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PAGE Partnership Visit Innovations House

On Monday 8 November, Brian Hayward, Director at PAGE Partnership, visited The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products with a small group of catalogue members for their annual meet up. The day started with a tour of Innovations House including the factory, offices, studio and showroom.

The afternoon continued with a company update, outlining challenges, achievements and objectives for the future, followed by a presentation of brand-new products landing in 2022. The evening included a luxury private dining experience in a relaxed environment to catch up on both a business and personal level.

Monica Malfa, Marketing Programme Manager at The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products commented: “It was so good to welcome PAGE Partnership back and meet with familiar faces, sharing each others’ experiences and gaining invaluable feedback to help us build back better.”

The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products’ commitment to regain exceptional levels of customer experience and unrivalled service remains a core objective for 2022. Now out of survival mode and into recovery, the teams are rebuilding, processes updated and new structures implemented.

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Spooky Bake Off / Face Off 👻

On Friday we celebrated all things spooky by hosting a spooky bake off, a spooky face off and a charity bake sale.

Winners included Beata and Angelika who both received a £20 Amazon voucher. Beata won Spookiest Cake and Angelika won Spookiest Face.

The bake sale raised over £100 for Frimley Health Charity – a huge thank you goes out to all our employees for participating and donating. It was a day filled with fun and delicious treats, and a fantastic way to support a charity close to our hearts.

For more information on Frimley Health Charity please click here.

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The Pen Warehouse & Snap Products Support Tree Planting Campaign

The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products have introduced free fresh fruit for their employees via Fruitful Office, with every fruit basket contributing to one fruit tree planted in Malawi, Africa, helping Malawian families benefit from the trees to provide both fruit and firewood for consumption and income generation. The tree planting campaign, in collaboration with UK charity Ripple Africa, also helps mitigate the effects of deforestation and offset CO2 emissions. The project is one of the largest and most successful tree planting projects in Malawi and provides a long-term solution to combat deforestation in Africa. With three fruit baskets delivered per week, The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products will contribute around 156 fruit trees planted a year. All packaging for the fruit baskets is eco-friendly and zero-plastic. For more information about the Tree Planting Campaign, please click here.

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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 familybusinessunited.com.

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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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Promo Roadmap: May

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And… just like that, we are almost onto stage 3 of our 4 step roadmap out of lockdown in the UK (internal screaming).

Exiting Lockdown: The Next Steps for the UK

As of 17th May, we will see the return of events, more friends (if you have more than 5) and the reopening of most businesses including cinemas and hotels. Hygiene measures and social distancing will still be a thing of normality throughout May and beyond, so it is important that these sectors are well prepared for their reopening.

Products to help you get prepared

We are currently running an introductory special offer on our Polyester Face Masks until the end of April – so don’t miss out. To redeem simply quote PFM50SU on your PO. These are available with spot colour or full colour transfer printing on a rapid 5 working day lead time. To see our full range of protective face coverings click here.


Keep your staff members and customers safe with our Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approved hand sanitisers offered from our biofree® range.

  • UK manufactured in-house
  • WHO approved formulation
  • Contains 75% alcohol
  • Diverse range from travel size to jerry cans

Our extensive collection of hygiene essential packs include some of our best-selling biofree® hand sanitisers.


We can help to make sure your business follows the latest COVID-secure guidelines with our top-quality British-made floor graphics, signage and acrylic screen guards that don’t compromise communication or culture. Our floor graphics are made using R9 rated anti-slip and anti-scruff material suitable for outdoors, hard flooring and vinyl.
Perfect for:

  • Cinemas
  • Hotels
  • Stores
  • Events
  • Workplace


For added safety, we are proud to have created an industry-first: Biomaster ink. Biomaster is an antimicrobial spot colour printing ink developed in-house that disrupts the growth of bacteria and ensures the product provides complete antimicrobial protection effective for its lifetime. We offer Biomaster spot colour printing on our range of biofree® writing instruments.


With the return of sports and events in May and permission to leave the house, water bottles are a great product to gift attending guests. Sustainability is so important and promoting your business on a reusable product that will be used daily, is a smart move and will give you long-lasting exposure.


For more detailed information on the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown, and to learn about key products for each step, join us on Wednesday 28th April at Midday for our Promo Roadmap Webinar.

References:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary 

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World Water Day – 22 March 2021

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World Water Day is a global event hosted by the United Nations on the 22nd March every year. It is a day to call attention to the importance of fresh, clean water and highlight the reality that almost a quarter of the world’s population do not have access to this. World Water Day is the celebration of water and its benefits to our lives.

Did you know?

Sustainable usage and management of water is of global concern as it is said that by 2050, half the population will be living in water-stressed regions, including the UK. 

With plastic pollution being a hot topic currently, the impact of our decisions such as our lack of recycling, lack of eco choices and our demand for single-use plastics is having effects closer to home than you may believe. In 2018, Manchester University found the River Tame in England to have the world’s level of microplastic pollution ever recorded at that time, globally. If this isn’t shocking enough, microplastics have been found in Antarctica.

With lack of suitable infrastructure in third world countries, their waterways often become a place of waste disposal as it is quick and economical. The impact of this leaves rivers and beaches contaminated with rubbish, chemicals and sewage, making it harmful for both the human population and wildlife.

Water Goals

Providing water and sanitation to all by 2030 is one the United Nations sustainable development goals, so what can we do to help?

What can we do to help?

  • Turning the tap off when you brush your teeth
  • Buying a sand timer to limit your showers (1 minute = 17 litres)
  • Not buying as many jeans (1,000 gallons of water is used to make just a single pair)
  • Using the dishwasher only when it’s full
  • Use a watering can to water the plants, not a hose
  • Cutting down on your meat and dairy consumption
  • Making eco-friendly swaps. Promoting your business via our range of Eco-Friendly Writing Instruments will convey a positive message to your clients
  • Using reusable drinkware, such as our high-quality Mood® Vacuum Bottle
Writing instruments manufactured from sustainable bamboo

Resources 

World Water Day 2021 highlights dire predictions of growing scarcity | CBC News

World Water Day 2021 | 22 MARCH WORLD WATER DAY

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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.