Category Archives: Datesand Spotlight

Welcome To Bredbury – Our New Home

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Towards the end of 2019, Datesand officially got the keys to the new freehold HQ, based in Bredbury, Stockport. This was the company’s 5th move in 40 years of business and of course, the biggest one yet.

We have been looking at a new home for nearly 5 years. In 2016, we applied for planning permission to extend our existing warehouse space onto the carpark at Edwin Road, but this was not granted. We discovered that the council and the owners of Manchester City Football Club (our next-door neighbours!) had plans for East Manchester and so in 2017 we sold our space to the council and stayed there for 2 years rent-free while we took up our mission to find the perfect new place.

Datesand first started in the Wood family home with production taking place in the single garage.

Before this move, Datesand comprised of 3 sites in Manchester and satellite sites in both Oxford and Cambridge. The Datesand HQ on Edwin Road was a low roofed 14,000 square feet space, and our other two sites not far from HQ added around an extra 18,000 square feet.

Our new home has had the capacity to consolidate our three sites into one with over 40,000 square feet in total, but more importantly a height of 12 metres in the warehouse space, meaning we can now store at a 5-pallet height, doubling our capacity from the previous facilities. On top of this, our site on the Bredbury Park Industrial Estate has 2 acres of yard space and land – essential for our future plans to extend and modify as we need.

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All in all, this essential move has been a £2.5 million investment – this included a much-needed refurbishment to make the space our own.

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Despite needing a new space due to the plans of the Greater Manchester Council, it was our intention to develop a new working environment that improved standards for customers and staff alike. Bringing all our Manchester sites into one space means that we have been able to introduce labour savings, time savings and reduction of movement. This introduces not only ecological benefits but also means that we run more lean operations and manufacturing services overall, improving our environmental impact and offering more commercial advantages.

Access has been a key factor for us, and our site in Bredbury is well linked to the Manchester Motorway Network. We have also kept our Oxford and Cambridge sites to ensure that we have efficient distribution across the country with local contingency stocks positioned close to key customers.

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As well as being able to offer our customers the best service, staff wellbeing and welfare is an absolute priority at Datesand, and it is our ongoing mission to make this the best possible place to work. It was also our aim to keep all of our existing staff and provide them with an exceptional working environment.

To ensure this, we have provided a light, spacious and positive working environment within the offices which are safe, secure and contained. We have installed a fully functioning kitchen so all staff can enjoy whatever they wish at work and provided a large breakout space with ample seating, two TVs, a games console and a multi-functional pool/table tennis/air hockey table!

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As we enter our 40th year of business, we are so proud to stand where we are today. This is the latest chapter of the ongoing Datesand story, and we’re delighted and grateful to have you all with us on this exciting journey.

Thank you and best wishes,

From the whole Datesand team!

A Very Datesand Christmas

As usual, the Datesand team had plenty going on during the festive period. Amidst the big move, we still managed to fit in a fantastic Christmas Party, a sponsored Christmas Jumper Day for Hits Radio Cash for Kids and our usual ‘Christmas buffet’.

On 11th December, we all turned up in our best Christmas Jumpers to do our best in raising funds for Hits Radio Manchester and their charity partner Cash for Kids. At Christmas, the charity aims to distribute gifts to children and young people in Manchester who would otherwise miss out on a ‘normal’ Christmas. We were able to donate a big box of gifts to the charity as well as £65 that went towards even more gifts! With help from business and residents, they were able to provide gifts for 41,836 children in Greater Manchester!

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2019 was a great year for fundraising at Datesand. We raised over £465 for 5 different charities throughout the year and there’s plenty more to come in 2020.

On 13th December the whole team got to celebrate another great year as they started off the weekend with an evening out in Manchester City Centre. We were treated to a delicious 3 course meal at The Anthologist in St Peter’s Square and there were plenty of drinks flowing as everyone could sit back and have some fun after a year of non-stop hard work. After the meal, we moved on to K2 Karaoke bar where everyone really let loose! It was a night full of loud singing and hysterics and overall brilliant happy vibes. And only one or two sore heads…

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Before we all head home for Christmas, there’s usually a Christmas buffet laid out at the office for everyone to sit back and enjoy while we exchange Secret Santa Gifts and try our luck in a raffle. This year, after already pressing hard to get into our new premises, we ordered in plenty of pizza to go around and enjoyed a little pizza party, ending an absolutely brilliant year on a high!

Recognition for Hard Work

As you may remember, towards the end of 2019, Datesand were nominated for two awards at the Insider International Trade Awards. This included ‘International Company of the Year’ and ‘Excellence & Innovation in International Trade’.

The team turned up dressed to impress with Jonathon, Nicky, Kieren, Helen, Mark, Rick, Bex and Stephen out in full force to represent us at the ceremony.

