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Making flags for the troops. Defence Online discusses MOD procurement.

Posted by Jo Ashburner-Farr on

Making flags for the troops. Defence Online discusses MOD procurement.

This article was published at Defence Online (click HERE to view).  Registration is required to read the full article on the DO site. In our second article featuring SMEs in the defence arena, we speak to Jo Ashburner Farr, CEO and Operations Director of Red Dragon Flagmakers in Swansea. With an interesting career spanning the design, manufacture, retail and wholesale of her own brand of eco baby products through to flag making via business development in leadership and management for academia and achieving a first class honours in design as a mature student as a single mum, Jo is now...

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Chip off the old block. My Dad, social mission and me.

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Chip off the old block. My Dad, social mission and me.

Dad championed social business ethics over forty years ago – and I’m the chip off the old block. During the Social Value Summit in London this February, I asked the conference what it would take for those with purchasing power to prioritise buying social.  The reply was that if the product or service on offer was viable, then it would be a level playing field. Something along the lines of “if you’re worth looking at then being a social enterprise will get you additional brownie points.” I wasn’t allowed to join the Brownies – I was too rebellious apparently and...

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Fake social profit projects... buyer beware!

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Fake social profit projects... buyer beware!

Fighting business owner fraudulent claims of social enterprise and interest. Buyer beware ... check the credentials of those who claim to run a 'social project'. Scratch the surface and you'll find that a trademark is not the same as a registered legitimate business.

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Making your product. Home or away?

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Making your product. Home or away?

So you want your design made into product? Who do you turn to for help? Making a prototype Who pays for what What does sampling mean IP (intellectual property) Have your product made in the UK or abroad? Pros and cons Expense Brand value Terminology CMT – cut, make and trim MOQs – minimum order quantities – the quantity of goods you as the client would be expected to order to achieve the quoted price. Even though the unit production price may be low, consider the additional costs of shipping, packaging, warehousing, pick and pack etc in volumes. FOB -...

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From the archives: Palace in a flap over flags

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From the archives:  Palace in a flap over flags

Having a good old spring / summer clear sort out on this wet end of June British summer day and came across this article issued by BBC News, featuring Robin Ashburner our elected Chairman on the subject of flag protocol.  Read on McDuff......

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