Open For Business

Simon Showman founded Ultimate Products with partner Barry Franks in 1997. Originally founded as a stock clearance business it has come a long way since then. It is now the UK’s largest product sourcing company. Simon co-founded UP with Barry Franks in...
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Going Global

Switched sourcing based from US to the Far East.
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Investing In The Future

Lloyds Banking Group (LDC) made their investment into Ultimate Products (management buy out deal £25M). In 2005 LDC, the UK regional mid-market private-equity house that is part of the Lloyds...
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Right First Time

Andrew Gossage (Chartered Accountant) joined Ultimate Products. Andrew joined the company in 2005 when Lloyds Banking Group invested in UP and has a background of advisory and management roles in private equity backed ...
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Hard Work Pays Off

UP awarded Business of the Year (£50M plus category) by Manchester Evening News Manchester Evening Awards represent a celebration of true excellence, as they salute...
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Made It In China

Opened Hong Kong office and showroom In October 2006 Ultimate Products - the UK’s biggest product sourcing and design business – has opened a flagship showroom in Hong Kounbng. The company, which works with major retailers in the UK, Europe, the US...
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Take The Chair

Jim Hodkinson was appointed as Chairman. Jim was appointed chairman in 2007 and has over thirty years retail experience. Previous executive roles include Chief Executive of B&Q and Chief Executive of New Look. He has also held Non-Executive...
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New Supply

David Bloomfield appointed as Supply Chain Director. David joined Ultimate Products in 2007 and joined the board as Supply Chain Director in 2008. Prior to UP, David spent over 20 years working in the retail sector in various supply chain management roles.
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Dream Launch

Dreamtime, the UK’s first affordable and high quality fire resistant memory foam range of bedding and therapeutic products was launched following a landmark partnership between Ultimate Products and global chemicals giant Albemarle. The...
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Strategic Future

Michael Poynor joined us in 2007 as our Strategic Advisor. Michael has held senior executive roles at leading retail brands, including ASDA and C&A. Michael also acts as Retail Adviser to PWC in London and Senior Adviser to Financo in New York. He is...
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For The Journey

Steve Harrison joined as a non-exec director. Steve is the board representative of Lloyds Banking Group. He spent his early career in management...
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Active Growth

Acquisition of Active Asia Limited in Hong Kong Acquisition of Active Asia, a Hong Kong rival which concentrates on supplying household and electronic goods in the US...
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Combining Forces

Martin Yaffe International was established in 1987 and supplied retailers in the UK, Europe and beyond. It specialised in designing manufacturing and distributing a range of character licensed toy products featuring popular children’s characters such as...
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Now Hear This

Ultimate Products acquires the country’s largest seller of iPod/MP3 speakers, docking stations and accessories, DAB radios and wireless media. Manchester-based Intempo, which was founded in 2003, supplies all major high street and online...
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Retail Theatre

Our finest masterpiece, the flagship 20,000 sq ft hall in Manchester was opened, proudly presenting our entire product range and bringing each piece to life. The impressive, custom-designed showroom is the perfect way to display each product division...
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...Now The World

Opening of the Quality Control and Sourcing office in Guangzhou China has given the UK team unprecedented support. The china office has played a huge role in aiding productivity and helping achieve a faster and more constructive communication...
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Money Talks

Graham joined Ultimate Products as Finance Director in 2010. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1991, Graham moved to industry where he took on various finance management roles.
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To The Stars

Ultimate Products has boosted its turnover with the acquisition of the well known luggage brand, Constellation. The deal, is expected to boost Ultimate Products' current turnover by £10m. Constellation was established in 1962...
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Open 365

Ultimate Products has taken over appliance365’s Small Domestic Appliance business and order book, which includes a wide range of products from kettles and toasters to slow cookers and food processors marketed under celebrity chef and diet and...
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Lighter, Stonger, Better

ZFrame is one of the lightest and strongest range of suitcases in the world. Starting in freehand, our British designers developed the strength of the case early on, they based it around a simple but...
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Sweet Deal

Ultimate Products has bought the stock and trademarks of Giles and Posner; the company that introduced the UK to the chocolate fountain. This innovative range of retro-inspired party products is perfect for injecting some family fun into any...
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Blow Them Away

Unveiled magnificent new exhibition stand at the NEC Autumn Fair 2013 was a busy year for the design team with one of its proudest moments being the design of a new exhibition stand unveiled at the NEC Autumn Fair. The stand showcased a...
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A Spring In Our Step

