The String Zone sold to Strings & Things with help from Thrings

By Ben Carey on 16 July, 2020

Thrings Swindon office has assisted in the sale of one of the UK’s largest online retailers of violin, viola, cello and double bass strings, cases and accessories.

The String Zone, established in 2004, has been sold to musical instruments and accessories distributor Strings & Things for an undisclosed sum.

Formed in 1975, Strings & Things supplies musical instruments, accessories and more to retailers across Britain and Ireland from its West Sussex headquarters.

Under the terms of the transaction, husband-and-wife team Andrew and Gillian Riley, Directors and principle shareholders in The String Zone, will remain with the business in the short term to provide support.

The sale is set to strengthen Strings & Things’ market presence, expand its geographic footprint and extend the range of products it offers to its fast-growing UK customer base.

The String Zone received legal advice from members of Thrings’ Swindon-based Corporate team led by partner Simon Hore and solicitor Conor Melvin. Associate solicitors Amari Rajendran (property litigation) and Rebecca Whiting (real estate) advised on property-related matters.

Andrew Riley said, “Simon and his team provided us with constant and patient support throughout a long and very detailed due diligence and contractual process. Simon’s relaxed and friendly style gave me the confidence to consult him at any time about any issue of concern, no matter how trivial and I would unconditionally recommend him and Thrings to anyone contemplating this sort of process.”

Simon Hore added, “A combination of hard work, dedication and offering high-quality products and first-class, reliable service to customers over the past 16 years has earned The String Zone an industry-leading reputation among the classical string playing community in the UK.

“Thrings is very pleased to have overcome the challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak to secure a successful outcome for all parties involved with this transaction. We would also like to wish Andrew and Gillian well as they look ahead to a new and exciting next stage in their lives.”