Findel plc

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Findel Plc
Private company limited by shares
Industry Mail Order, Retail
Founded 1962
Headquarters Hyde, Greater Manchester
Area served
UK, Northern Ireland
Products
Revenue £514.7m (2014)[1]
Subsidiaries
Website www.findel.co.uk

Findel plc is a British home shopping company, based in Hyde, Greater Manchester. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Its chief executive is Roger Siddle.[2][3]

Group Companies[edit]

Express Gifts[edit]

Express Gifts Ltd,[4] the largest company within the Findel plc group, sells greeting cards, gifts, home and garden items through its Studio and Ace catalogues and 24Studio / 24ace websites.[5] Most of its business is undertaken in the Autumn run-up to Christmas. More than 3 million major catalogues are distributed each year by the company.[citation needed]

Express Gifts is a multi-channel retailer that offers home shopping services to over 1.5 million people per year[6] through a combination of direct catalogue marketing and online shopping. Express Gifts is a credit proposition offering customers credit accounts. The credit proposition gives Express Gifts a USP that isn't available on the High Street.

Express Gifts[7] operate through a number of brands, 24studio, 24ace, HalfCost, Health & Home Shopping and Webb Ivory Fundraising.

Findel Education[edit]

Findel Education is the largest dedicated supplier of educational resources in Europe, with a Head Office in the Hyde area of Greater Manchester. Customers include state and independent schools from nursery to secondary level, hospitals, charities, and other educational bodies. Product range covers all curriculum subjects as well as all the furniture, audio-visual, stationery and janitorial needs of schools and nurseries. The company trades in the UK and internationally through a series of high profile catalogue brands including Findel Education, Findel International, Hope Education, Hope Early Years, GLS, Davies Sports, LDA, Philip Harris, UNILAB, NES Arnold, Galt and Step by Step. Findel Education undertakes PFI work in the UK.

Kleeneze Europe[edit]

Main article: Kleeneze

Kleeneze Europe is a multi-level marketing company, founded in 1923 by Harry Crook in Bristol, England. Following the 13 October 2006 collapse of Farepak and its parent European Home Retail, Findel purchased Kleeneze together with I Want One Of Those.com and Kitbag companies from the group for £34 million,[8] of which £2.5 million went directly to the failed Farepak.[3]

Kitbag.com[edit]

Main article: Kitbag

Bought as package together with Kleeneze, Kitbag describes itself as Europe's largest online sports retailer. See Kitbag more details.

History[edit]

Findel started as a greeting card company and went public in the early 1960s under the name "Fine Art Developments."[9] It spun off its greeting card business in 1997 as a separate company called "Creative Publishing",[10] which was subsequently acquired by Hallmark Cards in 1998.[11] The company changed its name to "Findel plc" in 2000.[12]

In August 2010, Findel sold Confetti.co.uk and I Want One of Those to The Hut Group.

In April 2013, Findel sold its healthcare division, NRS, to LDC.

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