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How Integrity Supports Employee Mental Health

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As we mark Mental Health Awareness Week on 9th-15th May, we shine a light on how Integrity supports its employees’ mental health, and our partnership with The Printing Charity – the only charity focussed on supporting people in the print sector.

According to mental health charity Mind, at least one in six workers is experiencing common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.

The Health, Safety and Environment Manager of Integrity’s Westfield site, Dave Gill, recently spoke to The Printing Charity to discuss how Integrity supports its employees with their mental wellbeing

“Two years ago, the subject of mental health was raised by one of our Health & Safety committee. They suggested we needed to look at what we were doing to support the wellbeing of our employees.”

“As a result of this, we found a company that could train some of our staff to become Mental Health First Aiders. Twelve team members attended the two-day course to help them recognise and support colleagues with any mental health issues in the workplace.”

“The initiative has been embraced by the whole company, so much so we are running a second session this summer, with another 10 people putting themselves forward. This will mean that over 10% of the workforce on our Westfield site will be trained Mental Health First Aiders.”

Another layer of support

Integrity has also signed up to The Printing Charity’s free and confidential helpline, offering its employees access to practical and emotional support from trained advisers and counsellors.

As Dave explained, adding this extra layer of support means Integrity staff can seek a range of support at any time; “We went out to look for some further support for our employees and came across The Printing Charity’s Helpline via the BPIF. It’s really important we recognise there will be times that our work-life balance might not be so great, so supplementing our own mental health training with access to the charity’s helpline means our employees can seek help when they need it most, helping them to feel more valued.”

Always doing more

Being aware of each other is a value about which Integrity has always been passionate. We believe that we perform better as a team and as a business when all our people are healthy, focused, and motivated. This is why the mental wellbeing of all Integrity’s people – colleagues, friends, family – is of the upmost importance to us, and we will continue to promote our message of positive mental health and offer support to our people at all times.

However, our support goes beyond Integrity’s people; we have always looked to have a positive influence on our local, and indeed wider community. In 2021, Integrity staff organised a fundraising event to raise awareness around mental health in support of Mind, whose campaigns are aimed to help those who are struggling with their mental health, and promote a deeper understanding of traditionally stigmatised issues.

Whether it’s charity bike ridessponsoring local sports teamsplanting treesfundraising for the NHS, or launching environmental initiatives, Integrity has continually supported projects, people, and organisations that share our values and have a beneficial impact on our community.

Wells to Westminster: a Walk for St Margaret’s Hospice Care

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In April, One of Integrity Print’s Account Managers from our Midsomer Norton site, Matt Drew, will be embarking on a 150-mile walk from Wells Cathedral to Westminster Abbey to raise money for St Margaret’s Hospice Care

St Margaret’s Hospice Care has been at the heart of Somerset’s community for 40 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness. Through their medical expertise, nursing skills and specialist support services, they provide physical and emotional care to patients, their families, and carers.

With two hospice sites, one in Yeovil and one in Taunton, as well as five community based teams caring for patients in their own homes, St Margaret’s Hospice Care continually strives to reach everyone in the community that needs their care, often during their final days.

Matt’s walk will be in memory of his dear friend, Sam Holland, who passed away after a short illness in July 2021, aged only 50. Sam was Head of P.E. at The Blue School in Wells, and was noted by colleagues and friends as a “champion of comprehensive education” with an uplifting and motivating approach that had a tremendous impact on all of her pupils.

Matt and Sam had been close friends for over 20 years and as a means of celebrating her life as well as thanking St Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton for the care they provided in her last few weeks, Matt will take on this momentous challenge to raise funds, support, and awareness for the charity.

One of Matt’s fondest memories of Sam is “trying to keep up with her during the Shepton Park run”. Fittingly, Matt has been running every day throughout January in training for his challenge in April.

Matt will set off from the iconic Wells Cathedral on 23rd April, and aim to finish at Westminster Abbey on 1st May. Matt intends to deliver “a pilgrims message” from the Diocese of Bath and Wells to the Dean of Westminster. Delivering the handwritten message to the Dean will be the final act of Matt’s 150-mile journey across five counties.

