A historic Worcestershire audio equipment manufacturer has been acquired by three county businessmen in a deal that will ‘build and protect’ the firms rich heritage.

Warndon-based Coomber Electronic Equipment, the UK’s leading manufacturer of audio and visual equipment for the education sector, has been purchased by the trio of Tony Bennett, Aaron Kernaghan and Simon Williams. The firm can trace its roots back over 100 years.

The acquisition of the electronics specialist has also seen a new management structure. Mr Kernaghan has been appointed as managing director with Mr Bennett, who has been with the business since 2001, heading up the crucial research, development and production departments as operations director.

Mr Williams, who is also the managing director and founder of highly respected business coaching and training firm Arrivista, becomes chairman.

Aaron Kernaghan said: “Coomber is a well-established business that we all know extremely well, so our acquisition is a hugely exciting step for us.

“First and foremost, we intend to protect and build on the company’s rich heritage. But we are also focused on the fast-emerging new opportunities we are already seeing. We have a long-term plan to take our excellence in electronic design and manufacturing into new markets while continuing to introduce innovative products which will benefit the education industry.

“We have inherited an experienced team and we plan to take our customer service to another level and drive forward with our ambitious sales and marketing plans.

“Tony will lead our manufacturing and engineering team, while he will also direct our research and development department. Simon also brings tremendous experience in helping a wide variety of businesses to achieve outstanding results and is the perfect person to take on the role of chairman.”

Mr Kernaghan, who is also the founder of Bromsgrove-based technology company ecl-lips, added: “With proven products and a fantastic brand, we are determined to start the next successful chapter in the history of Coomber.”

Coomber, which is one of only a few UK businesses to hold Apple MFI and DFI licences, designs and builds a range of audio and visual products including sound amplifiers, CD players, microphones and headphones.

Aside from being a supplier to the education industry, they also design and manufacturer audio equipment for dance studios, the fitness and leisure sector and for corporate customers.

Coomber is widely recognised for its world-class design and manufacturing providing products to the safety, aviation, energy and home entertainment sectors. They also supply products to the world’s top 500 DJs.

Originally founded by FW Coomber in 1908 to provide equipment and advice to the education industry, the firm established itself over the decades as a leading UK manufacturer and supplier of specialist audio equipment. It became Coomber Electronic Equipment in 1962.

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