Essex Leisure has finalised the purchase of F Simmonds and Sons and Wycombe Coin, expanding the company’s reach across the UK.
The purchase of F Simmonds and Sons was completed by Essex Leisure on 1 November 2019 and the purchase of Wycombe Coin on 18 November.
“We are a family business and our family just got quite a bit bigger,” said Steve Hawkins, Chairman of Essex Leisure.
F Simmonds and Sons is a family business which supplies leisure equipment throughout the South West, including Bournemouth, Weymouth, Dorchester, Bristol, Bath, and all the surrounding areas, based from its Weymouth office.
“We have retained all the employees from both businesses, including engineers and collectors. This brings quite a bit of talent to our company, not least with Brandon and Chris Simmonds – who have been the driving force of F Simmonds for a number of years,” added Hawkins.
Wycombe Coin is unsurprisingly based High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and its addition to the Essex Leisure staple will mean it has an increased presence throughout the south of the UK.
“We are thrilled to welcome Graham Sweetland, who has been running Wycombe Coin. He has vast technical experience that will be invaluable with our move towards cashless and online connectivity. We would also like to wish Keith and Bill Simmonds and Mark Sweetland all the best with their retirements.”
Greg Wood – managing director of Essex Leisure added: “We are very pleased to have managed to complete the purchase of two companies in such a short amount of time.
“We are now able to provide our excellent service to most of the south of England, with coverage into east Devon. Our size will enable us to continue offering a varied and up to date offering. With the advent of cashless payments on all most all products, this is a great opportunity for us all.”