Banner are offering Apprenticeships

When James joined Banner on an apprenticeship as a 17-year-old school leaver, he had minimal workplace experience. Three years on, James has developed a wide range of skills, gained qualifications and is now one of our full time sales support administrators.

James has learned from supportive colleagues who have helped him to develop in his role, learn all about our business and grow in confidence.

With Banner you’re supported and empowered to take on new opportunities and work towards valuable qualifications. This means James is being fully supported as he studies towards levels one, two and three of an NVQ in Administration.


Banner works with local colleges to give both short and longer term placements to students.

Work experience at Banner helps people discover their strengths through working in a range of admin roles and deciding where their futures may lie. We let people have week and month long ‘taster’ experiences of the different areas of business admin so they’re able to decide where they want to take their careers.

Wherever our people are at in their careers, there’s always the opportunity to learn something new. With Banner you can build new skills and pursue new qualifications.

We have colleagues taking NVQs in Management and in Business Administration, and when our people switch between departments, they’re able to study whatever they need to, to help them in their new role. So if you move from sales to admin, it’s likely you’ll take an NVQ or similar qualification to give you the head start you need.


  • James got a chance to gain work experience
  • He has developed a wide range of skills
  • Banner has around 33 apprentices within the business currently who they are helping

Banner Celebrates National Stationery Week

Banner celebrates National Stationery Week #WritingMatters

National Stationery Week is here and, at Banner, we are celebrating the week by giving away five stationery bundles, to recognise the importance and benefits of hand writing. #WritingMatters.

National Stationery week

National Stationery week is here from 29th April to the 5th May so fill your pencil cases, sharpen your pencils, grab a clean sheet of paper and get ready to celebrate.

For this week it’s time to get creative and colourful with your favourite pens and pencils to celebrate, and with so many different varieties of stationery you can be as outlandish, stylish or bold as you want by getting creative with colour and celebrating your stationery.

Why is writing by hand so important?
Today we are surrounded by technology, in a day and age where every letter is at our finger tips with the press of a button – why should we use pens and paper. We are constantly being warned that due to the excessive use of technology simple things like learning to write as a child is becoming harder with paediatric doctors warning children are finding it hard to even hold a pencil.

However, during a study at the Guardian’s roundtable event on 27th February, the people involved chose to use the classic pen and paper instead of a laptop, this is most likely due to the idea that in a group situation using a laptop to type would have been considered rude on a social standard.
Writing is a key part in our development as children cannot fully contemplate the world without creating a mental image of it, which is why teachers encourage you to draw in the sand or water when you are in primary school as it embeds in your mind – Naveed Idress of Feversham Primary Academy stated: “You never know what an A is unless you’ve physically drawn it.”

This is why writing is so important in our lives, as without it we wouldn’t necessarily know how to spell or read, because on programs such as Word it will always correct your Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

So, pick up a pen or pencil and be creative!

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Entry terms and conditions: Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees (and their families) of EVO Group Ltd. Entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over. One entry per person. Proof of identity and age may be required. Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification. Entries that are incomplete, illegible or indecipherable will not be valid and deemed void. All entries must be made directly by the person entering the competition. Entries made online using methods generated by a script, macro or the use of automated devices will be void. No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, damaged or delayed in the post, or due to computer error in transit. Participants will be entered into the draw to win a stationery bundle. The prize is as stated, is not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The draw will be independently supervised. The winner agrees for their name, job title and company to be published on our website and on Banner’s social media channels (LinkedIn and Twitter). The winner is responsible for any tax liability which may arise from receipt of a prize. Your entry into the prize draw will be taken as confirmation of your full agreement to these terms and conditions. Entry closes: 05/05/19.

Eco friendly packaging

In a bid to reduce single-use plastics by 30% before 2020 across our business, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve introduced Eco-friendly packaging throughout our warehouses, for small pick parcels.


At Banner, we deliver an impressive 6,000 small pick parcels a week, that’s around 30,000 a month and 312,000 per year! We’re proud that these parcels now contain a cushion of recycled cardboard instead of harmful plastics.

Reducing our impact on the environment
By recycling our used or damaged cardboard boxes into shock absorbent netted material, for use as void fill instead of plastic, we’re now shredding and recycling over 360 tonnes of cardboard per year; that’s equivalent to around the weight of 72 Asian Elephants! This new initiative will reduce our impact on the environment and the amount of waste produced.