The most challenging part of the journey, according to Matt, will be the halfway stretch between Melksham and Reading. This 70-mile section is likely to be the most mentally arduous part of Matt’s challenge, as he heads down the long stretch of home counties towards London.

“I’ll be tired, I won’t have any company, and if you’ve ever done long distance running, it’s always the middle section that is the most difficult – that’s when you hit the wall. But I’ll just need to keep going; whatever the weather; regardless of how tired I am.”

Matt’s fundraising goal is to raise £2,022 for St Margaret’s Hospice Care, but with the support of his friends, colleagues, and anyone who can spare a donation, he is hoping to raise a lot more.

The entire Integrity Family will be supporting Matt as he sets off from Wells Cathedral on 23rd April; you can also show your support by visiting his Just Giving Page and helping him reach his fundraising target in memory of his friend, Sam, and to help others who rely on the support of St Margaret’s Hospice Care.



Integrity’s Christmas Jumper Week Raises Money for Mind

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In the run-up to Christmas, the Integrity Team once again held a Christmas Jumper Week fundraiser. Staff were encouraged to wear their best festive attire during the last week before the Christmas break, to raise money for the mental health charity, Mind.

Mind is a charity specialising in providing advice and support to those experiencing mental health problems. Their campaigns are designed to empower people, improve services, raise awareness, and promote a deeper understanding of traditionally stigmatised issues. These types of services include multiple helplines which offer confidential advice, as well as professional training to help improve workplaces.

The end of 2021 highlighted how crucial taking care of our mental health is, especially during such challenging times. For some, taking care of their own mental health is a constant battle, further compounded by the impact of the pandemic and the isolation that many have had to endure. The continued support that Mind has given to those who struggle with mental health, resonated with all the staff at Integrity, who were only too happy to help raise money and awareness for such a vital cause. Boosted by contributions from Integrity, the team was able to raise £326 for Mind. Marketing Manager Ned Lowe commented:

“It was great to see everyone getting involved again this year, and it’s fantastic that we’re able to raise money and awareness for a cause that is so important to many of us. We’ve all experienced unprecedented challenges over the past couple of years, and the pandemic has left millions with trauma and the pain of personal loss. Mental health is something that affects us all, and it seems there has never been a more crucial time to support those who may be going through dark times. Being aware of each other is a value that Integrity is passionate about. Whether it is our colleagues, friends, family, or community, mindfulness of other people’s mental health is something we all need to have more of.”

 As well as the importance of fundraising for a worthy cause, Integrity’s Christmas Jumper Week is also a competition between the staff. As with the previous year, a special prize was given to the person deemed “most Christmassy” with their festive attire. This time, a luxury Christmas Hamper was awarded to Business Development Manager Jo Cooper who impressed us with an array of Christmas outfits throughout the week, as well as her continued efforts in raising awareness of the event and the charity through social media. Well done, Jo!


 Always Doing More

Whether it’s charity bike rides, sponsoring local sports teams, planting trees, fundraising for the NHS, or launching environmental initiatives, Integrity has always looked to make a valuable and positive contribution to our local community. We will look to continue our efforts this year, and hopefully make an even greater impact in 2022.

Integrity Awarded ‘AA’ Status by BRCGS

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Following an audit of its Labels Division at the end of October, Integrity was awarded AA status by the BRCGS.

The BRCGS (Brand Reputation through Compliance of Global Standards) is a leading safety and quality certification programme made to provide certificates to food sector businesses, who are then able to prove that their products are safe and legal in the marketplace. At the forefront of developing safety standards, the BRCGS apply their work to over 28,000 certificated sites in over 130 countries.

So, what is the AA standard?

