BREAKING NEWS: Bartrams Associates bought out months after entering administration

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Bartrams Associates has been bought out by fellow equipment supplier OneRehab Ltd nearly three months after Bartrams entered into administration.

Bartrams, which holds wheelchair and equipment contracts with the NHS and also sells to private providers, was initially unable to find a buyer and had begun selling off stock.

News first broke of Bartrams’ crisis when a show event stated that the supplier’s mobility equipment hire arm, Mobility Hire 4 U, had ceased trading.

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There had been some confusion among end-users and retail clients after Bartrams’ struggles began and OneRehab is keen to clarify the situation, confirming the purchase this morning.

The purchase means that OneRehab has now opened itself up to the NHS market.

OneRehab’s sales manager, Nick Knappett, said that the purchase is “an exciting move” that “widens [its] market reach into the specialist pressure care market and NHS sectors”.

“Our existing retail customers will also benefit from a wide range of pressure care solutions which are manufactured on-site”.

The pressure care manufacturing division is “operating smoothly” and will continue to manufacture existing Bartrams products, according to OneRehab.

These products include the Gemstone cushion range, the Vitality mattress, the Tri-Pos dynamic cushions and the Galaxy bariatric mattresses. 

One Rehab will also continue to service and manage NHS contracts, equipment and rental agreements.

The firm thanked all of its existing and new customers for “their continued support and look forward to working with them in the future”.

The sum of the purchase was not disclosed. Bartrams’ insolvency firm, SFP, originally said that there had been “initial strong interest” in the business, but was unable to find a suitable offer.

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