Bartoline Limited, a privately owned family business first established in 1876, is Europe’s leading manufacturer of decorating sundries for the home improvement industry. Products include pre-packed paint solvents such as White Spirit, ready mixed and powder fillers, wallcovering adhesives, sugar soaps, paint strippers, garden wood protection products, paraffin, BBQ lighting fluid, etc. Originally founded as coal importers/exporters, the company diversified into automotive and industrial lubricant blenders at the turn of the century. The mid 1970’s saw a change of direction into decorating products, where the company sought to capitalise on the burgeoning popularity of home DIY and the proliferation of large multiple DIY retailers. In 1999, the company acquired wallcovering adhesive and filler manufacturer Modus Products, which enabled product expansion away from traditional solvent products into a wider array of decorating sundries. As a result, the business grew quickly, and together with the in-house development of other product ranges, an increased market share was realised.