#Proud2support #Media: PDC BIG GAINS MADE IN BRITAIN ACCREDITATION

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London, November 2016. PDC BIG, industry leader in People Identification, is the latest brand to be accredited with the prestigious “Made in Britain” marque to use on its name badge products. With this accreditation, PDC BIG joins a proud and growing club of British manufacturing companies producing quality products that are used worldwide.

The “Made in Britain” campaign promotes British workmanship and is endorsed by the government. It supports its member organisations through the promotion of their brand and products through the website, activities and directory. From big-ticket items such as cars, construction and catering equipment to fashion, print and children’s toys, the marque confirms the inherent values associated with a “Made in Britain” product and puts customers beyond any doubt about the provenance and quality of the item they are buying.

Mark Owers, PDC BIG Sales Manager, said, “We are very proud to display our “Made in Britain” marque next to our BSI ISO quality certification and our membership of Sedex, all of which confirm our commitment to quality, ethical and responsible business practices and a sustainable approach through our reusable products. In the UK, we have been producing innovative and quality name badge and print solutions for nearly 30 years. Our 11,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Ipswich is equipped with the latest technology and produces over 2 million badges a year. Time and time again, our R&D team has developed techniques, processes and products that have kept our brand firmly in the forefront of the “best in British”. Among these is our award-winning British classic Selfit® badge, the original reusable badge which is extensively used by leading brands across Retail, Leisure and Events sectors where there is a high turnover in staff and campaigns.”

PDC BIG is synonymous with innovative solutions that revolve around quality, brand, ease of use and presentation. Its range of badges, wristbands, lanyards and accessories are used globally within Retail, Leisure, Entertainment, Healthcare, Hospitality and Events 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.

PDC BIG is committed to quality and sustainability. We are proud members of Made In Britain (www.madeingb.org) and 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. 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.

 

#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.’

 

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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.

#Proud2support #Media: #FQ3 Forum Discusses The Growth of UK Women Owned Businesses

Market Accents is supporting the UK Economic Blueprint in the UK and is a TeamEB Marketing Lead and also participates in the Access to Markets workstream.

October 2016, London UK. Pink Shoe, together with the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC),  organised the third International Female Quotient Forum (#FQ3) at The Shard in central London on Wednesday 26 October 2016. This well-attended event provided the ideal forum to advance the discussion for opportunities for women-owned businesses (WBs) in a complex and post-Brexit economy with representatives from the City, corporate, public sector and professional industries.

The key conversation during #FQ3 was focused on how to harness female talent to drive economic growth, reinforcing Prime Minister Theresa May’s vision on the contribution of women-owned businesses in the UK today. Facts such as “only 20% of SMEs are WBs” from a UK population where “51% is female” set the scene for the forum agenda.

Helene Martin Gee, Founder and President of Pink Shoe, welcomed guests present and introduced Caroline Dinenge, the Minister for Women and Equalities, who opened the forum with a keynote speech that emphasized the importance of opportunities and support. She talked about the challenges faced by female entrepreneurs and WBs, and the fact that there are now more women-led businesses than ever before.  She said that WBs currently inject around £115 billion to the UK economy. Furthermore, Britain has been ranked as the best place in Europe for female entrepreneurs.

Having set the direction, the programme continued with an update on the UK Economic Blueprint (EB) by Jill Pay, Chairman of Pink Shoe Senate. Professor Stephen Roper of Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) spoke next, saying that the ERC warmly welcomed the initiative and endorsed their ongoing strong support for the UK EB. His speech was followed by presentations, national and international case studies and panel discussions on opportunities arising from beyond the UK shores, including the Commonwealth and importance of the global export market, especially in the light of a post-Brexit economy. Panel speakers included Lord Jonathan Marland, Jennifer Bisceglie and Joanna Santinon, with chair Maggie Semple OBE, and Deb Leary OBE, Christine Hamilton and Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne with Chair Melanie Eusebe.

Helen Walbey, Federation of Small Business (FSB) UK-wide Diversity Chair highlighted findings from the FSB’s recent report on women and enterprise, noting that most of the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and SME business owners – such as cash flow and access to finance – were similar. However, women-led businesses also experienced additional issues which were more gender-specific.  These included balancing work and family life (40%), achieving credibility for the business (37%) and a lack of confidence (22%).

This same national snapshot was confirmed by Dr Karen Bonner from ERC, who gave an update on the latest research on SMEs. Insights from national statistics indicate that the UK female rate of early-stage entrepreneurship is around half the male rate – a picture shared with most high income economies,  with the exception of the US where it is two thirds of the male rate.  In addition, entrepreneurs’ growth ambition is strongly linked to subsequent performance.  There are differing ambitions for males and females, and the results indicate that women prefer flexibility to growth.

The closing remarks were given by Craig Tracey MP, Chairman of All Party Parliamentary Group on Women and Enterprise,  who said that the findings and trends, including the case studies and various panel discussions were very significant and were sending a strong message to government about the importance of women-led businesses. He told the audience present , “It was a privilege to be asked to speak at this event and to support the promotion of better gender equality for women in enterprise.”

This third forum was a milestone in a 5-year programme that will see the development of the first-ever UK Economic Blueprint for women-owned businesses. It followed on from last year’s successful #FQ2 forum which marked the launch of the Economic Blueprint and the Ten Point Plan underpinning its delivery. Since then, Team EB with seven supporting work streams has defined the vision, mission and scope of the overall programme, as well as the individual work stream plans which will bring this innovative and unique platform to fruition.

