Gifts Today magazine

Second acquisition gets Mint-ed

Debbie and Alan add Real & Exciting Designs to portfolio

DEBBIE and Alan Williams are at it again – getting ready for a new show, they’ve made a new acquisition, adding Real & Exciting Designs to their Mint Publishing portfolio.

Following on from buying Museums & Galleries during Harrogate Home & Gift last July, the pair negotiated their latest deal during the run up to PG Live with the announcement being made yesterday as they set up their stand at London’s Business Design Centre ready for the show to open today (Tuesday).

Sarah Curedale has been the creative force behind Real & Exciting Designs with the business side run by her husband Paul until his tragic death from cancer in February last year.

“We’ve bought the company,” Alan told Gifts Today yesterday afternoon, “Sarah is going to have a well-deserved holiday and when she’s ready she’s going to come back to design for the on-going firm.

“We’ll continue to run Real & Exciting as a separate company, it’s in fulfilment at the moment so we’re going to leave it there at least until after this year’s Christmas stock as gone out, then we’ll make a decision.

“It’s such a good fit with us, their offering doesn’t compete because it’s a more boutiquey-type of market, but it fits nicely with Mint and M&G.

“We had an initial chat a while ago band Sarah wanted to continue to run it herself, but it started getting on top of her so when she decided to get out we jumped on it quickly.

“When we bought M&G I said to the staff that if we ever talked about buying another company they were to stop us – so we didn’t tell them all until we’d done it!”

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