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Bridson & Horrox Group celebrates 80 years in business

Clients of Bridson & Horrox Group have helped the company to celebrate 80 years in business in the Isle of Man.

The company has delivered 1,500 bespoke cupcakes in specially designed and branded boxes to a selection of its loyal client base around the Island to thank them for their support. Cakes were designed and produced by Julie Gianquitto of ‘Stuff Ur Face Cupcakes’ in Onchan.

Bridson & Horrox Group – the only printing company on the Island to achieve the globally recognised UKAS accreditation ISO Standard 14001:2004 for its environmental management* as well as ISO 9001 for quality management – has significantly diversified its range of services in order to stay ahead of the market and continue to deliver innovative and forward-thinking solutions for its clients.

Without ever forgetting its roots and still with a huge emphasis on print, the company has moved away from simply being a printing firm and developed its expertise in to eight specialist areas:

  • Print
  • Digital print
  • Direct Mail
  • Office stationery
  • Office furniture
  • Signage
  • Design
  • Document management

 

Many of its services are joined-up to benefit its customers, providing them with a one-stop shop where they can go for all of their business requirements and reducing the need to manage multiple supplier relationships.

Based on the Hills Meadow Industrial Estate in Douglas, the company employs 42 staff across its eight business units.

Bridson & Horrox Group’s ISO accreditation means its business management framework has been designed to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment, resulting in a more efficient performance, including a reduction in waste and consumption of resources, and lower operating costs.

Its ManRoland litho printing press is also ‘greener’ than other models available on the market, and in the 1990s it became one of the first companies in the UK – and the first on the Island – to install digital printing capability.

Darren Horrox, Managing Director of Bridson & Horrox Group, commented: “Diversification, customer service, exceptional quality and value for money are without doubt the keys to success, and our staff have an unwavering focus on delivering these for our clients on a daily basis. This is how we have managed the transition from the family-run printing firm that began life in 1933 to today, and continue to work with some of the clients we did 80 years ago.

“We’re here to make life simple for our customers and deliver an exceptional service to them, whether it be printing some fliers for them, helping them with designing and installing new signage at their premises, organising a mail-merge and facilitating the print and delivery of that, supplying them with office stationery or new office furniture, or even helping them with relocation and creating their new office space.

“Embracing change and investing in new technologies and services, becoming real innovators for our customers, will remain at the forefront of our creative thinking as we move forward and look to the future.”

* UKAS is the sole national accreditation body recognised by the UK Government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services. Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these evaluators. UKAS is a non-profit-distributing private company, limited by guarantee. It is independent of the UK Government but is appointed as the national accreditation body.

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Bridson & Horrox Group makes printing history in the Isle of Man

Bridson & Horrox Group has become the only printing company on the Island to achieve a globally recognised accreditation for its environmental management from the UK’s official Accreditation Service (UKAS)*.

It has been awarded the UKAS ISO Standard 14001:2004 following years of hard work by its staff to redefine its processes, and implement a new business management framework designed to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment. This has resulted in a more efficient business performance, including a reduction in waste and consumption of resources, and lower operating costs.

Some key changes to the way Bridson & Horrox Group now operates include:

  • Collection and recycling or safe disposal of all waste generated during the printing process, or waste collected from clients
  • Sourcing of office furniture from ‘green’ suppliers
  • Sourcing of paper supplies produced using sustainable resources
  • Encouraging clients to use recycled paper and other materials wherever possible
  • More efficient delivery routes to shorten journey times and reduce fuel consumption
  • Adoption of ‘green’ policies by all staff in the workplace

The company’s Roland litho printing press is also ‘greener’ than other models available on the market. Staff are independently assessed on a regular basis to ensure they are continuing to meet the accreditation’s very strict criteria.

Companies with the ISO 14001: 2004 Standard are perceived to be innovative and forward-thinking both to prospective customers and employees; it also improves their access to new customers and business partners.

Based on the Hills Meadow Industrial Estate in Douglas, Bridson & Horrox Group specialises in all aspects of printing delivery, design, stationery provision, office furniture supply and signage supply to both corporate and private clients across the Isle of Man.

Darren Horrox, Chief Executive of Bridson & Horrox Group, commented: “The process of working towards, and ultimately achieving, this ISO environmental management accreditation has had a huge impact on our business, and certainly changed it for the better. It has made our employees more environmentally aware of their surroundings and the way they work, and they now actively reinvent business processes where necessary to help us maintain our green credentials.

“It has also helped us to help our clients become more aware of the environment and they way they can redefine their business processes to increase efficiency and performance, reduce their costs and ultimately become greener themselves.

“I’m incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication shown by our staff in achieving this prestigious Standard, and the way they are helping both Bridson & Horrox Group and our customers to become greener citizens.”

* UKAS is the sole national accreditation body recognised by the UK Government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services. Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these evaluators. UKAS is a non-profit-distributing private company, limited by guarantee. It is independent of the UK Government but is appointed as the national accreditation body.