Northern Balance to expand with acquisition of A1 Scales

Gateshead-based weighing company Northern Balance is set to expand its services after snapping up a weighing equipment hire firm.

A1 Scales was established in 2004 as has since developed relationships with a number of the regions most prominent manufacturing companies.

The acquisition will strengthen Northern Balance’s position as a full-service weighing provider, extending its range of hired equipment services.

It will also provide A1 Scales’ customers with access to an established UKAS calibration service to meet their growing compliance requirements.

Following the transaction, Northern Balance will retain all engineering and back-office team members with company director Maureen Whittle continuing to provide ongoing support within its business administration and engineering functions.

Whittle will assist with the integration of A1 Scale’s people, contracts, and systems as it begins to trade as Northern Balance at its Gateshead headquarters.

She said: “With our mutual focus on customer service, we’re delighted to be integrating our team and expertise with Northern Balance to provide extended choice and accessibility.

“We’re working closely to ensure a seamless transition to Northern Balance’s services for previous A1 Scales customers and we look forward to introducing additional services to our collective customers.”

Paul Moran, managing director of Northern Balance, added: “Our decisions are greatly shaped by customers’ needs. The branching out of our hire and UKAS calibration services demonstrates our ongoing commitment to expanding our solutions to enable customer success.

“With Brexit, Covid 19, overseas conflict and the cost-of-living crisis making it difficult to predict demand for goods and services, providing more choice and accessibility via a broader range of flexible hire options helps to circumvent changeability without affecting capital expenditure.”