Hamelin bought John Dickinson Stationery in the UK in 2005 and subsequently changed the name of the company to Hamelin Brands, as we are known today. Hamelin Brands Ltd. is based in Red Lodge, near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk .
“At Hamelin Brands Ltd. we believe that everyone and everything matters. Selling to the UK’s biggest stationery wholesalers, retailers, grocery and online accounts we thrive in building a competitive advantage through our brands, service and commercial trailblazing. We believe a healthy business is a successful business and our IIP Gold award is testament to this. How we behave is the single most important contributor to our success and we live by our five values, Team Players, Ambitious, In the Detail, Personally Committed and Change Enthusiasts.”
– Philip Beer, Managing Director –
UK’s leading Book and Pad supplier
Red Lodge facility
Our purpose-built office and distribution centre in Red Lodge, allows us to fulfill a commitment to continuously providing excellent service to our customers, and products to our consumers.
Hamelin Brands Ltd.
Kings Warren Business Park
Elba Ltd is a UK based, manufacturing centre of excellence, primarily used to convert manilla reels into document filing products that service customer requirements all over Europe. Significant investment in automation means that we can be very competitive and flexible to meet and exceed customers expectations.
Hamelin Brands Ltd. is part of the Hamelin Group, a French family owned business stretching back five generations and over 150 years. Hamelin acquired the UK business John Dickinson Stationery Limited, based in Sawston Cambridgeshire, in 2006. In 2018, we changed the name of John Dickinson to Hamelin Brands Limited and moved to Red lodge.
John Dickinson sets up as a stationer in the City of London
Rapid expansion, as John Dickinson first buys Apsley Mill, Hemel Hempstead, followed by Nash Mill and Croxley Mill near Watford.
Mechanical envelope manufacture starts at John Dickinson, producing its first gummed envelopes. By 1876 producing 3 million per week.
Papeteries Hamelin founded by Ernest Hamelin. Papereries Hamelin was based in the cité Gardin in Caen. Their activity mainly consisted in making accounts ledgers.
Lion Brand adopted as the company logo.
Basildon Bond brand established.
Companies established in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, and ultimately a network of manufacturing sites and sales offices in 13 countries around the world.
Millington and Sons acquired, originators of Basildon Bond.
John Dickinson pioneers production of window envelopes.
Basildon Bond becomes the bestselling notepaper in the UK.
John Dickinson pioneer production of Latex Seal Easi envelopes.
Robert Hamelin changed the focus of the company starting to make notebooks and pads.
Factory in Kirkby, Liverpool, set up for pocket envelope production.
Production of Continuous Stationery established at Apsley.
Papeteries Hamelin became the market leader in the school supplies market in France.
New 250,000 sq ft stationery factory opened at Apsley.
Formation of the Dickinson Robinson Group Ltd - DRG, to form one of the largest Stationery and Packaging companies in the world.
Robert Hamelin & Jacques Piattier acquired a number of companies that specialised in books and pads, filing, and envelopes.
DRG acquires Papeteries de La Couronne, J Arthur Dixon, Royal Sovereign and John Heath.
DRG Envelope and DRG Stationery established as separate market orientated businesses.
Roland Franklin (Pembridge Associates) acquires DRG.
Stéphane Hamelin & Jacques Piattier continued to expand the group within Europe.
DRG Stationery sold to Biber Holdings of Switzerland. Name changed back to John Dickinson Stationery Limited.
DS Smith plc acquires John Dickinson Stationery, and the process of amalgamation with Spicers Manufacturing starts.
John Dickinson Stationery leaves Apsley and relocates to Sawston, Cambridge.
John Dickinson Stationery celebrates its bicentenary as the largest UK producer of envelopes, books and pads.
John Dickinson Stationery was purchased by Hamelin, a major stationery manufacturer based in Caen, France.
Acquisition of Canson (€90m turnover, 415 employees) known throughout the world for the quality of its fine arts papers.
John Dickinson Stationery rebranded as Hamelin Brands and relocated the business to a brand new purpose build Head Office, Warehouse and Distribution Centre at Red Lodge in Suffolk.