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n October, Ricoma moved into its new state-of-the- art headquarters in Miami,

After two years of construction, the new 58,000sq ft facility will house all Ricoma employees and machinery. The new building includes a two-storey, open- concept workspace; a showroom that is open to customers; and two warehouses with space for testing, preparing and shipping the company’s embroidery machines.

Henry Ma, Ricoma’s chief operating officer, said: “This is yet another milestone inked in the company’s history and will be the springboard for the next chapter of growth that’s to come. This next chapter of growth is to include the opening of a new production facility in Shenzhen, China. Popularity and demand has increased year on year and now the current facility cannot cope with demand so Ricoma has invested in a new state-of-the-art

facility to increase production. As well as this, Ricoma was recently voted the number one brand in China by consumers and industry peers for its innovative advancements in the embroidery machinery industry.

Mr Ma added: “This is just further affirmation that our company is putting forth the effort needed to provide our customers with only the best in the industry. We will continue to aim for top-of-the-line service, products and support. We wouldn’t have it any other way.” And finally, Ricoma launched a brand-new website at the beginning of 2020.

With a more modern and interactive twist, visitors will experience a more user-friendly interface and an easier navigation throughout. While the brand colours and theme will remain the same, the new website template provides a refreshing and crisp new look that will bring the visitor up close and personal to Ricoma products.

2020 Promotional Gift Award winners announced


total of 45 companies were selected as a winner of a 2020 Promotional

Gift Award.

Award-winning products varied from plastic-saving ballpoint pens, to umbrellas with a sound module, and charging cables with a zipper function. A consistent theme among the entries was sustainability. Listawood and Kingly were among the 45 winners for their respective products; ColourFusion Eevo-Therm Bottles and socks knitted from upcycled yarn.

Listawood’s ground breaking ColourFusion Eevo-Therm Bottles were confirmed as a winning product in December with the organisers stating: “The jury was unanimous: The product

ColourFusion EevoTherm

bottle is excellent and definitely

deserves to win the Promotional Gift Award.” ColourFusion Eevo-Therm bottles use a Patent protected decoration

Listawood’s ColourFusion Eevo-Therm bottles

The new headquarters in Miami, Florida

The new production facility in Shenzhen, China

Rowlinson Knitwear named as company to watch in 2020

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technique that enables Listawood to offer unique, 360°, full colour, photographic branding on these high-quality thermal drinkware from just 30 pieces.

Kingly’s upcycled crew sports socks are constructed using 85% upcycled cotton. In 2018, using upcycled yarn in the production of these socks saved over 43.4 billion litres of water and over 61 million kilos of C02 emission.

Kingly’s upcycled crew sport socks

The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, March 18, where all of the award- winning products will also be showcased in a special exhibition at HAPTICA live in Bonn, Germany.

companies from the north west of England to watch out for in 2020.

The list was compiled by Business Live, which asked business experts from around the north west to pick out companies they were

Nicola Ryan and Leanne Gainford, joint director of People Services, Rowlinson Knitwear

tipping for great things in 2020. Rowlinson was nominated by Claire Ebrey, Institute of Directors, north west regional director. The report states the following reasons why Rowlinson is one to watch.

Rowlinson became employee owned over four years ago and puts people, planet and customers before profit. This has led to world class customer satisfaction scores and a happy place to work.

The company has also been listed as the fourth best place to work for women in 2019 (small business category) and it won Importer of the Year at the recent International Trade awards. The company is a big advocate of the GM good employment charter and wants to be a force for good in the GM business community promoting the benefits of colleague happiness which has led to high productivity and much higher profits. Rowlinson is known for its work with offshore factories and workers in Bangladesh providing all workers with water filter machines and free female sanitary products as well as education programmes.

In 2020 the company aims to become a B Corporation giving as much consideration to its social and environmental impact as it does to its financial returns.

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tockport-based Rowlinson Knitwear has been named as

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