Following PF Concept’s acquisition of SPS EU in December 2017, the companies will become one operation in early 2019 under the name of PF Concept UK.
As part of the transition, PF Concept is making significant investments in the UK business to increase capacity, make it easier and faster for customers to place orders and deliver the best customer service possible.
PF Concept and SPS will combine their extensive product portfolios and present customers with one collection, offering PF Concept products alongside The British Collection so that customers can still easily find their preferred products. In preparation for this, PF Concept has relocated its UK sales team and customer service functions to the SPS manufacturing site in Blackpool.
The combined PF Concept UK team will be led by Phil Morgan, with Tracey Bowen leading the sales and marketing functions.
Tracey Bowen, managing director sales and marketing: “2019 is set to be a big year for PF Concept, and an exciting year for our customers, as we continue to invest in our British operation. With a unified team, new products, a new facility and new equipment, we believe we will take big strides forward as a business, all of which will be hugely beneficial to our customers.”
Phil Morgan, director and CEO at SPS added: “Just as PF Concept is renowned for a fantastic product range and short lead times, SPS has a great reputation for UK manufacturing. With such a strong focus on the need for re-usable drinkware, our growth has been significant, and this additional investment will be critical to us meeting demand in the UK and across Europe. It’s an exciting time for our UK team, as we see continued investment helping us to become even stronger at what we do so well.”
The business has plans to expand its operations to take on an additional 30,000sq ft next to the current Blackpool manufacturing facility. This area will become a dedicated print unit, supporting the team in delivering extra printing capabilities and helping to reduce current lead times.
PF Concept has also acquired the assets of Paper Innovation, a specialist in sticky-note products. Quarter one of 2019 will see the launch of a wide range of sticky-note products, all manufactured in Blackpool.