Intelligent Purchasing Support

Founded on ethical business practice

Quality products, tailored for your business needs

Our primary aim is to become the best single source purchasing solution for our clients.

“We pride ourselves on providing the right products with the best service in the most environmentally friendly and ethical way. Our team work every day to achieve this goal, providing outstanding services to customers nationwide.”

Louise Harris, Managing Director – Fenn 1875

In 2019, we managed to:

Plant over 13,000 Trees
Recycle 194 Tonnes of Packaging
Carbon Capture 331 Tonnes
Recycle 19,948 Printer Consumables

FENN 1875 CREATES SOCIAL CHANGE

Fenn 1875 supports companies in creating social change by operating in a financially sustainable and environmentally conscious way.

Through consolidating your purchasing needs to a single source your business benefits from economies of scale, and the environment benefits from the ethical products we source, from their packaging to delivery and recycling. We reduce your total costs with no negative effect on service, quality – or our world!

We always aim to:

  • Provide a fast, responsive delivery service
  • Guarantee quality in everything – products, service & processes
  • Reduce carbon footprint
  • Offer innovative solutions

WE BELIEVE IN BUILDING GENUINE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR CLIENTS BASED ON HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND TRANSPARENCY

We provide a simple single-source purchasing solution which not only makes life easier, but quite simply saves your business time and money while helping you to meet both regulatory and responsible business practices.

Through listening to them and our people, we have created a sustainable business which makes a positive difference to our suppliers, our customers and our world. Our suppliers are chosen not just for their price competitiveness, but also based on their business practices including their ethical business policies, health and safety compliance, and ability to source environmentally responsible products.

We have worked hard to achieve internationally recognised standards ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment) SA8000 (working conditions) – and we ensure our suppliers adhere to these guidelines and operational standards too.

By helping you to make ethical buying decisions together we can make a positive difference.

  • Customer Testimonials

    Fenn 1875 began working with a leading UK healthcare provider in 2010 as their single source provider, following selection based on our CSR programme, next day delivery nationwide and dedicated customer service team. Through monthly reporting and a proactive approach Fenn 1875 were able to reduce control costs while successfully supporting their carbon reduction programme.
  • Customer Testimonials

    "As a world leading manufacturer, we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. Our business partnership with Fenn 1875 has delivered a sustainable, cost-effective solution. This was achieved by Fenns ... delivering and implementing a tailored solution quickly and efficiently. Fenns are an integral part of our supply chain."

  • Customer testimonials

    "Fenns respond to requests for non-standard items rapidly, working hard to source these at reasonable prices. I would recommend Fenn 1875 to anyone needing a reliable, helpful and affordable solution."

News & Opinion

The importance of innovation in the business supplies industry

The importance of innovation in the business supplies industry

Change is inevitable in every business. When you’ve been around since 1875 like we have, you get used to it! Over the years, Fenns has constantly moved forward to stay ahead of the curve on the latest innovations. 

While we’re not the biggest, we’re one of the most impressive and agile. This mindset enables us to punch well above our weight when servicing large household name accounts! We caught up with our Managing Director, Louise Harris, to learn more about the history of Fenns and how we became the leading supplier to some of the UK’s biggest brands. 

 

Back in the day… 

Fenns started out regionally, much like the Woolworths of Stoke, supplying stationery to local businesses. It grew to be one of the largest employers in the area at the time and soon diversified into having a print arm too. 

Flashforward over a century to 1985 and we’d grown to be the first business supplies company to have national distribution capability and electronic data import. Diversification of our services ensured continued growth as we offered silk screening on vans from our print division until this arm of the business was sold in 2007. 

 

Recent innovations

Since becoming Managing Director in 2013, Louise has continued to make changes and innovate at Fenns to ensure growth. Some of the most notable include modernising the back office systems to become a technologically advanced business, changing wholesaler and moving locations. All changes enable Fenns to deliver great service in a flexible way to all clients - putting their needs at the centre. 

In the last three years, workwear has been a product category that Fenns began taking seriously - with a vision to elevate the service level across the industry. Business supplies industry is used to the fast pace with order, pick, pack and delivery the next day. The workwear industry was nothing like this so Fenns noticed an opportunity to lead the way. 

 

Trailblazing through the pandemic

Supplying specialist sectors, one being care, turned out to be a breakthrough move as during the pandemic the service was well and truly pressure tested. Through strong relationships with suppliers and a resourceful approach, Fenns was able to deliver when it mattered most! The workwear and PPE category meant that Fenns came out of 2020 with minimal losses as it replaced much of the revenue lost from office supplies. 

What keeps Fenns in a strong position to carry on innovating into another decade is the team’s mindset that anything is possible. Trying new approaches is important and having a culture where it is okay to fail and learn enables the best ideas to come to the forefront of the business. With a truly resilient approach, we’ve stood the test of time and are looking forward to the future! 

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Contact Us

  • J.G. Fenn Ltd.
    F3, Trentham Business Quarter,
    Bellringer Road,
    Trentham,
    Staffordshire,
    ST4 8GB

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