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  1. Festive on The Express

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    In December 2014, the internationally renowned British newspaper, The Express stopped at our headquarters in Cwmbran to visit our marvellous tinsel domain. The prestigious media outlet had the exceptional opportunity to learn more about our tinsel production.

    The Express found out with true astonishment that Festive is one of the largest tinsel manufacturers in the world, producing 148, 750 metres per month. Every year, Festive makes 12 million metres of twinkling and colourful tinsel, primarily used to enliven Christmas trees. Created from January to November, our high quality tinsel is successfully sold to prominent supermarkets, shops, and garden centres in the UK and abroad. The Express was particularly amazed to learn that during peak times, the factory has to stay open 24/7 to keep up with the endlessly increasing demand.


    During the tour in our tinsel realm, we happily revealed to The Express our fabrication process. We proudly showed the newspaper our 35 tinsel machines before explaining that our shiny Tinsel is made from metallised PVC, which is then firmly attached to a metal wire. One piece of Festive tinsel can be composed of up to 9 colours, whilst the best sellers are red, gold, and silver.

    Festive tinsel is also known for its originality as the tinsel comes in superb funky shapes. Indeed, with our 4 state-of-the-art die cut machines, our tinsel can take the form of the adorable Hello Kitty, or any football clubs’ badges, which amused The Express.


    To read the article, please click here.

  2. Carwyn Jones, Wales First Minister, visited Festive

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    In December 2013, Festive had the tremendous privilege to welcome Carwyn Jones, Wales First Minister. We were delighted that Mr Jones, who was travelling through South Wales to evaluate the consequences his government’s financial support has on society, decided to stop in our headquarters situated in Cwmbran. The First Minister had the opportunity to find out how Christmas is prepared in Festive!

    During his visit, which lasted one hour in total, Mr Jones was first introduced to Festive rich history. He learnt, for example, that Festive, family-owned company founded in 1983, became the largest tinsel manufacturer in the UK after buying Widmanns in 2012.

    Mr Jones was taken on a tour during which he explored with wonderment our warehouse and factory shop. The First Minister, enlivened by the Christmas spirit emanating from Festive, was shown our original decorations designed to merrily enchant Christmas 2015. Mr Jones also had a thorough look at our high quality tinsel. Very impressed by our production, Carwyn Jones used one of our ingenious tinsel machines to make his own red gingham ornament.


    The First Minister shared interesting ideas concerning the future projects undertaken by our company. Carwyn Jones notably praised Festive initiative to bring manufacturing from China to the UK. Festive ensured financial support from the Welsh Government for this long-term plan creating jobs, and providing a boost to the economic dynamism of South Wales.

    The environmental policy led by Festive was also mentioned by Mr Jones, willing to make social responsibility a priority for Welsh businesses. The First Minister congratulated our company for our recycling commitment.

    The visit of Carwyn Jones truly pleased Festive staff who appreciated that the First Minister took some time from his busy schedule to come see how they work to make everybody’s Christmas magical and memorable!

    South Wales Argus covered the event.

  3. Kirstie Allsopp Visits Festive!

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    TV’s Kirstie Allsopp visited our show stand at the NEC on Monday 4th February and made her very own tinsel on our tinsel machine.

    Kirstie was at the Spring Fair to give a talk in Hall 2 and recommended everyone visit Festive to see British tinsel being made. Jason, our very own Mr Tinsel was mobbed by a crowd of over 200!

    Kirstie’s tweets about the day can be seen below.


  4. Festive On The One Show

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    In December 2012 Festive Productions tinsel factory was featured on BBC1’s ‘The One Show’ as we are the last remaining tinsel manufacturer in the UK. Jason Poulsom our machine shop supervisor has been making tinsel for nearly 30 years and showed the team how we make our high quality British tinsel.

    Read Justins Blog about Festive here: bbc.co.uk/news/business-20784956