Able2 buys one of its suppliers and will run anti-slip brand itself

Mark Diaj, managing director of Able2 and Andrew Guilbert, founder of Isagi

Mobility distributor and manufacturer Able2 has acquired Isagi, a producer of anti-slip products, and has confirmed that it will continue to operate Isagi’s StayPut brand.

Isagi, which was launched ten years ago by Andrew and Jayne Guilbert, produced a range of anti-slip items such as bath and shower mats, trays and trivets and shelf liners. But now the owners have decided to pursue other interests and have sold the company to Able2, which has been a customer for the last four years.

Able2, which operates throughout Europe from its base in Blackburn, will now add to is portfolio the StayPut brand of anti microbial bath and shower mats, which has won national awards.

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“We are delighted to have completed the acquisition of Isagi Ltd and the StayPut brand,” said Mark Diaj, managing director of Able2. “The StayPut products are a perfect complement to our business both commercially and also with our production processes.

“The products and brand are well recognised throughout various industries and we are looking forward to the continuing the development of this part of our business.”

Meanwhile, Mr Guilbert said: “We have loved the journey and loved dealing with all our many customers who became good friends. However, the time felt right to move on and allow the Isagi brand to flourish under new ownership.

“Able2 has been a customer of ours for the last four years and we feel the Isagi products and StayPut brand fits in extremely well with the rest of their products. We know they are dedicated to maintaining the quality of support and service that customers have come to know from Isagi.”

Isagi also rose to prominence over its campaigning stance. Mr Guilbert called for increased awareness in regards to trip and slips in baths and showers after discovering the Government kept no safety statistics on the issue.

He took his findings to his MP Cheryl Gillan. She was so concerned that she put down a question in the House of Commons – where it was confirmed in a written answer to her that this type of accident data had not been kept for more than a decade by the Government.

Mr Guilbert believed that the public should be made aware of the fact a BS safety standard for slip-resistance mats had been introduced in 2012, which Isagi followed.

“However, these standards are not compulsory and not enforceable so other companies don’t have to follow suit,” he said. “It’s ridiculous that when a need for such a safety standard has been recognised that firms simply aren’t obliged to comply with it.”

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