Canburg saved from administration

Gary Barnett of Extell Development Company has purchased the business and its assets

30 Nov, 18

Following the recent news of Canburg entering administration, it has been announced that the founder and president of Extell Development Company Gary Barnett has purchased Smallbone of Devizes, Mark Wilkinson Furniture and Brookmans.

The purchase ends months of speculation about the brands and was made possible through a company called Sapphire 700.

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This sale has secured the jobs of 260 employees across the business.

The deal will allow continued production in Devizes, and all purchases across the three brands will continue to be produced and delivered.

Canburg’s existing management team, led by executive chairman Ian Gray, is working alongside Sapphire to ensure the future success of the company.

Ian Gray commented: “We would like to thank our customers, suppliers and staff for their recent support and are focused on working with our new American partners as we continue production to fulfil the order book.”

The new owner Gary Barnett commented: “Having deeply admired the company for many years, I was so keen to take this great opportunity to acquire these unique brands.

“Over the past 10 years, I have had the pleasure of working with Smallbone of Devizes on many projects, such as our One57 development in Manhattan.

“I am looking forward to working to develop and evolve these luxury British, hand-made furniture businesses in the UK and around the world.”

Sapphire 700 Limited is part of an international business group and intends to use its resources to build on the strength of these brands.