation of services and products for customers. The website will be expanded later in the year to include an online sales platform and instant messaging, which customers can use to contact James Briggs in real time.

Jim Sumner, chairman of James Briggs, said: “This is a really exciting time for James Briggs. With these and other planned investments, we will continue to strengthen our business and provide a one-stop shop to our customers.”

Endless, the transformational investor in non-core assets and special situations, backed the MBO of James Briggs in June. The business, founded in 1830, designs, formulates and manufactures a wide range of products including paints, lubricants, cleaning fluids and polishes for automotive, industrial, hygiene and other sectors.

James Briggs employs nearly 200 staff on two manufacturing sites in Royton and Chadderton, near Oldham, Greater Manchester.