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Rainbow Designs appoints new National Accounts Manager

Rainbow Designs is investing in and strengthening its successful sales team with the appointment of Jo Adger to the position of National Accounts Manager.

Jo joins the Rainbow Designs Team, bringing with her a wealth of industry and specialist toy knowledge, with over a decade of sales experience.

Jo started in sales in 2011, working at DKB Household before spending the last four years at games company, Winning Moves.

Jo is delighted to be joining the Rainbow family and excited to be working with these famous brands.

Posted: 24 July 2022

Pentel appoints John Cotterell into sales team

Stationery brand Pentel has appointed industry veteran John Cotterell to manage its sales territory from Staffordshire to the Channel Islands, encompassing south and mid-Wales, south-west England and much of the M40 corridor.

John joins Pentel following the recent retirement of long-standing Pentel territory manager Sally Evans.

With over 40 years' experience John has extensive knowledge of the stationery industry and writing instruments in particular, gained through territory and national account manager roles with Stabilo, Esselte and, latterly, Pilot.

Posted: 4 July 2022

Fanattik appoints new Sales Director

Fanattik, the UK based pop culture gift licensee, has appointed Luiz Ferreira to the position of Sales Director.

Luiz first started with Fanattik as a consultant three years ago before moving up to head of sales and now as Sales Director he will be managing relationships with gift retailers throughout the UK, mainland Europe, MENA and Australasia.

A gaming and film fan himself, Luiz brings more the twenty years' experience working with pop culture merchandise to the role.

Posted: 22 June 2022

Miss Milly achieves industry recognition

Miss Milly has been announced as Finalist in the Federation of Small Business Awards (FSB) for the West Midlands Self-Employed Trader of The Year, as well as being shortlisted for B2B Business of the Year by BizBubble, a small business network and community organisation.

On Monday 7 March as part of International Women's Day celebrations, Sarah Watmore, founder of Miss Milly, will be attending a special event at the House of Lords. In Spring 2021, Sarah was named as one of F:Entrepreneur's ialso 100, a campaign highlighting, celebrating and promoting inspiring female entrepreneurs in the UK.

Posted: 2 March 2022

Wrendale scoops everywoman award

Hannah Dale owner of Wrendale has won the award for the most inspirational woman who has been running a business trading for six to nine years.

The 19th annual NatWest everywoman Awards, held December 2021, celebrated the UK's most inspiring female entrepreneurs, recognising their outstanding achievements during one of the most challenging periods for businesses in living memory. Bringing together some of the UK's most successful business owners, the ceremony featured the stories of many extraordinary women who, against the odds, have brought business concepts to reality, creating jobs, opportunities and global brands.

Posted: 14 December 2021

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