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From football to the 80-year-old print firm

The former owners of Gateshead Football Club have snapped up a second print firm as they expand their ownership in the industry.

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Former owner Adrian Liddell with new owners Julie and Richard Bennett

Atkinson Print, based in Hartlepool, is a medium-sized litho and digital commercial printer that was first established 80 years ago by Austin F Atkinson, who ran the business for 40 years before selling to the Liddell family.

The print firm produces a range of print products, from flyers and office stationery to brochures and books.

Former owner Adrian Liddell will be staying on with current staff at the printer, and the name will remain unchanged. The new owners, husband-and-wife duo Julie and Richard Bennett, acquired Newcastle Print Solutions in 2018 and plan to continue adding to their portfolio of print businesses.

The couple owned and ran Gateshead FC for three years before selling the club to a Hong Kong business and have extensive experience in business management, having also founded Derwentside Environmental Testing in 1999.

I am looking forward to the Bennetts taking our family business on further to enable it to provide a better and wider service offer to its customers

The corporate team at Clive Owen LLP advised the Bennetts on the deal, having advised them in the sale of Newcastle Print Solutions last year.

Liddell comments: “We were pleased to work with David and his team at Clive Owen LLP on this acquisition by Richard and Julie. They worked seamlessly with our own advisers to provide a professional and timely conclusion.

"I am looking forward to the Bennetts taking our family business on further to enable it to provide a better and wider service offer to its customers.”

David Wilson, corporate finance associate director at Clive Owen LLP, comments: “Working with Richard and Julie on the successful acquisition of Atkinson Print was a pleasure and it is a really exciting time for their business.

“This deal is a perfect opportunity for them to expand into Teesside, in addition to their Newcastle business and we are delighted to be part of their growing success.”

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