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Integrity Sponsors Outfield Festival 2022

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Integrity Print is proud to be sponsoring this year’s Outfield Festival in Midsomer Norton in August.

Outfield Festival is a family-friendly, one-day music festival. It is held to raise financial support for Midsomer Norton Cricket Club as well as bring together the community for a celebration of music and family fun.  The event is held with multiple activities fit for all ages, including under 16’s silent disco, glitter and face painting, balloon modelling, crafts, and Under 5’s soft play areas.

The day’s music performances are filled with plenty of great acts to enjoy. This year’s headline act will be Scouting for Girls, supported by Gabriel Templar, Mesh, Irie Fire, and more special guests.

Keith Anderson, a key committee member for Outfield, and one of the festival’s organisers, comments:

We’re now nearing our second festival after the first sell-out festival in 2019.  Despite COVID delaying it 2 years running, we’re gaining momentum and have a bigger and better festival lined up for 2022.  As part of the growth of the festival, we’re delighted to have RUH X (formerly Forever Friends) partnering with Outfield Festival and Integrity Print sponsoring the festival.

As the biggest local employer, it’s great to work with Integrity in providing a good quality original music festival putting money back into the local community in Midsomer Norton.”

Over the past two years, the events industry has been particularly hard-hit by the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, leaving venues empty, artists struggling, and fans unable to celebrate the things they love the most. Integrity is delighted to play a part in the revival of this summer’s festivals and help bring our local community together once more. As part of the sponsorship, Integrity will be providing a donation to help support Midsomer Norton Cricket Club, as well as some promotional materials.

Outfield Festival will take place on the Sunday 28th of August during the bank holiday weekend in August.  You can buy tickets through the website.

Highlights from the 2019 Festival

Always Doing More
Being able to support local events in Midsomer Norton, in which we are based, is something Integrity has always been passionate about. We believe we can perform better as a team when Integrity’s people – colleagues, friends, and family – can all have the chance to enjoy themselves in fun gatherings such as Outfield. We will continue to further promote our message of positive community relationships through contributions such as this one.

Whether it is taking part in charity walks, 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 both locally and nationally. Stay tuned for more updates!

Alliance Labels Sponsors The Lee Taylor Memorial Rugby Match

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In May, Alliance Labels – a division of Integrity Print Ltd – sponsored a Cardiff memorial rugby match, as a means of honouring the memory of Lee Taylor, former Cardiff and District youth coach, and father to Scott Taylor, a member of the Alliance Labels team.

Lee Taylor sadly passed away in early 2020 after a short battle with neuroendocrine cancer. During this time, Lee was cared for by Neuroendocrine Cancer UK (NCUK); the charity offers support and advice for cancer patients and their families at any stage of the condition. From initial diagnosis to later stages of the illness, NCUK offers guidance on being prepared, getting the best care, what treatments are available, support for emotional wellbeing, and much more.

To honour his memory, and to thank the charity that helped care for him, Lee’s family organised the memorial rugby match, which took place at Cardiff Arms Park on 14th May. This match was held to celebrate Lee’s life and his passion for the sport.

Several local businesses came together to sponsor the match. Alliance Labels provided sponsorship for the match balls displaying their new logo. The match saw Cardiff and District Select XV, competing in a thrilling encounter against St. Joseph’s Select XV.

Lee was very well known on the Cardiff rugby scene, having played the role of both player, and then later coach, for almost all his adult life. Through family and friends, Lee also had close links with many of the household names in Welsh rugby; he was a popular and highly regarded figure in the local rugby community – a fact that was evidenced by the overwhelming support received on the day.

Matchday was hailed a great success by players and supporters alike. After a tough battle, Cardiff and District Select XV emerged victorious with a 22-15 win over St Joseph’s. Over one thousand people attended the event, which also included an auction of sporting memorabilia, donations at the doors, and a raffle. Boosted by sponsorship from Alliance Labels, Lee’s family reached an incredible fundraising total of £9,500 for NCUK.

Lee Taylor was a beloved member of the community and a passionate player of the sport. Alliance Labels hopes that they helped in some small way to help to honour Lee’s legacy.

Alliance Labels are dedicated label printers, based in the heart of Cardiff, South Wales. They specialise in high-quality bespoke labels that are made to suit a variety of applications and are committed to offering the best of personal customer service to their clients.

If you would also like to show your support, please follow the link to the event’s JustGiving page:
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/leetaylormemorial.

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.

Integrity Print Sponsors Swansea University’s Cricket Matches

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Integrity Print is proud to sponsor Swansea University’s Cricket Club Women’s and Men’s teams, as they played in the Welsh Varsity 2022 matches, which took place at Ynystawe Cricket Club for the Women’s team and St Helens’ Rugby and Cricket Ground for the Men’s team last month. Integrity Print’s logo can be found on the team’s kit, while their banner bears the logo of Integrity’s newest division: Integrity Cymru.

Prys Jenkins, Integrity Cymru’s MD, describes the newest division:
“Integrity Cymru is the group’s newest division for Welsh operations. It supports its partners to communicate in the most effective and targeted way to its customer base. Our customer-centric approach is geared towards ensuring we deliver value, return on investments and both meaningful and responsive outcomes. The business prides itself on understanding customers’ unique journeys and delivering excellence in everything that we do. Our goal is to help organisations elevate and deliver real and tangible value as a strategic part of their decision making.”

Varsity sports involve the main or first teams of a college or university competing against each other in a variety of different sports, often leading to intense rivalries and outstanding engagement.

The Women’s team played in their fixture against Cardiff University on Tuesday 27th of April. Throughout the day, they batted magnificently and bowled accurately, and after a hard-fought battle, they were victorious. The Swansea Men’s Team played the following day and despite an excellent effort from all involved, Cardiff University secured the win.

Many at Integrity Print are passionate about sport and were pleased to be able to contribute to the success and excitement of the Varsity matches.

Integrity Print’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Cornford, comments:
“My daughter Grace is in her second year of Swansea University, and she is a keen cricketer. She is a senior player on the team and I wanted to be able to show my support for her and her teammates. The other connection is that I attended Swansea Uni 1984-87, played rugby, and witnessed a superb sporting culture and some outstanding achievements whilst there. Swansea University remains very strong in rugby and sport in general.

We at Integrity support and encourage health and well-being, team sports, endeavour, a celebration of success, and lessons learned in life and sport. I wanted to give a bit back to my old Uni, show my support to Grace and at the same time use the sponsorship in some small way to raise the profile of Integrity Cymru.”

Well done to all involved in these games, we wish you the best of luck in your next year!

Many thanks to JD Photography for providing photos of the matches!

Whether it is taking part in charity walks, 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 both locally and nationally. Stay tuned for more updates!

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

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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