This grading comes from a system applied throughout the whole supply chain, designed to reflect the food hygiene practices of each business. The standards are certified after being thorough and scrutinising in every possible area where food safety could potentially be compromised. After being analysed, the business is granted a grade based on the number and type of non-conformances that business meets. From the lowest grade being D (or Uncertified if no grade at all is considered) to the highest-grade being AA. In this case, this means Integrity Labels was awarded the highest certification possible for their label safety and quality standards.

Lewis Hand, Integrity’s Labels Sales Director, had this to comment:
“In the midst of the pandemic, it was a great story; the fact everyone pulled together as a department to not only renew the certification but to achieve an AA rating was a huge win for us. We are finding the BRCGS standard itself is specified more and more by our customer base, so the certification is absolutely vital for Integrity Labels due to us dealing largely with the food and beverage market sector.”

This awarded certification reinforces Integrity’s no-compromise approach to exceeding the expectations of health and hygiene standards within the food and beverage sector.

Keep up do date with the latest news and events from Integrity Print via our news section, or find Integrity Print on Facebook and LinkedIn.



Integrity Donates Equipment to Connections Day Services

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Earlier this year, Integrity donated 30 customised Feel Good Food bags and a Sensory Fireworks Panel to Connections Day Services –  a centre run by Virgin Care that provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in North East Somerset.

The service delivers group and one-to-one activities focused around important areas such as communication, health & wellbeing, independent living skills, social skills, physiotherapy, and support with a person’s sensory needs.

Integrity was keen to support the local organisation, who provides support to a family member of one of our colleagues.

Claire Ramster, Manager of Connections Day Services, run by Virgin Care on behalf of Bath and North East Somerset Council and NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG  commented on the reaction to the new equipment:

“We have had a fantastic response from our service users, their families and the team to the new Feel Good Food bags. Feel Good Food is a healthy eating food scheme that provides a weekly bag to its customers. The bag has all the ingredients needed for a main course and a dessert. The bag also contains recipe cards with photos and accessible instructions to support a person’s cooking skills. The old Feel Good Food bags were faded and had seen years of service for the food scheme. The new Feel Good Food bags provided by Integrity look really smart, they are easy to clean, and they saved the food scheme a lot of money.”

“Integrity also donated a Fireworks Panel in our Sensory Room, which has proved a hit with service users. The panel creates beautiful light displays and combines this with different music and sound effects, ranging from the whizz-bang of fireworks to the calming sound of water. It can be used to provide a background sensory experience while an activity is going on, or it can be used in an interactive session where a service user pushes different buttons to change the colour, pattern, music, and sound effects. Our service users are still discovering new sounds and patterns.”

Integrity’s Chief Executive Mark Cornford, who personally delivered the new equipment to the Connections Day Services Centre commented:

“We’re delighted to be able to support the Connections Day Services team, and it’s great to hear that there has been such a positive response to the new equipment. It was a genuine pleasure to meet some of the team and learn more about the fantastic work they do, which makes such a difference to the people who rely on their services.

“I think it’s important for businesses to support organisations like this and give something back to their local communities. We’ll certainly look to continue supporting the Connections Day Services team wherever possible.”


Integrity: Giving Back

From our ongoing environmental initiatives to our support for local charities and volunteer groups, Integrity has continuously strived to have a positive impact on our local, and indeed wider, community.

If your organisation would like to work with Integrity to help us make an even greater social or environmental impact, we’d love to hear from you. Please call one of our friendly team or just leave us a message.

Integrity Donates Equipment to Local Volunteers

By News

Integrity has donated a range of litter picking equipment and accessories to a local volunteer group – The Wombles of Midsomer Norton.

Earlier in the year, Integrity was contacted by Sandra Coles, a volunteer Womble who was keen to discuss the problem of litter around the trading estate. Familiar with the ongoing issue, Integrity took the opportunity to learn more about the local volunteer group. Sandra explained:

“The Wombles of Midsomer Norton and Surrounding Areas’ Facebook page was formed in the middle of February.  We have three head Wombles, Laura Jardine, Nicola Smith, and me.  There are 312 members on the site, but we have a core of very dedicated wombles of around twenty who organise and/or attend the regular organised litter picks.  These and other members litter pick several times a week on their own though!”

