Spring Fair - 3-7 FEBRUARY 2019 - VOLUME OPENS 2 FEB

7-11 FEBRUARY 2021 - EVERYDAY SECTOR OPENS 6 FEB

Design Group UK

Hall: Hall 9 & 10 Stand: 9F40-G41
  • Everyday
  • £0 - £19
  • £20 - £49
  • Seasonal Decorations
  • Craft
  • The Family
  • Wholesale
  • Drop Shipping
  • Games
  • Her
  • Importer
  • Manufacturer
  • Services
  • Children
  • Pets
  • Licensed Products
  • Couples
  • Exporter
  • Toys
  • Greetings & Stationery
  • Product Photographs
  • Private Label
  • Point of Sale Display
  • Him
  • Distributor
  • Designer
  • Association
  • Yes

Design Group UK is one of the country’s largest manufacturers of Christmas crackers, gift wrap, greetings cards, stationery and creative play products. Offering our customers both branded and bespoke solutions across a range of product categories, we serve retail customers of all sizes.

Design Group UK has locations in South Wales, Newport Pagnell and Stapleford, from which we serve customers throughout the UK, mainland Europe and beyond.

Address

Howard House
Newport Pagnell
Buckinghamshire
MK16 9PX
United Kingdom

Website

http://www.igdesigngroup.uk

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  • Sustainability Role in overall company's strategic plans
    Concern for the environment is an integral and fundamental part of IG Design Group UK Ltd operations. We are committed to being a sustainable business using methods that do not harm the environment so securing natural resources and quality of life for future generations. This involves maximising the effective use of resources and fostering responsible environmental behaviour amongst staff, suppliers, customers and users at all levels. We work with suppliers who promote sound environmental practices and work collaboratively to support our customer sustainability strategies. We have established local sustainability teams in each of our business units that work together to ensure a consistent approach to sustainability, sharing ideas and information to support our strategy. IG Design Group UK Ltd has ISO 14001 certification. Our Environmental & Sustainability Policy integrates a philosophy of sustainable development into all the organisation’s activities. We minimise risk through the development of robust and documented systems to implement, measure, monitor and disseminate environmental performance both within our operations and in the broader community. We design with the environment in mind and create products that remove unnecessary materials and packaging. We invest in state-of-the-art, efficient manufacturing processes and only use responsibly sourced materials, including an increasing amount of recycled materials and materials that can be fully recycled.
    Sustainability initiatives
    IG Design Group UK Ltd has partnered with The Woodland Trust to participate in a fully accredited carbon removal scheme which operates under the UK Government’s Woodland Carbon Code. This scheme helps companies reduce their carbon footprint by locking up carbon emissions through planting trees. We have funded 29,250 m2 of new native woodland in the UK to ensure the CO2 emissions we create from our domestic sea freight is fully absorbed from the atmosphere and stored by trees as they grow, mitigating the impact of our import activities on the environment as part of our carbon management programme. As part of our Packaging Materials Policy, we are committed to reduce the amount of packaging used, to increase the recyclability of it and to increase the amount of recycled material in it, with a focus on reducing single-use plastics. We have removed single use plastics from our cracker gift ranges and also introduced 100% recyclable options in to our cracker ranges with keepsake contents, soya based inks, paper ties and a fully recyclable box as well as a ‘fill your own’ option giving the consumer the option of using their own choice of recyclable content. We have removed all glitter from the Tom Smith ranges of wrap, crackers and cards for Christmas 2020. We have installed electric car charging points at all our UK sites, switched to LED energy efficient lighting and no longer allow single-use plastic bottles to be used by our staff.
    Pledges for the year
    We will further remove plastic packaging where possible from all our other ranges including Filing, Accessories, Craft, Educational and Christmas products, replacing with a sustainable alternative. We will also continue to eliminate unnecessary packaging and minimise materials used.
    Sustainable Products
    Kraft Premium Crackers
    Fully recyclable crackers with keepsake wooden content, soya-based inks and paper ties in a fully recyclable box
    Paper Twist Bags
    These bags are made here in the UK using recycled, sustainably sourced material with FSC accreditation. They are also completely recyclable using water-based inks.
    Writing Instruments, Stationery & Activity
    Fully recyclable packaging – 100% plastic-free packaging with water varnish finish.
    AT THE FAIR
    NEW TO THE FAIR
    Social equity at your company
    We are committed to preventing injury and ill-health by protecting the welfare of our employees and continually reviewing our practices to ensure a Safety First Culture. All employees receive comprehensive health & safety induction and we ensure our leaders and staff are trained to competent level to maintain our standards. As part of our commitment to ethical business practices, the Company aims to foster a culture of openness and accountability, where our staff are encouraged and enabled to raise concerns at work. Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet national legal standards or industry benchmarked standards. We issue a company handbook during induction so employees are aware of their rights prior to starting and during their employment. Development is extremely important to us. We believe the success of our business depends on the success of our people and we strive to create a working environment where our employees feel valued and their achievements are recognised and rewarded. We are committed to lifelong learning and we encourage our employees to extend their skills to enhance careers and shape the future of the business. We have a well-developed staff committee who run a number of community initiatives including supporting local charities such as local hospitals, charities and UK wide initiatives. We take a proactive approach to Health and Wellbeing and have an Occupational Health Practitioner based on-site and run monthly health and wellbeing campaigns which allow staff to make informed decisions on lifestyle choices. We work closely with local universities to develop individuals in the Creative function and support work placements & training which has significantly enhanced the quality of our recruitment.
    Certified sustainable products by third party
    CERTIFIED

