Market Accents takes part in IWD2017 #BeBoldforChange

London, March 2017: Market Accents participated in this year’s IWD2017 event organised and hosted by Doubletree by Hilton London Docklands, in partnership with Inspirational Development Group.

The invitation to participate was extended through WeConnect International and Market Accents was one of three sponsoring companies present with a stand.  This well attended event in Canary Wharf attracted other WBs and businesses from the area, who came together for an inspiring evening of talks centered on women who are in their own unique ways living the challenge – #BeBoldforChange.  These were followed by excellent networking over wine and canapés.

#smartmarketing #IWD2017 #beboldforchange #doubletree #WB #WeConnectInternational #WomenOwned

#Proud2support #Media: PDC BIG releases an upgraded Selfit® Global – A more intuitive and faster update to enhance the award-winning total industry solution For Event and Conference Organisers

London, February 2017.  PDC BIG, global industry leader in People Identification (ID), and acknowledged specialist for conferences, events, festivals and hospitality, has released an update of its award-winning Selfit® Global system for high-quality reusable branded name badges, inserts and wristbands. This release enhances the only complete industry solution with faster and more intuitive features, and introduces new onsite printing for wristbands.

Following its launch in 2012, the innovative and successful Selfit® Global is now used by businesses of all sizes and across industries. Comments such as “Since using your Selfit® badge system, the time I spend preparing badges has been halved. And the design, service and simplicity are wonderful!” and “Our delegates are always impressed with how quickly and easily we can make up badges for them on site, it makes our last minute changes a lot less stressful, and sets off a great first impression of our organisation!” demonstrate the system’s popularity and its superiority to other products on the market.

This upgrade brings Selfit® Global up-to-date to easily handle mobile technologies and advanced customer expectations.  The upgraded system includes state-of-the-art software, badges, inserts, wristbands, accessories and onsite portable printers.  It introduces reinforced brand and presentation aspects, including modifications in formatting for better handling of long names and job titles, and the ability to use proprietary or pc-based fonts, ensuring that brand and font consistency is retained across all products.  Other improvements include enhancements in user access, with features that save time such as the ability to save templates, effortless formatting for layout and reporting, and easier print functions for Selfit® badges, credit card sized badges, Clearspec wallets and personalised wristbands.

The Selfit® Global system is designed to achieve flawless, professional and image-enhancing people ID for events – anywhere, anytime.  Developed with expert industry knowledge, customer insights and the mobile work-space in mind, the web-based system is proven to save time and remove the stress and hassles typically associated with registrations at conferences, festivals and events.  As Abbie Smith, The PA Club Membership Manager recently remarked, “Today, our registration and badging system is so efficient and practical, and the badges are much smarter looking than the ones we had before.”  Managing Director Michael Hislop echoed her words, saying, “Selfit® badges have worked very well for us. The PA Club is still growing and they will continue to play an important part as we look to connect our members across Europe and the US.”

Selfit® Global continues to be a future-proofed system, and can be downloaded or accessed online for use in the office or on-site. Overall, it enhances the overall presentation and branding experience, making it a faster, more intuitive and seamless application that is truly mobile.  A demo and brochure of Selfit® Global is available at http://www.big.co.uk/Page/Selfit  and at http://www.big.co.uk/Pages/DocumentManager/BIG_SelfitBrochure_210x210_FINAL.pdf

Mark Owers, PDC BIG UK Sales Manager said, “Selfit® Global is the only complete name badge and wristband system that allows you to prepare and print at your office, on site at events, or anywhere with an internet connection – on the move or at your desk.  Our upgrade brings it in line with the increased usage of mobile technologies and wearable IDs which have gained so much ground in these last few years. The new features are intuitive; although support by phone is available should customers need it. The system updates automatically and customers will be notified when this takes place.  Selfit® Global was always an innovative solution, and customers that are already using the upgrade find that the enhanced features continue to make it a seamless and stress-free experience that eliminates messy and last-minute registrations and handwritten name badges.”

He continued, “With the added benefit of onsite preparation and printing of customisable wristbands, Selfit® Global retains its leadership position. Wristbands have grown in popularity as a cool “must-have” people ID for many events, festivals and open-space activities.  The upgraded Selfit® Global keeps you firmly in charge –  with full access to wristband customisation features such as flexible design and editing, increased options for onsite event control and security using barcodes and visitor tracking, great social media interaction and use of marketing tools such as promotions and limited-time special offers, all with real-time reports –  allowing you to fully manage your events  while maximising your brand presence.”

