WEConnect International Europe Conference 2017

The Sourcing Team Ltd are certified with WEConnect International, a corporate-led non-profit whose goal is to connect more majority women owned businesses into the corporate supply chain. We would love to see more firms join this supplier diversity journey and we’d like to encourage you to participate in WEConnect International’s annual Europe conference which is taking place at the Barbican in London on the 11th and 12th October

Both days will be jam-packed with talks, presentations and breakout sessions based on the conference theme of inspiration, innovation and insight and everything is focussed on helping women business owners to succeed and corporations to further develop their supplier diversity programmes. Throughout the event, there will be exclusive opportunities to network and connect with female business owners and representatives from WEConnect International’s global corporate members including conference sponsors Intel, Accenture, Bristol-Myers Squibb, IBM, Dell, EY, MetLife, MSD, Dun & Bradstreet, IPG, Monsanto, Pfizer and Thomson Reuters.

So, if you’re interested in understanding more about diversifying your supply chain, having increased access to new suppliers, innovative solutions and cost savings, this conference is not to be missed!

More information including the full agenda and speaker profiles can be found on the conference website can be found online here: http://weconnecteurope.org/event/weconnect-international-europe-conference-2017

If you have any other questions at all or would like more detail about the conference or WEConnect International’s other activities, please don’t hesitate to contact their Executive Director for Europe, Maggie Berry, on mberry@weconnectinternational.org or +44 (0)7776 302 906.

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The Sourcing Team become an accredited London Living Wage Employer

We are delighted to have become an accredited London Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation. The Foundation celebrate and recognise those employers who choose to pay an independently calculated Living Wage based on the real cost of Living.

Our staff are a major asset to the business and paying them a fair wage underlines their value to The Sourcing Team.

For further information https://www.livingwage.org.uk

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@WBENC WEConnect Europe – Diversity Conference in Vegas – European Attendees

Our amazing group of Women Owned Business owners attending the Diversity conference in Vegas for WBENC 2017. Fantastic to be connected to these wonderful businesses in UK, Ireland, Germany and The Netherlands and our US partners.

Can’t wait till our European Conference 11/12th October 2017 at the Barbican. Are you a corporation looking to drive diversity in your supply chain? WEConnect Europe can connect you to some outstanding minority certified SMEs to help you achieve your goals. Do connect – we’d love you to attend our conference in London to see how we can help your business.  A truly inspiring group of companies waiting to support you – why not drop an email to  MBerry@weconnectinternational.org

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We Are Growing !

Up for a challenge? Love merchandise & value sustainability & responsible business ethic?

Send us your CV and letter of interest!

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Media Release: The Sourcing Team awarded EcoVadis SME Sustainable Leaders Award

London, May 2017: The Sourcing Team, leading industry specialists in ethical, sustainable and compliant global sourcing and procurement of promotional and marketing materials, has been awarded a Sustainable Leaders Award by EcoVadis in recognition of its sustainable excellence in its industry.

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EcoVadis (www.ecovadis.com/) operates the first collaborative platform providing Supplier Sustainability Ratings for global supply chains.  This is the first time that EcoVadis have held these awards and The Sourcing Team has been awarded a Category Award for Best CSR performance in Wholesale/Tertiary Services. The awards were assigned to Small and Medium-sized companies that have obtained the highest EcoVadis CSR Score within their region in 2016 based on leading CSR standards such as GRI, Global Compact and ISO 26000.

Gill Thorpe, The Sourcing Team founder and CEO said, “I am so proud of what we have achieved. The team has worked consistently to maintain and improve the scores across our sustainability and ethical commitments, and this is reflected in the quality of our due diligence processes and our transparent approach up and down the supply chain.  Today it is critical that corporations and NGO’s work with partners that really care and add value. I believe that’s what we do – with passion.  It doesn’t matter what size your business is, every business should take a responsibility for sustainable best practice. ”

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Ms Becky Fleury, The Sourcing Team Client Services Director receiving the Ecovadis Sustainable Leaders Award in Paris.

Client Services Director Becky Fleury was present in Paris to accept the award on behalf of The Sourcing Team. She said, “It was an honour and a privilege to be recognised for our work in sustainability and ethical business practices among many of our peers, global partners and clients. Our passion for being ethical, sustainable and compliant is a critical part of our team culture, and resonates well with our clients. We work strongly with corporates and businesses in the not-for-profit sector, and our clients and partners appreciate our transparency and commitment to ethical practices which reflect their own brands and values.”

Sharon Childs, FD and Head of Sustainability, continued, “We started this journey in 2010 when we first applied to join the Mayor of London Green Procurement Code. Looking back, that was a definitive moment for all of us, as from then on our momentum just grew and carried on growing.  We kept on improving our processes and business practices, and seeing what we have achieved feels tremendous. Being responsible as a small business isn’t difficult at all for us now, it is just part of our normal work practices.”

