We are proud to hear that one of the striking poppy coins from the latest 50p collection, to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, will be used at this year’s FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Leicester City. The full-colour 50p coin will be used by the Chelsea and Leicester City captains in the pre-kick off coin toss. The winner of the toss-up get to decide who kicks off in the first half.

Working on behalf of the Royal British Legion, our team here at The Westminster Collection have produced a beautiful full-colour RBL Centenary 50p coin, which bears the image of Her Majesty the Queen on one side, the dates of the centenary and the two-petal poppy on the other.

Sharing his gratitude of the upcoming FA Cup coin toss Charles Byrne, Director General of the RBL, said: “We are grateful to the FA, as this bespoke commemorative coin from the RBL will be used for the coin toss at this year’s Emirates FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City, to recognise both our support and the service of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces over the past century.” It is wonderful to see RBL and The Westminster Collections hard work being showcased in front of millions of viewers on this momentous occasion.

We hope you can join us by watching the FA Cup Final between Leicester City FC and Chelsea FC live on BBC One on Saturday 15th May. Kick off is at 5:15pm with the coin toss shortly before.

On the 4th May, 288 Group set off on a tremendous challenge, walking the distance from Poole, Dorset to New York City. A grand total of 6,000 Kilometres were to be travelled across the Atlantic, with the aim to show our support and raise £5,000 for the incredible NHS.

Employees were required to travel, by foot alone, and virtually track the distance covered using the Strava App whilst following the COVID-19 guidelines. The total distance travelled each day was accumulated and daily updates were shared to update 288 Group employees of their progress.

288 Group generously sponsored all employees 50p per Kilometre walked and matched all donations that were made by family and friends on the company JustGiving page. Within days of the challenge beginning we had received donations of over £1,000 and were virtually tracking our travels across the ocean towards USA.

The challenge was a really great way for employees to stay in touch socially, given the government restrictions and lack of places to visit, a daily walk was more exciting than ever. Employees daily posts were uploaded to Strava to share with colleagues the distance covered, routes taken, views enjoyed and even a few injuries gained along the way.

After 5 weeks and 1226 Strava activity posts 288 Group finally crossed the virtual finish line in Time Square, New York bringing our challenge to the end.

We are pleased to say the Walk to New York challenge raised a total of £5,010, the money raised has been donated to the wonderful NHS Charities Together to support its staff, volunteers and patients.

In just a number of weeks Adam and James will be trudging their way through 26 miles of mud, water and steep hills to complete the Dorset Ooser Marathon.

They are aiming to raise £500 for ‘Hope For Food’ a local charity based in Bournemouth. The charity is run entirely by Volunteers to help those that are homeless and living in poverty. Last month ‘Hope For Food’ were able to feed 1200 people thanks to charitable donations so every penny raised will help to change the lives of others.

If you would like to show your support to Adam and James by donating please follow the link below.


Good luck guys!

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity Peter Pan 50p Coins

This year marks the 90th anniversary since Peter Pan author, JM Barrie, gifted his rights in Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

To commemorate this generous gift, earlier this year The Westminster Collection launched a range of Peter Pan 50p coins in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, the Isle of Man Treasury and Tower Mint.

These magical 50p’s really captured the imagination of collectors and the demand experienced since their release has been unprecedented.

Incredibly this has meant in just a matter of months, through the sales of these Peter Pan 50p coins, that collectors have helped raise over £250,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.

Official Peter Pan 50p Coins issued in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity
The Peter Pan 50p Coins issued in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity

This is an achievement that everyone is immensely proud of, and we are hugely thankful to collectors for helping raise such an amazing amount to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and the seriously ill children from across the UK who are cared for there.

To celebrate this important occasion, Managing Director, Ian Glen, and Karen Brooks, Head of Product Development, went along to Great Ormond Street Hospital to present them with the £250,000 cheque! 

