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Packaging Firm Rawlings Bags New Acquisition In Seven-Figure Deal

An historic packaging firm on the edge of Bristol has completed a seven-figure deal to acquire a leading supplier of paper bags for retail businesses.

Rawlings, which is based in Warmley in South Gloucestershire, was originally founded in 1850 to wash and recycle beer bottles to sell them to breweries. Now a group of different brands, Rawlings describes itself as the largest supplier of bottles and glass packaging in the UK.

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The firm has now bought Wiltshire-based Paper Bag Company, which for the past 18 years has provided clients with alternative to plastic packing from its site in Westbury. The business draws on expertise in both digital and traditional printing techniques to create a range of paper, canvas, and reusable cotton bags.

With the deal, Rawlings now has four sites across the UK, with the remaining two in Leeds and Devon, with a workforce of around 100 staff.

Rawlings Group chief executive Tom Wood said the latest addition to its portfolio provided an “exceptional opportunity” for the company.

Mr Wood added: “By expanding our product offering in this space we will further develop our range of packaging services that share an ethical and sustainable focus, offering clients an end-to-end service for most packaging requirements.”

Paper Bag Company’s chief executive Jon Marling said: ”Rawlings Group was the perfect option to continue our journey on a larger platform. The Rawlings team’s ethos and purpose are very much aligned with ours and we are looking forward to developing our people and growing our positive impact and synergies in the future.”

GS Verde Group advised Rawlings on the deal.

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