Congratulations Marc Kemp!

Futures Supplies are delighted to congratulate our Managing Director, Marc Kemp, on his admission, as a Freeman, into The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners.

Marc said “I am honoured to be part of such an exceptional group of professionals and industry leaders. I hope I can bring my 26 years of industry experience to collaborate with other members for the benefit of all as well as contribute to the WCEC worthy Charitable Trust. An example of one of its recent projects is providing a donation to the ‘Magic Breakfast’, which aims to provide 2,000 meals to help disadvantaged children.

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking my friend, Louis Beaumont, MD of Hive Cleaning, for proposing me and the Membership Court committee at the WCEC for admitting me.

At Futures Supplies our ethos has always been one of integrity in delivering service, quality, value, reliability, with a commitment to environmental sustainability, and social consideration and we are keen to work with like-minded companies and individuals who match our business ethics”.

Admission was followed by the presentation of the Livery Certificate and then onto the Visiting Masters Luncheon held at the Grocers Hall, next to the iconic Bank of England in the heart of the city.

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners aim to encourage and maintain high standards of practice and integrity in the cleaning and associated industries. Promoting and supporting education, training, research projects and charities it is one of 111 Livery Companies which are based upon trades, industries and professions and carry on the ancient traditions of the Guilds and Livery Companies which started in the 12th century.

The WCEC was formed in 1972 as the Guild of Cleaners and subsequently known as the Guild of Master Cleaners. It was granted full Livery Status in 1986 as the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, the 97th Livery Company of the City of London. HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh was an Honorary Freeman of the Company.

You can find out more about the Environmental Cleaners, its initiatives and events at their website.    

Metsa Tissue Host an Exhilarating and Unforgettable Day!

Our Managing Director, Marc was delighted to be invited to Palmer Sports, Bedford Aerodrome, for an exciting day of spectacular driving hosted by Metsa Tissue.

Guests got to drive the Famous Palmer car collection in a flat-out, eight-activity programme with live timing, scoring and prizes for the day’s best drivers.

Palmer Sports, billed as the world’s greatest driving event, is a motorsport experience like no other. In one perfect day, guests get to drive an unrivalled collection of track prepared, road and racing cars, and are encouraged to push themselves harder than they ever imagined possible.

Marc Said “I cannot thank Mark and Jo of Metsa Tissue enough for their fabulous hospitality. It was a great opportunity to strengthen and build further relationships with our supply and distributor partners. An exhilarating and unforgettable experience with the added bonus of collecting a winning trophy on the day!”

What is the London Living Wage Accreditation and Why Do Futures Supplies Believe It’s So Important?

The Living Wage is a voluntary, higher rate of base pay. It provides a benchmark for responsible employers who choose to pay their employees a rate that meets the cost of living throughout the UK and London. It is higher than the government’s National Minimum Wage rates because it is calculated according to the cost of living.

The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate based on the actual cost of living and it is voluntarily paid by businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets their everyday needs.

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said, “Futures Supplies are one of thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Everton Football Club and many more responsible employers who voluntarily go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer.

At Futures Supplies we believe not only is it more socially responsible to invest in our employees by paying them the real London Living Wage, we believe it also contributes to ensuring our staff are happy, motivated and deliver the best possible service to our valued customers.

If you want to join the Living Wage journey you can find out more here https://www.livingwage.org.uk/accredit#  

Small Steps Have a Big Impact!

At Futures Supplies we recognise that our business activities have an unavoidable impact on the environment. Our approach is therefor to support the environment by continually striving to make it part of our ethos to reduce the creation of waste through recycling.

This approach is applied throughout our organisation and through third parties involved in, or with our business, in such a way to facilitate the protection of the environment. We are committed wherever possible and practicable to sustainable practices, encouraging similar standards from all customers, suppliers, and contractors on environmental matters.

As part of this commitment to reduce, reuse, and recycle, we strategically segregate all our scrap plastic film waste such as stretch pallet wrap, pallet covers and plastic packaging.

This plastic waste is collected on pallets by our supply partners and reprocessed into recycled pellet ready to be re blown into new films for reuse in the recycled range of refuse sacks we sell thereby closing the recycling loop.

We have also successfully implemented measures to reduce and recycling all of our paper, card and plastics. Our printer cartridges are recycled and postage stamps are recycled through the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

Regularly independently audited and recognised with numerous green accolades, we currently recycle over 75% of our waste, proving small steps can have a big impact!

Personal Development Pays Off!

Passionate about our people, Futures Supplies believe in engaging and supporting our team by providing continual training and development that is practical, enjoyable, applicable and rewarding.

Paula and Casey, part of the Futures Supplies Customer Service team, were delighted to attend the recent Metsä Training Academy as part of their personal development plan.

Metsä Tissue, one of Futures Supplies key supply partners, is one of the leading sustainable tissue paper suppliers in Europe.

The workshop, held at Metsä Tissues Surrey Head Office, offered an insight into the Katrin product range as well as Metsä Tissue’s approach to sustainability and how savings can be made through use of its range of Katrin Hygiene products.

We believe a well-trained, knowledgeable and a highly motivated team deliver a better overall level of customer care ensuring we deliver an exceptional customer experience throughout your customer journey with us.

A Happy well trained and engaged team equals happy well looked after customers!

How Important are Volunteering Days?

Our friends at Hive Cleaning have created an amazing project with over 6 acres of meadowland in Devon which they have appropriately named ‘Hive Wood’.

Their aim over the next 15 years, through this project is to help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, enhance the biodiversity for flora and fauna and return the wood back to traditional broadleaf forest.

