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Manuscript write Lime deal

World’s largest calligraphy brand acquire award-winning UK distributors


MANUSCRIPT Pen Company have today confirmed the acquisition of multiple award-winning distributors Lime Stationery & Art, and their subsidiaries in the UK.

The world’s largest calligraphy brand has grown extensively over the last five years in the global market and adding in UK brand distribution will give Manuscript more diversity, strength in the domestic market and ability to grow as a business.
The deal, which has been in the pipeline for several months, was rubber stamped at the beginning of August and officially confirmed today, Thursday, August 8.
Manuscript and Lime will now trade under one company with previous joint owners Michael Owen, Tracy Owen and Jon Sumner continuing to sell on behalf of the group, ensuring a smooth transition for the existing supply chain and customers.
While continuing to develop their own award-winning global brand, Manuscript will benefit by selling a selection of Lime’s own distribution portfolio within the UK including giving them access to new market sectors.
Manuscript MD Charlie Stockbridge said: “This a key step in the growth plans of Manuscript as a brand and the company as a whole. The purchase of Lime Stationery made complete sense, due to their reputation, strong UK sales presence and network of contacts.
“I can’t wait to see where this acquisition takes us – it’s a real opportunity, for both Manuscript and Lime, to expand and increase its footprint in an ever-changing industry.”
Michael added: “We’ve known Manuscript for over a decade and seen how they have developed and grown. They are one of the most forward-thinking companies in the industry and our combined skills and knowledge will be a perfect match.

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