Premier Forest Products grows presence in the north

20 November 2023

Premier Forest Products has announced yet another acquisition, this time the purchase of North-East Sheets & Panels Ltd. (NESP).

Established in 1998, North-East Sheets & Panels is a specialist manufacturer and supplier of made-to-measure doors, panels, cabinets and worktops to trade customers and retailers in the fitted kitchen, bathroom and bedroom sector. The business is based in County Durham, just a short distance away from Decorpanel, Premier Forest’s northern arm.

North-East Sheets & Panels’ capabilities in CNC machining and joinery complement Decorpanel’s specialised panel processing, and Premier Forest can further expand into the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom sector, in residential, commercial and public sector markets.

Anthony Hopps, managing director of Decorpanel, will be expanding his role to cover NESP as division director, driving the business forward within the Premier Forest framework. Richard and Lisa Williams, joint owners and directors of North-East Sheets & Panels, are retiring.

“Becoming part of Premier Forest is a hugely positive step for the company,” said Lisa Williams. “With their financial backing and support, the business will be able to grow to the next level and I’m confident that it will flourish as part of a larger group.”

“This acquisition is the perfect fit for Premier Forest Products, as the synergies between the business and Decorpanel provide exciting opportunities for growth in the north-east and nationwide,” said Terry Edgell, co-founder and CEO of Premier Forest Products.