Elliott Baxter (EBB) has acquired 100% of Warren Board in a move that it says will make it the largest board merchant supplier across the UK and Ireland.

The move further strengthens EBB’s commitment to this sector, coming roughly 18 months after the purchase of Dublin-based UniBoard in July 2018.

Barry Pincott, founder of Warren Board, said, ‘After 44 years building Warren into the company that it is today, the time is right for Anne Ferguson and I to fully retire.

‘With the help of our excellent board of directors, without whom we could not have achieved the success we have today, it was felt we needed a partner who could invest and help us grow to reach our full potential.

‘We have known the Elliott family for many years and knew they were the right people to trust with our company. The synergy is perfect and could not be more hand in glove.’

Warren Board will continue to operate from both its Leicester warehouse and its West Bromwich converting facility but during 2021 it will be integrated into the EBB Service network. The EBB Group, across all divisions in the UK and Ireland, will now hold over 50,000 pallets of paper and board, available for next day delivery.

‘Barry and his team have built a fantastic business, with great staff, loyal customers and excellent mill partners,’ said EEB managing director Matt Elliot. ‘Warren Board has been a leader in the supply of carton board grades for many years in the UK, as a competitor we have admired their professionalism. Our new combined strength with Warren Board will see improved choice and better service to all of our UK and Ireland-based customers.’