Alcohols Limited is a subsidiary of the Palmer Group, which was founded in 1805 as Goldbeaters and Chemical Sundriesmen.
In the last century it was normal practice for the Group, as a user of alcohol, to receive pure spirits from a distillery under bond to which the visiting H.M. Customs & Excise officers would add the required toxic denaturants to convert the products to methylated spirits. This practice occupied a large force of excise officers so, in 1908, a limited number of licenses were granted. These licences enabled Palmer’s and a few similar companies to received alcohol and denature for resale to the trade; a procedure which still applies today. A further benefit was a reduction in the number of officers needed to administer this procedure.
Alcohols Limited was formed in 1955 to expand the business into a general chemical solvent distribution business – with a number of agreements with producers of petrochemicals – receiving bulk material at sites in London and the West Midlands.
Both sites are equipped with dedicated bulk storage drumming and intermediate bulk container lines from which we repack high-quality own label and branded materials for distribution nationwide via our own fleet of bulk and drum vehicles. Customer industries include – Toiletries and Cosmetics, Cleaning and Janitorial Products, Contract Packing, Pharmaceutical and Medical, Surface Coating and Chemical Manufacturing. Increasingly we are assisting customers with the development of new products through the application of our blending technology and facilities.
Today the Head Office is based in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, and has an on-going commitment to quality with each operating location accredited to the Quality Management System BS EN ISO 9001:2000. The next stage, the Environment Management System BS EN ISO 14001:1996, is underway and should be implemented in the very near future. In addition the company continues to invest in new plant and equipment. It also has e-commerce very much at the forefront of its development strategy.
Our potable Drinks Division – based at our West Midlands site – produces Gin and Vodka for numerous high-profile, own label customers thus confirming the quality of material available. A quality ethic which is carried throughout the company, confirming our commitment to supplying our expanding customer base with quality materials and quality service whenever and whatever their requirements. Also available from this division is Pure Ethyl Alcohol in bond or duty paid.