The BIDBI Bee

The BIDBI Bee is written by Julia Gash, the founder and CEO of BIDBI, with guest bloggers from inside and outside the BIDBI hive.  In her blog, Julia gives a behind the scenes look at eco-bag production in the BIDBI engine room, speaks out on topical issues and celebrates her favourite bag art.  She waves the flag for eco-ethical business and the tote as a wonderful, creative medium.

 
Giving Sheffield HOPE
Giving Sheffield HOPE
Vicky Siviter
13th April 2014

This month's blog is brought to you by Florence, our new Sales & Marketing Intern here at BIDBI. She joined the team last month, as part of Sheffield University's Internship Scheme, to help out our teams at both BIDBI and Talented. Florence is a current student at Sheffield University, and now comes into the BIDBI office one day per week on the side of her studies, to gain experience... Read More »

 
BIDBI Welcomes You!
BIDBI Welcomes You!
Julia Gash
7th April 2014

 We've had a trail of visitors to BIDBI this week. Cherith Harrison called in to see us on her travels from London up to her native Edinburgh. Cherith is one of our designers at Talented and we also print bags for Cherith under her own label, which covers lots of other lovely stuff such as tea towels, mugs and greeting card ranges. Here we are standing in front of her lovely bag... Read More »

 
Guest Blog - Danny Vine
Guest Blog - Danny Vine
Danny Vine
26th March 2014

This month we've got a guest blog from Danny, one of our screen printers in our eco printing factory in Sheffield. Here's his roundup of a typical day as a BIDBI printer... I've been at BIDBI since August 2012, when I joined the team alongside my brother, Ash. For me, a typical day at BIDBI involves many different responsibilities. I start work at 8am sharp, by setting up the first job... Read More »

 
Custom Project Inspiration
Custom Project Inspiration
Vicky Siviter
17th March 2014

Need inspiration for your next bag project? Look no further. This blog is the first installment of custom project information, showing you how we create our range of completely bespoke bags. While many BIDBI clients are looking for a simple screen print onto natural canvas, we understand that you're looking for something a bit special. Here are four of the many ways that we can take your... Read More »

 
Go Bananas for Fairtrade Fortnight
Go Bananas for Fairtrade Fortnight
Vicky Siviter
7th March 2014

Today marks the end of Fairtrade Fortnight, an annual initiative led by the Fairtrade Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of the living wage and its importance for workers around the world. As an ethically-focused company, this is a philosophy that we strongly associate with. This year's Fairtrade Fortnight focused on the supply chain of bananas, and aims to help banana farmers... Read More »

 
Spotted: Bags on Tour
Spotted: Bags on Tour
Vicky Siviter
28th February 2014

Over the years we've spotted our bags out and about in many places (some more exotic than others!), and we always ask for a cheeky photo. We love receiving photos from our clients as well, to see where each bag ends up. We collected all the 'bags we've snapped' on our Instagram, but we thought it'd be nice to share our recent favourites in a blog, so you can get some ideas of how our... Read More »

 
Guest Blog - Daya Singh
Guest Blog - Daya Singh
Daya Singh
21st February 2014

This week's blog comes courtesy of Daya Singh, our International Operations Manager. Here's what he had to say about his work at BIDBI... ---------------------------------- I joined BIDBI in November 2013, to take on the role of International Ops Manager. I've got around 20 years' experience in the industry, after starting out working with family, before moving into kidswear, then menswear,... Read More »

 
BIDBI & The Community Shop
BIDBI & The Community Shop
Vicky Siviter
14th February 2014

The UK's first 'Social Supermarket' has opened in our home region of South Yorkshire, providing struggling residents with surplus food stock at cheap prices. The Goldthorpe Community Shop opened its doors this week, as part of a new scheme which makes use of supermarkets' ex-seasonal, mis-packaged, and surplus stock to provide massive discounts to those on means-tested benefits. As an eco-ethical... Read More »

 
New Team & New Products
New Team & New Products
Vicky Siviter
7th February 2014

This month we welcome two new members to our team. Steve Morrisroe is our newly-appointed MD Designate, and will be managing the day-to-day running of our eco-factory and office. With years of experience as an operations manager, he'll be working with our team to help BIDBI grow from strength to strength. Grace is our newest Bag Project Manager, on hand to assist clients through every... Read More »

 
Vive Le Sac!
Vive Le Sac!
Julia Gash
28th January 2014

Bonjour!  I am currently showcasing Talented, our own brand range of canvas tote bags, at a French trade show.  We’ve just flown in following trade shows in London and Berlin and have one more to go next month back in Britain. I create designs for Talented and my focus is a range of Cityscape bags, which feature illustrations of cities from around the world.  Most... Read More »

 
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