Pub Equipment Firm to Master the Industry; in Association with RBS

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Byline: By Andrew Mernin

A SPECIALIST pub equipment company is set to buy its nearest competitor for pounds 3.8m and become the only major player in the sector.

Stockton-based Brulines has agreed to buy North Yorkshire pub equipment and information management firm Nucleus Data Holdings.

The deal is currently awaiting the stamp of approval by government consumer interest group the Office of Fair Trading.

If it gets the green light as expected, Brulines will become the dominant force in the beer measurement and monitoring market.

A company spokesperson said the acquisition would mean Brulines would remain in a UK market with only "negligible competition".

Brulines specialises in equipment which allows breweries to monitor the amount and quality of beer sold by pumps. It employs 174 people and provides services to more than 18,000 pubs and clubs across the country.

Tadcaster-based Nucleus, which employs 40 people, also sells products used by pub operators and manages information for over 2,000 licensed retail outlets in Britain.

In 2006 the company made a pretax profit of pounds 302,000 on a turnover of pounds 3,103,000.

Brulines chief executive James Dickson said: "The acquisition of Nucleus will undoubtedly produce enhanced earnings next year and it is an important strategic development in Brulines' growth plans. …