|Private company limited by shares|
|Industry||Mail Order, Retail|
|Headquarters||Hyde, Greater Manchester|
|UK, Northern Ireland|
Express Gifts Ltd, 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. 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.
Express Gifts is a multi-channel retailer that offers home shopping services to over 1.5 million people per year 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.
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 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, of which £2.5 million went directly to the failed Farepak.
Bought as package together with Kleeneze, Kitbag describes itself as Europe's largest online sports retailer. See Kitbag more details.
Findel started as a greeting card company and went public in the early 1960s under the name "Fine Art Developments." It spun off its greeting card business in 1997 as a separate company called "Creative Publishing", which was subsequently acquired by Hallmark Cards in 1998. The company changed its name to "Findel plc" in 2000.
In April 2013, Findel sold its healthcare division, NRS, to LDC.
- "Findel PLC: Annual Reports & Accounts 2014". Retrieved 14 January 2015.
- Directorate Change 15 September 2010
- Sainsbury, Tesco, Findel to help Farepak customers UPDATE - Live Style Extra 7/11/2006
- "about us". Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- "Websites". Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "About Us". Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- "Express Gifts". Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- Life Style Extra - Findel picks up 34 mln stg of assets from European Home Retail receiver Retail Week - Findel pounces on EHR assets
- (14 December 2004). Top marks for quick switch, Yorkshire Post
- (17 May 1997). Fine Art Developments to spin off card operation, The Independent
- (10 July 1998). Hallmark Cards agrees to buy British competitor, Southeast Missourian (Associated Press story)
- History, findel.co.uk, Retrieved 13 December 2012