Charles Bentley & Son Get to Grips with Gripit & Marxman

Award-winning UK manufacturer Charles Bentley & Son Ltd has obtained the European license to manufacture and distribute Gripit the ultimate plasterboard fixing as well as the Marxman, professional marking tool, both backed by Dragon’s Den entrepreneur, Deborah Meaden.

The Midlands-based brushware and homeware specialist has a manufacturing plant in both the UK and China, and now adds both Gripit and Marxman to its existing portfolio of DIY and homeware products.

Gripit, which appeared on Dragon’s Den in 2014, is already available in 5,000 stores in the UK and 32 countries worldwide, Charles Bentley & Son will use its substantial experience and networks in the sector to further increase its reach and sales.

Marxman is a perfect partner product and is an established product across Europe.

Charles Bentley, Managing Director, commented “These products are an exciting but natural addition for us. It is one of a number of Dragon’s Den-backed innovations that we produce and distribute, working with inventors, bringing new products to a worldwide market”

A sixth-generation family business, operating for nearly 160 years, Charles Bentley & Son has a wide range of customers serving both the homeware and DIY markets.  It is planned to commence distribution of Gripit and Marxman products from mid-December.

Charles Bentley continued “Gripit is a fantastic Brand, and we are confident that with our substantial heritage and experience in global manufacturing, shipping and distribution coupled with our own established brand, we are confident we can build further on its success.”

Earlier this year, UK Building Products limited, who own the Gripit brand, underwent a re-structure, and as part of the company’s future, awarded the Gripit licence to Charles Bentley & Son.

A spokesman for UK Building Products, said that “Working with Charles Bentley & Son is part of a package of positive changes that has been put in place to ensure the company’s continued success, and we felt that their wealth of experience in the DIY trade, best placed them to serve both the brand and the market for Gripit Products.

Charles Bentley & Son recently won the award for Manufacturing Excellence at the Family Business Awards and was also a was Highly Commended Family Business of the Year.

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