Housewares supplier JWP is backing local football club Accrington Stanley, after relocating to new offices at Altham in Lancashire.
Founded in 2001, JWP bills itself as ‘a company focused on innovations in housewares and licensed character lighting, providing high quality house and kitchenware products to well-known trade and retail outlets across the UK’. Now a subsidiary of the Meyer Group – one of the UK’s largest kitchenware suppliers – it is settling into new offices at Mercury Rise, on the Altham Business Park.
JWP sales and marketing director Geoff Hounslea explained: “We were previously based in Blackburn and in other offices but we’re consolidating our operation here because it’s a great place to do business. We’re aiming to hit £10m turnover in the next 12 months, we’ve recruited four new staff members in the past year, and we’re continuing to grow. These smart modern offices are perfect for us, with great motorway links.”
To celebrate the move, JWP is getting behind local football club Accrington Stanley and its ‘decima’ events, marking 10 years back in the Football League. Having already sponsored advertising signage at the club’s Wham Stadium (ensuring exposure from televised matches), JWP is now sponsoring the club’s home game against Newport County on Saturday November 14 and has booked a table at a fund-raising Decima Dinner taking place that evening at Accrington Town Hall.
In addition, JWP is donating more than £1,000 worth of Star Wars-themed stock from one of its best-selling product lines to help the club and the Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Club (OASSC) raise funds.
JWP is giving 10 Star Wars 3D wall lights from 3DLightFX to Accrington Stanley and a further 22 to the OASSC, which has organised the Decima Dinner. For the November 14 match at the Wham Stadium, JWP is providing 10,000 leaflets to be distributed through all local primary schools, offering free entry to a child under 12 (when accompanied by a paying adult), and entry into a free prize draw to win one of the Star Wars 3D wall lights.
Geoff Hounslea commented: “We want to feel part of the community and all of our staff and their families are invited along to the match on the 14th, with some of the children acting as mascots. As a business, we’re delighted to move to this area and to help Accrington Stanley celebrate its milestone of 10 years back in the Football League.”
In fact the move brings JWP closer to its roots, as it was founded by Jim Wilkinson, part of the George Wilkinson dynasty of bakeware manufacturers from Burnley in Lancashire. Now JWP counts big names including John Lewis, Dunelm, The Range, Selfridges, Argos, Waitrose, Morrisons, Amazon and Lakeland among its customers, as well as independent retailers across the UK.
JWP’s new contact details are: Unit 8 Venus House, Mercury Rise, Altham Business Park, Altham, Lancashire BB5 5BY; tel 01282 688080; fax 01282 688081; email firstname.lastname@example.org ; website www.jwpltd.co.uk.
JWP sales and marketing director Geoff Hounslea with one of JWP’s new Star Wars range of 3D lights