About Us

Calendar Club specialises in retailing calendars, diaries, planners and gifts during the busy Christmas shopping season. With roughly 1,100 store titles and an extended range of over 5,500 products online, we are the largest retailer of dated product in the UK. Our shops and mall units have been a common sight in shopping centres and high streets across the UK and Ireland from the end of September to January for over 21 years.

  • Our History

    In 1998, Calendar Club opened its doors at 12 temporary locations across the UK. Since then, that number has grown at a steady rate and we now look to trade from between 200 to 300 sites every year, both on the high street and in out-of-town shopping centres. The UK Calendar Club operation is also part of a larger group, with branches in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, altogether boasting around 1,000 seasonal shops.

    By 2003, just five years after our stores first opened, we launched our ecommerce website - www.calendarclub.co.uk - and began selling our calendars and diaries online. This provided us with the opportunity to promote our extensive range all year round. Believe it or not, customers still want to buy calendars in the middle of the year!

    In 2011, we relocated to our current home known as the Exe Box, a 12,000m2 storage facility, office complex and distribution centre on the outskirts of Exeter in Devon, along with our sister companies, Carousel Calendars and Otter House. The majority of permanent staff work from this location, with a team of Territory Managers out on the road, ready to provide help with store builds, health and safety issues and the general day-to-day administration of the business throughout the season.

    Not content with selling around 4 million calendar, diary and planner units each year, back in 2012 we expanded our range to incorporate a variety of puzzles, jigsaw and games. The ongoing development of our gift lines, which now include mugs, socks, stationery and more, has added a further string to our bow and will continue to enable us to develop the Calendar Club brand as we look ahead to the next 20 years.

    Operating between 200-300 stores from September to January as well as a year-round e-commerce business, our staff experience an intense peak season focused on maximising sales over a relatively short period in the run up to Christmas.

  • What is your bestselling calendar?

    It's something we get asked every season. Each year, one big title pips all the others to the post. Here, we list every bestseller since the turn of the century. It's an almost perfect reflection of popular culture across the past two decades. Robbie and Kylie dominated the first few years, with Entertainment titles only ever nudged out of the way during successful Liverpool Football Club years. There have been a couple of historical curveballs thrown, which we love - remember the lovely Charlie Dimmock? - but for the most part, they make perfect sense.

    Just to be clear, we didn't make a mistake from 2012 to 2015 - One Direction did sell more calendars than anybody else for four years running, before Justin Bieber briefly took over. Nobody else has come close to the calendar sales we saw for the outrageously popular 1D.

    Historical Bestsellers

    • 2020 - Liverpool FC
    • 2019 - Liverpool FC
    • 2018 - Little Mix
    • 2017 - Manchester United FC
    • 2016 - Justin Bieber
    • 2015 - One Direction
    • 2014 - One Direction
    • 2013 - One Direction
    • 2012 - One Direction
    • 2011 - Justin Bieber
    • 2010 - Twilight: New Moon
    • 2009 - Liverpool FC
    • 2008 - High School Musical
    • 2007 - Liverpool FC
    • 2006 - Liverpool FC
    • 2005 - Johnny Depp
    • 2004 - Kylie Minogue
    • 2003 - Kylie Minogue
    • 2002 - Robbie Williams
    • 2001 - The Far Side Desk
    • 2000 - Charlie Dimmock

    If you'd like to know more about our bestselling calendars, calendar trends over the past 20 years and what our customers love to hang on their walls to help them stay organised ever year, please contact Natalie Taylor, Marketing Manager for further information.

    To speak to the marketing team please call reception on 01392 826800 and choose option 3.

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  • Meet the Team

    Directors

    Sharon Colclough - Managing Director

    Sharon Colclough - Managing Director

    Sharon started her career as an accountant with Siemens plc., before becoming the Financial Controller at Calendar Club in 2001. In May 2011 Sharon was appointed Managing Director. Sharon’s favourite part of the year is October, which is highly pressured but hugely rewarding when Calendar Club open the majority of their stores, as they pop up over night across the country. Each year showing great results after a year’s planning by a great team.

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    David Pike - Group Director

    David Pike - Group Director

    David started his career as an Economist before setting up his own calendar publishing business. In 2010 he became the Zebra Group Managing Director, of which Calendar Club is a part of. David is the Director responsible for our property acquisition each year.

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    Operations, Warehouse & Transport Team

    Helen Winterbourne - Operations Manager

    Helen Winterbourne - Operations Manager

    In 2000 Helen moved to Exeter to study Biology at the University. Helen started her career at Calendar Club in 2004 and worked in the Accounts, Buying, and IT Solutions departments before becoming the Operations Manager. In this role, Helen oversees the company timeline and deadlines, and works closely with the Store Support and IT Solutions departments. She is also involved in purchasing store fixtures and fittings. In 2010, Helen also took on the role of Ecommerce Manager, overseeing the online team. With any remaining energy, Helen likes to run and spend time with friends & family.