Key representatives from Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Isle of Man Treasury, Tower Mint and The Westminster Collection attend the £250,000 cheque giving ceremony
Key representatives from Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Isle of Man Treasury, Tower Mint and The Westminster Collection attending the £250,000 cheque giving presentation

We would like to thank all of the collectors who have raised such a considerable amount of money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. It has been a real privilege to work alongside the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, the Isle of Man Treasury and Tower Mint in such a worthwhile coin issue.

Ian Glen – Managing Director, The Westminster Collection

“Everyone at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is thrilled and incredibly grateful that The Westminster Collection, The Tower Mint and the Isle of Man Government chose to celebrate the 90th anniversary of JM Barrie’s gift of the rights of Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital by issuing a special Peter Pan collection. It’s wonderful to see how much the general public and avid collectors have come together in support of this special collection. The funds raised will have a huge impact on the lives of seriously ill children from across the United Kingdom.”

Amit Aggarwal – Director, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity
Olivia Dawson (left) is a William Syndrone’s patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital and had the important job of striking the first ever Peter Pan Silver 50p at Tower Mint

I work in such a special industry, and I get see so much and meet so many people, but I never thought I would be able to connect my daughters syndrome to such a great cause, as well as contribute such an amazing amount to Great Ormond Street Hospital which will support all of the incredible work they do. The Westminster Collection and the Isle of Man have achieved so much for all involved, and I am a very proud dad!

Elliot Dawson – Director at Tower Mint & Dad of Olivia Dawson (pictured above)

We are delighted to see our range of Peter Pan commemoratives grow in recent months and expand the opportunities for collectors to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. If you’d like to take a look at the full range, you can do so by clicking here.

To find out more about Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and the fantastic work they do, click here.

Peter Pan 50p coins press coverage

On Tuesday 11th June, we launched a brand new range of Peter Pan 50p coins to celebrate the 90th anniversary of J.M. Barrie gifting his rights in the Peter Pan story to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The coins have proven extremely popular with collectors and in the first week alone they have raised over an incredible £150,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.  We’re delighted to see this project come to fruition and to be able to support this fantastic charity – where everyday more than 600 children arrive for life-changing treatment. 

Not only that, but the Peter Pan 50p coins have also hit the headlines and to date they’ve been featured in the news over 25 times! Never before have we seen so much press coverage for a new coin release. Take a look at some of the headlines below… 

“New Peter Pan and Tinkerbell 50p coins launch – and they look magical”

The Mirror

“Thousands queue to buy new Peter Pan 50p coins that won’t go into circulation”


“Rare Peter Pan 50p coins launched for charity”


“When was the Peter Pan 50p coin collection launched and where can you buy it?”


“Thousands queue to buy new Peter Pan 50p coins that won’t go into circulation (except on the Isle of Man…)”

This is Money

“Peter Pan coin released for Great Ormond Street Hospital”


“Peter Pan 50p coins are here and they’re absolutely magical”

Marie Claire

MAGICAL SILVER New Peter Pan 50p coins on sale – but you can’t use it in UK Shops”

The Sun

“Magical 50p Peter Pan Coins Have Launched – And They’re for Charity”

Pretty 52

“The Westminster Collection has released a limited edition Peter Pan 50p Coin”

Country Living

“Peter Pan coins mark 90 years of the story’s support for Great Ormond Street Hospital”

UK Fundraising

You can check out the full range of Peter Pan 50p coins by clicking here >> 

How to nail the 288 Group sales interview

Interested in joining our expanding sales team? Here’s our 5 top tips to help you prepare and nail that all-important interview.

Let’s face it, nobody enjoys interviews. It can be a daunting experience for even the most confident of us out there. Fear of the unknown and what questions are going to be asked can be a tricky task to prepare for. However, it doesn’t need to be like this.

With some clever preparation and research into the role you’re applying for, you should be able to nail that interview no problem. If you’re interested in joining our expanding Sales Team at 288 Group, then we’ve compiled our 5 top tips to make sure you have maximum interview success.

1. Know your CV

Coming for an interview, you should know your CV like the back of your hand. In an interview, anything on your CV can potentially be probed so it’s important that you know this inside out. Preparing intelligent responses to your previous positions and how they relate to the Sales role you’re interviewing for will give us the confidence and comfort you’re the right person for the job. Sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how many people fall short in this area!

