RAMSAY REJOINS SCORPIO WORLDWIDE

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Highly respected industry executive Annie Ramsay-South rejoins Scorpio Worldwide Ltd, as Business Development Consultant – Ramsay South has extensive experience in Travel Retail, starting with Stena Line and becoming Head Buyer for Perfume and Cosmetics, before moving to Harding Retail as a key account manager.  

In 2007 Ramsay-South joined Scorpio Worldwide Ltd as Senior Buyer for Perfume and Cosmetics soon after the buy-in from Gebr Heinemann, and was responsible for the rapid and successful introduction of key fragrance houses such as L’Oreal Produits de Luxe, Clarins and Elizabeth Arden.  Having moved on in 2015 as the business consolidated, Ramsay-South rejoins to look after business development in new products and sales areas, across perfume, cosmetics, skincare and fashion.

Scorpio CEO Stuart McGuire said:

I am delighted that Annie is back in the Scorpio family.  She is a first-class operator with a proven track record of bringing innovation and excitement to the market.  She has a gift with people, creating a positive and productive atmosphere, and fits in so well with our company values and ethos.  Welcome back, Annie!  We missed you.

Annie Ramsay-South said:

I am delighted to rejoin Scorpio where I had happy and successful years growing the perfume and cosmetics business.  In my new role, I will be looking at many areas including New Product Development, new Sales Areas, Skills Training and Brand Management.  I have always found Scorpio to be a special company and team, and I am looking forward to the new challenge immensely.

For further information please contact Stuart McGuire or Annie Ramsay-South on 01293 848500.

ARK SKINCARE - WINNERS IN 4 CATEGORIES AT THE BEAUTY SHORTLIST AWARDS!

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Congratulations to ARK Skincare on the fantastic news of winning 4 categories at the Beauty Shortlist Awards in March 2018:

• Best Skincare Brand

• Best Spa Brand

• Best Natural or Organic Brand

• Best Facial Skincare Product

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ARK SKINCARE ALSO SHORTLISTED FOR PURE BEAUTY AWARDS 2018

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In addition to winning four categories in The Beauty Shortlist Awards last week, ARK Skincare have also heard that they are a finalist in two categories of the Pure Beauty Awards 2018. The two categories they are nominated for are:

Best New Body Product – Body Brush

Best New Skincare Product – Hydrating Beauty Mist

Good luck and we’ll keep you updated with news after the event.

CANNES SEES A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY AND THE INTRODUCTION OF TWO GLOBALLY RENOWNED HIGH-STREET BRANDS

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The Inflight Distributor is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the travel retail channel – a major feat for any company, let alone one that has had to deal with challenges and tribulations of this specialised industry.

Stuart McGuire, CEO, Scorpio Worldwide, comments, “I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 20th anniversary than being surrounded by our suppliers and customers in Cannes. We always aim to build strong partnerships and long term understandings with our supplier and customers, so that we can address challenges and opportunities together. We can honestly say that we have a lot of strong friendships amongst them, and we are thrilled to celebrate this special moment with them all.”

This year sees Scorpio bring two high-street names to the famous Cannes Croisette: Ted Baker and Guess.

High-street names are vital to succeed in this ever-more competitive channel. With millennials looking for brands that they recognise, and the Asian markets’ continued demand for western, high-fashion products, introducing brands like Ted Baker and Guess are essential if we are to remain competitive in this channel,” adds McGuire.

Scorpio Worldwide is pleased to announce a fantastic selection of Ted Baker, Travel Retail Exclusive watches for him and her. The ladies’ watches offer interchangeable straps and signature Ted Baker design features making them fun, stylish and versatile. Fairing just as well, the mens’ range features textured dials and designs typical of the famous Ted Baker colour schemes.

Ted Baker originated in Glasgow in 1987 as a menswear brand. Expanding rapidly, today Ted Baker is one of the fastest-growing leading lifestyle brands in the UK. With a wide range of collections including: Menswear, Womenswear, Global, Endurance, Pashion, Langley, Accessories, Fragrance, Skinwear, Footwear, Eyewear and Watches.

SCORPIO WORLDWIDE OWNER ACQUIRES MAJORITY STAKE IN GASTRO CULINARY INNOVATION

UK/INTERNATIONAL. Heinemann-Scorpio International Holdings (HSIH), owner of inflight specialist Scorpio Worldwide, has acquired a majority stake in Gastro Culinary Innovation (GCI).

