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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 before 30th November.  The winner will be selected on 5th December. Please see 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.

Supporting Indoor Allergy Week

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Picture1In this month’s newsletter, we have a laundry related theme where you can buy our Allergy UK Allergy Friendly laundry products on promotion and we’ll also be donating 10p from the sale of each pack to the fabulous Allergy UK Nurses Appeal.

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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

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 Please refer to for a complete list of stockists and details of the September promotion on Floor Cleaner.

Hull directors smash fundraising target


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.