Costa in the Community

We were delighted to be part of a partnership broadcast on Thursday 10th October with Costa Coffee and the BBC Hereford & Worcester in support of the ‘Costa in the Community’ programme.

Helping Hand Environmental were asked to take part in this broadcast by the BBC to highlight our working partnership with Costa and how our sustainable litter kits are helping Costa stores across the UK clean up litter and engage with their local communities and with a listening audience of 32,000 we wanted to highlight our partnership with Costa to the listeners of Herefordshire.

Hear the full BBC Hereford & Worcester radio interview with Helping Hand UK Sales Manager, Carly Di Crescienzo:  http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=b561ecea-ec3e-4250-a950-94428a441adb which appeared during the evening drive-time show and Friday morning during the half six show.

Since 2014, over 48,139 hours have been donated across 1,300 stores in support of ‘Costa in the Community’ programme. “We really value the long-standing partnership we have with Helping Hand, and it’s great to have it showcased so well during the interview”. Costa Coffee

 

Cleaning Up Nicely

We were honoured to welcome HM Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, The Dowager Countess of Darnley CVO to present the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade after growing our export business by 750% in just six years.

The company’s products are manufactured at two facilities in Herefordshire, using sustainable materials and packaging that can be recycled wherever possible. A massive 97% of all Helping Hand Environmental production waste is recycled or reused.

The company prides itself on successfully combining commercial enterprise with socially responsible action which facilities environmental campaigns.

“We are an adaptable business that is not solely focused on the commercial gain of a product sale but more on a sustainable relationship with our customers. This approach makes us unique in our industry,” said Lara Bryant, VP Sales and Marketing

A Herefordshire-based business, sales of professional waste collection tools through HH Environmental division, has defied the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.  Supplying more than 90% of local authorities and waste contractors in the UK, exporting of litter collection hand tools and environmental educational support services to over 20 countries worldwide has been instrumental in its growth.

“We are committed to promoting environmental awareness today for our world tomorrow. Working alongside the Eco Schools programme and other local, national and international environmental education initiatives is a central focus for us – doing something as simple as a litter pick is a great way to engage children in learning about litter.”

“Our mission is to get rid of all the world’s litter – which would mean we’d have no business, but it’s what we want.”

“We support organisations and individuals in tackling litter scattered on pavements, carparks, greenspaces, beaches, rivers and motorways – we need to turn the tide. “

By recycling just 50% of all litter thrown on our streets today, could save £14.8million pounds every year or £40,547 a day.

We can all make a difference – to find out more about our anti-litter consultancy services and how you can make a difference in your area, visit: https://www.hhenvironmental.co.uk/community-engagement/ or give our team a call on 01531 635678.

#SustainableManufacturing #BuyBritish #HerefordshireMeansBusiness

 

The B Word…

Brexit causes a lot of concerns amongst British exporters whose key overseas trade is within the EU.

With the outcome of negotiations or lack of still unknown, it is tricky for businesses to plan for the future to ensure a smooth transition.

Despite the dual challenge of impending Brexit and competition for cheaper overseas manufacturers, our export revenue has increased 750 per cent in the last six years and winning Helping Hand a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade this year, an accolade we’re incredibly proud of.

Read our key tips on how businesses can grow a global client base despite the tricky economic conditions and uncertain future – based on our own experience.

1) Talk to your customers

Talk of a no-deal Brexit, hard borders and new tariffs have all triggered understandable concern that UK companies will lose many European customers, with some claiming they are already suffering negative impacts. However, there are ways to overcome these issues.

The key thing is to put the customers’ needs at the centre of everything you do. We have worked really closely with all our European customers to ensure we are in a strong position to allay any problems thrown up by Brexit, such as transportation delays or materials shortages. We have robust contingency plans in place to deal with potential hiccups. For instance, we have built up good stocks of our raw materials, so that we can continue to manufacture in the event of a slow-down in supply for at least 90 days.

Even now, no-one knows what is going to happen, but we were proactive in going to our European customers to discuss their concerns and needs to try to pre-empt any issues. For instance, if we have concerns about supply lines shutting down, we can ship products early or even send out the components and put the products together onsite.

Comprehensive preparation has reassured our customers that we remain the supplier best placed to provide them with quality products when they need them, deal or no deal.

