• The Denmaur experience

    Denmaur has been one of the established names in the print and publishing sectors since 1983. Today, Denmaur Paper Media has become one of the leading specialist paper suppliers in the UK, offering a comprehensive range of innovative and sustainable products for traditional and modern print processes, and the provision of an unparalleled customer service that emanates from all levels of our company.

  • Denmaur has a long association with leading paper brands such as Revive, the renowned range of recycled papers for publishing and print. Our supply chains are regularly audited for their social, economic and environmental performance, and we are able to demonstrate that our products are compliant, traceable and sustainable.

  • Sustainability is something that extends beyond our product range, becoming a fundamental part of our business. In 2009 we implemented Act on CO2 at Denmaur, an initiative to address the environmental impacts of our day-to-day activities, and this has been the cornerstone for our ISO 14001, and more recently, Carbon Balanced Company certification.

  • Our company comprises of two divisions: Denmaur Paper, a stockist paper and board merchant servicing the UK's commercial print sector; and Denmaur Media, a specialist in providing a managed paper supply to publishers and end users who recognise the benefits of sourcing their own paper for print.

  • Combined, Denmaur Paper Media provides:

    expert advice, based on your specific requirements

    value, from a comprehensive range of paper products and services

    consistency, in our performance

    trust, in that we become an integral part of your business

  • We have built our reputation on integrity, knowledge, hard work, consistency and nurturing good and long-lasting relationships with customers, suppliers and, of course, the people we employ. Their knowledge and passion for the business is the reason why so many of our customers continue to enjoy the Denmaur experience.

  • Our History

  • 1983 Founded by Mike and Nick Gee in Rochester, Kent

    1985 Moved to Sittingbourne, Kent

    1993 Awarded EN29002, ISO9002 and BS5750 (part 2) certification

    1997 Becomes Denmaur Papers plc

    1998 Acquires Independent Paper and its branch network

    2001 Acquires Media Paper Management in St. Albans

    2007 New branch opens in Alderley Edge

      New branch opens in Leeds

    2009 Denmaur and Independent merge to become Denmaur Independent Papers

      Awarded multi-site FSC and PEFC certification

    2010 Awarded multi-site ISO14001 certification

    2015 New branch opens in Bristol

    2016 New warehouse opens in Bardon

      Becomes the first Carbon Balanced paper merchant

    2017 Awarded BRC certification

    2018 Launch of Denmaur Media and Denmaur Paper

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  • Our People

    The team at Denmaur possess expert knowledge in paper and print, and work as an extension of your business.

  • Meet some of the team:

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  • Mike Gee

    CEO

    This is the man who is responsible for what you are reading right now. After spending 13 years working in the paper industry, Mike Gee along with his brother, Nick, founded Denmaur Papers in 1983. Thirty five years on, the Denmaur name remains one of the most respected in the paper, publishing and print sectors.

    Denmaur was not only a paper company to begin with. For a very short while it also marketed garden furniture and toys - including Rubik's Cubes, which were all the rage at the time. However, Mike's heart was always in paper, and so the rest, as they say, is history.

    Although born in Dartford in Kent, Mike's formative years were spent in Billericay, Essex. He has been married to Denise for 40 years - Denise worked with Mike and Nick in the early years, and she has, in part, contributed towards the company name. They have two sons: Andrew, who works in the City, and David, who works in sales for us at Denmaur.

    Outside of Denmaur he is an active Rotarian, and is a Past President of the Sittingbourne Invicta Rotary Club. He is also a Past President of the National Association of Paper Merchants and is involved with the Paper Industry Charitable Trust.

    His interest in fine wines is renowned, which is followed by his interest in fine dining. Mike also enjoys reading and travel, and weather permitting, he also loves to ski and play golf (by his own admission, badly). His long-term ambition is to travel, especially to South America and more destinations in the Far East - although we have yet to determine whether these locations hold connections to wine or paper... or both?

  • How did you get into the industry?

    Started as a sample boy at Inveresk Paper Co in the days of Fleet Street

    If you weren't a paper merchant, what do you think you'd have done instead?

    Wine merchant or stockbroker - although I did at one time contemplate going into the Merchant Navy

    In the film Denmaur who would play you (any actor, living or dead)?

