Rob Lawes started work as an office junior at Video Arts when he was 17 years old. He admits he may only have got the interview because the boss's wife's maiden name was also Lawes and he wondered if the two might be related. When Video Arts experienced expansion and contraction in rapid succession, Rob volunteered to become the company's Chief Accountant. He was 18 and had an O'level in accountancy.
In broad brushstrokes, the beginning of the current nostalgia trip started with the saggy old cloth cat and his contemporaries the clangers. Niche companies, such as card publisher Lightweight, drove these revivals putting Button Moon and Baby Clanger into retailers like Paperchase before they went mainstream.
A significant number of American entertainment companies have announced they intend to increase their presence in the UK and Europe. Are we seeing renewed interest and commitment from the US or is it just part of a recurring cycle?
History: F.W. Woolworths, a subsidiary of the US parent, was founded in the UK in 1909 as part of a global expansion plan. The first shop opened in Liverpool, before a rapid roll out throughout the UK. F.W. Woolworth was subsequently listed on the London Stock Exchange with its US parent retaining a majority shareholding.
Licensing and the greeting card industry share a symbiotic relationship weaving in and out of shared territory with card companies acting as licensors, licensees and agents. Almost every design that appears on a greeting card (which hasn't been created by an in-house designer) is there as a result of some sort of licensing deal.