An interview with a Hull based eco commercial cleaning company

1why-usIn the first of an occasional series, we get the inside track on some of our customers. Hull based eco commercial cleaning company, Lemonclean is the first to go and the questions were answered by Founder and Managing Director, Vicky Doyle.

How long has Lemonclean been established?

Lemonclean has been established for five and a half years.

 Why did you set up Lemonclean?

I was looking for a business opportunity within the cleaning sector, but was undecided what direction I wanted to take, until I met Lloyd from Bio-D at the Hull Food Festival in 2009 and there was a lightbulb moment – my business would specialise in eco cleaning for businesses.

How many people work for Lemonclean?

We now employ 50 staff

How long have you been using Bio-D products?

Since the day that I started the business.  I love the fact that I can pop in to the factory, pick up my order and drop it off at cleaning sites on my way back to the office.

How did you hear about Bio-D in the first place?

Hull Food Festival

How far afield do you operate?

We operate throughout East Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire

What do you like about Bio-D as a company?

I am passionate about their products and I love the people and the business ethos.  Environmental responsibility runs right through my business, from the recycled toilet rolls to the upcycled office furniture, so there is a great synergy between Lemonclean and Bio-D.

What do you like about Bio-D products?

The smell of the products takes me right back to those difficult days when I was establishing my business and reminds me how far I’ve come – you could say that Bio-D reminds me of the smell of success! I also like the fact that all of their products are effective, yet safe for me and my staff to use and help me to market Lemonclean as an environmentally friendly business that uses safe, luxury products.

What’s your favourite Bio-D product?

The Multi-surface sanitiser – I just love the smell of the orange oil and it cuts through grease brilliantly.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I’m very proud to say that I have never advertised and my client list inlcudes big names like Rix, Sewells, Jordans and Humberside Airport because we offer high standards of staff and excellent cleaning products.  Corporate Social Responsibility is high on many businesses’ agendas these days and Bio-D helps me to satisfy their CSR needs in terms of commercial cleaning.

If you would like to know any more about Lemonclean, please visit www.lemonclean.co.uk

 

Green Hull business celebrates extended Oxfam listing

Oxfam additions Feb 2015Directors at leading Hull based ethical cleaning and laundry products company Bio-D are celebrating after gaining additional listings in Oxfam.

The addition of Furniture Polish and Lime and Aloe Vera Sanitising Hand Wash brings the number of Bio-D lines in Oxfam to 10.

The complete range includes Bio-D’s environmentally responsible cleaning products, including washing up liquid, multi surface cleaner, laundry liquid, fabric conditioner and toilet cleaner that are available in over Oxfam stores from Guernsey to Glasgow.

The price of the Furniture Polish is £3.79 for a 500ml spray bottle and the Hand Wash is £3.99 for 500ml.

Bio-D’s Sales and Marketing Director Sara Holtby is delighted with the business gain and said; “Oxfam and Bio-D share common values in that both businesses want to inspire people to make the world a better place and this listing is an important step towards achieving our mutual goals.”

Hull business Bio-D celebrates new online business with Costco

cookiepolicy_logoDirectors at leading Hull based ethical cleaning and laundry products company Bio-D are celebrating after gaining a listing for seven of its most popular lines with Costco.

The four laundry products and three household cleaning lines* went live on Costco website in January 2015 and are already recording impressive sales.

Of the listing, Buyer Tracy Hunt said: “We were looking for a UK made range of ethical and environmentally responsible cleaning and laundry products and we like Bio-D’s ethos and ideals.  Early sales are encouraging.”

Bio-D’s Sales and Marketing Director Sara Holtby is very proud that Bio-D has gained its first listing in Costco; “Costco specialises in bulk products that are naturally heavy, so it makes perfect sense to buy them online and have them delivered directly to your door!”

The Bio-D range is the online retailer’s first foray into environmentally and ethically responsible household products.

Costco warehouses and Costco.co.uk are designed to help small-to-medium-sized businesses reduce costs in purchasing for resale and for everyday business use.

Bio-D is an independent, ethically motivated company that is dedicated to promoting the use of environmentally responsible detergents. It manufactures environmentally responsible cleaning and laundry products that are UK made, effective, biodegradable and hypoallergenic.  Bio-D’s range of household cleaning and laundry products are made from sustainable, naturally derived raw materials and do not contain chlorine or optical brighteners.  All of the Bio-D range is suitable for use with septic tanks and are Cruelty Free International (formerly BUAV) and Vegan Society registered.

