- Julia Gash
As we're coming to the last day of 2012 it's good to reflect on the highlights for Bag It Don't Bin It (BIDBI) over the year ...
We grew a massive 40% throughout 2012, which is an amazing achievement, and within a harsh, economic climate, was obviously not without some growing pains!
We launched Doodle-Bag, so that our clients that were start up businesses and creatives could have their designs on just a handful of bags, if that's all they needed.
We created and launched our own brand range of ethically sourced and ecologically printed bags: Talented Totes, which was great fun and was bought by some of the nation's best arts institutions and museums as well as the coolest high street retailers.
We continued to develop our team, training our production team to print to the highest quality and our designers to best interpret and translate customer's artwork into beautiful bag art or excellent marketing totes. We also brought on board new key team members to strengthen our business for the next stage of our journey.
I won a place on a business trip to New York, sponsored by Santander Bank, and with that, began to focus on the export potential for our business. I also gained 10, fantastic, female friends who run amazingly successful businesses in the UK.
We visited our trusted partners in India and China and learned how vital our work is to the lives and livelihoods of those in developing countries. Their optimism, commitment to fair trade principles and expert industry knowledge was humbling.
I won the Yorkshire SME Businesswoman of the Year at the Forward Ladies Awards, an organisation that supports women in business.
We produced boatloads of beautiful bags. Working with some of the world's top fashion brands, nation's beloved art institutions and clever creatives we printed, stitched and pressed our way to some lovely creation, which didn't exist prior to 2012!
So here's a grateful goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013!Tweet