Bradford greeting card company Tailormade Design is acquired by Hong Kong-based Sandbox Group

Sandbox’s CEO and COO, Greg Holmes and Cris HolmesSandbox’s CEO and COO, Greg Holmes and Cris Holmes
Sandbox’s CEO and COO, Greg Holmes and Cris Holmes
Tailormade Design Ltd, a greeting card and paper product publisher, has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by the Hong Kong-based Sandbox Group.

The group, established by Cris and Greg Holmes, comprises Sandbox Industries Ltd, Pinecone Design Ltd and Tailormade Design Ltd, which continues to operate under the rebranded Tailormade Creative Design Ltd.

Tailormade, based in Low Moor, Bradford, will retain its current team. The company, which was established in 2001, is a specialist publisher of own brand greeting cards and paper products, including stationery, gift wrap and gift bags.

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“We purchased Tailormade Design in order to expand and enhance our portfolio of companies,” said Greg Holmes, Sandbox Group’s CEO. “We know that the new business will provide the long-term approach we need to secure a positive future – a strong workforce, a business-friendly environment and superb creative, manufacturing, and distribution.”

“We believe in the integrity of Tailormade, which has a long and proven track record of providing exquisite quality and design, and we hope to increase the appeal of the company to an even larger international audience.”

Cris Holmes, COO of Sandbox Group, added; “Our track record speaks for itself, producing over 200 million cards a year for many of the major retailers and charities on a global platform. We’re proud to provide differentiation in the marketplace, with all our designs created on a bespoke and exclusive basis.

“The company focuses intensely on relationship building with its customers, retailers and partners. Our international approach offers a global vision of emerging trends, innovative packaging options and new revenue streams which we can continue to offer to our valued customer base.”

The group has offices in the UK, Hong Kong, Canada and China, and the previous acquisition of Pinecone Design Ltd in early 2004 brought access to the North American retail market.

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