* Washing Powder

Laundry Liquid

Fabric Conditioner

Nappy Fresh

Washing Up Liquid 1

Toilet Cleaner

Home & Garden Sanitiser

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Hull eco company’s 25th anniversary competition winner celebrates birthday with prize

Mr and Mrs Metcalfe toast their success in anniversary competitionThe lucky winner of Sutton Fields-based business The Bio-D Company’s competition was able to celebrate her birthday in style after winning the top prize.

The Bio-D Company, an ethical cleaning and laundry products manufacturer, teamed up with The Ramblers’ Rest in Millington to offer a two nights’ stay for the winner of its 25th anniversary competition

Alison Metcalfe and husband Kevin from Hull were picked at random after Mrs Metcalfe entered the competition ‘by chance’, and researched the company online to find the correct answer to the question ‘In what year was Bio-D founded?’

The full-time carer said: “It was really nice to stay at The Ramblers’ Rest following my 58th birthday and we were well looked after by Angela and Jeremy Sissons.

“I couldn’t fault them – Angela really was the host with the most and a highlight was the lovely evening meal by an open fire she’d set up for us. I’d like to thank Bio-D and The Ramblers’ Rest for a lovely time.”

Mr and Mrs Metcalfe visited Millington Woods and neighbouring Yorkshire Wolds villages, as well as spending time in Naburn and the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in York.

Mrs Metcalfe is now considering recommending the company’s products for her sister-in-law’s cleaning company.

Ethically motivated cleaning company grows with new site facility

Bio D new facilityA Hull based eco cleaning and detergent company has expanded into a new industrial unit following a £100,000 investment to meet growing demand.

The Bio-D Company has taken out a five-year lease on a 16,000sq ft unit, almost four times the size of its previous unit in Sutton Fields, four years after its current owners Lloyd Atkin and Sara Holtby took over the business.

The new industrial unit is the latest in a series of investments that has seen the business grow to 11 staff and turnover figure almost double since Mr Atkin and Ms Holtby bought the company in 2010.

The new site houses offices, meeting rooms, storage areas, five blending tanks with capacity from 1,000 to 10,000 litres, three production lines, a vertical form, filling and sealing machine and a production area for quality development and testing.

This year, The Bio-D Company celebrated 25 years in business after naval entrepreneur Michael Barwell started the business in 1988.

The business is receiving a grant from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership which funds a percentage of the capital as the company installs further new equipment.

Managing Director Mr Atkin said the company has taken a leap and moved to expand their approach and capacity.

“It is a really exciting time for us – everyone is looking forward to the challenge of growing into it and fulfilling our potential in the new site.

“We hope to expand our team to 15 by the end of next year to take on more technical staff and we’re aiming to hire at least two people per year.”

With the old site just 200 metres away, Mr Atkin added that it is important for the company to remain in Hull.

“It is here that Bio-D was born and our employees, all local people, are extremely important to us – they would not want to move out of the area. Hull is the home of Bio-D.”

Celebrating 25 sustainable years with a festive competition

Folder(2014-10-20)0001Leading Hull based ethical cleaning and laundry products manufacturer, Bio-D is calling on children’s artistic talents to help them to design a 25th anniversary Christmas card.

To celebrate 25 sustainable years of making environmentally friendly products at its Sutton Fields factory, Bio-D is inviting schoolchildren to enter a competition to win a year’s subscription to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Commenting on the competition, Bio-D’s Sales and Marketing Director Sara Holtby said: “We’re very proud to have reached our 25th anniversary and couldn’t have done it without the support of our customers.  We wanted our junior fans to be able to join in the celebrations too, so we have set up the design a Christmas card competition.”

To enter, children should draw a Christmas picture with an eco theme and send it to Bio-D via facebook, by post to Sara at Bio-D, 31 Bergen Way, Hull HU7 0YQ or to 25sustainableyears@three60marketing.co.uk before 30th November.  The winner will be selected on 5th December. Please see www.biodegradable.biz for a full list of terms and conditions.

The wildlife theme complements the work that Bio-D has done in the Wolds village of Nunburnholme with The Warter Five in Humberside Police’s Lifestyle Project.

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