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Ling sale announced

Penny Kennedy owners Swan Mill take over publishers and sister firm Talking Pictures

LING Design have announced that the publishers have been acquired by Swan Mill Paper Company, owners of the Penny Kennedy brand.

In an announcement embargoed until 4pm on Thursday, June 25, Julian Nash, current Chairman of Ling Design, said “Ling Design and their sister company Talking Pictures Cards have a unique place in the greetings industry and we are delighted to hand the continued development of the company we have built over the last 18 years to Swan Mill.
“We recognise them as one of the most successful and innovative British companies and I am quite certain that Ling Design will prosper further in their hands.”
David Byk, CEO of Swan Mill, added “Ling Design are a very well-known and well-run company supplying the trade with over 25 million cards per annum all year round and will form an excellent addition to our group.
“We see much common ground and many synergies and opportunities and we are excited to be adding the Ling Design, Talking Pictures, Rainbow Cards and Max and Sid brands to our own successful portfolio, which includes the upmarket gift-packaging brand Penny Kennedy.”
Ian Bant remains as MD of Ling Design, and David has been appointed CEO with immediate effect while Julian will remain with the business until the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition to the new ownership.
Ling Design. based in Paddock Wood, Kent, and Bath, Somerset, are leading independent publishers of greetings cards and stationery with a turnover of more than £8million.
They employ around 65 people and supply greetings cards to multiple retailers and independents in the UK as well as to nearly 30 countries around the world.
With a head office on Swanley, Kent, Swan Mill have a turnover of more than £50m with 250 employees in the UK and Asia.
They manufacture paper tableware, giftwrap and tinsel in the UK as well as importing gift packaging, greetings cards, Christmas crackers and decorations through their Hong Kong office for a similar customer base to that of Ling. They supply under the Penny Kennedy and Swantex brands as well as own label.

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