Denman Team Go Sailing at the F18 World Championships


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As a local company, Denman was one of the sponsors of the F18 Catamaran World Championships hosted this week by Ballyholme Yacht Club. Over 55 competitors from all over the world, including USA, Belgium, France, Netherlands and Germany, raced their catamarans in Ballyholme Bay.

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One of the competitors is Glenn Ashby, 18 times world champion and member of New Zealand’s recent America’s Cup Team.

Denman were lucky enough to be invited onto the committee boat Raptor to watch the second day of racing. As non-sailors (well one of us sails regularly) this was a really exciting experience.

IMG_8586 low resWe set sail at 9.30am on Tuesday 8th July and what a dark morning it was… it was cloudy, spitting with rain and we didn’t know if the competitors were going to be able to race due to the lack of wind.

IMG_8632 low res Luckily the conditions improved so much so that we got sunburnt noses and the sailors were having to battle not only against each other but also against a breeze reaching 20 knots. This resulted in a few capsizes and some catamarans having to retire due to breakages.

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IMG_8728 low resThe winners included a team from Belgium, USA and France.

A huge big thank you to Ian and Francis (Raptor), and the race officers and their team and Ballyholme Yacht Club for giving Denman the opportunity to take part in this great event – we are still trying to find our sea legs!



John Rainey, Chairman of Denman International is Made M.B.E!

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Denman International is delighted to announce that its Chairman, John Rainey, has been honoured with an M.B.E. in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his outstanding contribution to economic development in Northern Ireland. John is Chairman of the Denroy Group of Companies comprising Denroy Plastics Limited, Denman International Limited and USA-based subsidiary company, Denman, Inc.  The Group was founded by John and his late father Mr Max Rainey O.B.E.  in 1972. 

 John has developed the Group into its current position of one of the largest employers in North Down. Since its foundation, it is estimated that some 3000 people from the North Down area have benefitted from employment either by Denman or Denroy.  Indeed there can be few families in Bangor who have not been touched by either company.

Over the last four decades, John has carefully nurtured both Denroy and Denman to a position where each company is rightly regarded as a market leader in their respected areas of business: Denroy is a global supplier of design, engineering and injection moulding services; Denman excels in the provision of professional hairbrushes and combs which are exported to 60 countries worldwide in addition to being brand leader in the UK.

John has retained a determination to manufacture goods in the UK during a period when factories all over the UK and Europe were relocating to low-wage economies in the Far East.  John’s reaction to the threat of low cost competition was to invest heavily in his business by purchasing new plant and equipment to improve productivity, competitiveness and job security.  Both companies are currently enjoying record sales which vindicate John’s strategic vision and his determination not to be tempted by the lure of Far East manufacture.

Commenting on his M.B.E., John said: This is not just an enormous personal honour for me but a tribute to the Denroy Group as a whole.  Everyone from my fellow directors, the management team and the entire workforce should take pride in the continued success of our business.


An Interview With Head Make-Up Artist For Miss Universe GB

shahzabaWe have some very exciting news to share with you all….the Denman Make-Up Brushes have been chosen by professional make-up artists for backstage use at Miss Universe GB! :) Shahzana who is the head make-up artist for Miss Universe GB tested a number of different make-up brush brands and chose the Denman Make-Up brushes to use backstage!

Case With Brushes (1)A set of 10 professional Denman make-up brushes compactly stored in a case with a mirror. They have been developed in conjunction with leading make-up artists, and manufactured to the highest standards using fine materials such as goat and sable hair. The Make-Up Brush Set  includes: Lip Liner Brush, Lip brush, Eyebrow Shader Brush, Socket brush, Blender brush, Eye Shadow Brush, Mascara Applicator, Blusher Brush, Contour Brush and Powder Brush. Available on the Denman Online Store!

We were very excited when we got the opportunity to interview Shahzana about her role as Head Make-Up Artist for Miss Universe GB and why she loves our make-up brushes!


Q.1. What is your association with Miss Universe GB?

I am the Head Make-Up Artist for Miss Universe GB. I have been working in the make-up industry for many years, although in a professional capacity for 3 years now. I have gained vast experience in catwalk shows and photo shoots. A make-up artist recommended that I apply for a position at Miss Universe GB since my work was so good. When I applied, I was offered the position of Head of Make-Up as they saw that I had a lot of experience, passion for my profession and a relaxed style. I am thrilled to be a part of the Miss Universe GB make-up team.    

 Q.2. What is it like to be the Head Make-Up Artist for such a prestigious event like Miss Universe GB?