GCI develops and sources its own branded range of artisan savoury and sweet convenience snacking for the buy on board and complimentary international travel market. It also provides sales, marketing and distribution services for a range of non-competing high street brands

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HSIH is co-owned by Gebr Heinemann and Stuart McGuire, who serves as Chairman of HSIH and CEO of Scorpio Worldwide.

“It is clear that there are great opportunities to develop both the complimentary and buy on board offer for the travel food service sector including inflight, cruising, ferries and rail services, an area we have been looking at for a while,” said McGuire.

“GCI are highly respected within the trade, and are already serving the major airlines and caterers in the UK and overseas. We believe that with the GCI product and sales expertise, and our brand management and access to market, we can grow quickly into this rapidly developing sector.

“Operators and consumers are demanding more brand value in their offer, the brands themselves are looking to grow into the complex but ultimately rewarding travel sector. We are in the final stages of securing several high street brands to introduce to the market moving forward.”

GCI will run as a separate entity, with financial and administrative backing from HSIH.

GCI Director Jacqui Davidson said the transaction would take the company to the “next level”. She commented: “Consumers’ attitude to food has developed significantly, whether it be for health, pleasure, entertainment, or for convenience. Many factors have contributed to this: access to worldwide travel, media, health and generally a broader interest in what is new, different and above all good.

“Buy on board food to date can be limited and viewed by many travellers only as a necessity not a ‘cannot resist’ choice. Through experience, out of the box thinking and pure passion, we are proud to share our talent for identifying new trends and creating inventive ways of bringing culinary and boutique excellence to the paying passenger.

“The new partnership means we have the support and expertise of a large group behind us, freeing us up to fulfil our ambition to provide great food on board tailored to client and customer expectation.”

MCGUIRE RETAKES THE REINS AT SCORPIO WORLDWIDE

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Commenting on the change in role McGuire said: “I took on the role of Chairman some 5 years ago, after building a great business with our partners at Gebr Heinemann since 2007. The role helped me take a more of a helicopter view, enabling me to spend some long overdue time organising the personal side of my life. In the last 6 months, I have conducted a broad strategic review of Scorpio and the opportunities within the wider business. The result of this is an exciting new business plan, consolidating Scorpio’s position in the market, while also identifying further opportunities through diversification and potential acquisition.”

“I am delighted to be stepping back in to take a full hands on role in order to implement these plans.  Over the last couple of months I have already been more closely involved and it’s great to be back at the helm.”

With McGuire stepping into the CEO role, Ian Cowie, Managing Director, has decided to move on from the company to continue his career development.  Ian joined the company from TUI UK 7 years ago as Operations Director, becoming MD when McGuire took the Chairmanship. 

He has overseen the continued rapid business development Scorpio enjoyed with Gebr Heinemann (GH), followed by the transition of that business to GH, which he has now completed. 

Cowie comments, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Scorpio, working with Stuart, Heinemann and the team, and delivering the business plan we had in place. Now that this is complete - slightly ahead of schedule - I am happy to be able to take some time off in the summer, and already have a couple of promising irons in the fire for Autumn.”

McGuire adds, “Ian has done an excellent job at Scorpio as Managing Director; he is thoroughly professional and very well respected throughout the company, Heinemann and the trade as a whole.  I thank him greatly for successfully completing his remit at Scorpio, and wish him very well for the future.  We are close friends as well as business colleagues, and I am sure we will be working together again, or at some time in the future.”

In a further development, Richard Kennedy, International Sales Director, will be retiring from his role at the end of the financial year.  Based in Dubai, Kennedy will hand over his accounts to existing Scorpio Sales Managers Chris Jennings and Nathalie Benham, depending on the territory.

Joining Scorpio full time 11 years ago as Sales Director, he has been an ever present force in the company’s strong performance and success.  Chairman Stuart McGuire stated, “Richard is without a doubt the most loyal person I have ever had the privilege to work with.  His work rate is legendary, as is his reputation within the business both internally and externally, and I am extremely grateful to him for all his hard work and support over the years.  I totally understand his decision to retire from his full-time role, but we are already looking at some exciting opportunities to work together on a project basis.  Nathalie and Chris have also been working with Scorpio for many years, and it’s a great testament to the Scorpio values that they can take over seamlessly from Richard moving forward.”

