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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Celebrating 25 sustainable years with a festive competition

Santa XmasLeading 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 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 before 30th November.  The winner will be selected on 1st December. Please see www.biodegradable.biz for a full list of terms and conditions. Entries can also be made via the website and via facebook.

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.

 

Ethically-motivated Hull company in the running for business awards

Small business finalist Hull Mail 2014Hull-based eco business Bio-D is hoping for success in the Small Business of the Year category of the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2014.

The independent ethical cleaning products firm has seen a high turnover, profits rising and with profits expected to reach 30% profit this year, the business has set its sights on big businesses, including Waitrose.

Bio-D’s growth has been attributed to a brand redesign, new product development and improvements to pack format to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the eco-friendly cleaning market.

Bio-D’s Managing Director Lloyd Atkin said: “Being shortlisted in the Small Business of the Year category is excellent recognition of our commitment to producing environmentally responsible detergents.

“We are very proud to be a finalist, especially in our 25th anniversary year” he added.

Bio-D products are currently sold through Oxfam, Booths, high street health food stores and a variety of online retailers including www.biodegradable.biz.

Alongside expansion into bigger businesses, the cleaning products company hope to add more deals in the catering, cleaning and public services sector.

The Hull Daily Mail Business Awards ceremony will be held at Willerby Manor Hotel in Hull on Thursday November 20.

Politician Lord Mandelson is set speak at the ceremony where he is expected to share his thoughts on the future of East Yorkshire with guests.

Hull eco business launches new products

Bio-D new products Feb 2014 rA leading Hull based hypo-allergenic cleaning products company has launched four new products in response to customer demand.

Sutton Fields business Bio-D has added Geranium Hand Wash, Multi-use Floor Cleaner, Dishwasher Rinse Aid and a reformulated Dishwasher Powder to its range of ethically and environmental responsible detergents.

Guaranteed to kill 99.9% of germs, Geranium Sanitising Hand Wash has been tested to BENSEN1276 standard and is suitable for a range of uses from domestic, offices to catering whilst the Multi-use Floor Cleaner is made with a linseed based soap to enrich real wood floors but also formulated to leave little or no residue for the cleaning of laminates, tiles and vinyl.

Chairman and Sales and Marketing Director Sara Holtby said “We have been very encouraged by early sales of the new products.”

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.

Bio-D products are available in a range of sizes and are suitable for domestic and catering use.  They are sold through Oxfam, Booths, high street health food stores and a variety of online retailers including www.biodegradable.biz. Please refer to www.biodegradable.biz for a complete list of stockists and details of the September promotion on Floor Cleaner.

Back to school deep clean, winners and pledges

Picture1Now that the children are back at school, it’s the ideal time to have a really good clean! In order to make the task a little more pleasurable, there’s 25% off selected cleaning products.  The offer ends on 17th September, so you’d better be quick! Please take a look at the newsletter for more information.

Sara and Lloyd

Hull directors smash fundraising target

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Sara Holtby reaches the top of Totterdown Hill

Directors at Hull eco business, Bio-D have raised over £900 for charity after completing the gruelling ‘Big G’ Cyclosportive.

Despite training setbacks resulting from a dislocated shoulder and inclement weather on the day, Lloyd Atkin and Sara Holtby faced the 62k ‘Big G’ challenge with a smile and were delighted to raise so much money for the Allergy UK Nurses Appeal.

Of the achievement, Allergy UK’s fundraising manager, Julia Kitchenham congratulated them and said: “Thanks for sharing and I look forward to supporting you through your next fundraising challenge – on that note, is anyone up for a skydive??!”

Although not necessarily keen on the idea of a skydive, Bio-D’s Managing Director Lloyd Atkin said: “Allergy UK is our charity of the year and we wanted to undertake a significant challenge to raise vital funds.  We didn’t quite appreciate quite how much of a challenge it would be, but the funds raised more than make up for the pain! We set a target of £500, so were thrilled to get over £900.”

