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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.

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Brexit Statement from The Pen Warehouse & Snap Products

To our customers,

With the latest deadline being extended, it would seem that we will not have any clarity on whether a free-trade deal can be struck between the EU and the UK prior to the Christmas shut-down. It looks likely that the actual deadline will now be the end of this month. As these vital decisions will be made during the holiday period we would like to offer some peace of mind to our Distributors before we close for the Christmas break. 

Stock:

We do not rely on any EU based suppliers for stock. It is all either manufactured on our premises or imported from The Far-East. We hold over 30 million pens in our UK warehouse at any one time and have forward orders on the sea or in manufacture to carry us through until mid 2021. Snap Products manufacture several lines in-house such as hand sanitisers, floor graphics and transfers and we hold enough raw materials to see us through to the end of 2021 and beyond. All other products from Snap are held in stock in our UK warehouse in large volumes with forward orders either on the sea or in manufacture in the Far-East.

Printing and Finishing

We carry out all printing and finishing on our premises here in Hampshire and nothing is subcontracted to UK, EU or Far-Eastern suppliers. This includes screen printing, pad printing, ceramic printing, direct digital, DTG, laser engraving on wood and metal, transfer manufacturing & application, doming, packaging, cutting and creasing, label manufacture and many more processes too numerous to list. Having everything under one roof here in the UK allows us to guarantee on-time levels of services irrespective of the outcome of trade negotiations with the EU.

Prices:

In a worst-case scenario of a no-deal we should not be adversely affected by any WTO tariffs as these are already factored-in for our Far-East products. We’ve also  bought forward enough foreign currency to see us through to the final quarter of 2021 so any fluctuations in exchange rates as a consequence of a UK exit from the EU should be minimal. Therefore, we expect to be able to maintain our current prices well into 2021 and probably beyond.

Disruption Management:

In the event of a no-deal Brexit many are predicting delays at the points of sea entry to the UK for goods arriving from the EU, particularly in early 2021. The associated congestion may also affect the speed at which goods arriving from outside of the EU can clear customs and we are conscious of this fact. This aspect of a no-deal Brexit remains a challenge for all of us. However, to mitigate some of this risk we have invested heavily in stock as we approached the end of the year and in some cases, where it is feasible, we intend to fly in stock at our expense as we anticipate that airports will be less affected by congestion.

Conclusion:

In the event of a no-deal Brexit it would be prudent to anticipate some severe challenges with regard to importation of goods from the Eurozone but less so from other parts of the world. As we do not purchase any of our goods from the Eurozone and we are well stocked on our popular ranges we believe we have taken every affordable step to mitigate the likely problems that port congestion can cause. Furthermore, if prices are required to be increased in response to any changes, we will guarantee to hold our 2021 prices until the middle of the year so that our distributors can plan for a successful year ahead.

Sincerely,

Neil Cleere

Managing Director

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The Pen Warehouse & Snap Products Celebrate Webinar Launch Success

Snap Products and The Pen Warehouse collaborated with Addmaster to introduce the first webinar from their brand-new monthly webinar series: Beyond The Product.

The first of their webinars focused on hygiene-related products, the journey of their biofree® brand and the science behind their hygiene products and antimicrobial writing instruments, with Lisa Brian, Client Marketing Specialist at Addmaster as a guest speaker on Biomaster antimicrobial technology.

Helen Dyl, Operations Director at The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products commented, “Keeping in touch with our customers during this period is vital, the webinars are a fantastic way for us  to share our journey and give insight into the research and development behind our products.” She added, “Our next webinar will be all things Gifting with the festive season fast approaching – look out for registration links soon.”

Email marketing@pens.co.uk to sign up to the next Beyond The Product: Sustainable gifting.