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ITS NATIONAL CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY!!

This Friday 16th December, we’re delighted to say its National Christmas Jumper Day!

To support and raise money for #SaveTheChildren, the Danilo Team have all donned their favourite (or made their own!) Christmas jumpers to work today, and we must say we’ve seen some fun designs!

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And Congratulations to Lukas from the Warehouse Team who won the Christmas Jumper Competition!!

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ELVIS IS IN THE BUILDING! NEW VIDEO TRIBUTE TO THE KING!

This short video shows how the Danilo Team reconstructed on a huge scale, a section of the first ever official Elvis Presley Calendar Cover that Danilo published in 1979.

Using over 1000 of our Official Licensed Calendars, Diaries and Greetings Cards, this video is a fun way of conveying our passion for publishing, as well paying tribute to Elvis the King himself as our inspiration for creating the company all those years ago!

Minions Win at the Henries Awards!

The Danilo Team were delighted to attend The Henries Awards again for 2015, which took place in the stunning Lancaster London Hotel on Thursday 8th October. Every year, hundreds of greeting card industry publishers and retailers attend this prestigious event which celebrates the immense creativity in the UK greeting card industry.

Now in its 20th year, The Henries featured a fantastic ‘Roaring Twenties’ theme, including Charleston Dancers as well as fun dress up items for guests. Comedian Mark Watson, also brought his own unique brand of humour as the compere of the event.

All the nominees this year were judged by a panel of over 40 prestigious retailers, including buyers from John Lewis, Scribbler, Paperchase, Waitrose, Tesco, Waterstones and a host of leading independents. And we were over the moon when we discovered our Official Despicable Me Minions Card and Wrap range won the Best Licensed Range Award. Especially as other great titles such as Frozen by UKG were also nominated. Overall, a fantastic night, and we cant wait for next year’s Henries event 🙂

For a full list of all the nights winners, click here

The Danilo Team accepting Best Licensed Range Award

The Danilo Team accepting Best Licensed Range Award

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Official Minions Range now available at Danilo.com with Free UK Delivery. Worldwide delivery also available

JO SAYS GOODBYE TO DANILO!

Today is a sad day for Danilo! Even though it’s a Friday (and its rare for us not to be super happy on a Friday), today marks our amazing Logistics Account Manager Jo Sullivan’s last ever day working with us. 😦

Jo has been a treasured member of the Danilo team for 12 years and we want to take this opportunity to thank her for all her hard work. But before she goes, we just had a few questions to ask….

1)    How does it feel to be leaving the company after 12 years?

I do feel very sad to be leaving Danilo after all these years. I love the people here and have really enjoyed working on all my accounts. Whilst there have been challenges along the way, I’ve found this job to be really rewarding. It is going to feel so strange not to work here anymore. I would like to thank Danilo for the opportunity they gave me and I will miss everyone very much.

2)    How did you come to work for Danilo?

It feels like such a long time ago, but if I remember correctly, I got a call from an agency saying there was a job going at an Official Calendar Publishers as a Production Assistant. After successfully making it through the interviews, I began my new role here in 2003. After approx. 5 years working in the Production Office I then moved up in the company, quite literally, as I moved upstairs to join the Customer Services Department.

3)    What have been your favourite memories of working here?

Wow that’s a tough one! I will miss the people I go to lunch with everyday, as we always have a laugh together. Winning a Supplier Award with ASDA has been another highlight, as this was one of the accounts I looked after, so I was very proud. Doing the ice bucket challenge in front of all my colleagues for charity is another favourite but I do have very special memories of everybody here. I’ll miss you all very much!

4)    So what is next for you?

Well I am moving to Peacehaven, to hopefully start a new chapter in my life. Work wise I’m not sure what I want to do yet. I might try something different or even train in something else. I love animals (especially dogs!) and children, and really enjoy meeting people, so who knows, the world is my oyster! .So look out Peacehaven here I come!!!

We wish you the best of Luck Jo!

Love the Danilo Team x

Jo doing the Ice Bucket challenge

Jo doing the Ice Bucket Challenge

Jo's leaving poster

Jo’s leaving poster, put together by our talented designers 😉

Jo's Leaving Lunch

Jo’s Leaving Lunch and her card / gifts

Jo's leaving Balloon and Flowers

Jo’s leaving Balloon and Flowers

Anna triumphs in London Marathon 2015

London Marathon 2015

Every year the London Marathon attracts thousands of runners but this year saw a whopping 38,000 people taking part, making it the biggest in the event’s 35-year history.

This fantastic annual event saw fund raisers, amateur runners and elite athletes tackle the 26.2 mile (42.2km) course, starting from Blackheath and ending at St James Park.

