Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Damart opens its Mail and Print Centre at Steeton

Home shopping giant, Damart is celebrating the successful move of its mail and print centre to Steeton with an official opening on Friday September 18.
The company produces and mails out more than 45 million catalogues and direct mail items each year to customers across the UK and until recently this part of Damart’s operation took place at Earby. However following extensive improvements at the Steeton site which includes a state-of-the-art warehouse it was decided to move everything there and upgrade some of the centre’s machinery and equipment.
Damart’s Managing Director, Andy Hill said: “The opening not only celebrates the successful move of this large scale operation but is also a thank you to all the staff involved in making it such a seamless transition. The printing and mailing part of Damart’s business is crucial in attracting new customers and making sure existing ones are aware of all our new products. The move to Steeton and the new equipment will mean we will be able to further improve our service in this area.”
Damart’s mail and print operation has been housed in Earby since 1975 but the building is old and in need of repair and so it was decided to move everything to the more modern environment at Steeton.
Staff from the Earby office all moved to the new centre and the company has provided a special bus which takes staff from Earby to Steeton and back each day. Next Friday’s celebration will also give new staff the opportunity to get to know existing warehouse and packing staff at Steeton.
As well as its Steeton site, Damart also has a head office at Bingley housing its call centre which expanded earlier this year. In total, the company employs 800 people at the two sites.

Damart staff go for hearts of gold

More than a quarter of Damart’s 500 employees have taken part in healthy heart checks as part of the company’s year-long campaign to gain a Gold Healthy Heart Mark – the first in the Bradford area.
Damart has teamed up with heart charity, Heart Research UK to help educate staff about looking after their hearts and keeping healthy. The campaign involved staff undergoing individual health checks followed by a lifestyle consultation with a Heart Research UK advisor.
The health checks were also supported by the Bradford Bulls. Their star players, Rikky Sheriffe and Mike Worrincy as well as Strength Conditioning Coach, Martin Clawson were on hand to offer advice to members of staff on exercise and motivation.
“We’ve been delighted with the response from staff to these health checks and as the campaign runs on over the year, we are confident that more and more people will take part. Based on the information gained from the health checks we will be introducing a number of different initiatives to help all staff have healthy hearts, as well as improving their overall health during the year, including healthy eating initiatives, walking and running clubs and no smoking days.”
The Healthy Heart Mark initiative creates a sense of involvement, it gets people thinking about healthy living, boosts staff morale and helps them to make healthier lifestyle choices.
The Healthy Heart Mark has three stages, bronze, silver and gold and Damart is hoping that over the next year it will be able to achieve the gold award by introducing a range of different initiatives which will improve the health of all staff.