COLOP to close UK branch

Stamp manufacturer COLOP has announced a change to its go-to-market strategy in the UK.

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Stamp manufacturer COLOP has announced a change to its go-to-market strategy in the UK.

The Austria-based manufacturer has decided to restructure its UK operations in a move that will see the closure of its local branch and the business transfer to distribution partner Greenstik Materials.

The distribution agreement with Yorkshire-based Greenstik – a leading supplier in the crafting segment – came into effect on 1 February. It also includes COLOP brands such as Reiner and Noris. COLOP UK Managing Director Chris Deighton, along with three colleagues, will be transferring over to Greenstik. There will now be a transition period that will culminate in the closure of COLOP’s site in Birmingham on 31 March.

Deighton commented: “While this is a significant change, it makes good sense for the business and will allow us to continue to grow and be a force within the UK market. For me personally, I will be able to become more customer-facing moving forward.”

He added: “I would also like to place on record my extreme gratitude to those members of my team that are not able to transfer, and who are working tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition in difficult circumstances for themselves.”

COLOP’s UK business has its roots in the Mark C Brown and William Jones Clifton companies that were acquired in 2006 and 2009 respectively, with COLOP UK officially established in 2013.  The vendor only moved to its Birmingham headquarters in May 2019 and, as of 1 April 2023, had 12 employees.

Birmingham, UK