Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Day in the Life of…Stephen Mills – Licensing Manager for Union J

Welcome to our newest Blog feature, “A Day in the Life of” where each month we will be delving into the life of some of the most interesting people in the ‘celebrity’ world – those hard-working bods who operate behind the scenes!

This month Stephen Mills, Licensing Manager gives us a sneek peek into his busy schedule and in particular, his work with upcoming British band sensation UNION J...


09:30     Wake up. Have an unusual lie in today as currently on holiday in picturesque Devon for a friend’s wedding. However, can’t enjoy a relaxing morning as have an important event this evening: Claire’s Accessories Union J product launch. So have to get up and make the long drive back to London. Girlfriend is none too pleased as forgotten I had double booked myself!

10:30     Pack up the car and begin 6-hour car journey. Make some important calls on the hands free to try and pass the time.

17:00     Arrive back home, just enough time for shower and quick change of clothes before heading to the Sketch venue in London to go and meet the Union J boys.

18:00     In the VIP area of Sketch as the boys are being interviewed by large number of media titles including likes of Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Company Magazine, Reveal Magazine, Bliss, TOTP and even Good Housekeeping(!). The boys decide to throw sweets at me throughout.

19:00     People start arriving to the Claire’s launch party including celebrities such as Sarah Jane Crawford, Lilah Parsons, James Arthur, TOWE cast, Ashley James, Lizzie Cundy, The Luminites, Meg Mathews, Anais Gallagher etc. I have to stand guard at VIP area as so many people trying to get in. The boys have their photos taken by press and start their warm-up.

19:30     The party is now starting to get into full swing with over 350 guests here plus some very happy competition winners who got to meet the Union J boys. I check Twitter and pleased to see that the event is trending. Am still manning the VIP area as Dionne Bromfield performs.

21:00     The boys are now on stage performing. Can’t believe the level of noise – seems there are quite a few Union J fans here! As they are pretty popular with the crowd they perform a couple more songs then initially planned. Meanwhile I’m chatting to Claire’s staff and Union J Licensee attendees. Events like these are a great opportunity for them to experience in person how good the boys are when performing live.

21:45     Entertainment continues with super cool DJ sets from Lilah Parsons & Nikki Beatnik.

23:30     Leave Sketch after saying my goodbyes to everyone. Have been really impressed with the success of the product launch and imagine there will be a great amount of media coverage tomorrow.

00:10     Finally get home. Answer a few more emails on the Blackberry before setting the alarm for 6am as need to be in the office early tomorrow. Really great day but absolutely exhausted!

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Photo: Stephen with the Union J boys

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Danilo Triumph at The Henries Awards

Happy Friday everyone!

We hope you have some lovely plans for this weekend? The Danilo team will still be recovering from a late night at the Henries Awards yesterday – and what a fantastic night it was!

Themed in the style of Calypso Carnival, over 1000 people were in attendance at the swanky Lancaster London Hotel to celebrate the best in the UK Greeting’s Card Industry. With entertainment provided by Canadian comedian Tom Stade and a fabulous live band; publishers; retailers, artists, distributors and suppliers alike came together to have the best evening.

The Danilo Team were extremely pleased to win ‘Best Licensed Card Range award’ for our Laser Cut Greeting Cards. These are designed to beautifully laser the card cover with an iconic image so that when the card is closed, the contrasting colour of the inside pages shows through the cut out design. The range includes Family Guy’ Stewie, Star Wars Yoda, Stormtrooper and Darth Maul as well as Spongebob, Hello Kitty, Top Gear and Wallace and Gromit and are from only £2.25 each!

Also a big congrats to all the other winners, in particular to Matt and Beth Genower from Five Dollar Shake who won Honourary Achievement Award and to joint Managing Directors of Max Publishing Jackki Brown and Warren Lomax who received a Special Award for Contribution to the Card Industry

As we had such a great time, we have already put next year’s awards in our 2014 calendar!

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An Interview with….MD Laurence Prince

As our way of helping you, our lovely readers, to get to know the Danilo Team a bit better, every month we will now be posting a fun interview from one of our fab employees.

This month, who better to start with then the man who set-up the company all those years ago, our MD Mr Laurence Prince…

So we asked Laurence…

1. What was your first job?

My first job was working as an Apprentice Compositor at Printing Company during the week, then I also worked in Markets on Saturday and Sunday

2. What is the best part of your job?

The satisfaction of producing a great product from beginning to end

3. How do you relax?

Walking with my Dog

4. What is your most treasured possession?

My Blackberry and I Phone

5. Which living person do you most admire?

Her Majesty the Queen

6. Who would play you in the film of your life?

Dustin Hoffman

7. Who are your favourite business leaders?

Theo Paphitis, Stelios Haji-Ioannou (Founder of Easyjet)  and Simon Fuller

8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Starting my own company from scratch and seeing it grow to be the Market Leader it is today

9. What 3 words would a colleague or a friend use to describe you?

Honourable, Truthful and Approachable

10. What is the best advice you have ever received?

Always be Truthful.

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So we hope you enjoyed this month’s interview and getting to know Laurence a little more.

Please do let us know what questions you would like us to ask and we will endeavour to include them in next month’s edition, where we will be interviewing Sales Director Chris James.