    Ricky Gervais

    If you could have a slap-up lunch with any person/persons (again, can be alive or dead), who would you choose?

    James Dyson or Tony Laithwaite

    Can you tell us your favourite fact about Denmaur?

    We are still alive and kicking after 35 years

    Can you tell us an interesting/unusual fact about yourself?

    I don't understand the word 'No'

    What's the best piece of advice you'd give to the younger version of yourself?

    Live and act with the principle - 'my word is my bond.'

    What is the best thing about what you do at Denmaur?

    Diversity and meeting lots of different, (mostly) lovely and interesting people

    If we were to give you £10 to place on a long-shot bet, what would it be?

    A pin into the list of the Grand National runners.

    If we were to give you £1,000 to donate to charity, which would it be?

    Gurkhas or Children's Charities

    If you won £10,000,000 on the lottery, what would be on top of your shopping list (assuming family, friends, charitable donations & long-shot bets have been covered)?

    A wine chateau - although it would take me 5 years to explore as to where

    What would be your specialised subject on Mastermind?

    Bars & restaurants in London

    Who (and why) would be your phone a friend on Who wants to be a millionaire?

    God, he knows everything

    Why should we continue to use paper?

    You can touch it, feel it and see great reproduction

    Why should people buy paper from Denmaur?

    We are passionate, competitive and user friendly

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  • Nick Gee

    Managing Director

    Nick was born in Billericay in Essex and moved to the Isle of Sheppey when he was 12. He remains in Kent, where he lives with Emma and their golden retriever puppy, Jenson, named after F1 driver Jenson Button.

    Nick started the business with Mike in 1983. Prior to that, and during his A-Level studies, he had a series of part time and holiday jobs which included: running a market stall that sold garden furniture, serving as a barman in a holiday camp, and making pallets in a timber yard - until he accidentally shot the owner's son through the hand with a nail gun.

    Outside of work, Nick has a passion for skiing - apparently, concentrating on remaining upright on the slopes is one of the few activities that don't allow him to think about work. Otherwise he enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching rugby union and F1, and walking Jenson (the puppy), which may also involve a pub stop. Like his brother, Nick also has a taste for fine wines, although he concedes that Mike is still very much the expert in this department.

    Nick's ambitions include exploring more travel destinations, further developing his taste for fine wines and to ensure the continued success of Denmaur in the long term.

  • How did you get into the industry?

    I was cheaper than an answerphone! Mike started the business the year I finished my A-Levels, so it's been a 35 year summer job.

    If you weren't a paper merchant, what do you think you'd have done instead?

    I had ambitions to be a dentist, but selling paper can be like pulling teeth sometimes!

    In the film Denmaur who would play you (any actor, living or dead)?

    Nicholas Lyndhurst (Rodney Trotter)

    If you could have a slap-up lunch with any person/persons (again, can be alive or dead), who would you choose?

    Joanna Lumley, Neil Armstrong and Winston Churchill.

    Can you tell us your favourite fact about Denmaur?

    It started with only £1,000 capital and now turns over £115 million per annum.

    Can you tell us an interesting/unusual fact about yourself?

    I was in the Guinness book of records for playing Cluedo for 72 hours non-stop!

    What's the best piece of advice you'd give to the younger version of yourself?

    To act with integrity in business and pleasure

    What is the best thing about what you do at Denmaur?

    It sounds cheesy but I love the people.

    If we were to give you £10 to place on a long-shot bet, what would it be?

    On current form Lewis Hamilton winning the F1 Championship in 2018

    If we were to give you £1,000 to donate to charity, which would it be?

    Demelza House, a local children's hospice

    If you won £10,000,000 on the lottery, what would be on top of your shopping list (assuming family, friends, charitable donations & long-shot bets have been covered)?

    A helicopter

    What would be your specialised subject on Mastermind?

    James Bond

    Who (and why) would be your phone a friend on Who wants to be a millionaire?

    Emma, my partner, she's always right!

    Why should we continue to use paper?

    In a digital world paper offers a far more legible experience.

    Why should people buy paper from Denmaur?

    Beyond being competitive, we have leading brands and pride ourselves in our knowledge of the industry.

