Barnsley sketchbook manufacturer writes cheque for charity
8 December 2015
A Barnsley sketchbook manufacturer has donated more than £6,000 to charity as its sales grow.
Pink Pig, which moved to Dodworth Business Park earlier this year, gives a percentage of its turnover to a chosen charity each year. Previously Pink Pig gave to the RNLI, now the chosen charity is the MS Society, which has just been given a cheque for £6,600.
The company, which supplies a range of sketchbooks to 1,700 secondary schools and colleges across the UK, is planning to expand in to the primary school sector next year. It also sells through art shops and direct to artists across the UK and overseas via its own website and e-commerce channels such as Amazon, and is given support by Enterprising Barnsley, the business support arm of Barnsley Council.
Rachel Hardwick, business development director at Pink Pig, said they had chosen the MS Society because a member of staff had been diagnosed with the disease. Susan Crowther was working as the workshop manager when she was diagnosed. She has now returned to work part-time as HR manager.
Rachel, who also has a friend and family member with MS, said: “Every year we give a percentage of our sales to a different charity and the nice thing is that as the sales go up we can give more.”
Turnover, which is currently £1.4 million has grown year-on-year since the company was established 23 years ago.
The relocation to the 15,000 square foot workshop in Dodworth gave the company, which has 23 staff, twice as much room as it had at its previous premises at Emley, near Huddersfield.
“We need the extra space, because we produce 700,000 sketchbooks a year, but we are looking to increase that in to the millions,” said Rachel.
“If we can crack the primary school market and increase exports, sales will be up again and we’ll be able to give even more to charity next year.”
Pink Pig was helped by Enterprising Barnsley with its relocation and has also been given advice on strategic planning and financial forecasting.
Enterprising Barnsley business development manager Steve Hawkins said: “It’s great to see a successful business move in to the borough and continue to grow. And it’s also a nice touch that their success can be a good news story for a charity too.”
Notes to editor
Attached photograph shows Simon Moran of MS Society and Rachel Hardwick, Nick Wilson and Susan Crowther of Pink Pig.
For further information about Pink Pig go to www.the-pink-pig.co.uk or contact Rachel Hardwick on 01226 297026
For information about Enterprising Barnsley go to www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk or contact Anna Smith on 01226 772648 or at AnnaSmith@barnsley.gov.uk
Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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