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

Posted by Jo Ashburner-Farr on

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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The cost of making and 'dead zone' downers

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The cost of making and 'dead zone' downers

Outlay and downscaling The cost of making anything, and in our case custom and world flags, has never been higher.  This year, prices have continued to rise forcing down product margins and prompting us to diversify and innovate to maintain the same RRP for customers and still turn a profit.   Thank heavens for technology With the support and investment of funds from the WCVA in 2015, this social enterprise purchased a state of the art sublimation printer and calender press .... and boy how chuffed is our accountant (and importantly my heart rate). After a rather dodgy start (printer and techy problems I...

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