Hereford Contract Canning (HCC) Limited is pleased to announce it was acquired by Rutland Partners on 5 August 2019.

New Chief Executive Julian Aitken and Non-Executive Chairman Robert Leechman will be working closely with Richard Leach and the rest of the team in Hereford.  A new Finance Director will be taking over from Sue Cottingham in due course, as Sue looks to concentrate on Corinthian Brands (CBL) Limited.  John Hibberd and Paul Burton will be non-Executive Directors of the business and continue to be shareholders.

Julian Aitken, Chief Executive of HCC, said:

“We’re very excited to be starting this new chapter in the history of HCC.  

Rutland Partners are an enthusiastic and highly experienced investor who will bring much to our business.  We’re committed to continuing and accelerating the growth of HCC through a programme of investment and expansion, starting with a new programme of capital expenditure. 

John and Paul have built a formidable business here at HCC which, rightly, has an unrivalled reputation for quality, responsiveness and service in the sector – and we’re going to be building on that.

As we continue to grow, we’ll be creating great opportunities for our staff, our customers and our suppliers to grow with us.  We are committed to continuing to extend HCC’s position in this market”

David Wardrop, Partner at Rutland Partners, said:

“We are very pleased to have completed our investment in HCC.

HCC has a strong position in an attractive market and is well placed for future growth which we are looking to accelerate with significant further investment in the business.  We look forward to working with HCC to develop the business over the coming years”