The parent company of seed brand Thompson & Morgan has been acquired by the BVG Group, it has been announced.
On Tuesday March 7 the BVG Group acquired 100% of the share capital of Branded Garden Products, the parent company of Thompson & Morgan (T&M). The new combined group will have a stated turnover of £140m with an EBITDA of around £13.5m.
BVG Group operates in the direct sale of sporting supplements, fishing tackle, footwear and clothing, as well as home and garden products. T&M has grown its product portfolio recently to offer a wider range of horticultural products. Recent additions to the range of seeds and plug plants include garden ready plants, nursery stock, the Van Meuwen range of budget packet seed, hedging and aquatic plants, along with an assortment of complementary items such as compost, fertiliser and related items.
BVG is based in Brecon, Powys, with a distribution centre in Skelmersdale, Lancs. T&M will remain in Ipswich, its home since the company was founded in 1855. The announcement says that BVG will bring its ‘strength in ecommerce and multi channel marketing’ to combine with T&M’s horticultural knowledge.
T&M will continue to be run as a separate business with its current management team working with the team from BVG to explore opportunities to grow the business and to share best practice, the announcement added.