Kennedy commented: ‘I feel so lucky to have worked many years in such a vibrant and diverse industry, through the years of pioneering spirit and rapid development of duty free.  I have met amazing people seen incredible places and take an enormous amount of satisfaction from my career at Scorpio.  Working with everyone at Scorpio has been an adventure and total pleasure, and I have honestly enjoyed every single minute and will leave in December with a tinge of sadness.  I want to thank Stuart especially and all my customers for their friendship and support in my role as International Sales Director.  I have not made full plans for the future, but anyone who knows me will acknowledge that I am not great at 'resting'!  Stuart and I are already looking at some project and consultancy work and I look forward to new opportunities and adventures the future brings." 
 
Lance Hayward, former Strategy and Integration Director at Alpha LSG, joins Scorpio with immediate effect as Non-Executive Director.  The well respected Senior Executive will guide and advise Scorpio in its diversification/acquisition plans, as well as look at systems integration and synergies within the business.  Hayward states, “I have known and respected Stuart and Scorpio for a long time, and am delighted to be given this exciting role.  We have already identified several opportunities which we will implement, putting Scorpio in a very commanding position moving forward.  Traditional business methods are so open for disruption right now, inflight particularly, and we are thinking out of the box to meet and beat these new challenges.  My experience of In-flight catering and the development of BOB and should prove very useful in this regard.”

Peter Irion from Scorpio major shareholder Gebr Heinemann comments, “Since our partnership agreement with Scorpio in 2007, we have developed a great business, securing all the goals that we set out together.  We are delighted that Stuart is once again taking the role of CEO, and we support him and the company 100% into the future to deliver the new business plan.  At GH, we view the inflight channel as an important one, and we have grown into a major product provider for the largest European airlines.  Stuart has a clear vision for the future, and we look forward to sharing in the next years of success.  We have a very close business and personal relationship with Stuart, and the family, and it is great that this will continue into the future.  Of course, we would also like to thank Ian and Richard for their fantastic efforts over the last few years, and wish them all the best for the future.”

Irion sits on the Scorpio board together with Kay Spanger and John Baumgartner. 

McGuire will be giving trade interviews in the next months to further divulge the plans for the business, as well as giving his overview on the developments and challenges he sees for the business as a whole.

SCORPIO’S PARTNERSHIP WITH URBAN BRAND SUPERDRY EXTENDS

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Scorpio first began working with SuperDry in 2015, where it introduced a range of the brand’s best-selling, highly fashionable watches to the inflight channel. The range has been hugely successful, achieving a total of 80 listings to date, with several airlines listing more than one SKU. 

“We’ve been out of the sunglasses sector for several years now, but we jumped at the chance to include SuperDry in our portfolio. The success of the SuperDry watch range proves there is a high demand for the brand in the travel retail channel, so taking on its sunglasses collection was a no brainer,” comments Ian Cowie, Managing Director, Scorpio Worldwide. 

The range is compiled of SuperDry’s best-selling designs and colours, with more styles planned to be introduced later this year. “The combination of fashionable, funky designs and unbeatable price points make this SuperDry Sunglasses range an ideal additional to any inflight catalogue. Ensuring we offer our customers the latest on-trend products is a vital part of our distribution strategy, so SuperDry Sunglasses are an ideal addition to our growing portfolio,” adds Cowie. 

SuperDry’s strategy is to create and sell the best product on the planet, to the planet, at a price point that can’t be matched on quality and innovation. The premium lifestyle brand has points of sale of over the world, giving it mass global appeal. With product values that are in line with Scorpio’s own including quality obsession, innovation, affordability and trend focused, the brand and distribution company are an ideal match.

SCORPIO WORLDWIDE LAUNCHES TWO NEW ULTIMATE ‘BOY TOY’ COLLECTIONS

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Retailing on-board for £159, this new watch has an impressive list of features, including: incoming call alert, Email, SMS, Social Media, Calendar Events, Pedometer, Calorie Counter, Sleep Monitor and Missed Calls. Android and IOS compatible, the watch has Swiss Parts Movement making it of a similar high quality to the rest of the Aviator offering.

