The Rannerdale Ltd Timeline

What’s happening with Rannerdale Ltd just now, and how we got here.

From the closure of Balmoral Knitwear in early 2018 to supplying corporate knitwear, school knitwear, cricket sweaters and retail knitwear now.

February 2020

Corporate knitwear contracts

With the New Year, corporate confidence seems to have improved. Certainly more corporate knitwear contracts and enquiries around.

These are just some of the features we can include in bespoke styles:

Possible corporate knitwear features
Possible corporate knitwear features

Contact us for more information. Email

January 2020

Regimental ski sweaters

Sweaters for regimental ski teams have become a bit of a speciality.

December 2019

Cricket sweaters to the USA, cardigans to the middle east, Christmas sweaters for a museum:

All go! Plus the standard stock orders of WAVNs and so on. And the bespoke corporate knitwear deliveries – nurses’ cardigans, hotel staff cardigans and sweaters, bus driver sweaters and tank tops.

November 2019

Cricket, Christmas, Corporate and Schools:

September 2019

‘Charles Kirk’ brand to be distributed by Flamingo Apparel Textiles

Replacement for the former Balmoral Knitwear WAME long-line cardigan
WAME long-line cardigan

As of 1st October, Charles Kirk school and corporate knitwear will be distributed by Flamingo Apparel Textiles of Nottingham. We will work with Flamingo in exactly the same way that we did with Charles Kirk & Co.

The corporate and school knitwear stock ranges and bespoke styles will continue as before. In addition there may be new products available from Flamingo both for corporatewear and for schoolwear.

Flamingo Apparel Textiles are a long-established company in Leicester, with their schoolwear products until now being sold under the Coolflow brand. Going forward they will offer both Coolflow and Charles Kirk garments.

July 2019

It’s Christmaaaaaaaaaaaaas……

As July hotted up, we began to get our first enquiries for bespoke Christmas sweaters promoting brands.

In past years the brands have included beer and soft drink companies, toothpaste and TV companies.

No time like the present to get started. Really.

April 2019

Corporate knitwear contracts

Sampling for a range of corporate knitwear contracts using off-shore manufacturing. Designer styles and also standard V-necks in 50% Merino Wool and 50% Acrylic in bulk quantities.

WAVN Charcoal
March 2019

Busy with cricket, corporatewear and schoolwear this month:

First batch of cricket sweaters with trim in bespoke colourways about to be delivered! Deliveries scheduled for school teams and cricket retailers for clubs.

And we have launched a digital brochure for our corporate knitwear:

February 2019

Corporate knitwear contracts…

  • Large corporatewear contracts being quoted for.
  • Bespoke school knitwear orders still coming in for delivery at back-to-school.
  • Cricket sweaters orders being confirmed.
  • Orders for retail styles of knitwear.
January 2019

Rannerdale has Northern and Southern offices:

Happy New Year to everyone!

Rannerdale now has northern and southern offices, with Ian Pollard based in Cumbria and Mike Carden based in Dorset. 

Though we are meeting in the middle to look after the Charles Kirk stand at Printwear & Promotion Live at the NEC from 20th to 22nd January. Click to register.

October 2018

What’s keeping us busy in October?

  • Contract quantities of knitwear to corporate clothing businesses each week – designer styles and standard stock styles
  • Regular stock orders of former Balmoral styles
  • Bespoke school uniform knitwear
  • All of the above featuring on the Charles Kirk & Co stands at the Schoolwear Show this month and Printwear & Promotion Live in January 2019
  • New beanie and scarf designs
  • Corporate Christmas sweaters
  • And styles for retail brands:
  • We can always do more. Ask us!
September 2018

Enquiries and orders for corporate Christmas sweaters

  • With a minimum, usually, of 100, corporate Christmas sweaters with company logos and images are possible. We are saying to customers to contact us very soon though. It may only seem like the start of autumn, but time is of the essence with designs to work up!
Corporate branded Christmas sweaters
Corporate branded Christmas sweaters
August 2018

Increasing number of bespoke corporate and school knitwear orders

  • Contract quantities of corporate knitwear styles – smaller numbers made in the Charles Kirk factory in Sussex; larger quantities (usually 100+) made in Romania.
  • School uniform knitwear – pullovers, cardigans, hats and scarves: made in Sussex or made in Romania depending on the quantity ordered.
Sweater with coloured trim
Sweater with coloured trim
July 2018

Stock of replacements for Balmoral cardigans in place

  • WAME 50% Merino Wool 50% Acrylic ladies’ long-line cardigan
  • Black, Charcoal, Dark Midnight
  • WAIO 50% Merino Wool 50% Acrylic ladies’ mid-length cardigan
  • Black, Dark Midnight
WAME cardigan stock shades - Charcoal, Dark Midnight and Black
WAME cardigan stock shades – Charcoal, Dark Midnight and Black
May 2018

Replacements for the Balmoral stock styles in stock at Charles Kirk & Co.

WAVN sweater from Charles Kirk

50% Merino Wool 50% Acrylic

  • WAVN V-neck pullover
  • Navy, Black, Charcoal, Dark Midnight, Wine
  • Sizes 32″, 34″, 36”, 38”, 40”, 42”, 44”, 46”, 48”, 50/52”, 54/56”
  • WASO sleeveless slipover
  • Navy, Black, Charcoal
  • Sizes 36”, 38”, 40”, 42”, 44”, 46”, 48”, 50/52”, 54/56”

TPA 100% Acrylic

  • SAVN V-neck pullover
  • Navy, Black, Charcoal, Dark Navy, Wine, Bottle Green
  • Sizes 32″, 34″, 36”, 38”, 40”, 42”, 44”, 46”, 48”, 50/52”, 54/56”
Replacements for Balmoral sweaters at Charles Kirk
Replacements for Balmoral sweaters at Charles Kirk
April 2018

Manufacturing in the UK and in Romania

We are back in the UK after a very successful visit to eastern Europe to visit yarn spinners and knitwear manufacturers to consolidate and expand the ranges of knitwear that we can supply, whether from stock or bespoke.

Bespoke cardigan style with rolled edge trims
Bespoke cardigan style with rolled edge trims
March 2018

The first of the bespoke and contract orders from Balmoral’s former off-shore manufacturing partner are being delivered to customers via Charles Kirk & Co.

Security sweater with epaulettes
Security sweater with epaulettes
19th February 2018

The closure of Balmoral Knitwear

Mike Carden and Ian Pollard:

Sadly, particularly for the staff in Scotland, Balmoral Knitwear has gone into liquidation.

We, Mike Carden and Ian Pollard, looked after their sales side for many years.

We were, and still are, a separate business, Rannerdale Ltd. We have therefore been able to arrange that many of the stock and bespoke styles that Balmoral Knitwear supplied for corporatewear, schoolwear and so on, can now be obtained from a new source, Charles Kirk & Co.

We are also able to supply other knitwear styles, including promotional knitwear, branded Christmas sweaters, cricket sweaters and a range of styles for retail brands.

Contact us on our usual contact numbers and we can give you more information, either on ongoing styles or for new projects.