BrownTrout UK, the calendar and stationery company has announced it is to cease trading

The company based in Bristol, is a separate wholly owned UK subsidiary to the US-based BrownTrout Publishers Inc, the largest calendar publisher in the world. As well as its own huge ranges of diaries and calendars, the UK company also distributed titles from Andrews McMeel Publishing and stationery from Graphique de France.

“It is sad and there is no good time to close a business, but at least this is the ‘cleanest’ time of the year to do it, before we take on any new potential debt,” Jack Straw, managing director and shareholder of BrownTrout UK.  He explained that there are a number of factors which have led to the business closure.

Ahmad Tea Launches Natural Benefits Range

With demand for functional food and drink at an all-time high, Ahmad Tea, the family-run UK tea company, is set to make waves with the launch of its new Natural Benefits range, a collection of herbal and green tea infusions, each with added functional fortification.

The range, comprising six blends – Energy, Beauty, Immune, Digest, Slim and Sleep – has been designed to support consumers in their quest to feel-good and stay nourished, whatever challenges they face, at any time of the day.

John Lewis Partnership appoints Pippa Wicks as Executive Director for John Lewis

The John Lewis Partnership has today appointed Pippa Wicks as Executive Director for John Lewis. Pippa joins from the Co-op Group where she was Deputy Chief Executive and will start her new role in August. 

Pippa will be responsible for trading, merchandising, marketing and developing propositions and services for John Lewis shops and

Sharon White, Partner & Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: “I am delighted to welcome Pippa to the Partnership. She brings a wealth of experience of leading and developing businesses that deliver brilliant products and services to customers, both online and in stores. Pippa has an exceptional track record, including at the Co-op Group which, as a membership organisation, shares similar values to the Partnership in terms of the commitment to the communities we serve.” 

London Stationery Show Prepares For September

London Stationery Show, the UK’s only trade show dedicated to stationery, is taking place at the Business Design Centre on 11 September. After the show was moved from its original April date due to the pandemic, the team have been busy getting things organised for September. Event Director, Alex Butler said “We’re looking forward to the show later this year. We believe that as lockdown is gradually lifted, it’s important for trading to resume to help kickstart the economy.”

“We’re working closely with the Business Design Centre, who have acted quickly to implement measures to ensure they can support Covid-19 secure events, and are ready to receive visitors safely as soon as the government lifts restrictions” Alex continued. “We’re pleased that so many of our exhibitors are able to join us in supporting the industry in September.”