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...and so are we. At Care Fundraising Supplies, it’s no different. Change has been top of the agenda for us for at least the past five years, but we've seen so much change already in 2020, we have decided to accelerate the pace of our own change projects, recognising the challenges you face as fundraisers. So we've been adapting to become more responsive, flexible, faster and competitive. In this post, we want to bring you up to date.
We’ve been working on this for a while and it’s perhaps the most visible change we’ve introduced and which saw its quiet soft launch in the summer. Anchored by Care’s colourful pink-and-blue brand developed for us by our long-serving funky local designer Anna Christensen and expertly landed onto the Internet by our brand new marketing partners The Wonder Agency, the new site is more attractive, up to date and easier to use, based on Shopify, the leading e-commerce solution for businesses of all sizes. Shopify gives us greater security and flexibility to get the info you need out to you at the right time, in a manner of your choosing. It also makes it much easier for us to treat your data and orders with the security they deserve. Thanks so much for sticking with our old website, but we really feel it’s time to bring our online presence bang up-to-date.
If you've known us for a while, you've probably seen some big characters come and go at Care Fundraising Supplies over the years. One of the main projects we've had underway for some time has been the succession plan from the original ownership team from 1987 (yes, we’ve been here since 1987!), which included Liz & Paul Jackson. After Liz sadly passed away towards the end of last year, we have now completed the restructuring of the business to take it forwards into a new post coronavirus era under a new team. Sadly, coronavirus circumstances mean that we’ve had to part company with some of the old team, but we’re back now and raring to go. Although largely an invisible management exercise, some of the restructuring changes we’ve made – which have involved our sister company Ministry of Colours taking charge from the original company , have been a much-needed and a very welcome way to introduce more flexibility and efficiency into our business. This means we are now better positioned to deliver more of this efficiency back to you in cost savings, better buying and products and services that consistently hit the mark.
It’s always been great to have the luxury of space at our warehouse in Huddersfield, however space comes at a cost and so during the summer months, as if we weren’t busy enough already, we’ve also moved house around the corner. . It’s an interesting turn of fate that we're now back at Gatehouse Enterprise Centre in Huddersfield, which was actually our original home many moons ago. This is a much more flexible and cost-effective option which means we can keep our costs low and pass the savings on to you. , Collective Purchasing Our new Business Development Director Nigel Halliday has spent a whole lot of time talking to many of our customers about their needs and wants in a changing market This has given us so much to work on by way of new – and sometimes radically different - product development. It’s also been a time to reflect on our ways of working and how we can serve you better. One way we are doing this is by introducing the concept of Collective Purchasing to merchandising for fundraisers. We’re really excited about the possibilities that Collective Purchasing gives us to deliver extra value to you. Starting with this season’s Light Up A Life badges, the more we are able to help fundraisers club together to place orders with Care for campaigns, seasonal items or special events, the more we can deliver per-unit cost savings for everyone giving you the opportunity to buy at prices only the bigger charities can normally achieve. Read more about Collective Purchasing and how it works in this recent blog post.
Stay in touch We’d love to tell you more about what we’re working on at the moment, including contactless collecting devices, fundraising apps, events and social media engagement and revenue generation tools, but our plans are literally overflowing. Not only that, my marketing guru tells me this is about as long as a blog post should be! We’re really up for the challenge of being the best fundraising partner you could want – and we’d love to continue sharing the journey and its ups and downs with you. If you’d like to make sure you’re amongst the first to know about our news, products and services, please do stay up to date by making sure you’re on our mailing list. Just enter your email address at the foot of any page on the web site. www.carefs.co.uk.
Wishing you every health and happiness, we hope to hear from you soon