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It was a fantastic night, celebrating a whole host of fantastic business success.

We are proud to be ‘Highly Commended’ in Excellence & Innovation in International Trade! It has been a fantastic effort from the entire Datesand team to be able to celebrate these achievements.

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Thank you to all of our customer, distributors and partners in all areas of the business who continuously support us on our journey. There is so much more to come in 2020 and even further down the line and we cannot wait to grow alongside you!

Rugby Success for Ryan

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On Sunday the 12th January 2020, Ryan and his rugby team Sherwood Wolf Hunt had a day that will live long in the memory of all concerned with the team. As underdogs, they qualified for the Challenge Cup after dominating the Midlands Competition in 2019. In the first round of the cup, they were to face Wests Warriors, who sit a whole tier above and play at a significantly higher level.

Wolf Hunt believed from the beginning that they could pull off a Cup shock, and they did it in the most dramatic of ways. The team started off strong, bagging the first points of the game with just four minutes gone. Their opponents hit back soon after with a well worked try.

It was an intense and well battled first half with brilliant defensive efforts from Wolf Hunt as they held their ground. As a full back, Ryan was commended for his ‘safe hands’ and got himself onto a number of testing high balls, ultimately helping his team to get back on the attack. The first half also saw a harsh yellow card for Sherwood’s prop forward, leaving the side down to 12 men temporarily.

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A penalty kick from along with two previous conversions kept the scoreboard ticking over, but with the opposition posted two tries with just 6 minutes left on the clock before the half putting Wests in front.

Wolf Hunt were 4 points behind in a game where they had dominated at half time, but this didn’t seem to deter them – even when the Wests’ Centre increased the lead to 8 points!

The 421-strong Debdale Park crowd could see that Wolf Hunt had more to give, and they worked their way up to earn 4 more points and close the gap. After a neat chip over the top to second rower who went untouched under the sticks, there was disappointment not only for the team but the excite crowd when it disallowed for offside.

The next 10 minutes presented a tremendous amount of defensive work, which shut out considerably larger opposition time and time again – Wests were just not gaining any momentum. The wings really helped to keep Wolf Hunt moving forward to test a tired opposition defence.

Wests looked the favourite to score in the last 5 minutes of the game. They worked their way into the Wolf Hunt 10 metre line until a moment of madness from the Warriors camp gave Wolf Hunt a penalty.

The last few moments were moments of magic! The penalty was taken, and the ball was hoofed deep into the Wests half where Wolf Hunt eagerly accepted it. The forwards drove forward and found them pressing on the Wests line. After what would be the last tackle, on the last set of the game, the ball was scooped up and released the ball into space and in the 80th minute, the ball was over the line, handing Wolf Hunt the points they needed to win the game!

The following week, Sherwood would play West Bowling in the second round. 621 people turned up at Debdale Park to see the boys put on a very gutsy display. Despite this, West Bowling came out on top, with the final score being 6-38. Though they were knocked out of the cup, this opportunity was a huge success for the club and for the local Rugby League. There are so many positives for them and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Ryan and his team!

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Pizza, Pool & Games for IAT NW Branch Members

On Thursday 23rd January, Datesand hosted the 2020 IAT North West Branch AGM. A good turnout of 21 attended this particular event, mostly members from Manchester University, but also several Datesand members and other from CRUK, Envigo, Agenda and Tecniplast.

The original invite offered pizza, pool and games and Datesand did not disappoint! However, the meeting kicked off with a tour of the brand new Datesand HQ. It was a fantastic opportunity for friends in all areas of the business to get a first-hand look at the new set up and it seems that many were impressed by our new home.

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Following the tour, everyone sat down to discuss the agenda for the year ahead while also reviewing the branches events of 2019. With a re-shuffle of the committee complete, it was then time to discuss some activities and events for 2020 and some exciting prospects seem to be coming into the works!

Once the business was out of the way, it was time for the play! Plenty of pizza arrived, kindly sponsored by Datesand, while attendees had a great time getting competitive with a few games of pool and a bit of fun on the Nintendo Wii.

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All in all it was a very insightful AGM and another great get together for the IAT North West Members. We are actively encouraging all of our friends, customers and partners in the industry to get involved with your local branch. They provide exclusive opportunities and allow for all industry members to socialise at some fun and often unique events!

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IAT North West members are also reminded at posters are now being accepted for the 2020 Steve Moore Memorial Poster Competition.

Your poster must be based on the 3Rs and must be submitted by 2nd April 2020. The winner will receive a trip to this year’s AALAS Conference in Charlotte, USA! Don’t miss out – email all entries to Nicky Windows at: nicky@datesand.com

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If you would like to become a member of the IAT North West branch, you can also get in touvh with Nicky for more information.