At the turn of the millennium John Nettleton founded a new venture and so a new name entered the chemical industry – Advanced Auxiliaries Ltd.

Armed with a wealth of experience in the textile and chemical industry it did not take long for Advanced Auxiliaries Ltd to establish its reputation for supplying quality products with service second to none.

During the early years it was very apparent that the current premises would soon be outgrown and a move down the road to bigger premises was arranged.

The next major landmark in the company’s history was the acquisition of the order book from Nexus Chemical Systems Ltd in 2008.

2010 And with retirement age looming (not that John was looking to retire!) John looked to the future and Ian Lewis joined the company.

John reached 65 early in 2011 and on 8thApril Advanced Auxiliaries became Advanced Colours and Chemicals Ltd, with Ian Lewis and Fazana Akhtar becoming directors along with John, ensuring the company would continue to grow whilst maintaining the values of the founder.

As the years have passed the business has grown with a further acquisition in 2017 with the purchase of Colspec from Mike Wilson, and the companies position bolstered with a partnership in 2017 with J. W. Whewell Ltd to look after their textile customers and products.

The team sat around our Board Room Table, January 2019

The team sat around our Board Room Table, January 2019

In terms of company expansion Advanced Colours and Chemicals now occupy three industrial units, have employed a further three employees and have a fleet of three delivery vehicles together with the installation of a powder blending plant to complement the liquid blending facilities. 

We have recently set out a five year plan to grow and secure the company’s future as a leader in Textile Auxiliaries and our other markets.


Ian J. Lewis

Managing Director