Loughborough-based manufacturer Charles Bentley & Son Ltd has obtained the European license to manufacture and distribute Gripit the plasterboard fixing as well as the Marxman, professional marking tool, both backed by Dragon’s Den entrepreneur, Deborah Meaden.
The brushware and homeware specialist has a manufacturing plant in both the UK and China, and now adds both Gripit and Marxman to its existing portfolio of DIY and homeware products.
Charles Bentley, Managing Director, said: “These products are an exciting but natural addition for us. It is one of a number of Dragon’s Den-backed innovations that we produce and distribute, working with inventors, bringing new products to a worldwide market.”
A sixth-generation family business, operating for nearly 160 years, Charles Bentley & Son has a wide range of customers serving both the homeware and DIY markets. It is planned to commence distribution of Gripit and Marxman products from mid-December.
Charles Bentley continued: “Gripit is a fantastic Brand, and we are confident that with our substantial heritage and experience in global manufacturing, shipping and distribution coupled with our own established brand, we are confident we can build further on its success.”
Earlier this year, UK Building Products limited, who own the Gripit brand, underwent a re-structure, and as part of the company’s future, awarded the Gripit licence to Charles Bentley & Son.