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INDEPENDENT home and contract furnishings group Dickinsons has acquired Gosforth interior design company New England Interiors.


The deal adds a fifth retail store to the Northumberland based group, which also offers interior design services, a contract flooring business, and a commercial division supplying business customers, which it launched last year.


New England employs six people and offers a complete design and supply service. It has been located on Gosforth High Street since 1995. Terms of its sale to Dickinsons were not disclosed.


In a press release, the Northumberland based group said the acquisition was part of a planned programme of expansion, adding that moving into Gosforth was seen as a key part of the geographical growth of the group.

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Dickinsons Group managing director John Spreadbury, pictured above left with the Dickinsons team at New England Interiors, said: “This is a strategic acquisition for us and very much part of our plans for future growth. New England has a great reputation and history for providing fantastic customer service and we are looking to build on this with a wider product range of designs and product groups."


The circa £8.2 million turnover group specialises in flooring, furniture, soft furnishings and provides an interior design service across a number of retail, commercial and trade sectors. It was established in Hexham by the Dickinson family in 1878 and has been owned by the Traviss family since 2001.


Dickinsons commercial director Tace Traviss, pictured second from the left in the above photo, said: "New England is a perfect fit for us. We have recently extended our retail offering and have some exciting plans to strengthen our customer service and product range. We recently rebranded our retail and delivery operations and we will be refurbishing the New England store shortly.


"We will be keeping all the current staff at the store and very much looking forward to growing our awareness in the Gosforth area and further afield."

 

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