Gifts Today magazine

Lanchester gets hole in one with luxury hamper specialist

Seven-figure deal sees County Durham business become one of the largest suppliers of gift hampers in the UK.

The Lanchester group of companies has acquired Spicers of Hythe and its subsidiary One Up Golf based in Hythe, Kent.

Following the acquisition, both luxury hamper specialists Spicers of Hythe and ladies’ golf business, One Up Golf will both operate as part of Lanchester Gifts. Lanchester Gifts specialises in the design, development and packing of bespoke food and drink gifts for businesses, high street retailers and, through its website First4Hampers, consumers.

The acquisition of the £5million turnover Spicers of Hythe, which was established in 1926, forms part of a longer-term strategy for the Lanchester group that will see combined turnover of the group of businesses increase towards £100million over the next 12 months. Both Lanchester Gifts and Spicers will continue to operate as individual entities resulting in a seamless, ongoing service to all customers.

Tony Cleary is managing director of the Lanchester group of companies. He said: “Spicers of Hythe has a long tradition of delivering exceptional range, quality and value of hampers making it a perfect fit for Lanchester Gifts. As a third generation family owned business, managing director Ian Spicer has instilled many similar values and ethics as at Lanchester, which is also a family owned business.

“The Spicers of Hythe team have done an excellent job of growing the business, which is renowned for supplying hampers of distinction and now is the right time to pass on the baton to the next stage in its evolutionary growth. We look forward to working with Ian and his team to provide our customers both new and old with exciting and innovative gift offerings.”

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