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IPL cements status as a ZenOffice group company with joint website

With Interior Partners Ltd (IPL) now trading as ZenOffice Business Interiors, the Group has launched a new website – www.zenofficebie.com – to take the division to the next level and provide a single united offering under one brand.

Warrington-based Interior Partners Limited became a ZenOffice Group company in October 2011, complementing ZenOffice’s office supplies, print and design service and managed print solution. IPL is a leader in its field, providing complete turnkey solutions covering the design, fit-out and delivery of commercial and industrial environments.

In August this year, IPL relocated to ZenOffice’s Greater Manchester headquarters. The move made sense, as the company had outgrown its Warrington base. The co-location created even better synergy with ZenOffice and an improved service for customers.

IPL’s story is one of resilience backed by genuine talent. In early 2010, Roy Lomax, Ralph Hughes and Johnny Wilkinson were made redundant from an industrial fit-out company. But they refused to be beaten and set up IPL.

Roy said, “Ralph and I have worked together for the best part of 20 years and with Johnny for the last four years. We knew exactly how we operated and how well our skills complemented each other – so starting our own business was a logical move.”

Turnover hit £1.2m in the firm’s first year, but two major clients went bust. Refusing to bow to administration, the partners asked their creditors for more favourable terms. Ralph said: “They appreciated our honesty and have been extremely supportive.” Since the merger in 2011, the firms have offered a one-stop shop for all business needs.

ZenOffice Managing Director Les Kerr said, “Our united businesses have allowed us to provide our clients with a complete turnkey interior solution from furniture to fit-outs. The new website strengthens our message on our philosophy to be an interior partner throughout the lifespan of our clients’ businesses. As their business develops, evolves and grows, we’ll support them every step of the way.”

The new website can be viewed at www.zenofficebie.com.