Plant label firm step up exports

Australia is recent addition to the Wells and Winter export list and their sales to the continent have increased dramatically over the last six months.

Exports have increased from 15 per cent to 20 per cent of the over all business turnover. 
The Devon-based plant label business now sells to five continents.
Owners are Nigel and Iris Horsey. They specialise in zinc labels.
Nigel Horsey said: "I describe what we’re doing as my fourth, most enjoyable, career," said Nigel, who was in the Royal Navy, based at RNAS Culdrose, and whose family come from Cornwall. Iris was on a stand at an RHS event selling some pretty things when we got talking to the lady next to us who was selling labels.  It turned out that the business was for sale. We were interested so she introduced us to the owner Sir John Wells, a former MP, who was then 79. He recognised the importance of going online but didn’t want to make the transition himself.  My last job had been working with a dot com company so, even though Iris and I had no experience of retail, we decided to take the gamble and buy Wells & Winter. Plant labels remain our core business, accounting for fifty per cent of sales, whilst our tin plates now bring in ten per cent.  We still go to shows, too – both in the UK and Europe – because it’s still important to be seen."


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