    Certified by
    FSC and PEFC
    Packaging
    Our packaging is plastic free
    Our packaging is made with recycled content
    We are in the process of making our packaging plastic free
    We have reduced the use of plastic in packaging across our ranges including the removal of the plastic window in both our Tom Smith and Giftmaker crackers. We have removed the plastic window from all of our Giftmaker Christmas cards boxes and introduced a 100% recyclable Kraft wrapping paper to complement the range of recyclable papers already on offer. Our packaging is plastic-free for several new Christmas lines including Christmas Cards, Crackers and Accessories. We have removed all plastic packaging from our writing instrument ranges. We are in the process of reviewing all other product areas to eliminate unnecessary packaging, reduce the amount of material used and increase the recycled content/recyclability of our packaging.
    Materials
    We have products made from recycled materials
    Our products are plastic free
    We have products made from sustainability sourced raw materials
    Other
    We have removed all single-use plastic items from our Tom Smith range of Christmas crackers. Cracker content replacements range from simple paper/card widely recyclable items to useful keepsake gifts. We have developed more paper-based games, tree decorations and wooden gifts. All categories of Christmas crackers, boxed cards, wrapping paper, bags and tags are made from paper and wood that is legally and sustainably sourced. Card packaging is from recycled sources. All our wrapping paper is either FSC or PEFC accredited as standard.
    Ethical Considerations
    Fair wages are paid to the people who make our products
    Our products are made by people employed in good working conditions
    We challenge our suppliers to report any ethical issues they identify
    We have an ethical policy
    Within the workplace where our products are made there is commitment to Non-Discrimination Gender Equality and Freedom of Association
    We are committed to respecting human rights throughout our supply base by working with our supplier partners to meet the highest ethical standards. We achieve this by having robust policies and procedures. This ensures legal and ethical compliance as well as efficiencies and improvements throughout our supply chain. We work with Stronger Together, a multi-stakeholder initiative which tackles hidden labour exploitation in the UK. We take all reasonable steps to ensure compliance to these ethical standards. Our Ethical Policy ensures all employees have been employed of their own free will, are paid at least the minimum wage and are legally allowed to work. We offer a comprehensive benefits matrix for all levels of staff. We operate an Equal Opportunities Policy to help ensure freedom from discrimination on the grounds of sex, working patterns, ethnic or national origin, colour, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age. We have channels in place to ensure that any unfair or biased treatment of employees is reported. In addition to this our Whistleblowing Policy also sets out the ways in which our staff can raise concerns confidentially and how we will respond.
    Enviromental Impact
    We have a sustainability policy
    We consider the environmental impact when creating our products
    Some of the processes we use to manufacture products are energy efficient
    Some of the processes we use to manufacture products are water efficient
    Our Environmental & Sustainability Policy integrates a philosophy of sustainable development into all the organisation’s activities. We promote a culture of awareness and design with the environment in mind. We create products that remove unnecessary materials & packaging and have a robust packaging materials policy in place. We invest in state-of-the-art, efficient manufacturing processes and only use responsibly sourced materials, including an increasing amount of recycled materials and materials that can be fully recycled. During the procurement of new machinery, we specify the latest energy-efficient innovations, i.e. low energy motors that will enable us to achieve a higher throughput per Kwh of energy, as demonstrated with our state-of-the-art Flexographic water-based printing machines. At our UK owned China facility, all wastewater created during the manufacturing process is 100% cleansed on-site before release to effluent.
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