    Gee Barrett - Warehouse Manager

    Gee Barrett - Warehouse Manager

    Warehouse Manager Gee Barrett has been with Calendar Club since its inception in the UK in 1998. Gee spent his first two seasons with Calendar Club travelling the country setting up seasonal stores with fixtures and fittings. Moving into the head office warehouse in 2000, Gee took responsibility for all aspects of calendar stock movement and introduced systems that took a warehouse shipping capacity from 13 stores to over 300 stores today. In 2010 the online despatch warehouse moved under Gee’s wing and in 2011, with the move to the new Exe Box premises, the store fixtures also became part of his remit. When he is not running the 12,000 m2 warehouse, in his spare time Gee is working on his golf. Unfortunately his biggest handicap is his handicap.

    Gemma Haydon - Transport Manager

    Gemma Haydon - Transport Manager

    Gemma started at Calendar Club in August 2002 arranging the shipping of stock to a handful of Calendar Club stores. Her role has expanded to include the shipping and booking of deliveries for the entire Otter House Group and keeping everybody safe, assisting the Health & Safety officer. Outside of the office, she loves spending time with her husband, family and friends.


    IT & Solutions Team

    Paul Winterbourne - Group IT Manager

    Paul Winterbourne - Group IT Manager

    Paul serves as the Group IT Manager for Calendar Club Ltd. He has been working in the computer and telecommunication field for many years and during this time he has held a number of positions from first/second line support positions to senior level technical consultancy roles for various London and South West based companies. Paul’s role covers a broad area of activities including managing, maintaining and configuring the network infrastructure, identifying new technologies, managing supplier relationships and identifying areas where systems and costs could be improved. Paul did his undergraduate work at Exeter University studying Archaeology, however he now digs around in the server room rather than on ancient sites. Outside of work Paul likes to run half marathons, walk up mountains, play guitar and is an avid climber.

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    Fay McDiarmid – Solutions Manager

    Fay McDiarmid – Solutions Manager

    Fay has been with the company since it started back in 1998. Fresh out of university, she started as an admin assistant and then quickly progressed to Office Manager. Not content with that, she has also occupied positions in the Buying and Ecommerce teams, before finding her home in Solutions. Fay was a SQL Report Writer and Business Analyst in the department before becoming Solutions Manager in 2016. Her passion for data and her need to improve systems and processes, make her the perfect leader in this department.

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    Buying, Sales & Marketing Team

    Claire Holmes – Head of Sales and Customer Experience

    Claire Holmes – Head of Sales and Customer Experience

    Claire joined Calendar Club in 2016 working on retail projects. Claire has worked in retail field roles with The Body Shop and T-Mobile in the UK since 2006 and became a National Retail Manager with Bendon whilst working for 4 years in New Zealand. Claire now manages the Territory Manager Consultants and spends the season building with them, as well as visiting the 270+ Calendar Club stores as often as possible. Claire’s passion is people and working with them to achieve their goals.

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    Becky Salter - Buying Manager

    Becky Salter - Buying Manager

    A team member since 1999, Becky is a true Calendar Club veteran. Becky began her career in calendars as a seasonal warehouse picker for the first 3 years. With a stint as a Store Co-ordinator supporting Store Operators in between, Becky then made her way into the Buying department in 2003 and never looked back. Becky now runs the Buying department, which encompasses store layout, merchandising and stock control with her team of knowledgeable calendar & gift enthusiasts.

    Helen Winterbourne - Ecommerce Manager

    Helen Winterbourne - Ecommerce Manager

    In 2000 Helen moved to Exeter to study Biology at the University. Helen started her career at Calendar Club in 2004 and worked in the Accounts, Buying, and IT Solutions departments before becoming the Operations Manager. In this role, Helen oversees the company timeline and deadlines, and works closely with the Store Support and IT Solutions departments. She is also involved in purchasing store fixtures and fittings. In 2010, Helen also took on the role of Ecommerce Manager, overseeing the online team. With any remaining energy, Helen likes to run and spend time with friends & family.

    Natalie Taylor - Marketing Manager

    Natalie Taylor - Marketing Manager

    Natalie has been working with Calendar Club in various marketing roles since January 2006 and was appointed Marketing Manager in May 2018. With over 30 years experience in typesetting, graphic design, advertising and marketing, Natalie now oversees all store marketing activity including liaison with shopping centre marketing teams, as well as strategy and planning for online marketing campaigns. Away from work, she enjoys all things food related - shopping, cooking and eating - seeing as much live music and comedy as possible, reading and watching films.

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    HR

    Kelly Mitchell - HR Manager

    Kelly Mitchell - HR Manager

    Kelly joined the team in June 2018. Kelly has a legal background and qualified as a solicitor at John Hodge before joining the Employment law team at Stephens Scown where she mainly assisted clients on their HR Express service. Kelly completed her CIPD qualifications in 2014 and 2016 before deciding to switch to a career in HR and Kelly now deals with all HR responsibilities across the Zebra Group. Outside of work Kelly spends most of her time outside and enjoys camping, cycling and outdoor swimming. She is also a keen reader and is currently teaching herself to sew.

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