LPG supplier innergy Group acquires Express Gas Ltd

Innergy Group, the Yorkshire-based gas and equipment experts, has acquired Knottingley-based Express Gas Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Established in 1997 by managing director, Chris Gallagher, Express Gas has grown to become one of West Yorkshire’s leading suppliers of Calor and industrial gases.

The acquisition is the sixth for innergy, three of which have been in the last twelve months, and is part of the company’s Mission 2021: to achieve £10m in turnover by 2021. innergy were advised by Gary Caplan from GC Business Lawyers. Funding was supported by Yorkshire Bank Commercial Finance.

Gallagher will remain with the business in an advisory capacity and all members of staff will transfer to innergy on improved terms.

Commenting on the deal Gez Walsh, managing director of innergy said: “Express, under Chris’ leadership, have built a wonderful reputation with their customers for exceptional service, which is something that has always been a focus for us. We see fantastic opportunities to introduce our expanded product range in to the Express Gas customer base – welding equipment and consumables, drinks dispense gases and solid fuels.

“We continue to actively look for suitable acquisitions with the bottled gas and welding supplies industries. Many people are looking to take advantage of the current favourable taxation environment and we would love to discuss with company owners how we can put together an attractive package to help them realise full value for their hard built businesses.”

Chris Gallagher, managing director of Express Gas added: “It was important to me to be able to entrust Express Gas, its employees and its customers to a company that shares our customer focus and understands the importance of being a considerate employer. innergy has the expertise, ambitions and resources to further grow the business, whilst maintaining a significant degree of integrity in dealing with all stakeholders in the business. innergy made this transaction as easy as possible and put together a package which met all my requirements.”