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Entrepreneurs Hub advises on the sale of a leading UK Painting and Decorating Business

Entrepreneurs Hub are pleased to announce that Ian Williams Ltd of Chipping Sodbury has acquired all the shares in Rochdale-based E.R. Williams (Painting Contractors) Ltd.

About E.R. Williams (Painting Contractors Ltd) and Ian Williams

Everyone asks whether these two companies have family connections. They do not. The similarity is entirely coincidental!

Founded in 1970, E.R. Williams Ltd is a specialist commercial painting and decorating company that provides services to a wide range of sectors including social housing, residential property management, education (schools and universities), industrial, office, retail, arts, and hospitality.

The company’s range of services are predominantly painting and decorating, but also include the application of specialist coatings, wallcoverings, and pre-paint property repairs. E.R. Williams Ltd teams have many years of experience in working in occupied premises, providing resident liaison services on social housing schemes. They have a long serving workforce and established base of returning customers driven by a proven record of delivering exceptional customer service.

Ian Williams specialises in property maintenance and improvement, both planned and reactive repairs, painting and redecoration programmes, passive fire protection and compliance services. The company works with high profile clients across the housing, education, senior living, and commercial markets. They enjoy long-term relationships with customers and are actively involved with many leading industry bodies, such as NHMF, Housing Forum, ARMA, ISBA, ARCO & EROSH. It is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned property services companies, and is based in Chipping Sodbury, near Bristol.

When announcing its acquisition of E.R. Williams Ltd, Ian Williams made it clear that the move will further their presence in the North of England, while expanding its painting and decorating resource and capacity.

About the Deal

Entrepreneurs Hub Senior Deal Leader, Mike O’Connor who led the transaction team comments:

“It has been a real pleasure working with Ruth and Bill on the sale of E.R. Williams Ltd. I am confident that we have a found a great home for their business and that under the guidance of Andy Havard, Ian Williams Limited will prove to be great custodians.”

Bill Williams and Ruth Walton from E.R. Williams Ltd say of the deal:

“We are very happy to pass on the future of our company to Andy and the team at Ian Williams including our own Bill Jnr. We have come to appreciate that Ian Williams is a fantastic organisation that shares our business philosophy.”

Ruth additionally reflected on Entrepreneur’s Hub’s role in the transaction, saying:

“Much appreciation goes to Mike and the team at Entrepreneurs Hub for guiding us through this process to achieve such a successful outcome. They have supported us from beginning to end with measured and inciteful advice and a personal approach.

Commenting on the acquisition, Ian Williams’ Managing Director, Andy Havard says:

“We are delighted to welcome E.R. Williams to the ‘Ian Williams’ family. E.R. Williams Ltd is a fantastic fit for our business, being a long-established family-run business with over 50 years of history. It is a great cultural fit and is committed to direct employment, training & development and has an enviable record for outstanding customer service. These are values that align perfectly with our own approach to business and allows us to further enhance the services that we can offer to our customers in the North-West. I would like to personally thank both Bill Williams and Ruth Walton for their open and transparent approach to our negotiations over the last 6 months and wish them a long and happy retirement, with the knowledge that their business is in safe hands.”

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About Entrepreneurs Hub

Entrepreneurs Hub is a boutique corporate finance house – with hubs in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Manchester. It was co-founded by Malcolm Murray and Andrew Shepperd. The company provides expert advice to business owners and shareholders to help them grow, prepare and sell their business for maximised value; and, very importantly, sell first time. They believe that proper preparation, quality research to highlight a choice of potential buyers and experienced negotiation skills will result in a successful outcome for their clients.

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“Much appreciation goes to Mike and the team at Entrepreneurs Hub for guiding us through this process to achieve such a successful outcome. They have supported us from beginning to end with measured and inciteful advice and a personal approach.
Ruth Walton


You build your business with a winning team, so my personal recommendation is to maintain that eminence by adding Entrepreneurs Hub, they act as an extension of your business and deliver the results you need. It’s likely you will only sell your business once, so choose wisely; I whole-heartedly advocate EH as the professional partner of choice for any business looking for an exit strategy.
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Many thanks to the team at Entrepreneurs Hub for their support throughout the sale process; something we couldn’t have managed without their help. With no previous experience, the journey was much more comprehensive than envisaged and their support was invaluable.
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