Gerald Simonds Healthcare, known across the mobility industry as a specialist importer and distributor, has been acquired by a London-based investor after its founder announced his retirement.
Borrum Healthcare Group, part of Borrum Partners, acquired the mobility dealer for an undisclosed amount and plans to use its resources to help Gerald Simonds increase its geographical coverage and develop into “new and complementary product areas”.
Gerald Simonds, who gives his name to the equipment dealer, has led the business since 1983 but has announced he will be retiring from active duties.
Other key figures in the business, including managing director, Doug Robinson, and finance director, Tony Phillips, will remain in place, as do all other current personnel.
Borrum is led by Richard Boys-Stones and Bob Darke, who have both had experience as business leaders and a background in finance and retail respectively.
Aylesbury-based Gerald Simonds has established a reputation for specialising in high-end custom-built manual wheelchairs and wheelchair seating systems and has a number of high-profile clients, including Paralympic athletes.
Gerald Simonds was the UK distributor of the original Swede 24 wheelchair, one of the first lightweight rigid framed wheelchairs in production.
Since then, it has focused on introducing international products to the UK market and has been the favoured distributor for a number of global companies looking for a gateway into the home market.
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