PDC BIG is synonymous with innovative solutions that revolve around ease of use, brand, presentation, quality and security. Its comprehensive range of ID solutions includes name badges, wristbands, lanyards and accessories. They are used globally within Events, Conferences, Leisure, Entertainment, Hospitality, Retail and Healthcare industries. Part of the Brady Corporation, it processes more than two million name badges, a billion wristbands, half a million lanyards and 13 million business cards each year for companies of all sizes and across all industries from its global manufacturing facilities.

About PDC BIG 

 

PDC BIG is a global leader in people identification. We connect people, products, and technology through innovative ID solutions that deliver superior customer experiences worldwide.   We are focused on quality and excellent customer service.  We provide the most innovative and widest available range of identification products such as wristbands, badges, lanyards and accessories to customers all over the world from our manufacturing facilities located in the United Kingdom, Belgium, the United States, Mexico, and China.

PDC BIG is committed to quality and sustainability. We are proud members of Sedex (http://www.sedexglobal.com/), the global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains and Made In Britain (www.madeingb.org). We operate a strict Quality Management System, incorporating a robust Quality Assurance Policy which complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.

For a list of services and products, please visit www.pdc-big.co.uk.

 

#Media: Market Accents participates as a guest on Share Radio’s Women & Money

London, 24 December 2016: Noreen Cesareo, Principal at Market Accents, a WeConnect certified woman-owned business, was a guest on the business-focussed digital station Share Radio.  She took part in Sarah Pennells‘ Women and Money: A look back at 2016.

On the programme, Sarah and her guests looked at the big money stories affecting women in 2016, including changes to the state pension age, the role of women in business and on company boards and the gender pay gap. Together with Noreen Cesareo were guests Malcolm McLean from the pension consultants Barnett Waddingham and Fiona Chow from Pregnant & Screwed.

Noreen talked about the various initiatives she is involved in, including the first ever UK Economic Blueprint (EB) for Women-owned Businesses and the development of the EB’s digital platform which will be an independent, inclusive, first port of call for advice, information, support, training, mentors, case studies and innovative tools that will help women to start and scale up their businesses. She mentioned the current status of women directors on boards, and also talked about the challenges faced by female entrepreneurs and WBs.

https://www.shareradio.co.uk/podcasts/women-money-a-look-back-at-2016-24-dec-16/PodcastPlayer

#shareradio #eb4women #FQ3

#Proud2support #Media: PDC BIG LAUNCHES CHALKBOARD BADGES FOR RETAIL, HOSPITALITY AND LEISURE INDUSTRIES

PDC BIG introduces branded chalkboard badges for customer-facing industries, bringing style, personalisation, practicality and reusability to sectors where connections, relationships, green and friendly values are key.

London, UK – 31 October, 2016  PDC BIG, acknowledged industry leaders in people identification have introduced innovative chalkboard badges for customer-facing staff in retail, hospitality and leisure industries.

Another practical and cost-effective approach to name badges from PDC BIG, chalkboard badges allow outlets to be agile an d more responsive to loyal customers and local events, providing them with the ability to incorporate highly-targeted campaigns 1and messages on personalised and branded badges in an instant.

The use of  chalkboard makes the badges highly adaptable and very individual. Appealing to a modern, fashion-conscious and demanding consumer, the badges create an environment that is instantly welcoming and friendly. They are fun, easy to use, and re-useable, without the need of design software or printers.

Chalkboard badges are part of the PDC BIG innovative badge and print people ID solutions that revolve around quality, brand, ease of use and presentation. Covered in a chalkboard material that can be hand-written on with liquid chalk pens to give a blackboard effect, the badge is an ideal solution for customer-facing industries. The chalkboard badges, quick-dry liquid chalk pens and cleaning cloth are supplied as a complete kit.

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PDC BIG developed the new chalkboard badges in response to market analysis. Commenting on the new badges, Mark Owers, PDC BIG Sales Manager, said that PDC BIG research showed that customers in retail environments agreed that the badges made the staff appea r more approachable, which in turn helped to create a feeling of authenticity and reflected “good old-fashioned values”.

He continued, “Chalkboard badges are the ideal solution for customer-servicing sectors that want to present a professional front while engaging customers on a real and friendly basis. At PDC BIG, we are committed to bringing practical and cost-effective solutions to the market. We are also very aware of our clients’ commitments to the environment. The PDC BIG Chalkboard Badge is supplied from our 11,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Ipswich, UK. It is reusable and when no longer required, can be returned to us for disposal.”