Ultimate Products once again impressed at the NEC Spring Fair with an exhibition stand showing off all the latest products and brands. Hard planning and well...
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Happy To Help

For 12 months the employees of Ultimate Products worked hard to raise as much money as possible for their chosen charity of the year Guide Dogs UK. After numerous...
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The Hard Work Starts Again

Ultimate Products are delighted to announce that their new charity for 2014/2015 is Wythenshawe Hospital. The hospital do wonderful work in caring for those who need it the most and the team at UP...
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Another Step Forward

The management team at retail supplier, Ultimate Products, has bought out private equity investor LDC. The deal comes as the Manchester-based company is set to...
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And The Award Goes To..

It was a proud moment for the company as Sales Director Eddie Edwards was presented with the Robert Dyas award for Highest Turnover and No.1 Supplier for...
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Awesome Fair

September has started off positively for our team here at Ultimate Products, with a spectacular display at the NEC Autumn Fair 2014. Many visitors were welcomed to the...
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February Madness

February proved to be another hectic month for the team here at Ultimate Products, with both Spring Fair...
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Tea he he!

Since its launch over 25 years ago, Red Nose Day has become something of a British tradition. Every two years, for just one day, the nation unites to do something funny...
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Exclusively Electrical & Exciting New Launches

From the creators of the long-established Exclusively Housewares show came Exclusively Electrical, a brand new...
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Making Progress

Ultimate Products have acquired bakeware giants George Wilkinson and its sister cookware brand, Progress. For over...
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No Business Like Show Business

We’ve had a fantastic year here at Ultimate Products and have been privileged enough to put on sensational displays at a number ...
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A Work of Art!

Here at Ultimate Products, we don’t like to do things by halves and that is why we decided to not just renovate but completely rebuild our UK showroom. It has...
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That Time Of The Year Again!

One of Ultimate Products most busy months proved to be another..
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Making Us Proud!

Everyone here at Ultimate Products is extremely proud of Buying Director Jagmail Singh after being commended for 10 years service as a Special Constable...
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Fair and Local Employers

Ultimate Products are delighted to have signed up to Oldham Council's Fair Employment Charter - a commitment to create employment opportunities that are fair, ethical...
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Doing It For The Kids

Ultimate Products CEO Simon Showman set himself the ultimate test when he and his team, dubbed the Pinarello Bikers, completed a 600km...
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We've Got The Edge

Ultimate Products are very excited to be featured in the Autumn/Winter 2016 issue of Oldham’s Business Edge Magazine. Within the...
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Sky's The Limit

Business in booming at Ultimate Products, and that’s partly due to the hard work of our ambitious graduates. We are proud to have a business profile feature...
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It's Show Time!

We’ve had another hectic few months here at UP with Autumn Fair offering our biggest ever stock show to date. With £20 million of stock brought in early...
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Heron Mill Makes The Headlines

Ultimate Products are very excited to be featured in the latest issue of the Oldham Evening Chronicle...
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UP Takes To The Road!

Here at Ultimate Products we're super proud of all our brands and like to show them off whenever possible...
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BBC Radio 4's Friday Boss

From the auction house to successful businessman, listen to CEO Simon Showman on BBC Radio 4's Friday Boss...
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Festive Fundraising

Last weekend, we sponsored the Dr. Kershaw’s Christmas Extravaganza, raising funds for a local hospice who provide palliative care for those suffering from terminal illness...
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The Ultimate Choice

After a very successful 2016, we’re really excited about the year ahead at Ultimate Products, especially with Jim McCarthy appointed as our new Non-Executive Chairman. With previous experience...
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Springing Forward

We were given another chance to show off our wonderful product ranges at this year’s Spring Fair. We love getting the opportunity to speak to customers...
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Frankly Great Designs

We recently took a trip to Frankfurt, Germany, to showcase our latest wares at Ambiente 2017. Pitched as the ‘market of today and tomorrow’...
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Going Public

Admission to the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market, alongside the world’s biggest, most successful and most dynamic companies, confirms our position as a strong, global business...
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Happy birthday to US!

Today we turn 20 years old and as we blow out the candles on our cake, we take the time to celebrate all that we've achieved since 1997!
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Oldham Business of the Year 2017!

We were shortlisted from hundreds of local businesses alongside two fantastic companies for the ‘Business of the Year £10m+’ category, and are delighted to announce that we won!
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