2) Don’t compromise on quality

It may be tempting when faced with much cheaper overseas rivals to cut costs wherever possible and compromise the quality of your products. We would warn against this. Customers will pay for quality. The reason the ‘Made in Britain’ tagline is a powerful one is that it is associated with top-quality products.

We have more than 50 years of technical expertise in producing litter clearance tools for local authorities, waste management companies and major brands keen to add litter clearance to their CSR [corporate social responsibility] activities. This has enabled us to refine and innovate to ensure our products are the best available in terms of design, function and durability. We cycle test our litter pickers to 500,000 repetitions.

All this requires investment, but the result is incomparable quality and ergonomics proven from one generation to the next. Our customers trust we will provide them with quality products to CE and ISO standards.

Due to higher overheads, material and staffing costs than south-east Asian rivals, there is no doubt there are far cheaper alternatives out there. Yet our customers across dozens of countries remain loyal because they are happy to pay for better quality. With a much longer lifespan than cheaper versions, our products ultimately offer better value. There is a lesson for everyone there.

3) Keep it green

As our company name, Helping Hand Environmental, suggests, we really care about the environment. As well as our mission to make the whole world litter free and divert as much rubbish as possible from landfill to recycling, we also constantly look for new ways to minimise our environmental impact. From manufacturing as much as possible using recyclable materials to recycled compostable packaging, we aim for zero waste. We also produce recycling kits alongside our products, which can extend their lifespans by 300%.

Our customers care about the carbon footprint of the products. They are working with us to boost their environmental credentials, so it would significantly undermine this if they were to source their tools from a company with a terrible environmental record.

Thankfully, there is also a wider trend towards consumers and companies holding their suppliers to account when it comes to responsible manufacturing and production. Across Europe, more consumers now demand strong environmental credentials when they buy, governments are legislating to reduce emissions and waste and this has a knock-on effect across all markets. Going greener pays in more ways than one.

4) Add value

We refer to ourselves as an anti-litter consultancy and there is a good reason for this. Having supplied the litter collection industry and worked with countless councils, charity projects and national and international campaigns we have a breadth of experience and network of contacts in this area that is unrivalled.

As well as supplying more than 90% of all local authorities in the UK, we are the official partners for environmental charities and campaigns in the UK and Europe from Keep Britain Tidy and Keep Scotland Beautiful to Nederland Schoon in Holland and Limburg.net in Belgium.

We worked with 346,012 litter pick volunteers in the first three months of this year alone, providing them not just with litter-pick tools, but also educational and promotional materials.

This has led to major global brands including McDonalds, Coca Cola and Costa approaching us in relation to their CSR and charity work. Due to our knowledge, experience and network of partners, we can act as a valued advisor on new environmental litter clearance projects and help link up community groups with local authorities, charities and businesses looking to fund such projects.

We are not solely focused on commercial gain, but we have a long-term view on developing sustainable relationships. Our business has grown in tricky conditions because we exceed our customers’ expectations – both at home and abroad – and other UK businesses must do the same.

 

Kiko Matthews completes her Kik Plastic Tour

The Kik Plastic Tour is now complete and the results are in!

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the inspirational Kiko Matthews! What an phenomenal achievement.

🚴🏼‍♀️ 6900 km cycled
🏔climbing 7x Everest sea to summit
👫1960 volunteers joined us
🏖 on 79 beach cleans.
🗑collecting 3436 kg of waste removed.
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The amount of litter collected weight the same as 20 male giant pandas! Of this, 859kg was materials that are commonly and easily recycled such as glass bottles, aluminium cans and plastic bottles.

Plastic bottles, tubs and cups were the most common recyclable items found during the beach cleans, accounting for 515kg of 60% of the rubbish collected that could have been recycled. Cans came in second, at 24%followed by glass and paper at 9% and 7% respectively.

For non-recyclable waste, the worst culprit was fishing industry waste, including nets and ropes, found on 48 of the 79 beaches. Flexible plastics – items such as plastic bags, food and confectionary wrappers and crisp packets – also accounted for a significant amount of non recyclable litter.

Helping Hand Environmental  sponsored the first clean up at Margate, then Bude and Great Yarmouth!

Our colleagues have loved taking part with Kiko and donating the tour official litter picking equipment which has helped on 79 beach cleans involving nearly 2,000 volunteers and collecting 3436 kg of litter!

 

Find out more about the tour and the inspirational Kiko Matthews at www.kikomatthews.co.uk


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