4imprint Group plc

4imprint Group plc (LSE: FOUR) is a London-based direct marketer of promotional merchandise. It has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Europe. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

The company was founded by Dick Nelson as Nelson Marketing in Logansport, Indiana in 1985. It was acquired by Bemrose Corporation in 1996.[10] In 2000, Bemrose Corporation exited the paper products business and changed its name to 4imprint Group plc.[10] Its North America division was renamed 4imprint Inc.

In 2003, Hanover Investors, a private equity firm, purchased over 25% of 4imprint over the course of a month. They led a shareholder rebellion, and shareholders called for the removal of all non-executive directors after talks between 4imprint and Hanover Investors broke down.

4imprint established a distribution center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 2009. In 2012, it sold Kreyer Promotion Service GmbH and Brand Addition Limited to European affiliate companies of H.I.G. Capital for £24 million.

In 2015, the company announced an expansion of its Oshkosh operations, with plans to add 150 employees over three years. The company pledged to spend $10.8 million to expand its North American headquarters in Oshkosh by 25,000 square feet, and double its distribution center on the west side of the city with a 100,000 square foot addition. The State of Wisconsin, through its Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, authorized 4imprint to get up to $1 million in state tax credits, dependent upon the number of jobs created through the expansion.

Type:                     Public limited company

Traded as:           LSE: FOUR

Industry:              Promotional products

Founded:            1985

Headquarters:   London

Website:              www.4imprint.com

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