SOLD: Barnsby IP Asset Sale

SOLD: Barnsby IP Asset Sale

Andrew McGill and Gilbert Lemon of Smith & Williamson LLP, the Joint Administrators of Jabez Cliff & Company Limited (in Administration) (“Barnsby”, “Jabez Cliff” or “the Company”), have appointed Metis Partners to support the marketing and sale of the intellectual property assets (“IP assets”) of the Company.

IP Asset Highlights

  • Established and Iconic Equestrian & Lifestyle Brands
  • Prestigious Reputation Endorsed by a Royal Warrant
  • Considerable Heritage Value
  • Further Opportunities for Brand Extension
  • Trade Mark Protection
  • E-Commerce Website and Branded Domains
  • Industry Leading Designs
  • Previously Patent-Backed Innovative Technology


This is a unique opportunity to purchase established British brands with considerable heritage value with the potential for a range of applications.

Business Background

Based in Walsall, the centre of the English saddlery industry, Jabez Cliff has been making top quality saddles, bridles, ancillary equipment and other leather goods for over 200 years. At its height the Company had a turnover of over £3.5m with circa 60% of the Company’s revenue being generated through international export.


The Company’s brands – “Barnsby”, “Jabez Cliff” and “Cliff-Barnsby” – are respected British heritage brands and among the top five equestrian brands in the world. The “Barnsby” brand is synonymous with the very best in saddlery production, whilst the “Jabez Cliff” and “Cliff Barnsby” brands have been associated with bridlery, sports goods, luggage and other luxury leather goods.

The Company recently applied the “Jabez Cliff” brand to a range of quality belts, sold to the Japanese market. The Company has been awarded a prestigious Royal Warrant as supplier of Saddlery & Lorinery to H. M. Queen Elizabeth II. Throughout its history, the Company has strived to maintain an innovative edge by developing new approaches and adopting state of the art technology for its craft. Historic patenting activities date back to the 1920s when the Company developed and patented a non-tear football which came to fame in four FA cup finals and the 1928 Olympic Games.

All offers/notes of interest or requests for more information should be directed to Linda Shannon.

Photo Credit: Paolo Camera

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