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.

 
Tour de Talented
Tour de Talented
Julia Gash, CEO BIDBI
21st July 2014

In my last blog just over a month ago, I wrote about how I had been bringing together different designers to collaborate with us for our ethically focussed brand: Talented.  I also design for Talented, which tends to happen every weekend and the odd evening.  Time is just stolen away from me during the week by the day to day of running a business.  But by hook or by crook I... Read More »

 
BIDBI's Charity Swap Shop
BIDBI's Charity Swap Shop
Kathryn Briggs
16th July 2014

Following on from my last blog post on our new charity committee, this week we had our first event here at BIDBI HQ! Having many sartorially minded ladies in this office we all had a fair few clothes which if we were honest we probably didn’t need to keep hanging on to. We decided to turn this into a charity event by bringing all our unloved items of clothing into the office and swapping... Read More »

 
BIDBI CEO Up For National Award
BIDBI CEO Up For National Award
Vicky Siviter
8th July 2014

We're delighted to announce that BIDBI CEO and Talented Chief Designer Julia Gash has been nominated for the National SME Director of the Year Award, at the IoD (Institute of Directors) Awards 2014. The regional award is sitting proudly on our meeting room shelf!   The nomination follows Julia's success in May's IoD Awards, where she scooped the Director of the Year... Read More »

 
BIDBI Charity Action
BIDBI Charity Action
Kathryn Briggs
1st July 2014

Recently at BIDBI we have set up a charity committee, made up of both office and production staff aiming to give back to our local community and national campaigns which are important to us. We opened up nominations for charities to the whole team and received some fantastic suggestions, all of which had personal connections to members of the team. After a company vote, we finally decided... Read More »

 
Guest Blog: Kerrie Brannick
Guest Blog: Kerrie Brannick
Kerrie Brannick
22nd June 2014

This week's guest blog comes from Kerrie - our newest account manager. Here's what she had to say about her recent work at BIDBI... I joined BIDBI as a Fashion Account Manager in March 2014 so I’m a newbie here! In the short time that I have been here, no 2 days have been the same. I handle anything from straight forward ‘off the shelf’ eco bag enquiries to large... Read More »

 
Making Totes Talented
Making Totes Talented
Julia Gash, CEO BIDBI
13th June 2014

For the past couple of months a large part of my work has been getting together the Talented tote bag collection for SS15 (Spring Summer 2015). It seems so far ahead but will surely fly and the collection has to be designed and sampled by the end of this month in order that our international partners and the Talented Team can take pre-orders before we go into production in October. Ideas... Read More »

 
The Queen Backs Eco-Bags
The Queen Backs Eco-Bags
Vicky Siviter
5th June 2014

In yesterday's Queen's Speech we learned of government plans to introduce a 5p plastic bag tax in the UK. The Queen urged the government push forward with plans to reduce the use of plastic bags in England, after Wales' bag tax reduced their use by 75%. This is amazing news for the environment, as well as all the worthy causes that the funds will benefit. We can't wait to see the Queen... Read More »

 
The Political Is Personal For Businesses in Britain
The Political Is Personal For Businesses in Britain
Julia Gash, CEO BIDBI
26th May 2014

"Export or Die” is a famous quote and mantra for British manufacturing businesses.  It’s also one that I took to heart a couple of years ago, when I realized that virtually all of my business was reliant on a depressed, home market, which had equally gloomy economic forecasts for years to come. I sensed trouble ahead and so systematically developed and implemented a strategy... Read More »

 
Julia Speaks for Female Entrepreneurs
Julia Speaks for Female Entrepreneurs
Vicky Siviter
16th May 2014

Want to get a closer look into how BIDBI and Talented work? Our CEO, Julia Gash, will be holding a talk for business women in Yorkshire. The League of Extraordinary Women is a global movement of dynamic female entrepreneurs, aiming to support women on their entrepreneurial journeys. The group holds events to inspire, motivate and empower young women to build bigger and better businesses,... Read More »

 
BIDBI CEO Bags IoD Award
BIDBI CEO Bags IoD Award
Vicky Siviter
7th May 2014

We're delighted to announce that our BIDBI CEO, Julia Gash, was awarded the 'Entrepreneur of the Year for Yorkshire' award at last week's Institute of Directors Awards. The ceremony took place at the Queen's Hotel in Leeds, and BIDBI MD Steve Morrisroe accompanied CEO Julia Gash to the (rather early!) ceremony. The annual event, organised by The Institute of Directors for Yorkshire, celebrates... Read More »

 
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