I am very excited to be leading a team of make-up artists for this event. There is a lot of hard work involved and it requires a huge amount of organisation, but it is very rewarding to see the end results. My role involves recruiting a team of make-up artists who will be able to create a consistent look across each contestant. It is sometimes very difficult to select the best artists for the team, especially when you hold their dreams of working for Miss Universe GB in your hands!

Q.3. What do you look for in a range of make-up brushes?

For an event such as Miss Universe GB, only the best make-up brushes will do. The team of artists require high quality brushes with the best materials, but also comfortable to use. This is very important as each make-up artist usually works on multiple contestants within the certain timeframe, so comfortable make-up brushes is essential.  

 Q.4. Why did you choose the Denman make-up brushes for backstage use at Miss Universe GB?

The Denman professional make-up brushes incorporate very high quality natural bristles of goat hair and sable hair. This allows for excellent distribution of make-up over the skin. The brushes have long handles which is important to ensure that the make-up artist is not too heavy-handed. They are also extremely comfortable to hold in the hand due to the shape of the handles.

Q.5. Which is your favourite Denman make-up brush and why?

The lip liner brush is my favourite Denman make-up brush. The reason why I really like this brush is because of its precision. Every stroke is so precise, so as well as using it for lining the lips, I also use this brush as an eye liner brush. It is great for creating cat eyes or flicks!  

Q.6. What are your top tips for applying make-up?

My top tips for applying make-up are to gently build it up. You can always go back and correct it if you feel that more make-up is required in certain areas. I would also say not to be too heavy-handed with the make-up. Less is more!   

Q.7. What are this season’s trends in the world of make-up? 

This season, we are all about strong, bright colours. We have moved away from the natural make-up tones and nude lips. Instead, we are going back to the 90s decade. Orange lipstick is very on-trend at the moment. False eyelashes have lasted longer than expected and are still very much a key fashion trend today. Contouring and highlighting are also very important catwalk trends for this season.  

 A big thank you to Shahzana for her fabulous interview. We would like to wish her and the rest of the team all the best at Miss Universe GB this weekend!

For more information about Shahzana, please visit her website!



Student Competition Winner Visits Denman!

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Denman recently ran a UK-wide student hairdressing competition in conjunction with Salon Services to win a trip to Denman in Bangor, Northern Ireland. The students had to create a hairstyle using Denman Brushes and Combs and the winner would be judged by our Creative Brand Ambassador, Mark Woolley from Electric hairdressing!


The winner was Hannah Leigh Hall from Hartlepool College of Further Education!

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(Hannah’s Tutor, Hannah Leigh Hall & Carol King Sales Development Executive for Denman International)

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work phone 703Hannah and her lecturer, Mandy Sisson, flew over to Denman where her prize included a tour of the Denroy manufacturing facility (Denman International’s sister company) where Denman brushes are made. As well as a factory tour, Hannah and Mandy even got the chance to make their own D3 brushes!


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work phone 729Hannah and Mandy at the Victoria Square viewing point in Belfast.

A big congratulations again to Hannah who won our competition, it was great to meet you and we hope you had a fab time at Denman!



Gift Guide to Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is only 5 days away!! Have you got him sorted with a prezzie yet? If not take a look at some of our gift ideas that are the perfect presents for this Father’s Day.

Jack Dean Travel Kit1. Jack Dean Travel Kit.

The perfect gift for jet setters, holiday makers or just well-groomed men!
The kit includes:

* Jack Dean Conditioning Shampoo (Worth £7.50) – A refreshing cleanser which stimulates and invigorates the scalp leaving the hair feeling clean, fresh and healthy with tea tree and macadamia extracts.

* Jack Dean Bay Rum Body wash (Worth £7.50) – An invigorating all-over body wash with the unmistakable masculine aroma of bay rum which gently cleanses the body.

* Jack Dean Aftershave Balm (Worth £8.50) – A refreshing post-shave treatment which cools the face and reduces redness. Contains seaweed and cucumber extracts which moisturise, soothe and calm the skin.

+ FREE Wash Bag – Perfect size for travelling. Holds all 3 Jack Dean products plus any additional gents grooming essentials. Hook attached for convenient hanging.

Special Price: £20.00 – only available on the Denman Online Store.

D62. Denman Be-Bop Brush

Our famous circular massage brush with extra-soft plastic pins. Ideal for gentle scalp massage during shampooing and for distributing gels, waxes and pomades during styling.

D273. Denman Pocket Comb

This exceptional comb has been designed to the highest standards of precision and quality. It is a convenient size to fit in every pocket. Coarse, fine teeth, but with round soft edges means that this comb is gentle on the scalp and hair.



