SDL Imports is a long established, family-run business specialising in the provision of wholesale gifts, toys and sun hats for the Tourist Industry.
We source goods from around the world and strive to produce a wide range of interesting merchandise which, whilst maintaining high levels of quality, is still competitively priced. Many of our products have been developed in house to reflect the demands of our industry and to fulfil the needs of our customers.
Over the years, SDL Imports has become a leading business in the UK Nautical Giftware market. In 2007 SDL Imports took over Bounty Arts, a well-established player in this market, and further strengthened our range of nautical themed goods.
To complement this range, in 2011 SDL acquired the business of Planaship. We now offer this established range of fine line drawings of shipwreck maps and traditional ships.
Based in Bournemouth on the south coast of England, SDL was first established in 1956 by Keith Turner and his father Charles.
After 50 years at the helm Keith decided to step back from the day to day running of the company although he still retains an active interest in the company.
Now the third generation of the family, Keith's daughter and son-in-law Diana and Michael Leadbetter, have taken over - building on the sound foundations laid by Keith. Michael was promoted to Managing Director in May 2006.
Many of the staff of SDL have been with the company for many years. Our former sales manager Steve Onaran joined the company in the 1970s and retired in September 2016. He is missed by customers and staff a like but is enjoying his retirement spending time with his family and on his boat.
Colin Blake, our sales representative for the South West, has been with the company since 1990 and has in depth knowledge of the product range and the industry in which we operate and is able to offer guidance and support to his customers.
Simon Keeping, having been with SDL since 1998, oversees customer accounts and is mainly office based. Simon can help customers with telephone or e-mail enquiries.
Behind the scenes the warehouse team keep the goods side of the business working smoothly. They work hard to try to ensure that orders are dispatched as promptly as possible.