JW Filshill continues expansion strategy with Iain Hill acquisition

JW Filshill has completed the the acquisition of the independent Iain Hill wholesale business as part of a long-term expansion strategy which also includes an upcoming move to a  brand new 123,034sq ft distribution centre near Glasgow Airport.

Located just a few miles away from Filshill in Renfrewshire, Iain Hill was bought for an undisclosed sum and specialises in soft drinks, confectionery, snacks and other impulse products.

Simon Hannah, chief executive officer at JW Filshill (pictured left), commented: “Iain Hill Ltd is a perfect fit for Filshill given the many synergies between the two businesses – both independent family-owned companies with the same values and people-focused culture, and a similar geography given their proximity to each other in Renfrewshire. Both Filshill and Iain Hill use the same IT and app suppliers which will make the transition easier.

Read more: New operations manager at Filshill as it prepares for relocation

“I have known Iain Hill and his wife, Aileen, for many years and they are excellent operators with a strong and loyal customer base and an exceptional team of employees who we are looking forward to welcoming to the Filshill family and who will benefit from career progression opportunities in the future.

“Iain Hill’s customers will benefit from a more extensive product range including fresh, chilled, alcohol and al grocery offer – our business development managers and their teams will work closely with those customers to help them develop their businesses.

“As we prepare to move to our new headquarters, having Iain Hill’s experienced staff and assets, including modern HGVs, puts us in an excellent position to hit the ground running and expand our customer base.”

The acquisition also means that Filshill is looking to recruit locally for additional drivers and warehouse operatives.

Read more: New operations manager at Filshill as it prepares for relocation

Iain Hill, managing director of Iain Hill Ltd (pictured right), who launched his business from his parents’ garage 32 years ago, said: “There’s a great synergy between the two businesses and the most important thing for me is that my staff will be moving to a like-minded independent, family-owned business that takes a people first approach.

“After 32 years in the industry, is the right time for me to exit the business and give my staff, most of whom have been with me many years, the opportunity to work in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art distribution hub that will be just three miles from Linwood. For my customers, the number of food and drink lines available to them increases from 1,200 to 6,500 overnight so it a great opportunity for them to reassess their businesses and plan for growth.”

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Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. He can be found on Twitter at @BW_PaulHill, or contacted via paul.hill@newtrade.co.uk and 07960935659.

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