Louis Beaumont, Hive Cleaning’s Manging Director, brought together an energetic team consisting of their family members, staff and clients as well as our Manging Director, Marc who was only too happy to get stuck in with the team helping to plant trees to support this fantastic project.

Our friends at Hive Cleaning are a B Corp certified, ethical office cleaning company who are committed to making a positive impact on the environment and were delighted to support them in this worthy initiative.

At Futures Supplies we believe that volunteering is good for both physical and mental wellbeing. It’s good for the planet too especially when it involves supporting our client and planting trees!!

https://www.hivecleaning.com/

Help Us Make the World a Better Place for People With Sight Loss

Futures Supplies are delighted to be supporting the Royal National Institute of Blind People through its regular donations of used postage stamps.

The RNIB are committed to their fundraising appeals to raise awareness of sight loss, demonstrating the positive impact of donations and by highlighting where more support is needed.

The generosity of any donations helps enable the RNIB to continue to support those with sight loss and break down barriers for the increasing number of people with sight loss now and in years to come.

We believe that small actions can make a big difference so help us make the world a better place for people with sight loss by visiting the RNIB website to see how you can help too.

https://www.rnib.org.uk/

Business Junction Spring Expo 2024

What a great evening at the Dockside Vaults, St Katharine Dock in London for the Business Junction Spring Expo 2024.

Thanks to Dean from The Modern Agency for your hospitality. An enjoyable and informative event with interesting and varied businesses exhibiting some great innovations.

Lots of exciting things are on the way at Futures Supplies so watch this space! 

www.futures-supplies.co.uk

Celebrating 29 Years of Progress and Commitment: Reflecting on Our Journey

As we mark our 29th year in business, we at Futures Supplies take a moment to reflect on the milestones and achievements that have shaped our journey. What began as a humble family business in Mandie’s garage back in 1995 has evolved into a leading independent distributor of washroom, cleaning, janitorial, and associated products, catering mainly to the B2B sector.

In 2005, after a decade of growth and dedication, we made a pivotal decision to invest in our future by purchasing our own self-contained, purpose-built offices and warehouse in South London. This move not only solidified our commitment but also provided us with the infrastructure to better serve our expanding customer base.

Quality has always been at the forefront of our operations. In 1997, we achieved independent certification for our Quality Management System to British Standard ISO 9001, ensuring our customers’ confidence in the quality of our goods and services.

The transition of leadership within the company has been seamless, with Marc, our Managing Director, stepping into the role in 2018 following his mother Mandie’s retirement. With over two decades of experience within the business, Marc brings a wealth of knowledge and a vision to drive our company forward.

Our journey hasn’t been without its challenges. From surviving the Millennium Bug to overcoming a substantial fire in 2000, we have persevered, never faltering in our commitment to our customers. In fact, it was amidst these challenges that we achieved our first £1 million in annual sales in the same year as the fire.

But it’s not just about business success; it’s also about making a positive impact on our community and the environment. Since 2004, we’ve been dedicated to improving our environmental, social, and economic footprint. From providing work experience placements to disadvantaged youth to pioneering the use of eco-friendly products and sustainable business practices, we’ve remained steadfast in our commitment to sustainability.

Our efforts have not gone unnoticed. Over the years, we’ve been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious Green Mark accreditation, recognizing our dedication to corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Innovation has always been at the heart of what we do. From being early adopters of social media to introducing a complete environmental product range, we’ve continuously embraced new technologies and practices to better serve our customers and the planet.

As we look ahead to the future, we remain committed to our core values of service, quality, value, reliability, and sustainability. Our refreshed logo, unveiled in 2024, symbolizes our evolution, growth, and optimism for the future—a future where we continue to shine bright as a beacon of excellence in our industry.

We are immensely proud of our team, whose dedication and hard work have been instrumental in our success. From Andy, our Office Manager, with over 22 years of service, to Ian, our driver, and Dave, our Warehouse Manager, each member of our team plays a vital role in our journey.

And to our customers, suppliers, and partners, we extend our sincerest gratitude for your continued support and trust. Together, we look forward to shaping a future where sustainability, innovation, and excellence go hand in hand. Here’s to the next 29 years and beyond!

Sustainability or Greenwashing?

Always keen to keep up with regulatory changes, our Managing Director Marc Kemp and Office Manager Andy Hills, recently attended an event hosted by the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with their Patrons Borenius and Metsä Group.

Held at the Leonardo Royal London St Pauls, the event consisted of two keynote speeches, as well as a panel discussion moderated by Lord Justice Snowden.

Sustainability and associated topics are top-trending subjects, on all platforms, across all organisations. However, what does sustainability really mean? What is required, legally or ethically, how is it achieved and how do you sort out the “buzz” from the reality?

Aksu Tuominen from Borenius gave an insight into the Green Claims Directive, the Proposal for Regulation on Packaging and Packaging Waste, and Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR).

The second keynote speech was provided by Maija Pohjakallio and Kalle Ikonen from Futures Supplies’ partner Metsä Group. They focused on the practical experiences against the background of recent regulations, also shedding light on current EU deforestation regulation and nature restoration laws.

The insightful speeches lead to an interesting and insightful panel discussion on how the topics affect the ongoing concerns of businesses with panellists were Kalle Ikonen and Maija Pohjakallio from Metsä Group, Casper Herler from Borenius, and Andrew Griffiths from Planet Mark.

You can find out more about out sustainability initiatives on our website at www.futures-supplies.co.uk