BIDBI Under New Ownership
Julia Gash sold her multi awarding winning, manufacturing company Bag It Don't Bin It (BIDBI) to her management team in April 2017. New owners, Daya Ram Singh and Marc Hoj Larsen, have been managing the day to day running of BIDBI for some time now.
The company, now in its tenth year, was founded in 2007 with a vision to create an ecological and ethically driven company that provided a sustainable and affordable alternative to plastic bags. The company grew rapidly over the following years making bags for an enviable portfolio of customers from around the world.
Daya, who has worked at BIDBI for four years, joined as an International Operations Manager and progressed to General Manager Designate, has extensive experience within the textiles industry. He grew up watching his Uncle's textile factory in Birmingham become the biggest garment supplier to the UK's high street, which inspired him to stay within the rag trade before going on to study a BA in Clothing and Textiles at Nottingham Trent University.
"I never thought that in joining BIDBI I would end up owning it after four years! I love the cut and thrust of operational management and working within an ethical business is important for me. BIDBI is thriving due to the continued demand for sustainable solutions and quality craftsmanship. I am aware that it’s a huge responsibility but it is also a massive opportunity and I would thank Julia for entrusting Marc and myself with taking BIDBI forward." Says Daya Ram Singh.
Marc’s focus is in the financial management of BIDBI. Originally from Denmark, Marc moved to the UK in 2005 to study; firstly, a BSc in Economics and international relations, then an MSc in Finance Accounting and Management. Marc joined BIDBI in early 2016 as Finance Manager, having previously worked for many blue-chip companies in the region.
"BIDBI is at a very interesting part within its development and I am very happy to be steering the growth forward over the coming years. BIDBI’s strength is its employees, all of whom are committed to the eco-ethical principles that Julia established ten years ago. Over the past ten years the company has a history of giving young people skilled employment and most have stayed and helped develop it into the success that it is today." Adds Marc Hoj Larsen.
Daya and Marc both are excited about their great plans to move BIDBI forward. Their combined skills and knowledge base complement one and other, strengthening BIDBI’s position in the future. Remaining in Sheffield and bringing more jobs and economic investment into the area is a key part of their strategy. The new owners have their feet firmly on the ground, taking into consideration the current UK economic climate and plan to expand BIDBI by increasing the Sheffield based eco-print facility and attracting new business through being able to print a wider range of textile products. The dynamic duo is also looking to expand BIDBI's offering to include more specialised printing in the near future. With the continuation of local, grass-roots values and global ambition will drive the business from strength to strength.
The staff at BIDBI are enthusiastic about the upcoming changes as Richard Robinson, BIDBI's longest serving employee of 9 years, enthuses. "We are all really excited about the future. I have high hopes for what Daya and Marc want to achieve, it's really nice seeing a company that I have worked in for so long have a promising future."