London February 2019. PDC BIG marks its third decade as a leading UK manufacturer and supplier of name badges, ID accessories, wristbands and business print with a renewed Made in Britain accreditation and a manufacturing Centre of Excellence Award.
The PDC BIG Ipswich facility was recently awarded the first-ever annual Brady CEO Excellence Award for operational improvements and cost efficiencies as a small manufacturing plant. The award from parent company Brady Corporation is an endorsement for the customer services, technical, design, web and print specialists based in the UK. It is also an acknowledgement of the ongoing strive for excellence in manufacturing and production, which allows PDC BIG to continue introducing innovative products.
Investment in People and Solutions
Recognitions such as the Brady CEO Excellence award, the Made in Britain marque, industry awards, SEDEX and PCIAW memberships, BSI ISO and Investors in People certifications confirm PDC BIG’s commitment towards talent and innovation. This has been ongoing since the start of PDC BIG’s journey in 1988 and has enabled PDC BIG to secure a leadership position as it expanded into Europe and exported to international markets.
PDC BIG has the widest range of cost-effective and time-saving products and solutions, which revolve around ease-of-use, brand, presentation, accessibility and security. They are extensively used within public and private sectors among Corporates, Events, Conferences, Leisure, Entertainment, Hospitality, Retail and Healthcare industries.
In the UK, PDC BIG manufactures and supplies permanent and reusable, high quality, branded name badges and ID accessories including wristbands, lanyards, fasteners and ID card-holders, along with business print. A socially-responsible company, PDC BIG encourages recycling. It also manufactures and produces eco-friendly and bio-degradable products.
Every year, PDC BIG processes over two million name badges, along with a billion wristbands, half a million lanyards and 13 million business cards. Led by Mark Alderman, UK and Ireland Regional Business Manager, the UK production is based at the 14,000-foot facility in Ipswich. It is fitted with high-precision technical instruments, cutting-edge screen and digital printers, laser engravers, cutting machines, dispensers and laminators.
Striving for Excellence
The push for excellence doesn’t end there. As Mark said, “We regularly revisit solutions to see where we can improve. On a recent project with British retail brand, Marks and Spencer, we used new print technology to develop a unique manufacturing approach for their bespoke name badge. This enabled us to deliver a similar badge that was superior and at a lower unit cost. It was a brilliant case of marrying new technology with creative thinking to develop a great new solution!”
Susannah Gardiner, Staff Uniform Manager at Marks and Spencer commented, “The new badges exceeded all expectations. As a result of innovation, new technology and improved manufacturing process, the badges now impart a fresh, new look. The production is UK-based and it is faster; the quality is impressive, and they are lower in unit cost than our previous products.”
Susannah continued, “We have always had a superb relationship with PDC BIG. As one of the most trusted brands on the British high street, we are committed to protecting our brand integrity. Sometimes, our demands require a bespoke approach, and PDC BIG rises to the challenge! They approach our badge requests with full understanding of their impact on our brand. In this case they came up with an improved solution which certainly met our expectations. They always do their best to deliver, and with all our stores managing badge orders through the Click2Order platform, this all works seamlessly.”
Reflecting on their approach towards innovation, Aleesha Roy, PDC BIG Marketing Communications Executive said, “We work closely with our customers to continue evolving our solutions. Innovation is part of product development and we are now working on a broader range of cost-effective, bio-degradable and high-impact products for different sectors.”
Mark is justifiably proud, as this passion for excellence is shared across servicing, sourcing and product development. It has earned them praise from customers and suppliers alike and continues to demonstrate their leadership in British manufacturing.
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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 ID accessories to customers all over the world from our manufacturing facilities located in the United Kingdom, Belgium, the United States, Mexico, and China. Most of our ID products can be personalised to the customer’s needs and requirements. They can be found in major events like conferences, festivals or fairs organised all over Europe.
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; PCIAW (https://pciaw.org) The Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide 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.