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Nolte acquires BKNC to grow direct-to-trade business


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Kitchen manufacturer Nolte Kitchens UK has acquired contract installation company BKNC for an undisclosed sum.

According to Nolte, the acquisition will allow the company’s direct-to-to-trade kitchen division to grow substantially, and also enhance its offering to the construction and housebuilding sector.

Prior to the acquisition, Nolte was a shareholder of BKNC, but now wholly owns the business. BKNC operates from its head office in Wrexham, but serves a national client base of construction companies, which includes both large national homebuilders as well as smaller luxury developers.

BKNC’s managing director, Harry Ruler, will reportedly remain at the business, but will now be stepping into the role of contracts director. He said that the acquisition will open up fresh opportunities for both companies.

He added: “After a partnership spanning over 25 years, BKNC and Nolte UK have officially merged, marking a significant milestone in our relationship. Renowned for supplying kitchens for iconic projects such as the Arsenal Football Stadium and numerous large-scale developments across the UK, this merger of business signifies a new era for both BKNC and Nolte in the UK as one combined operation.

“The partnership not only bolsters our operational capabilities but also provides our house builder clients access to 15 incredible Nolte Kitchens UK showrooms across the country. BKNC’s current HQ, warehousing and logistics facility gives the new operation unrivalled access to all areas of the country, a fantastic central location to support local and national developers alike.

“The merger is a very proud moment for all involved, marking the combination of a longstanding partnership built over two decades of business together. As BKNC and Nolte embark on this new chapter together, BKNC and Nolte Kitchens UK remain committed to delivering unmatched quality and service to our clients.”

Similarly, Nolte Kitchens UK’s managing director, Chris Rushby, said that the acquisition offers “many great synergies and subsequent benefits” to the brands’ clients. He explained: “We have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with BKNC for many years, both as an investor in the business and also as a supplier – providing the business and their clients with Nolte high quality contract kitchens and our premium luxury ranges.”

“As a manufacturer, Nolte Kitchens UK will be servicing directly substantially more large-scale developments with national house builders as well as the bespoke smaller builds. Acquiring BKNC will allow for more competitive pricing and streamlining of the process, with a greater control and a heightened service proposition, from the initial design stage, to ordering and delivery, right through to installation and dedicated aftercare.”

In January of 2022, Nolte also acquired The Kitchen Group Retail Company Ltd’s six showrooms for an undisclosed sum. The year prior to that, it also acquired the retail chain In-Toto.

BKNC was also kbbreview’s Showroom of the Month in the July 2022 issue of kbbreview Magazine.

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