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Lanchester Group is a family-owned wine bottler and wholesaler that is comprised of five companies: Lanchester Wines, Lanchester Gifts, Lanchester Energy, Greencroft Bottling, and Lanchester Properties.

Lanchester Group Headquarter Location

Greencroft Estate Tower Road, Annfield Plain

Stanley, England, DH9 7XP,

United Kingdom

+44 (01207) 521234

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Gateshead hamper firm Spicers of Hythe racks up record Christmas orders after moving North

Nov 4, 2021

Gateshead hamper firm Spicers of Hythe racks up record Christmas orders after moving North The company has moved from Kent to the North East, triggering a huge spike in online orders for its luxury food hampers 12:48, 4 NOV 2021 Ruth Peyton from Spicers Of Hythe specialist hampers in Felling (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Sign up to FREE email alerts from BusinessLive - Retail & Consumer - all the results, acquisitions and trends every FridayInvalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later. Subscribe We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice A gifting company acquired five years ago by the Lanchester Group is racking up record orders for the Christmas period after relocating to the region. When the County Durham group acquired Spicers of Hythe Ltd in 2016 it was already totting up sales of £5m with its luxury hampers, having started out from a small shop in the Kent coastal market town in 1926. During the pandemic however, Stanley-based Lanchester Group – which also owns the Lanchester Wines, Greencroft Bottling, Lanchester Energy and Full Circle Brewery businesses – relocated the business from Kent to Gateshead, taking over a 140,000 sq ft facility. The online retailer of hampers for the corporate gifting market doubled its workforce, creating over 65 new permanent and temporary roles in the region and generating a turnover in excess of £13m. A record run of orders ahead of this Christmas will see 42,469 Christmas cakes, 86,276 mince pies, 69,306 bottles of prosecco and 21,006 Santa sacks flying out the door of the so-called ‘Santa’s workshop’ in Felling, making it one of the country’s biggest hamper companies. The company now has plans to grow to £20m in the next five years, making investments of £500,000 in IT and warehouse operations and a further £200,000 into print and IT technology. Ruth Peyton, director of gifts at Lanchester Group, said: “Last year we saw a surge in online hamper sales due to the pandemic, as companies had to cancel Christmas parties and send a gift to clients and staff remotely. The original Spicers of Hythe shop in Kent (Image: Lanchester Group) “This year, although life is slowly returning to normal, with Covid restrictions still a possibility over the winter, many companies are deciding to postpone big staff parties again and we are already seeing hampers under the taxable benefit threshold of £50 soar as employee gifts.” Laid end to end, the hampers Spicers will produce this year would stretch from its facility on Nest Road, Felling to Northallerton, or three-fifths of the way along Hadrian’s Wall. Ms Peyton said: “Spicers has been in business for 95 years, and corporate gifts has changed dramatically over the years. "Back in 1981 our best seller was our traditional Christmas gift hamper and in 1991 our cheese board was popular, however today prosecco and chocolate remains a top seller. “This year we have seen an increase in demand for healthier, low alcohol gifts so we have brought in a new alcohol-free bubbly hamper to cater for this trend.” Sign up for your daily BusinessLive North East newsletter You can get all the day's business news from the North East sent to your email inbox each morning. By signing up here, we will deliver the headlines from companies in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside straight to your email inbox every morning. Our specialist team of business writers will bring you stories from a range of sectors, reporting on companies large and small. Read More

Lanchester Group Acquisitions

1 Acquisition

Lanchester Group acquired 1 company. Their latest acquisition was The Wine Fusion on December 20, 2016.

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12/20/2016

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