As Jill Pay explained, “#FQ3 is an important milestone in our overall strategy and plans. We are now in Day One of Year Two. We are breaking down barriers and opening up opportunities for WBs using advocacy and influence to seek policy and economic solutions to improve opportunities for WBs while developing technological and collaborative platforms to underpin the EB.  The EB digital platform 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. Over the next year we will seek sponsorship in three areas: the design, creation and development of the EB digital platform,  a programme of road shows to take the EB around the UK and a programme manager to ensure progress and quality outcomes. ”

Helene Martin Gee concluded, “Today, the UK Economic Blueprint is more than just a concept. In the last year, we have defined and developed the project framework that will deliver the Economic Blueprint and digital platform and the seven work streams are all engaged in developing plans to bring it to fruition. Following #FQ3, we are stepping up the momentum.”

Helene continued, “The Blueprint has strong support from Ministers, MPs and Peers and via the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women and Enterprise and other leading All Party groups. We are also forming strong partnerships with corporates, business owners and national organisations to reach the largest possible number of WBs. Today we read out comments from Lady Barbara Judge CBE, Chairman of the Institute of Directors, who said that it is vital that women’s voices are heard right across business. Lady Judge was encouraged and added  that the work we are doing on the first UK EB for Women will help to support and encourage more women into business and entrepreneurship, and that can only be a good thing for the whole economy.  As we have said since the beginning of our journey, we will continue to use advocacy and influence to seek policy and economic solutions to improve opportunities for WBs, and with the assistance of our international and UK partners and supporters, we are confident that we can achieve our goals.”

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About Pink Shoe

Pink Shoe is an influential and innovative business network that works to positively impact life-long development of women.  Its founder is Helene Martin Gee.  Patrons are The Rt. Hon Theresa May  MP and Tessa Sanderson CBE.  The Pink Shoe Senate, which drives development and strategy, is chaired by Jill Pay.

Established in 2007 in London, Pink Shoe creates initiatives across the UK to advance talented women at all levels.  Members are an eclectic mix of high-ranking professionals encompassing government, industry, academia, entrepreneurship, public service and third sectors.  Its special focus on entrepreneurship includes working in partnership with key Parliamentary groups to generate a range of vibrant and interactive events connecting prominent and emerging entrepreneurs, and young people of all backgrounds with Parliament.  Alongside this Pink Shoe creates unique programmes to encourage more women and under-represented people to enter public life.

www.pinkshoeclub.com

 

About WIPP

Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) in the US was founded in 2001 (see www.wipp.org). It is non-partisan and now represents 4.7m women in business and has 78 partnering organisations. Creating a definitive Economic Blueprint for Women: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.wipp.org/resource/resmgr/Economic_Blueprint/EconomicBlueprint2016.pdf

WIPP International’s mission is to build powerful collaborative networks among leading women-led organisations to leverage their joint power to negotiate for policy and economic solutions to enable women to achieve economic independence and participate fully in their country’s economic growth.

WIPP International identified the UK as the first country to develop the Economic Blueprint globally and has chosen Pink Shoe as its delivery partner.

#Proud2support: #FQ3 International Forum at The Shard 26/10/16

#FQ3 Forum To Discuss The Growth of UK Women Owned Businesses fq3

October 2016, London UK. Pink Shoe, together with the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC), is organising the third International Female Quotient (#FQ) Forum at The Shard in central London on Wednesday 26 October, 2016. This forum will advance the discussion for opportunities for women-owned businesses in a complex and post-Brexit economy with representatives from the City, corporate, public sector and professional industries. 

This third forum is a milestone in a 5-year programme that will see the development of the first-ever UK Economic Blueprint (UK EB) for women-owned businesses (WBs). It follows on from last year’s successful #FQ2 forum, also held at The Shard, which marked the launch of the Economic Blueprint and the Ten Point Plan underpinning its delivery. Since then, Team EB with seven supporting work streams has defined the vision, mission and scope of the overall programme, as well as the individual work stream plans which will bring this innovative and unique platform to fruition.

#FQ3 takes the conversation surrounding the growth of UK women-owned businesses to industry representatives, corporates and public sector, discussing the positive impact these businesses have on the economy and the emerging opportunities for global collaboration, especially in the light of a post-Brexit economy. The programme includes keynote speeches, presentations and panel discussions on various topics, including the development of the UK Economic Blueprint for Women, the impact of gender parity on economic growth, the Brexit effect for women-owned business and the global picture for female enterprise, showcasing international case studies. 

Confirmed delegates include industry leaders and representatives from the City and public sector, as well as international corporates, business owners and organisations that represent women business owners, influencers and policy makers.

As Jill Pay, Chairman of Pink Shoe Senate, remarked, “#FQ3 is an important milestone in our overall strategy and plans. Last year’s conference, #FQ2, was Day One in Year One.  We are now in Day One of Year Two, and all the seven work streams are steaming ahead to define the requirements and bring to life the technology and collaborative platforms that will underpin the Economic Blueprint. We are now working with corporates, business owners and national organisations to reach the largest possible number of women-owned businesses.”  

Helene Martin Gee, Founder and President of Pink Shoe, continued, “Today, the UK Economic Blueprint is more than just a concept. In the last year, we have defined and developed the project framework that will deliver the Economic Blueprint and digital platform.  The seven work streams are all engaged in developing plans to bring it to fruition. The Blueprint has strong support from Ministers, MPs and Peers and via the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women and Enterprise and leading other All Party groups. We are also forming strong partnerships with corporates and national organisations. We will continue to use advocacy and influence to seek policy and economic solutions to improve opportunities for women-owned businesses and with the assistance of our international and UK partners and supporters, we are confident that we can achieve our goals.”  

http://www.thepinkshoeclub.co.uk/about/economic-blueprint