Sandra went on to discuss why she had joined the volunteer group:

“The reason I joined was because many hands make light work!  I started picking back in January to give me a purpose to my daily walks during lockdown and it went from there.  It was good to join likeminded people. Now, I’m Chief Fund Raiser, badgering companies for equipment, but also Communications Womble, writing to the press, the councils and have also been interviewed by the BBC!  I’ve been labelled the persuasive womble or ‘pushy one’!”

After finding out more about the Wombles and the tireless work they had been doing in the local community, Integrity was eager to help the volunteers. Chief Executive Mark Cornford said:

“I think anyone who gives their precious time and effort up for a worthwhile cause should be applauded and encouraged. We wanted to help the Wombles, good citizens of Midsomer Norton and surrounding areas, in their efforts to make our community a better place. If we can help in some small way, then we are delighted to do so.”

Through our “Challenge Us“, Integrity donated an assortment of new litter picking equipment and accessories to the Wombles, including extendable litter pickers, bin bag hoops, and personalised hi-vis vests. The items were gratefully received by Sandra Coles, Nicola Smith, Mike Chivers and Sarah Lawrence-Pearce, who all joined us at Integrity’s site at the end of April.

Integrity will look to continue supporting the Wombles and the community to improve our local environment.

Integrity: Giving Back

Donating equipment to the Wombles of Midsomer Norton is just one example of Integrity’s continued commitment to supporting our community. Whether it’s raising money for the NHS, supporting local charities, providing work experience to young students, sponsoring local sports teams, or launching environmental initiatives, Integrity has always strived to have a positive impact on our local, and indeed wider, community.

If your organisation would like to work with Integrity to help us make an even greater social or environmental impact, we’d love to hear from you. Please call one of our friendly team or just leave us a message.

Integrity Ramps up High-Volume Leaflet Production Capacity

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Integrity ramps up their high-volume leaflet production capacity with investment in a new automated finishing line.

In January, Integrity’s production floor saw the arrival of a new automated finishing line, which is set to transform their folded leaflet production.

The Hunkeler Gen8 finishing line with in-line cutting, separating and stacking modules, provides Integrity with a high-performance roll-to-stack solution that doubles their capacity for folded leaflet production. Commenting on the new acquisition, Account Director Nathan Douglas said:

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in the demand for high-volume leaflet printing. In the past we weren’t always able to meet this demand but now, with this new investment, we have the capacity to produce up to 10 million folded leaflets per week – doubling the capacity of 2020. The new technology provides an automated, inline solution that allows us to streamline our process and become far more efficient . . .The new commercial line also gives us the enhanced finishing capability to meet some of our clients’ more complicated design requirements”.

The acquisition of the Hunkeler Gen8 finishing line follows on from the 2019 investment in the Hunkeler offline roll-fed CS6-2 cutting system, and it is the combination of these two systems that allows Integrity to achieve its 10 million folded leaflets per week production capacity.

With installation and testing completed at the end of January, the new finishing line has been running at full capacity throughout February, with no fewer than 50 projects now completed. Integrity’s latest investment marks a pivotal step further into the high-volume leaflet production market.


The Integrity Solution

Whether you are a small family business or large international corporation, leaflets and flyers are a cost-effective and impactful way to reach your customers and promote your brand. With many of us now spending more time at home, more and more of our clients are now seeking to produce door drop mailings and non-personalised press inserts to reach their target audiences.

At Integrity, we can print and finish up to 10 million leaflets and flyers per week, in a full range of sizes and folding configurations up to 16 pages – including A5, A4, DL, fold bolt cut and nest, and bangtail envelopes.

We also provide direct mail services for a wide range of household names in the retail, charity and financial sectors. We work closely with our clients to produce innovative paper-based products that enable them to create more effective direct mail pieces. So, as well as printing your bespoke leaflets and flyers, we can also provide a 100% mailing service for your high volume, direct mail work – for the complete Integrity solution.

