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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.

Fair trade first for Bio-D

Lloyd Atkin from Bio-D, left and Larry Bush from Traidcraft, rightIn the year that Hull ethical cleaning products company Bio-D celebrates its 25th anniversary, directors of the business are celebrating after gaining a prestigious contract to manufacture the world’s first Fairtrade marked household cleaning range.

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.

Production is already underway for Traidcraft’s Clean & Fair range that comprises Handwash, Washing Up Liquid, Laundry Liquid and Multi-Surface Cleaner and early sales are very encouraging.

Of the alliance, Traidcraft’s Marketing Director, Larry Bush said:  “Traidcraft was looking to partner with a leading manufacturer of eco friendly cleaning products with a proven track record. We chose to work with Bio-D because of our shared values and our shared excitement for introducing the world’s first Fairtrade marked household cleaning range.”

Palm Oil is one of the world’s most traded commodities and is in half of all the packaged products that we buy from the shops, but it isn’t fair trade and much of it isn’t even sustainable. It’s often grown on huge plantations with whole ecosystems being destroyed to produce it.

Bio-D’s Managaging Director, Lloyd Atkin is delighted with the partnership: “We’re excited proud to be involved in this ground breaking initiative, especially as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, and are looking forward to driving the project forward.”

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 more than 30 years. It runs effective development programmes, sells a great range of fair trade products and campaigns hard to bring about trade justice.

25th anniversary newsletter

Celebrating 25 sustainable years

Picture1In 1989, naval entrepreneur Michael Barwell was inspired to set up a business producing ecologically responsible cleaning products by a paper written about pollution from domestic effluent by Canadian A.M.Gower.  Bio-D is now owned by Sara Holtby and Lloyd Atkin and we’re delighted to be enjoying our 25th successful year in business.

We’d like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to all of our staff, customers, colleagues, friends and family for helping us to reach this impressive birthday. Click here to read the rest of the newsletter and we look forward to receiving your competition entries.

Celebrate 25 sustainable years with a luxury break in the Yorkshire Wolds

Please take a look at our 25th Anniversary Press Release…

SONY DSCLeading ethical cleaning and laundry products manufacturer, Bio-D is marking its 25th anniversary with a competition to win a luxury weekend in the Yorkshire Wolds that were made famous by David Hockney.

To celebrate 25 sustainable years of making environmentally friendly products at its East Yorkshire factory, Bio-D has teamed up with the Ramblers Rest Tea Room, Restaurant and Luxury Accommodation in the picturesque village of Millington, to offer two nights’ Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for two people.

To enter, simply answer the question ‘In what year was Bio-D founded?’ and send your answer to 25sustainableyears@three60marketing.co.uk before 7th August.  The winner will be selected at random on 8th August. Please see www.biodegradable.biz for a full list of terms and conditions. You can also enter via the website and via facebook.

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.

Listen to Lloyd’s interview with BBC Radio Humberside

We’re very proud that our involvement with the Llanddewi Brefi project was the subject of a BBC Radio Humberside interview.

You can listen to the interview with our MD, Lloyd Atkin and Joe Beadleson from BBC Radio Humberside – it’s 1.17 in and there’s a mention on the news bulletin at 2.30 in.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01wjmkc

Hull business’s eco cleaners chosen for innovative Welsh Water Project

We’re delighted (and very proud) to be able to share this press release with you…

Village shop owner Neil Driver and Faye Ward from Welsh Water

In the year that Hull ethical cleaning products company Bio-D celebrates its 25th anniversary, directors of the business are delighted that Bio-D has been selected as the sole supplier for an innovative environmental project in Wales.

Bio-D is supporting Welsh Water by providing phosphate free laundry detergent, fabric conditioner, washing up liquid and dishwasher detergent for a whole year for a Phosphorus Reduction Project in the village of Llanddewi Brefi in Ceredigion, mid-west Wales. The overall scope of the pioneering project is to reduce the levels of phosphates entering the sewage treatment works.

A significant percentage of water bodies in the UK do not reach good ecological status and excessive nutrient levels are a contributory factor. In order to improve water quality it is therefore necessary to consider how we might reduce nutrient levels in the water environment.

This project will reduce the levels of phosphorus entering the environment and thus reduce its negative effect on fish and invertebrate species, improving the overall health of the river and increasing its recreational potential. In the long term it is hoped that this project will also reduced the carbon footprint

Each of the 150 households in the small village will be encouraged to use Bio-D Washing Powder, Juniper & Seaweed Fabric Conditioner, Washing Up Liquid and Dishwasher Powder; supplied in the village shop. The residents will be encouraged to use these products for one year initially and the water course will be monitored throughout. It is hoped that the project will also provide community and social benefits, encouraging the residents to come together to help their environment, providing a great sense of achievement; and setting the standard for other villages/ towns and cities to follow.

Bio-D’s Managing Director Lloyd Atkin is proud to be involved with the project and said: “It’s great to be able to support an initiative of this environmental importance and scale and I look forward to seeing the difference that phosphate free detergents make to the water quality in Llanddewi Brefi.”

 

Hull eco business celebrates new listing in Booths

Bio-D Home & Garden Sanitiser 750 ml

Bio-D Home & Garden Sanitiser 750 ml

Directors and staff at Hull based ethical cleaning and laundry products company, Bio-D are celebrating after receiving a new listing in Booths family owned supermarkets.

From 26th March, Bio-D’s Home and Garden Sanitiser will take its place alongside other Bio-D products in 24 Booths stores.

Of the listing, Bio-D’s Sales and Marketing Director said: “We’re delighted that Booths have listed Home and Garden Sanitiser just in time for the busy gardening and outdoor leisure season.  Made from natural ingredients, it is a fast acting anti-bacterial detergent that is great for cleaning patios, greenhouses, plant pots and indoor and outdoor bins as well as sinks and drains.”

Home and Garden Sanitiser costs £2.43 RRP for a 750ml bottle.

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 sanitisers includes 750ml Multi Surface Sanitiser, 500ml All Purpose Sanitiser Spray, 500ml Sanitising Hand Wash and, of course, Home and Garden Sanitiser. The are all free from Triclosan and are made from sustainable, naturally derived raw materials.  All of the Bio-D range is suitable for use with septic tanks and are Cruelty Free International (formerly BUAV) and Vegan Society registered.

Organic and Natural Business Cleaning Feature

Picture1We were very proud to be invited to contribute to the Eco Cleaning feature in leading trade magazine Organic and Natural Business.  You can see a snapshot of the article in the image, but please either click on the image or this web link to Organic and Natural Business.

We hope that you enjoy this interesting insight into this burgeoning sector.

Sara and Lloyd