Nottingham headquartered SLS has over 30 years of experience supporting the scientific sector and has grown to become the largest independent laboratory supplier in the UK market. The company operates a warehousing, technical storage, and logistics service across the UK and in several international territories.

Sparks Lab Supplies, one of Ireland’s leading suppliers of laboratory equipment, reagents and consumables, will continue to trade as Sparks Lab Supplies following the acquisition. The company will retain all employees and management while harnessing SLS’s business support and infrastructure. The addition of Sparks will provide SLS with warehousing, logistics and customer support in the Republic of Ireland and will also mitigate the impact of Brexit for Irish customers.

The acquisition forms part of a long-term development strategy for SLS, which plans further acquisitions to broaden its portfolio into a wider geographical area, including the UK, Ireland, and East Africa, to further strengthen its customer service and support for its laboratory clients.

A Philip Lee team, including Anna Hickey, Andreas McConnell, John Somers and Manuel Florendo, advised SLS on this transaction.