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Established in Glasgow in 1997, ACS initially focused on the rental of highland wear to the Scottish market.

Over the years, ACS has evolved from a Scottish wholesale supplier into the leading provider of formalwear across the UK and we now employ over 100 people. ACS stocks more than three million garments and we process circa 400,000 orders per year.

Our Story

  • 1997
  • 2004
  • 2006
  • 2009
  • 2013
  • 2015
  • 2017
  • 2018

Established in Glasgow in 1997, ACS initially focused on the rental of highland wear to the Scottish market.

Operations expanded enormously and ACS moved into a purpose-built 25,000 sq ft facility in Glasgow.

ACS gains key contracts with multiple retailers and expands the product range to include formalwear as well as highland wear.

ACS outgrows the new facility and extends the warehouse to 40,000 sq ft.

ACS moves to a new 190,000 sq ft facility on the outskirts of Glasgow. With state-of-the-art garment handling technology, the new premises helps us provide a best-in-class service.

Having received significant private equity investment, ACS looks to replicate its success in the US by establishing a purpose-built 240,000 sq ft facility in Memphis from which to service the US wedding and prom markets.

ACS US launches a successful online model with JCPenney. ACS US also enters into a strategic partnership supplying tuxedo rental to TipTopTux and Al’s Formalwear, a 70-strong store portfolio in Texas, Louisiana, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

ACS US vertically integrates with TipTopTux and Al’s Formalwear, at which point the ACS founders – Joe and Richard Freedman – exit the business.

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Who We Work With

We work with a number of high street and independent retailers.

Formal Hire

We bring together leading wedding dress designers and retailers to create a fabulous collection of groomswear that can be styled to perfectly match the bridal party colour scheme.

We provide fully-branded, private-label and wholesale services for independent and high street multiples under the following brands:

  • Cameron Ross Formal Hire
  • Ultimate Formal Hire
  • Etiquette Formal Hire

For more information, please contact customerservices@acsclothing.co.uk

Our Team

Executive Directors

Andrew Rough

Chief Financial Officer

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Andrew Rough

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew has held a number of financial and commercial positions in industry with both listed and privately owned companies. Prior to moving into industry, Andrew was a senior manager with Arthur Andersen. Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995 after previously graduating from Edinburgh University with a BEng (Hons) Electrical & Mechanical Engineering in 1990.

Anthony Burns

Operations Director

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Anthony Burns

Operations Director

Tony has held a variety of operational and planning roles in third party logistics companies, and in-house operations. He graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering in 1996 and followed this with an MSc in Logistics. Tony also gained his MBA at Strathclyde Business School in 2012.

Joni O'Brien

Sales & Customer Service Director

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Joni O'Brien

Sales & Customer Service Director

With over 26 years’ experience in the automotive and service industries, Joni brings a wealth of knowledge to ACS. Managing a large team of customer services staff, Joni ensures that customers' requirements are met and, where possible, exceeded. Joni is a skilled professional and she promotes a positive customer services ethos throughout the organisation.

Non-Executive Chairman

Kevin Lyon

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Kevin Lyon

Kevin is a qualified chartered accountant and enjoyed a 17 year career in private equity with 3i plc during which he focused on their investment strategy for growing business and was responsible for the core private equity business across the UK. He left in 2004 and since then has served as an independent director on 25 boards across a range of industries including retail, wholesale, energy, telecoms, printing and leisure, covering both the service and manufacturing sectors.

Contact Us

ACS Clothing Ltd
Dovecote Road
Eurocentral
North Lanarkshire
ML1 4GP

Tel:
0141 781 6530


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