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Good staff really count


You can tell a lot about a company from the employees, and at UK Greetings they have a great record when it comes to staff, both for loyalty and helping in the community, proving that the close-knit nature of North-East folk is very much alive and kicking in the 21st century.


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TAFF turnover is a good indication of how good a fi rm is to work for and Dewsbury-based UK Greetings are very proud of their record as many employees stay for a very long time.


With CEO Gary Rowley himself having clocked up 40 years’ service, he was the perfect person to host the recent special dinner for seven staff members who match him for continuous service to the company. The select group at the dinner were Sampling Coordinator Pat Whitaker from Customer Care & Sampling, Customer Operations Director Kevin Nolan from the Distribution Project Team, Business Systems Development Manager Martin Booth from Production, Insert & Folding Production Operative Georgina France, Sales & Merchandising Support Administrator Lorraine Scott, Manufacturing Process Manager Howard Young from Pre Media and Customer Operations Co-ordinator Anna Ignaczak from Customer Services. These loyal people are at the heart of UKG, one of the country’s leading direct-to-retail manufacturers of greetings cards, gift dressings and social stationery, along with the passionate, highly talented artists, editors and marketing professionals who bring the product to life. UKG’s sub-brand strategy gives the company their distinct edge, offering a complete solution to meet the specifi c needs of their retailers. Each sub-brand offers something unique, Gibson


features stunning traditional artwork and deeply meaningful editorial, Carlton presents contemporary


designs with a modern voice, and best-selling cutes such as Boofl e and Lots Of Woof, Hanson White continues to induce laughter with top humour, while Camden Graphics showcases stylish, modern artwork and Thinking Of You brings together quality design with added value. Gift dressing brand Collage


UKG are committed to researching the market, listening to retailers and speaking directly to the consumer in order to deliver relevant product, something which was recognised recently with the acquisition of the Disney licence. Alan Brook, Licencing and International Marketing


Director, said: “Our partnership with Disney was born out of their recognition that UK Greetings offers world class creativity, manufacturing excellence, market leading customer services and business operations.” With dedicated sales and


merchandising teams UKG deliver quality results for retailers, offering national coverage and working closely with customers to ensure their greetings card displays perform effi ciently and profi tably. And UKG deliver on their promise


to provide exemplary service to their customers, as recognised for three years running with the winning of the Henries Gold Award for service to the independent retailer. Life at UKG isn’t all about business, community spirit plays a huge part as staff at the West Yorkshire base love to do their bit for charity, whether it’s hosting internal cake sales or sponsoring colleagues to do amazing things. So far this year UKG have raised £340 for Action For Children, £150 for SANDS, and more recently donated


creates bold, fashion-led everyday and seasonal wrap, bags and accessories, while charity card division Special Editions develops elegant and innovative product for a wide range of charities, helping them raise invaluable funds.


What’s in a name? PHOTOS of daft name places are Dominic Greyer’s speciality, and plenty abound in the north east for his Lesser Spotted Images cards, coasters, books and tea towels. North Yorkshire has a few - there’s Bedlam, and Crackpot is from Old Norse kraka for


crows and Middle English potte for rocky cleft so means ‘rocky cleft where crows abound’, Fryup possibly derives from the Old English name Friga, followed by hop meaning remote valley, hence ‘Friga’s valley’, and High Back Side is in Middleton. Busty View in Pelton Fell, Co Durham is named after the productive coal seam known as Busty Beamish, while Slack Bottom is the lower end of its village, and the East Riding’s Wetwang had TV star Richard Whitley as honorary mayor. Northumberland’s Twice Brewed Inn gave its name to the village after road builders weren’t impressed by the beer and down the road is Once Brewed, named because the Youth Hostel here was opened by the teetotal Lady Trevellyan.


T: 07932 086581 www.lesserspotted.com 46 www.greetingstoday.co.uk


£3,000 to Boofl e and Business Unit Manager Chris Barr, who were trekking the Himalayas to raise much- needed funds for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre. T: 01924 465200 www.ukgreetings.co.uk


Good staff really count


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