And amongst celebrities such as Formula 1 star Jenson Button and Radio 1 DJ Greg James was our own Danilo Sales Office Manager Anna Brown!

We caught up with Anna after she successfully completed the course (in a very respectable 4 hours 48 minutes!) and asked her the following questions:

1) How are you feeling today, both physically and emotionally, now that you’ve completed the Marathon?

Physically I’m feeling knackered! Unfortunately a recent foot injury took its toll so walking isn’t a good look for me today! Emotionally I feel very proud, elated and relieved. Proud mostly, of what I achieved but also because of everyone’s generosity and support. It’s really quite overwhelming.

2) How does it feel to raise over £2000 for the British Heart Foundation?

It feels fantastic! I had been more concerned about that than the run itself at one stage. But people’s generosity has been absolutely beyond expectation. It’s lovely to have so many fabulous and supportive people in my life. Am very proud and grateful to all who helped me smash my 2k target. The British Heart Foundation has a lot of meaning for me so delighted to have raised so much for such a great cause.

3) What was the atmosphere like when you were running?

The atmosphere was absolutely buzzing! Support lined the entire route. Highlights were people pumping music from their balconies, drums echoing through the underground and the brass bands. The Tower Bridge section was phenomenal as we received so many cheers and seeing my friend’s faces in the crowds at 3 points during the run were lovely.

4) What helped motivate you to keep going for all 26.2 miles of the course?

My motivation mostly came from thinking about what I was doing it for. Seeing all sorts of folk from all walks of life, all shapes and sizes, some in mad costumes….and all of them have a story and are running this ridiculous distance for their own personal reasons. At one point someone held up a banner saying “Pain is temporary, 26.2 miles is forever” and things like that really hit home. On the other hand, someone else held up a banner saying “Pain now, Beer later” and that also resonated 🙂

5) Would you do it again?

YES!! Injury meant I didn’t get to do it in my target time so will definitely do it again. Would love to do the New York Marathon, it’s on the to do list, but really don’t want to see my trainers for a little while right now!

We want to wish Anna and all the other brave Marathon runners a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS from the Danilo team!

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Danilo Sales Office Manager Completes London Marathon 2015 in 4 hours 48 mins

MEET THE TEAM – An Interview with….Deryl Thomas our National Sales Manager

As our way of helping you, our lovely readers, to get to know the Danilo Team a bit better, we have been posting fun interviews with one of our fab employees.

This time, we’ve selected the lovely Mr Deryl Thomas, who is our National Sales Manager to be put under the spotlight.

Danilo National Sales Manager Deryl Thomas pictured with Minions

Danilo National Sales Manager Deryl Thomas pictured with Minions

So we asked Deryl

1. What was your first job?

Worked for a printing company in East London as an account executive – preparing quotes and liaising with clients.

2. What is the best part of your job at Danilo?

The people I work with and the challenges of opening and getting the best out of the accounts I deal with. Plus when we get exciting new licenses to sell!

3. How do you relax?

There are many things I love to do to relax including walking the Dog, playing some sports such as golf or football, especially in the Summer, cooking and experimenting with new meals, reading, especially thrillers and watching movies with a nice glass of wine (or two)

 4. What is your most treasured possession?

My Dog

5. Which living person do you most admire?

Sam Allardyce, the West Ham Manager. He stood up to the critics and proved them wrong.

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

Tom Hanks

7. Who are your favourite business leaders?

Andy Street, the Managing Director of John Lewis. I really admire their business culture.

8.What do you consider your greatest achievements?

There are several things I’m proud to have achieved, including

  • 2-1 At Sheffield University
  • Headmasters prize at school
  • Captaining school rugby side
  • Managing youth team at football and taking them to top of league.
  1. What 3 words would a colleague or a friend use to describe you?

Humorous. Friendly. Easy going.

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

Treat others as you would expect to be treated yourself and Don’t let anyone grind you down!

MEET THE TEAM – An Interview with….Chris James Sales Director

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, we are getting to know our lovely Sales Director Mr Chris James

So we asked Chris…

1. What was your first job?

Stockbrokers assistant

2. What is the best part of your job?

Building mutually rewarding relationships

3. How do you relax?

Swimming, good food & wine, gardening, getting my grandchildren very excited and then delivering them back to their parents…..pay back time!

4. What is your most treasured possession?

My wine cellar

5. Which living person do you most admire?

My wife Denise

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

Johnny Depp….who else?

7. Who are your favourite business leaders?

Richard Branson & Willie Walsh ( British Airways )

8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Convincing my wife to marry me

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

Self Deprecating, honest & supportive

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

Life is too short to drink bad wine

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Photo: Chris enjoying delights of Las Vegas

If you have any questions you would like us to ask in our next edition of Meet the Team then please let us know 🙂

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.