Allergy UK launched a nationwide fundraising appeal to raise £1million to provide specialist allergy nurses within communities across the UK last year. Allergy UK’s nurses will help to support GPs to meet the challenge the current allergy epidemic is placing on them within an already overloaded Primary Care health system.

Fair trade first for Bio-D leads to roadshow appearance

We’re very proud that our MD, Lloyd has been invited to take part in a Q & A session at the forthcoming Traidcraft Roadshow in York.  You can read all about it in our latest press release:

Lloyd Atkin from Bio-D, left and Larry Bush from Traidcraft, rightA Director of Hull based ethical cleaning products company Bio-D has been invited to address delegates at a roadshow following a successful partnership with the UK’s leading fair trade organisation.

Lloyd Atkin, the Bio-D Company’s Managing Director, has been invited to a Question and Answer session at Traidcraft’s York Roadshow on 4th August and will face questions from the Traidcraft team and its army of Fair Traders.

Lloyd said: “We have been producing Traidcraft’s Clean and Fair range of fairtrade marked household cleaning range since February and are very pleased with the way that it is going.  Our two companies share the same ethos and I’m very proud to be invited to talk at the Roadshow and meet the Fair Traders.”

Traidcraft, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, is  the UK’s leading fair trade organisation and has developed its ‘Clean & Fair’ range with Bio-D to secure the future of fair trade palm and coconut oil that will transform communities in Ghana and rural India.

The Clean & Fair range comprises Handwash, Washing Up Liquid, Laundry Liquid and Multi-Surface Cleaner.

Traidcraft fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives. Thanks to its supporters, it has been the UK’s leading fair trade organisation for 35 years. It runs effective development programmes, sells a great range of fair trade products and campaigns hard to bring about trade justice.

Please can you help us to raise money for Allergy UK Nurses Appeal?

Here’s our latest press release:

Lloyd Atkin and Sara Holtby prepare to take on the Big GHull directors gear up for charity cycle ride

Directors at Hull eco business, Bio-D are gearing up to face the gruelling ‘Big G’ Cyclosportive in aid of charity.

Despite training setbacks resulting from a dislocated shoulder, Lloyd Atkin and Sara Holtby are ready to face the 62k ‘Big G’ challenge around the Yorkshire Wolds on 20th July and hope to raise £500 for the Allergy UK Nurses Appeal.

Managing Director Lloyd Atkin said: “Allergy UK is our charity of the year and we wanted to undertake a significant challenge to raise vital funds.  We didn’t quite appreciate quite how much of a challenge it would be, especially with Sara coming back to cycling following a knee injury and me being knocked off my bike at the start of my training, but we’ll rise to it!”

Allergy UK launched a nationwide fundraising appeal to raise £1million to provide specialist allergy nurses within communities across the UK last year. Allergy UK’s nurses will help to support GPs to meet the challenge the current allergy epidemic is placing on them within an already overloaded Primary Care health system.

You can sponsor Sara and Lloyd through their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Bio-DAUKNursesAppeal

Eco Business celebrates success in national Business Competition

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RRAwards - Commended for Excellence Logo (4)Directors and staff at Hull eco business, Bio-D are celebrating after being awarded a Commendation for a prestigious Red Ribbon Innovation Award at a London awards ceremony last week.

Hosted by Family Business Place, the Red Ribbon awards recognise the achievements of family-run companies of all sizes and across all sectors and held an awards ceremony at Goldsmith’s Hall recently.

Bio-D was shortlisted in the Excellence in Innovation Category and was delighted to be ’Commended for Excellence’ for their range of ethically responsible cleaning and laundry products that are made in their Sutton Fields based factory.

Of the success, Managing Director Lloyd Atkin, who received the award said: “This is the first time that we have entered the Red Ribbon awards and we’re very proud that, not only did we reach the final, but our business was Commended.”