By Patrick Delaney
25 May 2020

Paragon Group announces acquisition of Spicers Ireland

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Paragon Group, the leading provider of customer communications, identification, graphics and business services, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Spicers Ireland.

Spicers Ireland is a leading wholesaler of Office Supplies. The purchase of these businesses will further strengthen Paragon’s business services capabilities within Ireland. Spicers Ireland within Paragon will continue to be led by Martin Everard. 


Spicers Ireland boasts a large customer base in Ireland, many of whom depend on Spicers Ireland as their primary wholesale source. Spicers Ireland is proud to support its customers and prides itself on stock availability, breadth of product range, and provision of marketing and business solutions to help resellers grow. 


Sean Shine, CEO of the Paragon Group, said: “We are pleased to welcome Spicers Ireland to the Paragon Group. Spicers’ knowledge and prowess adds significant value to our growing range of Business Services in Ireland.  

Paragon continues to assess markets to ensure we align our service offering with our customer demands and this acquisition along with the recent acquisitions of OfficeTeam and ZenOffice in the UK, addresses existing customer requirements. 

Operationally and financially, Paragon is a strong, disciplined and ambitious company and prides itself on being customer focused. Together, we deliver the future of Business Services. 

The acquisitions underline Paragon Group’s ongoing commitment to being the market-leading service provider for businesses in Ireland and across Europe”. 


Martin Everard, Managing Director of Spicers Ireland said “I am delighted that Spicers Ireland is joining the Paragon Group. Paragon has been growing rapidly both globally and in Ireland. Becoming part of Paragon allows Spicers Ireland to provide a broader range of products and services to our Customers in Ireland”. 


About Paragon Group 

Paragon Group is a leading provider of Customer Communications, Identification, Graphics and Workplace Services. Paragon Group combines generations of experience with the latest innovations in technology and smart data to enable responsive and meaningful interactions between organisations and their customers. 


Paragon in Ireland 

Paragon has grown and will continue to grow in Ireland. The group has made a number of significant acquisitions in recent times to increase our market share and to align our service offering with our customer demands. 


In 2018, Paragon acquired AmaTech, an Irish based technology firm specialised in development and production of RFID, shortly after this we officially launched our key product in the payment sector, the world’s first metal inlays with a dual-interface chip module. We have also been able to confirm the strength of our patent protection and are proud to be working with some of the world’s most innovative players in the payment sector, who recognise the value of our intellectual property (IP). 


In 2019, Paragon acquired RRD’s European Global Document Solutions (GDS) business, which included the business in Ireland, now trading as Paragon Customer Communications (PCC) Ireland. PCC works with blue-chip clients in financial services, insurance, investment banking, retail, legal and property providing communication, document management services and marketing solutions. 


The acquisition of Spicers Ireland in 2020, continues that growth, commitment and ambition to be the market leader for business services in Ireland. 


About Paragon Customer Communications 

Paragon Customer Communications provides end to end customer communications services to our clients - we go to market through three key service lines: Customer Engagement & Marketing, Business Process and Transaction and Digital Customer Experience. We aim to provide brilliant customer communications to our clients, helping them to connect with their customers and to transform their customer connections. 


About Paragon Identification 

Paragon ID goes to market with four key offerings: e-ID is the provision of electronic passport covers, driving licences and ID cards, Smart Cities & Mass Transit includes smart cards, tickets and mobile device connectivity for mass transit applications and Track & Trace tracks high value goods through the supply chain; Payment includes secure payment cards and related technologies. 


About Paragon Graphic Services 

Paragon Graphic Services provides Print & Design, Display and Workplace Solutions. Producing digital print in small format, for marketing materials such as brochures and flyers and large format for point of sale and interior branding products, and high tech solutions including 3D printing and virtual reality – everything print and design. We supply display graphics creating visual experiences including retail, event technology products and services. OfficeTeam and Spicers Ireland provide customers with a wide range of workplace and business solutions – including business supplies, office furniture & interiors, facilities supplies & PPE, managed print services and technology services.