- Julia Gash
After months of planning we've just opened a new state-of-the-art screen making room at our eco-print factory in Sheffield. Paul, our resident screen maker is delighted with his new pristine white room, which is full of high tech machinery.
Our bank manager, Liz Pickering, from Santander Corporate & Commercial visited us this week to officially launch the opening of the new Screen Making Room, which will speed up production and make big cost savings. The new facility filled with British made machinery, also enables us to now make photographic quality screen printed bags, tea towels, t-shirts and other textiles.
I moved our banking to Santander earlier this year. Like many SME's in Britain the banking industry wasn't interested in supporting us and it's always been a difficult as we've grown without having adequate funding in place. Santander changed all of that however when they came forward with a holistic investment plan that has enabled our business to grow from strength to strength.
The bank also arranged for me to go on a Women’s Business Leadership Training Course as part of its Breakthrough programme, in conjunction with the women’s business network group Forward Ladies of which I'm a member. We meet once a month and tackle a different subject each session, led by an expert trainer. So I’ve improved my knowledge on key areas of running the business including strategic development, risk management and leadership as well as having the opportunity to build relationships with other female owned, fast growth enterprises in the region.
As a result of this investment, high quality training and continuing growth, we have been able to employ to more people and are now seeking a General Manager for BIDBI to take over the day to day running of the business so that I can focus on the development of our own brand range, Talented Totes.
Santander’s confidence in me and my business has spurred us all on at BIDBI and enabled us to put into practice our plans for improving our facility and investing in marketing our new own brand range. The result of this has produced a dramatic increase in turnover and profit and created jobs, which is great for BIDBI and good for British manufacturing.