Palmers Scaffolding bought by Chester-based entrepreneur Colin Butt

With a 130-year history and a £15.3 million turnover in 2016, Palmers Scaffolding has been purchased by Chester-based entrepreneur Colin Butt.

Originally formed in 1880 Edwin Palmer, Palmers is believed to be the UK’s oldest scaffolding contractor. As a subsidiary of German company Xervon GmbH, Xervon Palmers Ltd had been a part of the Remondis Group since 2011. But the UK's decision to leave the European Union has prompted the sale.

The firm, now to be known as Palmers Scaffolding UK Limited, employs 300 staff and has branches in London, Kent, Bristol, Chester, Middlesbrough and Glasgow.

It will continue working on projects within the construction, airport, railway, petrochemical, power generation, marine and nuclear market sectors.

New owner and Palmers Scaffolding UK Limited chief executive Colin Butt said: “We are thrilled to be the proud new owners of such an historic brand as Palmers – who continue to operate at the highest level of Special Access provision, have a highly skilled workforce.

"They have established excellent, pre-qualified working relationships with some of the country’s leading contractors and we are looking forward to moving the brand forward in 2017 and beyond and working on some of the biggest, most important projects in Britain in coming years.”

Palmers corporate branding and staff remain unchanged with managing director Donald Morrison supported by directors Lindsay Harle and Ian McFarlane and Butt.

Morrison added: “It is very exciting times for the Palmers brand. Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental excellence has been, and will remain, the number one priority in the delivery of our business.

"For over 130 years, Palmers have provided a quality service to all industries. We know that the highest levels of service and performance in our areas of supply can only be achieved through collective involvement, commitment and teamwork.

"And with Colin Butt’s vast experience in the Special Access sector, his connections, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial skill set, it can only mean greater success for Palmers in the future.”

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