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For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, the data controller is Trustnet Limited of 2nd Floor, Golden House, 30 Great Pulteney Street, London, W1F 9NN. Our nominated representative for the purpose of this Act is Kirsty Witter.


We collect information about you when you register with us or use any of our websites / services. Part of the registration process may include entering personal details & details of your investments.

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We store and use information you provide as follows:

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We may also send you emails to provide information and keep you up to date with developments on our sites. It is our policy to have instructions on how to unsubscribe so that you will not receive any future e-mails. You can change your e-mail address at any time.

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You have the right under data protection legislation to access information held about you. If you wish to receive a copy of any personal information we hold, please write to us at 3rd Floor, Hollywood House, Church Street East, Woking, GU21 6HJ. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.


The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”). It may be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff may be engaged in, amongst other things, the provision of support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing and processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary, including the use of encryption, to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our sites; any transmission is at your own risk. You will not hold us responsible for any breach of security unless we have been negligent or in wilful default.


Any changes we make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail.


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Sales of writing tools in decline

By BFN News | 08:00 AM | Wednesday 04 April, 2012

Total Writing Instruments (TWI) declined by 7% in volume sales, yet the sales value only declined by 2%, valuing the market at £205m in 2011. Irrespective of the value decline, the market still experienced growth across various product groups in 2011. According to GfK Retail and Technology UK, Rollerballs, the second largest Writing Instrument category, experienced a sales value growth of 4%. The product group benefited from an increase of 11% in the average selling price, thereby helping to minimize the market value�€?s declivity. The sales value growth trend continued within the product group of adhesive tapes. Despite a 2% decline in overall volume sales, GfK RT UK reported a 2% market growth in sales value due to a 4% increase in ASP. The Total Coloring market, driven by Crayons and Color Felt Pens, also grew by 1%, totaling the market value at GBP 25.3 million in 2011. The market saw an 8% decline in volume sales over the course of the year. Across the TWI market, the concurrent trend of sales value growth and volume sales decline can be attributed to customers purchasing brands, which increased the ASP across a number of different writing areas. Ballpoint Pens, the largest Writing Instrument category, saw not only volume sales decline by 1%, but also a market value decline of 5%. The Business-to-Business (B2B) channel, however, grew by 6% in sales value over this time, highlighting its current stability. This strong performance by Ballpoints in the B2B channel is highlighted further when considering the entire channel had declined by 1% for all Writing Instruments, nearing a 4% decline when excluding Ballpoint Pens. Andrew Walsh, Account Manager at GfK Retail and Technology UK commented, "Overall, the Writing Instruments market product groups have experienced some level of value decline, with pieces decline being more severe. However, this indicates that consumers are now actually spending more per piece than before, which shows that consumers are still looking for good value in the product. Customers are rationalising their purchases by buying smaller pack sizes and not necessarily going for the cheapest products on the market.�€� Story provided by