The Cipher Group, the UK-based holding company of Trakker Products, Aqua Products and Cygnet Tackle, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of a Group Marketing and Commercial Operations Director.
Lee Mullaney brings with him a wealth of business experience and was most recently Product Director at Hallmark Cards, where he spent 18 years. He took up his position on Monday (September 16) at its offices in Sheffield.
A spokesman for the company said; "With such a flagship appointment from outside the industry, Cipher is showing that it is one of the few UK-based companies that is looking to the future and is keen to embrace the current trend by moving with the times.
"This will be seen as a huge positive and help to further strengthen our brands globally, especially as Lee has a proven track record of delivering business results by developing innovative strategies to hit clear goals."
Mullaney said: "I am really pleased to be joining the Cipher Group and am very positive about the opportunities that exist in the market. I look forward to learning from, meeting and collaborating with all in the angling industry.".. Continue Reading
Yakima Products, the US manufacturer of vehicle racks, this week announced its entry into the fishing market.
“For Fall 2019, the brand officially enters the recreational fishing market with three all-new rooftop fishing rod carriers,” says the Portland, Oregon, company in a statement.
“With 49 million anglers in the US, many of whom are already Yakima consumers, it made sense to bring our expertise in cargo management to the world of fishing,” adds Garrett Barnum, Category Director.
“However, this was never going to be an ‘us too’ play. Instead, we’ve gone all-in right out of the gate with three smartly designed and well-built products for a wide range of anglers.”
The new line of rod carriers now available at associated dealers and at Yakima.com includes the DoubleHaul, winner of GearJunkie.com’s best in show award at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. It is a premium rod carrier made specifically for fly rods.
The TopWater is a purpose-built storage box for conventional rods and reels with room for other tackle, and the ReelDeal is a simple and economical solution for transporting up to eight fully-rigged rods on any style of roof rack.
The hardcore kayakers and cyclists put Yakima on the map at the 1984 Summer Olympics, decking out every race vehicle with aerodynamic fairings.
Yakima has been designing and manufacturing vehicle racks since 1979, starting as..Continue Reading
One of carp fishing’s biggest personalities has joined Carp Spirit and Dynamite Baits.
Ian Russell has linked up with the growing army of top anglers with the aim of bringing more angling experience and high-quality content to the brand in the UK and Europe.
As well as a wealth of experience in carp fishing, Russell is one of the UK’s best loved anglers, having worked in the industry for more than 27 years.
His carp pedigree is matched by very few, having caught dozens of known forties in the UK and well over 100 English 30-pounders. He’s also won numerous carp fishing matches from Battlecarp to the more recent, Carp Wars.
He said: “After being with Avid for the past nine and a half years, I feel it’s time to start afresh and the opportunity to join an innovative and forward-thinking brand like Carp Spirit was too much to turn down. The brand is huge in Europe and has some truly amazing products. I’m really looking forward to helping establish the brand in the UK.
"The icing on the cake is that I also get to use Dynamite. I’ve always been a fan of Terry Hearn’s baits and can’t wait to get on the CompleX-T”.
Dynamite Head of Marketing, Daryl Hodges, added: “With his experience, passion and personality, Ian is the perfect fit for both Carp Spirit and Dynamite...Continue Reading
There are bigger and better things to come from National Fishing Month (NFM), the annual participation event in the UK, says the brand’s owner, the Angling Trades Association (ATA).
This year’s initiative attracted more than 5,000 people to over 100 special free coaching sessions, with the showcase event taking place at The Game Fair at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire.
“I’m reassured with the results from this year,” said ATA Chairman, John Loftus. “But we know that we have an even greater opportunity to grow NFM exponentially in the future.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to the enthusiastic and loyal support of the voluntary organisers and coaches who plan and deliver NFM every year helping recruit the next generation of anglers to our wonderful sport. We are particularly appreciative of the involvement of the Professional Anglers Association (PAA) who arranged the NFM initiative this year.
“Thanks also go to retailer, Angling Direct, for its generous financial support, to Dinsmores and Fladen for their product donations and to the Environment Agency for its fishing licence waivers. We are extremely grateful to it for helping us catch so many new anglers.“
TV fishing personality Jeremy Wade, who joined the coaches on the bank, said: “NFM is a great way for people the learn the basics and appreciate the outdoors.“.. Continue Reading
Grauvell, the Spanish tackle manufacturer, has gone into judicial administration, the Spanish equivalent of liquidation. Staff and customers have been informed of the situation.
An administrator has been appointed although the factory is still operating in some capacity as the company attempts to clear stock.
The Barcelona-based business was recently hit with a €600,000 fine following a long-standing dispute in France related to the breaking strengths of one of its fishing lines.
Founded in 1966 and owned by the wealthy Pintat family, the Grauvell brand is known the world over. The current General Manager is Adria Pintat, whose grandfather was President of Andorra.
There has been a change of management in the company in recent years and it has experienced difficulties in what was once one of its biggest markets, France.
Several factors have clearly contributed to the company’s demise and it would appear that the Pintat family does not want to put any more money into the business.
Grauvell is best known for its saltwater rods and reels, but more recently entered the freshwater market with a focus on carp.
The last financial report filed by Grauvell, declared in September 2018, revealed a turnover of more than €9m for the previous two years and a loss of €4.6m. Staff numbers at the Barcelona HQ were reported as 16.
Angling International was unable..Continue Reading
French retail giant, Decathlon, owner of the Caperlan fishing brand, has continued its relentless march into new export markets.
The company, which currently has 1,500 stores in more than 50 countries worldwide, started construction this month on its first store in Ireland. Located in Ballymun, an outer suburb of Dublin, the retail outlet is expected to open its doors in April next year.
Depending in the success of the venture, Decathlon may swiftly follow the debut store in the country with others in the capital city as well as Cork, Galway and Waterford.
The roll-out of the brand in the Republic has been more challenging than expected, attributed to the high cost of doing business in Ireland, according to Bastien Grandgeorge, Chief Executive of Decathlon in Ireland.
He told The Irish Times that he was 'very surprised' at construction costs, which he said were on a par with Singapore, where he opened a number of Decathlon stores before moving to Ireland.
Decathlon first started selling into the Irish market via its website in August 2017 and averages 170 orders a day – over 60,000 a year. "It is 30% more than we expected in year two," added Grandgeorge... Continue Reading
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