Acquisition of Design Plus Health & Beauty by Laleham Health & Beauty

On 30th September 2015, Laleham Health & Beauty (“Laleham”)– a wholly owned subsidiary of DCC plc (“DCC”) and part of the DCC Health & Beauty Solutions group, strengthened its market position in the contract manufacture of creams, liquids and medical devices through the acquisition of 100% of the shareholding of Design Plus (Holdings) Ltd (“Design Plus”) based in Morecambe, Lancashire.

The business will be led by Tim O’Connor, Managing Director of Laleham, who stated “Following the successful integration of Universal Products Ltd in 2014, I am delighted that we have been able to make a further acquisition to strengthen Laleham’s position in the Health & Beauty contract manufacturing market. Design Plus will bring specific expertise in sachet and wipe production as well as enhanced Sales, Marketing and Business Development capability. It is an excellent addition to the group and I am further delighted that the current senior level team will continue to develop and grow the business under the new ownership.”

Stephen O’Connor, Managing Director DCC Health & Beauty Solutions said “Well respected in its market space, the Design Plus business has seen incredibly successful growth in recent years and this makes it an excellent strategic fit within the DCC portfolio of businesses. The current position of the business is testament to the excellent stewardship of the business’ founders Andrew and Chrissy Appleyard, and their management team. As Andrew and Chrissy move on to new adventures, we wish them well.”

Laleham Health & Beauty is one of the top 3 Health & Beauty Contract Manufacturers in the UK. Operating from 2 sites in Alton, Hampshire and in Kirkham, Lancashire, Laleham offers full service development and manufacturing expertise to brand owners in the premium Health, Nutritionals and Beauty liquids and creams markets. Laleham was acquired by DCC in 2004 as part of the DCC Health & Beauty Solutions Group and has since received significant investment which saw the business double in size. In 2014 Universal Products Limited (based in Kirkham) was acquired by DCC and the two businesses have been merged.

Design Plus Health & Beauty is primarily a contract manufacturer and packer of liquids, creams, gels and powders into formats of sachets, wipes, bottles and tubes. It mainly serves the Beauty market but also supplies the Healthcare and Automotive markets. The business was founded in 2000 by Andrew and Chrissy Appleyard and since 2009 it has occupied the current 34,000 ft² purpose built facility based in Morecambe employing around 70 colleagues.

DCC Health & Beauty Solutions owns a number of contract manufacturing business that supply a range of outsourced manufacturing services to leading brands in the health and beauty area. Laleham Health & Beauty is one of these businesses. It is a Business Division of DCC plc. A business support services group operating in Energy, IT, Healthcare, Environmental and Food & Beverage sectors. DCC plc are headquartered in Dublin and quoted on the London Stock Exchange. It employs almost 10,000 people in 13 countries with revenues of over £10 bn.