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  • Dennis Luckhurst

    Samples Manager

    The man. The legend. Dennis has run the best samples and dummies department in the business for nearly a quarter of a century. He is responsible for tirelessly fulfilling the most complicated and demanding of requests, and on numerous occasions it has been the quality and service of our samples and dummies that have made the difference and impressed.

    Dennis is Kent born and bred. Married for 38 years he has three grown-up children. He is an avid motor sport fan and a long-time supporter of Manchester United.

  • How did you get into the industry?

    I met with Mike Gee one day...

    If you weren't a paper merchant, what do you think you'd have done instead?

    Gone back to working in the telecommunications sector.

    In the film Denmaur who would play you (any actor, living or dead)?

    Phil Collins.

    If you could have a slap-up lunch with any person/persons (again, can be alive or dead), who would you choose?

    Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

    Can you tell us your favourite fact about Denmaur?

    Working with Danny Doogan.

    Can you tell us an interesting/unusual fact about yourself?

    I'm a petrol head.

    What's the best piece of advice you'd give to the younger version of yourself?

    Follow your heart.

    What is the best thing about what you do at Denmaur?

    The satisfaction of seeing your work getting orders.

    If we were to give you £10 to place on a long-shot bet, what would it be?

    Not leaving the EU.

    If we were to give you £1,000 to donate to charity, which would it be?

    Help for Heroes/ British Legion.

    If you won £10,000,000 on the lottery, what would be on top of your shopping list (assuming family, friends, charitable donations & long-shot bets have been covered)?

    Buy a Ferrari.

    What would be your specialised subject on Mastermind?

    F1.

    Who (and why) would be your phone a friend on Who wants to be a millionaire?

    My son because he's like me a petrol head.

    Why should we continue to use paper?

    Because we need to.

    Why should people buy paper from Denmaur?

    Best team selling the best products.

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  • Lynda Sharrocks

    Receptionist

    Lynda is the welcoming and well recognised voice at head office, and has been with Denmaur since 2002, after spending several years in administrative and receptionist roles for Kent County Council.

    Born and raised in Kent, Lynda is married with one daughter, Gemma, who spent a few years working with us at Denmaur before going on to work for an international construction company.

    Lynda enjoys reading, films, gardening and looking after her beloved pet dogs: Bracken the Labrador and Bella the Staff, who is unfortunately deaf. This has inspired Lynda to learn and understand more about deaf dogs in order to create a better life for Bella.

  • How did you get into the industry?

    I was looking to get back into full time work after staying at home with my daughter. I heard via Denise Gee that Denmaur were looking for a receptionist, so applied, and here I am.

    If you weren't a paper merchant, what do you think you'd have done instead?

    A receptionist or admin role.

    In the film Denmaur who would play you (any actor, living or dead)?

    Emma Chambers (Alice Tinker).

    If you could have a slap-up lunch with any person/persons (again, can be alive or dead), who would you choose?

    Mel Gibson.

    Can you tell us your favourite fact about Denmaur?

    The great banter between us all!

    Can you tell us an interesting/unusual fact about yourself?

    I'm unsure about myself but confident when in the office.

    What's the best piece of advice you'd give to the younger version of yourself?

    Smile.

    What is the best thing about what you do at Denmaur?

    Meeting/speaking to all different people/characters.

    If we were to give you £10 to place on a long-shot bet, what would it be?

    Bob Jones chasing someone around the office.

    If we were to give you £1,000 to donate to charity, which would it be?

    The Dogs Trust.

    If you won £10,000,000 on the lottery, what would be on top of your shopping list (assuming family, friends, charitable donations & long-shot bets have been covered)?

    Buy my house for security and to pass it on to my daughter.

    What would be your specialised subject on Mastermind?

    Musicals.

    Who (and why) would be your phone a friend on Who wants to be a millionaire?

    My husband.

    Why should we continue to use paper?

    It's the future.

    Why should people buy paper from Denmaur?

    We're the best and we care about our customers.

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  • Joe Taylor

    Credit Controller

    Joe was born in Chatham, Kent and moved within the county to sunny Sittingbourne when he was 10 years of age.

