Education supplier The Consortium has acquired West Mercia Supplies (WMS) from its local authority owners for an undisclosed amount.
The Consortium will operate WMS as an independent business, under the leadership of Elaine Keogh, its former deputy managing director.
Melanie Teal, (pictured) chief executive at the Consortium, said: “This is the first public to private transaction in the educational supplies sector for some considerable time and, thanks to the support of WMS staff and unions, it has been handled extremely professionally.”
The Consortium provides supplies and services to over 25,000 customers from the education, early years and care sectors.
WMS, previously owned by Shropshire, Hereford, Worcestershire and Telford & Wrekin local authorities, provides office and educational products.