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PaintWell buys Kent Blaxill

PaintWell the North West’s largest independent paint distributor and decorators’ merchant, has brough Kent Blaxill Group. The new enlarged group will have 46 branches stretching from Cumbria to Kent, with 250 employees and combined revenues of £55m.

Established in 1838, Kent Blaxill is an independent family-owned decorating, glass and building products distribution company. Headquartered in Colchester, Essex, it has 23 decorating and builders’ merchants across the East of England and the Southeast, serving a diverse range of trade and retail customers.

Kent Blaxill’s management team, led by managing director, James Park, will remain with the business, working with Stuart Slocombe and the PaintWell executive team to integrate the two businesses.

For PaintWell, this move extends its branch network beyond its traditional markets, building its national presence and creating opportunities for its e-commerce business and industrial paints offering. The move follows its recent acquisition of specialist paints and surface coatings distributor, Promain.

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