    Denmaur was Joe's first grown-up job since leaving University. He worked in the samples department and then in buying before finding his true calling within the business - credit control.

    Although Joe remains unattached, at the tender age of 26, he is what some may describe as a good catch. He cites football, cricket, cycling and pool amongst his sporting interests, but is also a keen cook, boasting a mean creme brulee as his signature dish.

    Joe's ambition was to play professional football for Chelsea, but since the realisation of that not happening he hasn't been able to fixate on any other long-term ambitions, other than to enjoy life in the moment.

  • How did you get into the industry?

    Like most I think, by accident! Was just looking for a full time job, wasn't looking anywhere specific and Denmaur just seemed a good fit. Must have been as I'm still here!

    If you weren't a paper merchant, what do you think you'd have done instead?

    I wanted to be a chef growing up (my realistic job after I realised I wasn't the next Zola). Have always enjoyed cooking so I think I would have looked to get into catering.

    In the film Denmaur who would play you (any actor, living or dead)?

    Someone tall, dark, handsome, chiselled jaw, toned physique - Danny DeVito comes to mind. Have been told by friends that I look like Smithy from Gavin and Stacey, so James Corden I guess.

    If you could have a slap-up lunch with any person/persons (again, can be alive or dead), who would you choose?

    Chuck Norris so I could see if the Chuck Norris jokes are in fact accurate. Like did you know Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that's why there are no signs of life.

    Can you tell us your favourite fact about Denmaur?

    The combination to the safe is... ;) I do like the fact that it wasn't meant to become what it has if that makes sense. I'm sure if you asked Mike and Nick Gee if they foresaw what Denmaur would be today, they would say of course, we are visionaries, but deep down they must be amazed at what they have achieved.

    Can you tell us an interesting/unusual fact about yourself?

    On April 25th 1991, at 14:14 I was the youngest person in the world.

    What's the best piece of advice you'd give to the younger version of yourself?

    Set up a 'hot or not' game online, called Facebook and become an accidental billionaire.

    What is the best thing about what you do at Denmaur?

    I enjoy it when a customer is going through a tricky period and by coming up with the right plans to move forward, you see them get back on their feet and flourish again. That's what probably gives me most satisfaction.

    If we were to give you £10 to place on a long-shot bet, what would it be?

    England to win a world cup in the next 20 years.

    If we were to give you £1,000 to donate to charity, which would it be?

    I try to do a year supporting a specific charity. This year is Rainbow Trust, who offer support to families with a seriously ill child.

    If you won £10,000,000 on the lottery, what would be on top of your shopping list (assuming family, friends, charitable donations & long-shot bets have been covered)?

    Tickets to watch all 5 Ashes tests down under. That is my retirement dream to follow a whole series in Australia.

    What would be your specialised subject on Mastermind?

    See I have a real problem with Mastermind. When you have someone who's specialist subject is: Existentialism of the 20th Century , up against someone who picks: X-Factor Finals 2007-12. Should be proper subjects! Rant over. I might as well play within the rules as they are and go for: Chelsea in the Premier League Era.

    Who (and why) would be your phone a friend on Who wants to be a millionaire?

    I have a friend Tom who is just so unbelievably jammy when it comes to betting, I think he could guess from the 4 answers available and nail it, so Tom.

    Why should we continue to use paper?

    I went on an Introduction to Paper course at Frogmore Mill, and at the end of the presentation, a gentlemen said I see a lot of young faces here today who probably think paper will become irrelevant in their life time, however paper is as relevant today as ever. There will always be a need for paper because you can't wipe your bum with an ipad. I must admit when I started at Denmaur I thought paper was an energy intensive, unsustainable, frequently wasted and overused resource that was on its last legs. Its only by reading into the trade that you realise just how much work goes into making sure that the process of producing paper actually has a positive effect on the environment. Over the last 15 years a real concerted effort has been made by the majority to ensure sustainability is achieved within the industry in the 21st century. Sustainable paper manufacturing sounded like an oxymoron to me 6 years ago but it truly isn't.

    Why should people buy paper from Denmaur?

    We are a hardworking friendly bunch, who will always try to meet your needs. I am yet to meet someone at Denmaur who doesn't care about what they do.


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