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Sustainable tote producer bags new space

Sheffield-based tote bag producer Bag It Don’t Bin It (BIDBI) has expanded its premises for the third time in 18 months to support the company’s growth.

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Daya Singh of BIDBI and Laura Sanderson of Wake Smith

BIDBI was founded in 2007 and produces custom-made recyclable cotton tote bags for a range of brands, art establishments and charities.

The company’s on-site ‘Eco-Print Factory’ either screen prints designs onto the bags using water-based textile inks or by using digital printing methods for designs with lots of colour or gradient shading.

For digitally generated images or litho prints, the design team print the image in reverse onto a silicone coated paper, which is then transferred onto the tote using a pneumatic, industrial heat transfer press.

Managing director Daya Singh and finance director Marc Larsen have taken a five-year lease on a new 8,000sq ft premises, bringing BIDBI’s total business premises to 21,500sq ft to allow for more storage space.

The new unit will allow us to continue our creative expertise, commercial print awareness and high standards of customer service

Singh comments: “As a manufacturing company based in Sheffield, we are always looking at ways to grow and to keep things local. We're based in the heart of steel city and wouldn't have it any other way.

“We started looking for a new site due to the increasing demands of our business, plus, with the on-set of Brexit looming, we decided to increase our stock holding to ensure we didn’t get caught out with any potential delays at sea or airports. Hence, more stock meant more storage space was needed.

“The new unit will allow us to continue our creative expertise, commercial print awareness and high standards of customer service.”

Solicitors Wake Smith advised on the lease for the new premises.

Singh adds: “There could be potential jobs in the pipeline if we decide to relocate some staff in the new unit which would create space in our current site to grow production facilities, and therefore mean increasing our head count.”

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