Samarkand Group plugs the West into Chinese e-commerce


Samarkand Group PLC (AQSE:SMK) has agreed to acquire a plant-based health and beauty retailer for up to GBP2.3mln.

Napiers the Herbalists has been a fixture in Edinburgh since 1860 and owns a store on the city’s Bristo Place as well as running a popular website selling remedies, food supplements, skincare and wellness products.

It has a partnership with a large Korean skincare brand that has increased its products’ appeal in Asia and has worked with Samarkand as its distributor.

Chief executive David Hampstead said: “We’ve worked with Napiers and their team for a number of years and have always been impressed by the consumer response to the company’s story and values.


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