Celebrating World Water Day – our latest newsletter

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It’s World Water Day on Sunday, 22nd March. A day to celebrate, a day to change, a day to prepare.
World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year. This issue is also the theme of the annual UN World Water Development Report which is launched on World Water Day.
In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.
Please Use #WaterIs to share messages about #Water & #Sustainability @UN-Water in your social media messages.

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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.”

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.

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?

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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

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.