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Workplace technology solutions provider ASL Group announces today the acquisition of Sharples Group Limited a large independent office equipment supplier in the North West

ASL is delighted to announce the acquisition of Sharples Group. Following the acquisition of B&M Office Machines in 2020, Sharples extends ASL’s reach in the North West and further enhances its service for customers. ASL’s service offering includes the provision of unified communications, software and production print solutions as well as managed print services. The range of services and expertise of the two companies allows ASL to continue to invest and develop, whilst retaining a strong market position.

Established in 1977, Sharples specialises in document management solutions to a broad range of industries. Based in Warrington, Sharples serves public and private sector customers and is one of the largest independent suppliers in the North West.

Sharples is the sixth acquisition ASL has completed since the investment by Primary Capital Partners in 2019, and continues ASL’s vision to be the largest independent workplace technology solutions provider in the UK.

Commenting on ASL’s acquisition, Duncan Forsyth, CEO of ASL, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sharples onboard, they have established a fantastic reputation over the past 45 years for providing exceptional customer relationships. Sharples pride themselves on placing their customers’ needs at the front of their trading practices which aligns with our core values entirely. It’s our mission to be able to provide impartial, independent advice for all business office requirements, and we look forward to working with their well-established service base in the North West and building on its success.”

Mark Brocklehurst, Managing Director of Sharples commented “We have been discussing this opportunity with ASL for a while and are very happy that we have chosen a company who will continue to maintain the values and customer service levels that Sharples customers expect whilst providing access to further services.

“The acquisition of Sharples is fantastic news and is a direct reflection of both companies’ shared values, passion and culture,” he said. “We pride ourselves on ensuring that our customers receive outstanding service and are excited for them to experience the extra benefits that ASL can offer.”

Alec Parkinson, Partner at Primary Capital and non-executive director, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Sharples to the ASL Group. This further enhances ASL’s position in the UK workplace technology market, and we look forward to continuing to support ASL with future acquisitions ”.

From Left to Right: Duncan Forsyth, Simon Whapshott, David Griffiths & Mark Brocklehurst

About ASL

ASL is one of the largest established workplace technology solutions providers in the UK. We work with 7,500+ customers, providing excellent service levels that ensure they don’t have to worry about downtime affecting their business.