Our Timeline

VOW Wholesale’s lineage comes from a long and successful history in the office supply wholesaler industry. With the beneficial growth generated through acquisitions and mergers, today VOW Wholesale stands as one of largest Business Supplies and Services partners in the UK.

1852
1969
1976
1983
1999
2000 – 2002
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2018
2019

1852

John Heath established his stationery business delivering office products around the Birmingham area and eventually expanding to other parts
of the country.

1852

1969

Kingfield Press began business as a wholesale stationer in Sheffield.

1976

Kingfield Press changed its name to Kingfield Wholesale Office Supplies and added a further warehouse in Nottingham. Kingfield was purchased by Kaye Office Supplies, a holding company owned by Sir Emmanuel Kaye and Family. The company grew rapidly through the acquisitions of a number of regional wholesalers including Trafford Wholesale, County and Kimberley, Brian Tolley, Cotswold and Duncan & Taylor.

1976

1983

John Heath acquired Neville and Gladstone, another national wholesaler of office products, which had already acquired Pilot Stationers, Brady and Hunt and Beaumonts Furniture.
John Heath also adopted Neville and Gladstone’s own brand, Punchline.

1999

Kingfield’s sales were approaching £100 million per annum with their seven regional warehouses. Kingfield acquired John Heath creating Kingfield Heath.

2000 – 2002

Kingfield Heath relocated to a new purpose built headquarters in Sheffield and began consolidation of their branches from seventeen sites to nine. £20 million investment in a new 11,000,000 cu. ft distribution center at Magna Park in Leicestershire. The distribution center, known as the Arrow Distribution Centre, or ADC, is the most technologically advanced centre in the industry.

2000 – 2002

2007

Electra Partners completed the acquisition of Kingfield Heath and ISA to form what was described as the UK and Ireland’s first super wholesaler of business supplies under the name Vasanta Group. The organisation split into two companies with the larger of the two becoming the wholesale business later renamed VOW, which combined the massive expertise and product ranges of both Kingfield Heath and ISA Wholesale to create a one-stop shop for office products and computer consumables.

2007

2008

The combined wholesale business was renamed VOW. The integration of the two former companies also included the investment of several million pounds into increasing stock levels and developing the joint operations in the UK and Ireland, to offer the widest range of computer consumables and the highest service levels from a single source within the industry. VOW invested £3 million in the construction and commissioning of their state of the art distribution centre in Ireland, IDC, to replace the existing regional warehouse.

2008

2009

A refinancing deal led by Endless LLP was completed, followed by the centralisation of the Sales and Service Centre and the beginning of the project to construct a large scale, high tech distribution
centre in Normanton.

2010

In January 2010, Adrian Butler was appointed the new Managing Director of VOW, marking his 18th year in the industry which began at Neville and Gladstone in 1992. Following his appointment the sales and commercial teams and marketing department were restructured. VOW opened its third automated distribution centre in Normanton, known as NDC (Normanton Distribution Centre). VOW increased its presence within the trade press publications with a consistent level of advertisements and editorial articles spread throughout several publications.

2010

2011

In January 2011 VOW launched its new and unique furniture service, VOW Interiors. VOW launched it’s added value service program, VOW+, including services through their exclusive partnership with the Business Performance Group. VOW successfully held its first annual VOW+ Partner Event in April, combining informative business presentations with a fun and unique supplier exhibition.

The event was shortlisted for Conference & Incentive Travel Magazine’s ‘Best Domestic Conference’ category. VOW’s Parent Company, Vasanta Group, introduced a new sales and marketing structure with the appointment of Steve Haworth to the newly created role of Group Sales and Marketing Director in June. In November, VOW added the new Managed Print Services to the exclusive VOW+ program in partnership with M2.

2012

Q-Connect announces sponsorship of Rugby Super League team, the Huddersfield Giants, for 2012/13 season. In February, VOW holds its second annual VOW+ Partner Event with a successful turnout doubling in size from the previous year. VOW opens its 250 sq ft VOW Interiors Showroom and Meeting Facilities at their flagship distribution centre, Arrow, in Leicestershire. In March, VOW secures partnership with Iron Mountain to offer its Secure Shredding service. VOW adds a new VOW+ services in August: Water Coolers

2013

Q-Connect announces sponsorship of Rugby Super League team, the Huddersfield Giants, for 2013/14 season.

In February, VOW holds 3rd annual VOW+ Partner event with more than 315 attendees making it the largest and most successful yet.

In the first 2 quarters, VOW launches new VOW+ services: Contract Manager, e-Audit and A Distraction.

2014

Vasanta Group and office2office came together to form a new £660m Group which will be one of the largest multi-channel distributors of business supplies and services in the industry with
unparalleled reach and experience; EVO Business Supplies Limited, otherwise known as EVO Group.
The extremely successful VOW Wholesale business gained access to the industry leading o2o Truline final mile delivery service, giving the Group a fleet of around 300 vehicles

2014

2018

EVO Group becomes EVO group of companies and VOW becomes its own business entity.

2018

2019

VOW becomes VOW Wholesale