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Celebrating the Importance of Family Businesses

Family Business United founder and champion of the family business sector, Paul Andrews explains, “There are over 5 million family firms across the UK and not only do they employ significant numbers of people, generate significant tax revenues and support local communities, they are the backbone of the UK economy. All too often the endeavours of the family business sector are dismissed in favour of their non-family counterparts and the aim of National Family Business Day is to champion the sector, put family firms on the map and help to dispel the myths surrounding the family business sector.”

The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products are trade-exclusive suppliers of promotional products and sell through a network of distributors – many of which are also family businesses. The promotional merchandise industry is very much a community of like-minded individuals with strong family values. Celebrating National Family Business Day is a fantastic way to help put the industry firmly on the map.

At the beginning of the year, The Pen Warehouse was shortlisted for the Family Business of the Year Awards 2021 and this was a huge achievement and great boost during such a challenging year.

Helen Dyl, Operations Director of The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products commented, “This company was founded by my father, and our MD, over 25 years ago and is now in its second generation. Through hard work, brilliant vision, and an amazing team we are still here today.”

If you’re a family business and want to get involved, simply use the hashtag #GBFamilyBizDay.

For more information on Family Business United please visit

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The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products attend AIM XP

The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products presented their range of new and best-selling products last Thursday, 2nd September at the AIM XP exhibition.

The team were delighted to be face to face with customers again, discussing plans for the future, new products and a much-needed opportunity to catch up.

Activities included team exercises and discussions involving mixed groups of distributors and suppliers. This was an invaluable experience as it helped to gain insight into the industry and its demands from both perspectives.

Matt Dyl, Head of Sales commented: “We just want to thank the team at AIM for hosting a great day and to the distributors that attended, these events are brilliant and we are so grateful to be exhibiting again after a challenging 18 months”.