Silver Linings for Carte Blanche as Steve Blakemore Celebrates 25 Years!

9.1.15 For some 1990 was a year of lows, with the introduction of the Poll Tax, a hole detected in the Ozone Layer above the North Pole and West Germany winning the World Cup, but it was also a year of highs with Nelson Mandella released from Prison after 28 years, the first page published by Tim Berners-Lee on the World Wide Web and Steve Blakemore joining Carte Blanche for what was set to become a glittering career in the greetings card industry.

Steve started his career as a humble Sales Executive, selling Carte Blanche’s range of cards into Independent stores across the UK. He was one of the first salespeople to sell the Me to You brand of cards when they launched in 1995 and formed part of the team to launch Me to You plush at the NEC in 1997. Founder Stephen Haines, quickly spotted his talent and passion for greeting cards and promoted him in 1998 to National Sales Manager where he kept a close eye on the Clintons account among others. Steve joined the Board in 1999 as Sales Director, later becoming Customer Service and Greeting Cards Category Director.  In 2014, Steve took up the role of Operations Director and is now responsible for leading all product development and creative operations across the Carte Blanche Group.

Carte Blanche Group Founder and Chairman, Stephen Haines comments, “It’s been a great pleasure and tremendous fun working with Steve over the past 25 years and I for one am looking forward to more exciting times working alongside Steve at Carte Blanche. 25 years at one company is certainly a milestone to be celebrated and I thank Steve for his many years of hard work and dedication, constantly pushing Carte Blanche to the forefront of the industry.”

Steve’s hard work was recognised this week at an intimate celebration in Arundel, close to the company’s Head Office, where both colleagues, family and suppliers toasted Steve’s success.