2. Sell yourself

You’re applying for a sales position, so the one thing we want to see is your ability to sell yourself. During your preparation, work out what you’re key strengths are, what you’re most proud of and what key skills you’ve developed throughout your career. You need to show us why we should hire you, so giving some thought into these points with relevant examples from your previous experience will stand you in good stead.

Key tip: Do you have experience selling high value goods to customers? If so, we’d love to know about it.

3. Do your homework

One of the best ways to nail your job interview is to do your research on who we are and what we do. Showing an understanding of the 288 Group will show us that you’ve done your homework and also have a genuine interest in the position and the company.

Key tip: Did you know that we sell coins that cost over £1,000? With that in mind, what kind of customers or people do you think we target for these kind of products?

4. Show us your real personality

You’d be surprised at how many people try to be what you “think” we’d like to see during the interview rather than being themselves. Our Sales Team is made up of a mix of personalities, there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to what we’re looking for. For that reason, it’s important during the interview process that you let your true self shine through and give us a flavour of who you are. The last thing we want is for someone completely different to turn up on day 1.

Key tip: During the interview process, we’ll be looking at more than just your skills. In terms of personality, what do you bring to the table that will make you stand out from anyone else?

5. Ask questions

Always remember, you should be interviewing us as much as we are interviewing you. This is your opportunity to make sure that the role and company is right for you, so doing your research and having a couple of questions prepared to help you make that decision is key. Asking relevant questions in relation to the role or company shows us that you’ve thought about this interview and are genuinely interested in joining us.

If you’d like to find out more about what it’s like working as part of our Sales Team or our current vacancies, please click here: https://www.288group.com/sales/

288 Group are always up for a challenge and this June we are walking 26 or 13 miles of challenging and very hilly Jurassic Coast Path to raise funds for Julia’s House – the children’s hospice.

Please sponsor your friends, family or colleagues generously as 288 Group has pledged to match all donations made via this Just Giving page – doubling your donation.

At the end of our walk we will receive a medal, hog roast and a glass of bubbly or something long and cold, to toast our achievement.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Click here to visit the Just Giving page and donate!

Yasmin receives the IDM Professional Diploma in Direct and Digital Marketing

Yasmin receives the IDM Professional Diploma in Direct and Digital Marketing

Yasmin receives the IDM Professional Diploma in Direct and Digital Marketing

Congratulations are in order for Yasmin and David who are both now certified holders of the Institute of Direct Marketing Professional Diploma in Direct and Digital Marketing.

The intensive year-long course is equivalent to bachelor’s degree level and forms an integral part of the Graduate Training offered by 288 Group Ltd.

Underlining the importance of the qualification the graduation ceremony took place at the prestigious Institute of Engineering and Technology: Savoy Place in London, followed by canapés and a drinks reception.

David receives the IDM Professional Diploma in Direct and Digital Marketing

David receiving his diploma.

The diplomas were awarded by Nick Hutton Hon F IDM and the ceremony was headlined by PR Smith, author of the renowned SOSTAC marketing planning model.

For more information about working in Marketing for 288 Group Ltd click here.

After a hard-fought contest, the “60% of the time we win everything” team walked away with the 288 Group Pub Quiz Trophy (well bottles of Prosecco).

Sitting in  the undercroft of the Blue Boar Pub in Poole, the atmosphere was tense.  In a business governed by so many historical and national events, competition is always fierce – at least for the first 5 minutes until everyone realises no-one know the answers!

With over eighty 288 Group employees across a dozen teams, a busy bar and fish and a chip supper, it was still anyone’s for the taking right up to the last round and, of course, the all-important crisp tasting challenge.

But it was a the Coin Portfolio Management team under the slightly hopeful name of “60% of the time we win everything” who prevailed.  As for the wooden spoon winners – well that would hardly be fair, would it?

Many thanks to Paul, our Facilities Manager, for once again setting a cracking quiz.