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Business Talk - Rovers supporter success stories!

We take a look at Rovers fans who talk business and their favourite club!

19 March 2019

Mark Farrimond admits he feels part of the Blackburn Rovers family, as he celebrates 50 years as a fan of the club.

Mark is the CEO of The Envelope Works, who have grown to become one of the largest envelope manufacturing and printing companies in the UK, and are now a corporate partner of the club.

It is a proud association for Mark, who came to his first Rovers game in the mid-70s, following in the footsteps of his parents.

He has since built up several successful businesses and has developed a close relationship with the club, sponsoring over 50 games at Ewood Park in recent years.

With a host of business benefits and partnership opportunities available, Mark would encourage other forward-thinking firms to do the same.

"I've been supporting Rovers for 50 years this year," he said. "I can remember the likes of Stuart Metcalfe and Glenn Keeley, they're probably my earliest memories.

"My mum and dad used to have a corner shop in Darwen and they used to sell the lottery tickets for Blackburn Rovers and every now and then used to get a free ticket, so that's how I started going down as a kid, probably aged five or six years old.

"I fell in love with the club straight away and I've been a proud supporter ever since.

"There's been many ups and downs over the years, but I think the highlight has to be the Premier League win. I think for every Rovers fan to be around at that time and living the dream when that happened was incredible.

"Blackburn Rovers is such a family club. Over the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to work a lot closely with the club and it's a real privilege to get to know all the staff working down there, because they work ever so hard and they care about the club.

"Over the last seven years, I think we've sponsored around 50 matches and it's great. I would encourage businesses out there to explore the possibilities of being involved with the club because, for me, the power of the club, the social networking side, what it has done for our business has been phenomenal really.

"People always ask me what do you get out of it. Well, first and foremost, I'm a fan, so I enjoy going down and watching the games. There's so many influential people in the lounges, it's done absolute wonders for our brand recognition."


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