What our customers have to say
The eco-friendly packaging launched this year, following a successful pilot initiative, with customer feedback showing just how important recycling is to our customers.

Over 93% of customers, who took part in our pilot, were either satisfied or very satisfied with the new packaging. 80% of customers said they always recycle packaging from their deliveries and 94% said recycling is extremely important to them.

Not only will this reduce Banners carbon footprint but also our customers too, because it’s easier to recycle and dispose of.

Commitment to CSR
Craig Varey, Managing Director at Banner says: “Driving down the use of single-use plastics within Banner is a big focus for us because we recognise the impact single-use plastic has on the environment.

We are committed to the delivery of our CSR strategy and operate across four key pillars, which cover; Our Natural Environment, Our Supply Chain, Our Communities and Our People. This year we’re expanding on the investments and commitments that we have already been making for several years now.”

Sustainable products from Banner

With Banner you can meet not only your operational and efficiency targets, but also your environmental ones with our range of sustainable products. From hot drink cups and lids to water cups and cutlery, Banner’s range of PLA (Polylactic Acid) products naturally degrade when exposed to the environment.

Wholesaler VOW Re-affirms Commitment to Putting Re-sellers at Core of It's Business By Appointing New Board

VOW has reaffirmed its commitment to a strategy based on putting resellers at the core of its business by appointing a new board to maximise delivery.

VOW has reaffirmed its commitment to a strategy based on putting resellers at the core of its business by appointing a new board to maximise delivery.

Announcing the new leadership team, Adrian Butler, managing director of the UK’s largest business products and facilities supplies wholesaler, part of the EVO group of companies, said its formation was a “hugely significant development for our organisation”. He added that the new board brought “real focus, expertise and experience” to the company.

In addition to Adrian, the board’s members are: Lisa Hainsworth (sales operations director); Andrew Stacey (merchandising and marketing director); Martin Weedall (operations director); Thomas Barber (commercial director); Nikki Todd (customer experience director); and Cheryl Lamont (managing director of VOW’s managed services division).

Lisa has two decades’ experience in the business supplies industry and has joined VOW from global technology company Xerox, where she worked for three years as European sales operations director.

Andrew, who has been in the industry since 1989, has held several roles within EVO, latterly that of group merchandising and marketing director. He will now focus fully on driving VOW’s evolving product and customer proposition.

Martin, who has over 27 years’ industry experience, has held a series of senior positions within VOW’s operations, running regional depots across the country before most recently having a more customer-facing role as national sales director. VOW believes Martin’s strong understanding of operations and customer needs will play a key part in ensuring its service proposition fully meets resellers’ requirements.

Thomas, a chartered accountant, was latterly head of commercial finance with the EVO group. His new role will be complemented by that of new marketing director Helen Wade, who will assist resellers to drive and promote their businesses effectively.

Nikki, whose industry career began in 1990, was previously director of VOW’s fulfilment channel – encompassing services for national and online resellers, IT resellers and contract stationers. In her new post, Nikki will focus fully on VOW’s end-to-end customer proposition, by simplifying processes and making resellers’ lives easier.

Cheryl, who has worked in the business supplies sector since 1997, will head VOW’s managed services division, a fully outsourced service proposition. She will ensure its customer proposition is in line with reseller needs.

VOW announced late last year that its strategy was based on becoming a world-class wholesaler. It said it would achieve this by improving resellers’ experience of the organisation, creating opportunities to sell more products and being easier to deal with through innovation.  

Commenting on the new VOW board, Adrian said: “We’re really excited about this hugely significant development for our organisation. This new leadership team brings real focus, expertise and experience, which strengthen VOW considerably and puts us in an even better position to deliver on our strategy, ensuring we continue to concentrate completely on our customers’ needs.

“The VOW board now has complete autonomy in the day-to-day running of the company.”

Adrian explained the reason for this empowerment was that EVO understood its separate businesses knew their customers best and in the modern marketplace, needed to make decisions and respond to their needs quickly.    

Looking forward, Adrian said: “The appointment of the new board will lead directly to many important initiatives in the months ahead, as the directors all have their own joined-up plans – the changes they want to introduce which will bring us even closer to resellers. These projects will include streamlining our organisation in some key aspects, improving our speed of response and introducing ground-breaking customer service innovations.

“A good example of these changes will be the new sales structure, which we’ll announce shortly.”

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