To find out more, please call our friendly team or leave us a message

Integrity’s Christmas Jumper Week Raises Funds for NHS Charity

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In the run up to Christmas, and as a deviation from the traditional Christmas jumper day, the Integrity Team held a Christmas jumper week, where staff were invited to wear their festive attire each day to raise funds for local NHS charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.

The Forever Friends Appeal is the official charity of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. The charity funds projects that make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients cared for by the Royal United Hospitals Bath each year, as well as the friends and family who visit them. Their fundraisers and donors make it possible for them to help pay for additional equipment, research, and innovations, as well as finishing touches and ‘extras’ that complement the existing high-quality care at the Hospitals.

2020 highlighted to all of us just how crucial the role of the NHS and all key workers has been in keeping the entire nation running, and as safe as possible. The decision to raise funds for our local NHS charity was one that was wholeheartedly embraced by the entire team. Boosted by a contribution from Integrity, staff managed to raise a total of £680 for the Forever Friends Appeal. Marketing Manager Ned Lowe commented:

“It was great to see so many of us getting involved this year. From penguin earrings and Rudolph noses, to reindeer antlers and full elf costumes – the effort from the entire team was outstanding! Even those who didn’t have anything Christmassy to wear gave so generously to such a worthy cause. As a regular outpatient of the RUH Bath, this appeal struck a personal chord with me, as I’m sure it did for others in our team. Being able to show a little bit of appreciation for the tireless work being carried by the amazing staff at that hospital has been a privilege. Let’s hope we can do even better this year.”

Always Doing More

Whether it’s charity bike rides, sponsoring local sports teams, planting trees, or launching environmental initiatives, Integrity has always looked to make a valuable and positive contribution to our local community. We will look to continue our efforts this year, and hopefully make an even greater impact in 2021.

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Is Print Still Relevant? A Budding Marketeer’s Insight into an Evolving Industry

By Guest blog

Being a student this year has been particularly challenging (as 2020 has for all for us), but it became even more challenging when I was told that I needed to complete a work placement in the second year of my business degree. As I’m sure you can appreciate, businesses aren’t exactly climbing over each other to welcome new faces into their offices in the middle of a pandemic. However, after being turned down more times than I care to remember, I was finally lucky enough to be offered a Marketing placement at Integrity Print.

During my first week, I was set the task of writing a blog about the print industry. Knowing pretty much nothing about print, and having never written a blog before, this seemed like a daunting prospect! But, never one to shy away from a challenge, I set upon my task with some very detailed research; read as many blogs about print as I could; and it led me to one question: Is Print Still Relevant? As the new generation find more innovative ways to communicate and businesses look to digital media for marketing their products and services, consumers may ask the same question. So let’s explore . . .

The Resilience and Evolution of Print

The reason for the question ‘is print still relevant?’ is based on the perception that millennials and ‘Generation Z’ are too obsessed with the new digital world to realise is that print is emerging within the new lifestyle of the 21st century.

According to Quocirca’s global Print2025 report, 64% of business users expect printing to still be important by 2025. In the age of digital distraction, it seems that print is seen as a trusted, tangible medium that still stands the test of time. Print has endured the evolution of TV, radio, social media and the web, and is very much alive and kicking today! Although print and paper consumption may be in decline, print still creates credibility, seriousness, and engagement, and as such, remains a powerful marketing tool for millions of businesses.

With the rise of digital media, many commercial printers and printer manufacturers are having to evolve, moving to a services-and-solutions-based model to increase long-term revenues; integrating smart digital technology to enhance their print offerings. Smart printers and multifunctional printers (MFPs) utilise advanced capabilities around digitisation and paper-to-digital document workflow integration. This offers great benefits to the end-users, but also to printer manufacturers looking to survive the future.