Stuart McGuire, Chairman, Scorpio Worldwide, comments, “We have been watching the rise of smart watch technology for a number of years with a lot of interest. It has become a huge part of the domestic watch market, and it won’t be long until a large percentage of the watches sold in travel retail will have some form of smart technology. Being the leading inflight distributor in travel retail, we were determined to be the first to launch smart watch technology into the channel, and partnering with the most successful inflight watch brand of all time makes it sure to be popular with both our customers and their passengers.

“One of the main issues we see with current Smart Watches offered on the market is the lack of styling, and the fact that that most of them don’t look like normal watches. We have addressed both of these issues and combined classic Aviator styling with Smart Watch features,” adds McGuire. 

For avid diving fans, the launch of the new Aviator Special Ops Professional Diver Watch will be pleasing to the ear. Water resistant to 200M/650ft and constructed with a solid stainless steel 44mm case featuring a uni-directional rotating bezel and screw down crown, this new watch ensures that no man will ever lack style, no matter what depth he is at. The addition of a blue textured dial with calendar and luminous hands and indices means that the time and date will always be to hand. The ultimate high performance watch without the high performance watch price. Tough. Robust. Prepared.

“The new diving watch is a great addition to the Aviator portfolio. You don’t need to be a diving fan to enjoy the benefits of the watch; it’s stylish look and design gives it a broad appeal,” adds McGuire.

A TRULY BRITISH BRAND FOR SCORPIO WORLDWIDE

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Bringing together advanced natural ingredients and results-driven formulations, ARK’s age-protect, age-defend and age-defy ranges offer an intelligent approach to skincare and supplying the skin with exactly what it needs at different stages of life.
 
Made in Britain in small batches to retain efficacy, each ARK skincare product is free from artificial colours, fragrances and parabens, making them perfect for even the most sensitive of complexions. What’s more, each product utilises specialised containers including airless pump technology, delivering the exact amount of product you need without contamination from the bacteria on your hands.
 
Stuart McGuire, Chairman, Scorpio Worldwide, comments, “We have been building our beauty portfolio over the past 18 months, and with the addition of ARK Skincare, I believe that we have a very strong offering. ARK Skincare is a highly regarded brand in the domestic beauty market, so we have high hopes that it will be a popular product inflight.”
 
Partnering with Scorpio Worldwide to bring its skincare products to the inflight channel, Ark will be launching two new products on all Thomson Airways routes – Hydration Injection Masque and Skin Protector SPF30 Primer.
 
Hydration Injection Masque
An intensive multivitamin hydration injection masque to quench skin, plump wrinkles and restore vibrancy, this rejuvenating treatment masque is the ideal pick me up for skin which looks tired, stressed and lacking in radiance.
 
ARK Skincare Hydration Injection Masque contains an encapsulated blend of vitamins for maximum efficacy: Vitamin A to regulate collagen synthesis; Vitamin B5 for smoothness; Vitamin C to fade pigmentation and Vitamin E to prevent UV damage. Hyaluronic Acid Booster drenches skin with moisture, optimising the circulation of water through all skin layers and providing 24-hour protection against water loss. Winner of Best age delay face masque – Beauty Shortlist Awards 2016
 
Skin Protector SPF30 Primer
A Make-up primer, sunscreen, and moisturiser in one. ARK Skincare Skin Protector SPF30 Primer ensures make-up glides on effortlessly with an airbrush finish and lasts all day long, whilst delivering UVA & UVB protection against sun damage and premature ageing. Leaves skin looking flawless.
 
Chosen by the Independent as the No. 1 Best Buy, Long lasting make up product September 2016.  Chosen by the Independent as the No.1 Best Buy, Top 9 Facial Sunscreens July 2015. Winner of Best time saving/multi-tasking beauty product – Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby Awards 2016.
 
Tamsin Styles, CEO of Ark Skincare, comments, “ARK Skincare is incredibly excited to be launching two of its award winning products on all Thomson Airways routes from 1st November 2016. This is a new and exciting phase of ARK Skincare’s growth, and opens up new audiences for ARK’s retail product line. This forms part of ARKs global development plans, and is the first stage of ARK's expansion into the travel and hospitality industries. The two products launching are particularly key to travellers who wish to protect and hydrate their skin with quality British skincare formulations both in flight, and during their time away.”