A historic Sheffield manufacturer of gardening, agricultural and giftware products has been acquired by a Canada-based group.

Burgon & Ball has been making hand sheep shears on the same site in Sheffield since 1730 and have produced about 25 million pairs in that time.

The company, which also has a sales and marketing office in Poole, has been bought by Venanpri Tools, the hand tools division of Venanpri Group and owner of the Bellota and Corona brands.

Heather Culpan, managing director of Burgon & Ball, said: “The success of Burgon & Ball has been built on its commitment to the creation of design and function-led products with enhanced customer appeal and drawing on its Sheffield heritage. I am confident that the company will continue to progress through seizing new product and investment opportunities and synergy with the Corona and Bellota businesses.”

Tuffin Ferraby Taylor (TFT) has provided technical due diligence as part of the sale. It was instructed by environmental consultant Delta Simons.

Paul Spaven, partner at TFT said: “I have carried out technical due diligence of a huge range of commercial buildings, across the UK and Europe, but the survey of the Burgon & Ball factory was rather special. During my two days of inspections I witnessed handcrafted sheep shears being expertly produced in the same way and to the same design as they were back in 1720, and at the same site in Sheffield.

“It also gave me the opportunity to explore the physical heritage of the factory. The former water and steam powered facilities, the patina of over almost 300 years of working the steel and evidence of the historic export led growth of the business.”

Source: Stephen Farrrell, Insider Business, 16 February 2018