Blake, the UK postal supplies company has announced a 12.5% increase in sales for FY2017. This is despite a reduction in sales within the envelope sector of 5%.
November 2017 was the company’s most successful month with record breaking sales.
Earlier in the year, Blake acquired Rapid, a reel fed envelope production site. This has enabled the company to meet increased demand for faster delivery times. It also helped to negate the potential impact of Brexit by reshoring business to the UK.
Hubs of Excellence, Key to Success
Key to Blake bucking the trend of a general decrease in envelope sales are their hubs of excellence.
In 2017, Blake teamed up with the Postal Museum at Clerkenwell, opening a hub of excellence. This is in addition to hubs in Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester. Designers and marketers can work with experts to explore postal packaging options for direct mail and bespoke packaging requirements. Blake plan to open three more hubs in 2018.
Graham Carlin, MD at Blake states:
“I’m fortunate to work with the best people in our industry, our success to date and particularly last year is the result of us improving in all areas of our business while growing stronger as a team.”
New Envelope Product Launches for 2018
A new Blake envelope product book is set to be launched in the next few weeks. This includes products that bring a closer alignment of the Creative Colour range with the company’s packaging offering.
CEO, Michael Barter is confident 2018 will be the company’s best year to date:
“What we have achieved in 2017 is a far cry from the days spent in my attic, where the business began 17 years ago. Whilst we are cautious about making bold statements for 2018, I am convinced with the team we have that we will continue to succeed with our ambitions, and with our forward thinking strategy, I feel 2018 will be our greatest year yet”.