Denman AnarKitty Swinging 60′s Girl

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This piece of art transports us back in time to the Swinging Sixties. Denman and AnarKitty have combined two of the most influential icons from the 60′s, Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and Twiggy, to create a design which captures the fashion and culture of women from that era.

The ‘Goldie’ artwork incorporates the popularity of bouffants and beehives when women’s hair was considered to be ‘the bigger, the better’, and the Denman crown has been added for a modern twist. Goldie’s make-up was inspired by Twiggy, with her famous eyeliner on the upper lids, and vivid eyelashes. The Swinging Sixties was also the beginning of the mini dress with bold psychedelic prints that were incredibly eye catching. Goldie’s mini dress has been finished with a Denman rococo swirl.

We are currently running a competition on our Facebook Page to win your favourite AnarKitty brush. Click here to enter:

The Denman 75th Anniversary Medal

Last weekend the Denman 75th Anniversary Medal was exhibited at the British Art Medal Society Conference in Brighton.

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The display illustrated the birth of the medal from plaster model, wax impression, bronze casting, engraved award and handmade presentation box.

At the conference medallist Natasha Ratcliffe, instigator John Rainey and model Zoe Rainey (The Face of Denman) met for the first time.

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Coincidently theOld Ship Hotel where this event was held is 100 yards from the salon of Denman’s Creative Brand Ambassador, Mark Woolley


The Olivier Awards 2014

photoOn Sunday 13th April our ‘Face of Denman’, Zoe Rainey attended the Olivier Awards as her recent production ‘Oh What A Lovely War’ had been nominated for the ‘Outstanding Achievement In An Affiliate Theatre’ Award and indeed she appeared in the production photograph used in the programme.

programThe Olivier awards are an opportunity to reflect on the previous year of theatre in the West End and to celebrate the talents and achievements of all involved in the creation of British Theatre.  It is an evening of entertainment with extracts from nominated West End productions and this year the ceremony was broadcast on ITV.

Parade, The Donmar Warehouse 2007This is the second time Zoe has attended the Olivier Awards having performed in 2008 with the cast of ‘Parade’ which was nominated for ‘Best New Musical’.

Zoë Rainey – The Face of Denman

A Year To Remember.

 When Zoë Rainey took on the role of the ‘Face of Denman’ we knew we wanted someone who not only used the products but also believed in them enough to put her face to them.

zoe 75th anniversaryAs Denman’s plans to celebrate our 75th Anniversary evolved Zoë became increasingly involved in a quickly escalating range of events and activities.


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As her image started to appear on Denman publicity material, advertising and merchandise around the world, Zoë entertained our customers, distributors and friends at our celebrations

April – Bologna Distributors Dinner and Awards

July – Las Vegas America, Denman 75th Anniversary party

October – London Alternative Hair Show at the Royal Albert Hall

November – Hong Kong 75th Anniversary party at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

alternative and tatlerThe highlights of Zoë’s year were performing ‘Diamonds are Forever’ at the Alternative Hair Show in the Royal Albert Hall; and appearing on the front cover of the Ulster Tatler.

Watch Denman International’s 75th Anniversary Video and Zoë Rainey’s performance of ‘Diamonds are Forever’ on our YouTube Site

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After performing in the National Theatre’s production of “She Stoops to Conquer”, Theatre Royal Bath’s production of “School for Scandal”, Leicester Curve’s production of “Finding Neverland”; and with a busy year of “Face of Denman” commitments and travelling the world,  Zoe still managed to perform the part of Christina Mundy in the TMA award nominated production of “Dancing at Lughnasa” in Northampton.  She was also involved in the new Disney adaptation of “Cinderella”, directed by fellow Northern Ireland born, Kenneth Branagh and starring, amongst others, Oscar nominated Cate Blanchett.

Zoë Rainey in ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ Video

Zoë Rainey in ‘She Stoops To Conquer’ Trailer

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2014 has got off to a great start for Zoë, seen here rubbing shoulders with the stars, as she prepares for “Oh What a Lovely War”.  Back in Stratford East, the theatre where it first opened in 1963, it is timed to start the commemoration of the First World War.  It is a highly anticipated revival of a still very relevant & poignant piece of theatre.  It runs from 1st February to 15th March.

 Zoë Rainey – ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ Video


Gold Award for Denman’s Online Store


We are delighted to tell you that we have received a Gold Award from Feefo for achieving a Customer Service rating of 96% for our online store. Feefo allows us to get feedback from all of our customers who have purchased from and we would like to thank everyone who has left feedback for us.  It allows Denman to improve the customers’ shopping experience and delivery services. It also provides Denman with new ideas and how we can improve our products, thanks to the customers feedback.

We are so pleased to achieve this award… Bring On 2014! :)