Print in our day-to-day life

It really is all around us: the food packaging, the medicine labels, the advertising billboards, the price tags, the instructions that tell you how to assemble your favourite brand of Swedish furniture!  Print is used to create tangible products that bring designs and information to life. The physical presence of print creates a more persuasive appeal that is much harder to ignore than digital media. Successful brands capitalise on this when it comes to packaging their products – cementing brand association by creating vibrant, and sometimes iconic packaging. We all instantly recognise the purple of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, or the classic red and white of Coca Cola. Personally, I get a thrill from just seeing the red Lindt Lindor box – the luxurious chocolate so beautifully presented in that unmistakeable, well-crafted packaging! Seeing, as well as being able to physically interact with these printed products, can build a stronger level of resonance and even loyalty between a brand and a consumer. No matter how much money you spend on digital marketing, it just doesn’t satisfy the feeling of being able to touch a product. But let me ask you a question: Would you have even thought about the print industry when looking over the packaging? The presses that printed your favourite brand’s artwork; the carefully selected material that makes you want to reach out and grab the product. Well, I suspect most answers will be “no”. And I guess that’s the point; we’re so used to print being a part of our day-to-day life, that we give it little thought. But you would notice if it weren’t there.

Digital Distraction

Even though the digital media and technology has brought new, fascinating creations to the world, it has been suggesting that digital marketing is not always as effective as you may think. It seems that people are easily distracted and frustrated by the saturation of insistent digital ads, pop-ups, and spam emails. However, paper print such as books, posters, magazines, and newspapers offer a more calming engagement; captivating the consumer for longer amounts of time and creating emotional and tangible attachments towards the product or service.

Direct Mail

More brands should capitalise on the power and effectiveness of print. While TV has an incredible reach, it is still a highly expensive option for most companies, and it lacks the targeting power of direct mail and partially addressed mail. Although, many of us are living our lives online recently, the constant bombardment of online ads makes it very difficult for any company to really cut through the noise and engage a customer. Receiving a personalised letter on your doorstep is far more engaging and memorable than seeing a pop-up ad, or receiving a generic ‘dear customer’ email. How many of these emails do you open? Or even make it past your spam filter? A study by Neuro-Insight conducted in 2018, revealed that the long-term memory encoding of mail is 49% stronger than email, making it more likely to impact future behaviour. Furthermore, direct mail is seen as having a value and importance that virtual media simply doesn’t have, which is why the Government and NHS have been using it to communicate key messages and advice throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

In the era of climate change concern, the perception of some may be that the print industry is unsustainable; causing unnecessary waste; overusing natural resources and contributing to air pollution. While I agree that everyone should have concerns about the impact of industry on the environment, it turns out that Print is actually one of the most sustainable and forward-thinking industries.

Isn’t Print Bad for the Environment?

In the UK alone, it’s estimated that we use 12.5 million tons of paper each year, and when you consider that it takes roughly 24 trees to produce one ton of white office paper, that figure seems alarming. Especially, when you think in terms of deforestation. However, print companies have been sourcing sustainable supplies of paper for decades. As an example, 98% of the paper sourced by Integrity Print comes with either FSC or PEFC certification. These organisations ensure that their paper is sourced only from sustainable forests, and the Chain of Custody Certification provides a means of identifying every link in the production chain; from source of timber, through to paper manufacturing and the printing process.

Another key component used in print is Ink. Yes, I know – obvious. But what may not be obvious is the detrimental effect on air quality that solvent-based inks can have due to their VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions.  The EPA reports that VOCs often cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, nausea, and can also damage the liver, kidney, and central nervous system. However, the print industry has been responding to this, with vegetable-based and water-based inks being used more widely across the industry – significantly reducing VOC emissions year on year.

So, Is Print Still Relevant?

Of course, it is! And with the way the world is now, it might even be more relevant than ever. You may come up with your own conclusions, but it has been with us for over 500 years and it seems that print still has a few more guaranteed years as a powerful marketing tool for businesses, and I suspect even longer as a fundamental part of our day-to-day lives.

Author: Tia Cox

Integrity Connect Housing

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