Financial move helps expansion

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BIDBI, the eco-friendly bag manufacturer founded by Sheffield entrepreneur Julia Gash, has expanded operations.

The company, which used to be known as Bag It Don’t Bin It, puts the growth down to the support it has had since it switched its banking to Santander.

BIDBI has focused on international sales and bought new printing equipment, which will speed up production and save on costs.

It enables the company to make photographic quality screen printed bags, tea towels, t-shirts and other textiles, which are highly sought after by the fashion and arts industries in Britain.

Julia Gash said: “Like many young, growing SMEs in Britain, we have always struggled to get sufficient funding from the bank to support our fast growth and this fact alone has prevented us from fulfilling our potential.

“Over several months of negotiation, Santander offered us a holistic package of support worth £400,000 that would support our growth, through a trio of financial products, including trade finance, invoice factoring and a loan.”

The firm is now seeking a general manager, she added.