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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”.

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The Pen Warehouse & Snap Products Host a Self-Defence Class

Following the heartbreaking news earlier this year regarding Sarah Everard, The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products have taken several steps internally to provide guidance and assistance to their employees when walking alone as part of a ‘Walk safe initiative’, which included hosting a self-defence class to ensure all staff members are fully equipped with the latest defence techniques to help keep them safe. This went ahead as soon as COVID restrictions allowed.

The activity-filled afternoon was delivered by Streetwise Safety Training, a company founded by Martyn Bowie, an ex-police officer with a mission to connect working professionals to law enforcement. As well as excellent safety training, this was a considerable team-building opportunity, great for employee wellbeing and allowed staff members to socialise whilst respecting social distancing measures. Bringing together members of all different departments.

Participants were taught incidents where these techniques may be suitable as well as Common Law. They were then placed in pairs where they learnt a handful of easy-to-remember moves using soft pads.

Additional parts of the initiative included:

  • Police recommended personal attack alarms  offered to all employees for use both in and out of work
  • All work phones have now been installed with listed SOS contacts, which is mandatory for any work phone going forward. Walking safety tips have been shared from recommended sources including Personal Safety Advice from Ramblers.org and 5 Safety Tips For Walking at Night from My Fitness Pal.

Helen Dyl, Operations Director at The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products commented: “Our employees are our family, they are also mainly based in the local community and will walk to and from work. Their safety and wellbeing is our responsibility and after the tragic news of what happened to Sarah Everard, we knew we had to act. This will now be an annual offering for our teams. Martyn and his team were fantastic and we would recommend their service.”

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The Pen Warehouse & Snap Products Celebrate their Employees

To celebrate the relaxation of Covid restrictions, on Friday 23rd July The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products are having a socially distanced lunchtime party to thank their employees for their hard work and commitment during this time.

The last year has presented challenges and hard times, but the staff members’ determination and dedication have been unwavering. It is important to acknowledge and recognise this.

The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products’ company policy and health and safety measures surrounding Covid will remain in place as before but the 19th July milestone is a pivotal point worth celebrating. A marquee will be erected and staff members will have lunch outside in groups of six. There will be a stone-baked pizza and ice cream van to enjoy. The companies will also hold their annual charity sale with proceeds going to Frimley Health Charity.

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Snap Products & The Pen Warehouse Help Keep Britain Tidy

Yesterday was the final day of the Great British Spring Clean event held by independent charity, Keep Britain Tidy.

Teams at Snap Products and The Pen Warehouse became #LitterHeroes and got involved with the Nationwide litter pick, contributing over 60 miles to the charity’s Million Mile Mission. Each team member that pledged and litter picked was given a #LitterHeroes pack which included eco-friendly goodies and litter picking equipment.

Join Snap Products and The Pen Warehouse for Eco Month to learn about greater personal responsibility, positive swaps, education and conscious buying. Start your journey by visiting pens.co.uk/news/blog.

Watch their latest TikTok video from their litter pick: pens.uk/T8X1yU. For more information about Keep Britain Tidy visit keepbritaintidy.org.

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The Pen Warehouse make the finals of the Family Business of the Year Awards 2021

The Pen Warehouse have made it to the finals of the Family Business of the Year Awards 2021. Awards up for grabs are by sector, regional and national. National titles are awarded in respect of entrepreneurship, innovation, small family business and spirit of family business.

Making the finals is no mean feat and in itself is worth celebrating, especially given the challenges of the past year. The Pen Warehouse was founded by Managing Director, Neil Cleere, over 25 years ago and is now in its second generation. Through hard work, brilliant vision, and an amazing team, the family business is still here today.

Family Business United is a voice for the global family business community and an invaluable source of insight. It celebrates the contribution family firms make through the provision of employment, creation of income, as well as supporting local communities and charities.

For more information on Family Business United please visit familybusinessunited.com.

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The Pen Warehouse & Snap Products Launch Gratitude Initiative

In March 2021 The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products introduced a new initiative with the aim to express gratitude more frequently both internally and externally. It is important to show appreciation, reflect on achievements and show support to your customers and colleagues.

The initiative started like most things, as a by-product of the pandemic. Once stripped of things we all commonly take for granted, the companies wanted to create a system to boost staff morale and productivity by building stronger professional relationships. A little note can mean so much to someone. You can find out more information on gratitude and productivity on their blog.

So how does it work?

Post boxes have been placed in main communal areas for employees. Staff can write their words of praise, thanks, or encouragement on the back of the postcard and place it in the post-box. Similarly, teams are encouraged to send the same to clients that have made their week.

All postcards are designed, manufactured, and printed in-house from 280gsm FSC® certified paper and hold three UK made Neapolitan chocolates.

Free of charge samples are available to distributors. Get in touch with marketing@pens.co.uk for more information.

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We have joined TikTok

Follow us on TikTok!

Last month we made the move to TikTok. The short-form, video-sharing platform will be used to showcase products, processes, manufacturing and employees, and will be available to be reshared.

Follow snapandpen for educational and insightful content about the companies’ culture, manufacturing processes, employees and values.

Follow mood_collection for fun, inspiration and engaging white-label content reflecting the brand’s core values of individuality and self-expression.

We are offering the chance to WIN a bespoke branded video, all you have to do is let us know what content you’d like to see by contacting marketing@pens.co.uk.

But for the time being keep your eyes peeled as we have many exciting videos coming your way.

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The Pen Warehouse & Snap Products Join The Great British Family Business Conference

The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products will be part of The Great British Family Business Conference on Thursday 18th March 2021. The theme for the conference is Managing The Family Business in Difficult Times & Planning For The Future.

Helen Dyl, Operations Director and Legal Counsel will be joining the panel discussion at 1:15 pm on Innovation & Opportunity Arising In The Current Climate.

The panellists will be sharing insights into the current climate, the challenges they face, how they have dealt with the pandemic, opportunities going forward and sharing their thoughts on issues such as succession, engaging the next generation, developing the family business brand, investing in the future, governance and more.

Helen Dyl commented, “we’re delighted to have been invited to The Great British Family Business Conference and share our challenges and achievements throughout the coronavirus pandemic. As a family business we know the importance of collaborating, sharing experiences and supporting one another.”

Family Business United is a voice for the global family business community and an invaluable source of insight. It celebrates the contribution family firms make through the provision of employment, creation of income, as well as supporting local communities and charities.

For more information on the event and to register for a complimentary ticket, please visit pens.uk/3BdyiW.

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The Pen Warehouse is Shortlisted for the Family Business of the Year Awards 2021

The Pen Warehouse has been shortlisted and is in the running for the Family Business of the Year Awards 2021. Awards up for grabs are by sector, regional and national. National titles are awarded in respect of entrepreneurship, innovation, small family business and spirit of family business.

Family Business United is a voice for the global family business community and an invaluable source of insight. It celebrates the contribution family firms make through the provision of employment, creation of income, as well as supporting local communities and charities.

Helen Dyl, Operations Director of The Pen Warehouse commented, “we’re absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for the Family Business of the Year Awards. 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.”

In addition to the Family Business of the Year Awards, to help boost the awards and celebrate the contribution of family firms, there is a People’s Choice award (regional and national winner), and anyone can vote by visiting this link.

For more information on Family Business United please visit familybusinessunited.com.