BGF invested £2.9m in Walsall-based Brownhills Investments in March 2015 to support the growth aspirations of its principle subsidiary Brownhills Glass with the acquisition of Durham-based Peterlee Glass, helping to extend its presence into the North-east.
Brownhills Investments was formed in 2012 following a buyout of Brownhills Glass, a name well known in the Midlands since 1977. Brownhills Investments is run by Executive Chairman Nick Harrison, Mark Harrison and Tim Price. Nick is the former group marketing and business development director of Fenner PLC and managing director of Fenner Dunlop. Brownhills’ specialises in bespoke glass processing according to the specifications of architects, builders, interior designers and private home owners in addition to providing glass merchanting services to independent DGU manufacturers.
Peterlee Glass, also set up in the late 1970s, has become one of the North’s leading processed glass suppliers and manufacturers, with a strong reputation for quality and service having worked on projects including Fenwicks of Newcastle, The Sage Gateshead and The British Museum.
Brownhills Investments now has operations in four locations across the UK, meaning it can offer a local service to customers with national requirements. In May 2013, the business started Wiltshire-based Corsham Glass Centre, and teamed up with Chelverton Asset Management in April 2014 to buy Crawley-based Tufwell Glass, whose recent projects have included London’s Shard and the Olympic Park.