Promotional product firm with 20-year pedigree gears up for growth

Marc Harvey

A Leeds company that supplies every type of innovative and bespoke promotional product, to both corporate organisations and well-known brands, is celebrating 20 years in business and plans to expand significantly this year, relocating to new premises and creating jobs.

In addition to supplying typical promotional merchandise, MPH Enterprises sources products from across the world that are specifically tailored to clients’ individual needs and are not available ‘off the shelf’. Particularly popular products currently include sustainable or environmentally friendly goods, as well as technology related merchandise.

In response to Covid-19, the company has also created hundreds of inspirational products that enable companies to reach customers in their homes, such as personalised work from home kits, face masks that match uniforms, branded recipe boxes and even jigsaw puzzles, as well as bespoke flags and bunting for sports fans watching events at home. In addition, the company also has the capability to manage the product packaging and distribution directly to end-users.

As a result, MPH Enterprises has established an enviable client list that includes local businesses and councils through to The Premier League, Jet2, Travelodge, WKD, Radisson Hotels, Bupa Care Homes, Global Radio, ITV, Nickelodeon, Bottlegreen Drinks, Puma, NCP and Pizza Express.

MPH Enterprises was founded in 2001 by managing director, Marc Harvey, who spent several years working in the industry before setting up his own business. He initially started with a desk and phone in the corner of a borrowed office.

The business quickly flourished and three years later he was joined by business partner and sales director, Stephen Isaacs, who had previously forged a successful career selling print equipment and consumables. Stephen now oversees the logistics, purchasing and technical side of the business.

Today, MPH Enterprises employs a  ten-strong team and will recruit several more people before summer, after growing turnover by 50% in its latest financial year. Later this year the company also plans to relocate from its current base, just off Leeds Ring Road at Limewood Court near Seacroft, to a new warehouse and distribution centre in Leeds.

Marc said: “The success of MPH Enterprises is built on not simply offering a set range of products. There are lots of companies offering branded mugs and pens, but that has never been our primary market. Instead, our ethos is about working with clients to determine what will make a difference, then sourcing those goods, wherever they are in the world, which enables us to offer an infinite number of products that make a real impact.

“Other key unique selling points include our ability to offer storage and fulfilment, as well as giving clients their own online ordering portal. Our in-house print services then enable us to fully personalise merchandise with recipients’ names and other bespoke features, which genuinely stand out from the crowd. These have all been major growth areas recently and our planned expansion this year will enable us to capitalise further on these services.”

Stephen added: “In the early days, it was about volume and price, but the market has changed for the better and products made from single use plastics are undesirable. Instead, people want quality products that are sustainable, that add-value and are used regularly.

“Although the pandemic means we are producing significantly less merchandise for events, the situation has created plenty of new opportunities for companies and brands to engage with their employees and clients by sending treats, gifts, well-being packs and all types of other goods to people at home. Done properly, this offers profound and long-lasting value, and it is an area we have become experts in.

“Our ability to quickly capitalise on this and manage the whole process, from sourcing unique products that can be personalised right through to doorstep delivery, has been instrumental in our recent success and makes it a really exciting time for MPH Enterprises.”

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