16th October 2013

ASCOT Doors, the £15m turnover manufacturer and installer of doors and shutters to the retail, industrial and commercial sectors, has been sold to German group DORMA.

The Bolton company, which has 225 staff based acrosss 11 national depots, was owned by its founders, managing director Andy Ashworth and contracts director Derek Bridge. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The company, whose installations include Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium, was founded in 1983. It has become part of DORMA UK Ltd, part of DORMA which has operations in more than 50 countries and employs 7,000 worldwide with sales in excess of €1bn.

Andrew Ashworth, Managing Director of Ascot Doors Ltd, said: “The acquisition provides an excellent opportunity to carry on the Ascot legacy in a manner that enhances growth as well as securing the long term future of our employees. We are thrilled to join the DORMA Group.”

Alan Blower, MD of Hertforshire-based DORMA UK added: “Ascot Doors and DORMA are an excellent fit of two long-standing family businesses that produce quality products and place the customer experience central to everything they do.”

North West law firm Brabners advised the vendors while Dow Schofield Watts and Hill Dickinson advised DORMA UK.