Schüller expands commitment to UK with acquisition of InHouse

Markus Schüller (left) and Wayne Dance (right)

German kitchen manufacturer Schüller has acquired all the shares of InHouse Inspired Room Design, its UK trading partner for almost two decades.

Schüller first came to the UK 18 years ago through InHouse, recognising its importance as one of the largest kitchen furniture markets in Europe. The acquisition of InHouse, says Schüller, further underlines its commitment to the UK market and its retail base.

Together, Schüller and InHouse have built up a successful partnership and retailer network in the UK and Ireland. The decision for the merger was led by them both reaching a point “where both companies would like to face current and future challenges in an even more consistent and concentrated manner – responding even faster where more efficient solutions are increasingly required for existing and future retail partners”.

The second factor behind the merger was the fact that founder and majority InHouse shareholder Wayne Dance, now nearing 65, decided it was time to hand over to the next generation.

Explaining his decision, Dance said: “This was a logical step to take InHouse to its next level of development. This year I will be 65 and after a fantastic 37 years in the industry, it’s time for a more relaxed lifestyle and for the next generation to step forward. What we have achieved over the past 18 years together with Schüller is fantastic and is a good basis for further growth.”

The three other shareholders, Stuart Dance, Malo Tasle and Chris Dance, will continue to hold senior management positions. Wayne Dance will work as a consultant in the coming months to pass on his experience to the next generation during the transfer period. The head office team and field sales force will also remain.

Markus Schüller, managing director at Schüller Möbelwerk KG said: “InHouse Ltd, as well as Wayne Dance and his entire team, have succeeded in building up a solid client structure. For this trust and for this success, we would like to thank the entire InHouse team, but above all the trade partners we have gained over the years, who have motivated us to take this step to work even closer to the market.

“The opportunity created by the takeover to be even closer to the customer, and to do so with the same team, gives us a perspective for sustainable growth in a sales market that is relevant for Schüller Kitchens.

“We would like to express our thanks to our trade partners and look forward to a successful future together.”

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