5PDC BIG supplies name badges, wristbands, lanyards and accessories globally to the Retail, Hospitality, Leisure, Entertainment, Events and Healthcare industries. Part of the Brady Corporation, it processes more than two million name badges, a billion wristbands, half a million lanyards and 13 million business cards each year for companies of all sizes and across all industries from its global manufacturing facilities.

 

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About PDC BIG

PDC BIG is a global leader in people identification. We connect people, products, and technology through innovative ID solutions that deliver superior customer experiences worldwide.We are focused on quality and excellent customer service. We provide the most innovative and widest available range of identification products such as wristbands, badges, lanyards and accessories to customers all over the world from our manufacturing facilities located in the United Kingdom, Belgium, the United States, Mexico, and China.4For a list of services and products, please visit www.pdc-big.co.uk

#Proud2support #Media: WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL Brings Europe’s First Female-focussed Supplier Diversity Forum to The UK

London – October 2016:  The WEConnect International European Conference returns 16th-17th November 2016, now with an extra day dedicated to supply chain inclusion within large corporations.

The Supplier Diversity Forum, which will take place on the second day of the conference, will focus specifically on women-owned businesses. During the two-day conference, WEConnect International invites some of the world’s largest corporations, along with women-owned businesses, to explore supplier diversity and corporate social responsibility.

The WEConnect International European Supplier Diversity Forum provides a platform for both large businesses and SMEs to discuss the benefits of a diverse supplier base, providing useful insights that can be shared with internal procurement teams and information to engage first tier supply partners.

By providing a space for discussion, WEConnect International hopes to increase awareness among large corporations and increase inclusivity, ultimately forming powerful partnerships that will benefit businesses of all sizes and strengthen the British economy.

Research suggests that 900,000 more businesses would be created if the UK achieved the same level of female entrepreneurship as in the US, resulting in an additional £23 billion gross value added to the British economy.

Access to corporate and public sector procurement opportunities remain imbalanced for women-owned enterprises, creating barriers to success, which WEConnect International aims to break down by campaigning for fair and equal access to corporate and public-sector procurement opportunities locally, nationally and internationally.

WEConnect International work with multi-nationals and government departments who recognise the benefits of widening access to their supply chains, and women-owned business who want to connect with corporates and demonstrate their value to large corporations.

Maggie Berry, WEConnect International Executive Director for Europe said: “Through both the conference and the forum, we’re looking to further the supplier diversity agenda here in Europe by helping multi-national corporations to understand the benefits of buying from diverse and women-owned businesses.

“The WEConnect International global network of women-owned businesses includes a wide range of SMEs providing corporate and B2B products and services and this event offers a fabulous opportunity for them to get connected to buyers within the corporate world.”

Miriam Dervan, CEO of mdgroup, a certified women-owned business, said: “The diversity forum aims to open the eyes of other companies and corporations, to the value and significance of working with women-owned businesses. It can be a struggle for women-owned SMEs to be taken seriously and it is important we demonstrate the wealth of skills we have to offer at WEConnect International.

“Diversifying the supply chain shouldn’t just be about ticking boxes, it’s about furthering growth in the diversity market whilst gaining immense benefit for both the women-owned companies WEConnect International supports and the bigger organisations who use our services.”

Michael Robinson, IBM Global Supplier Diversity Program Director, said: “Diversity goes beyond fair hiring practices and protection for all employees. It also includes a focus on how those disparate pieces fit together to create an innovative, integrated whole. We call this approach inclusion.

“Three basic principles underscore IBM’s ongoing commitment to diversity—its workforce, customer base and supply chain. Building and maintaining a community of diverse suppliers increases opportunity to explore new ideas, apply different approaches and gain access to additional solutions that respond to customer needs.’

 

Notes

WEConnect International in Europe is the leading global supplier diversity initiative spearheading the connection of women-owned business and multinational corporations.

The WEConnect International Conference and Supplier Diversity Forum is hosted by IBM and sponsored by a range of global leaders, including Intel, Accenture, and Monsanto and more. For more information on the event, visit the WEConnect International website.

To register attendance, visit http://www.weconnecteurope.org/event/weconnect-international-europe-conference-2016

Please contact MBerry@weconnectinternational.org  for all enquiries relating to WEConnect International.