The Sourcing Team is located in Wallington, Surrey and provides a portfolio of marketing and global sourcing services that include merchandise planning (including corporate, private, public sector and not-for-profit);  fully bespoke merchandise offering, from product design to packaging solutions; tailored turnkey solutions sourced globally; strategic planning for local and global needs;  digital/e-stores for internal, cross market or popup markets – both business to business and business to consumer; on and offline design and artwork;  global logistics, stock and distribution management and packaging and fulfilment. Their clients include corporates, businesses and charities across industries worldwide.

#TST #sustainability #EcoVadis #sustainabilityawards2017 #ethicability #responsiblebusiness #Diversity #woman-owned #promotionalproducts



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Note to Editor

The Sourcing Team, and its subsidiary company Sustainable Charity Merchandise, is a leading industry- specialist in ethical, sustainable and compliant global sourcing and procurement of promotional materials. Established in 1996, their dynamic and highly-skilled team design, source & create creative promotional products and marketing campaigns for their global corporate clients.  As a company, the team prides itself on its enthusiastic can-do attitude and is committed to core values rooted in responsible business practices: Ethicability, Product Compliance and Sustainability.

Gill Thorpe, CEO and founder has been an active supporter of the industry for over 20 years. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and a Lifetime Fellow of the British Promotional Merchandise Association (BPMA), where she previously served as chair, president and board member.

The Sourcing Team is qualified in supply chain management and has over 28 years of expertise and experience in managing reputational risk. It is an established member of key international trade associations in the UK, Europe and the US:  BPMA, PSI and PPAI.

The Sourcing Team is a certified WeConnect woman-owned business.

They are proud holders of robust green credentials which include EcoVadis Gold CSR Rating; ABV Membership of the CIPS Sustainability Index, SEDEX and members of The UN Global Compact.

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We are Recruiting ! If you like working with an ethical and responsible growing company, then consider joining us

We are Recruiting!

If you are interested in working with a forward looking, industry-leading company that specialises in sustainable and ethical global sourcing, than consider joining us.

This is a very exciting time at The Sourcing Team and we are looking for like-minded professionals who are eager for a challenge and interested in being part of an ethical and responsible international business.

Please forward your CVs and application letter by email to Gill Thorpe at gillthorpe@sourcing.co.uk.

Head of Sales – Global Sourcing Company

We are looking for a driven individual who has entrepreneurial spirit and sales leadership, with the ability to develop and grow our current sales operation based in South London.  This individual will be skilled in motivating others and have experience in managing a portfolio of major clients, a proactive approach to identifying opportunities and excellent key account management skills.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a really driven individual, ideally with a good understanding of marketing and key account development.  The requirement process will include a pitch to a panel including clients of The Sourcing Team.

Do you think you have what it takes?  Then get in touch.

Competitive salary plus open commission structure and share option

Account Manager – Promotional Merchandise

The Sourcing Team are looking to grow their client service team.  We are looking for an Account Manager – with minimum 2 years’ experience working in a merchandise or sourcing company.  We are looking for stand-out people who can really build great client relationships and deliver both on their monthly targets and service excellence.

We’ll expect you to win, manage and develop major accounts.  You will need to have natural spark, be a likeable character with a skill to negotiate and win client contracts.  We want motivated and ambitious people who really care about taking exceptional care of their clients.  You will be joining an established company that absolutely stands out for buying ethically, managing compliance and leading the way in sustainability.

If you think you fit the bill then get in touch!

Competitive salaries plus open commission structure

Sales Administrator – Promotional Merchandise

A great role for a someone with at least one year’s experience in the promotional merchandise sector.  This is a great opportunity to develop your skills in client service and sales. Working with a fun and lively team, you will manage client enquiries through to sales orders.  You will need to be hardworking, self-motivated and driven to succeed.  We will expect candidates to have great communication skills (written and verbal) and be excellent at building relationships.

Competitive salary, subject to experience – plus open commission structure


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We Love Organic Cotton T-shirts #Earthday2017

We all love cotton. It is a great skin-friendly, natural material.

It is also earth-friendly, strong and versatile – an ideal material to represent your brand.

Cotton has been around for a very long time – did you know there are approximately 100 million cotton farmers producing cotton in 80 countries worldwide, including USA, China, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Greece, Australia and many others?

pure cotton t-shirtsWhy Organic? – The True Cost of Cotton

With about 80 billion new pieces of clothing coming off the production line every year, the demand for cotton – and low-cost clothing – is increasing year on year. Unfortunately, the increased competition also means that the price of cotton has slumped in the last decades, even though the cost of its production has risen.

And while satisfying our voracious appetites, this trend towards fast and cheap fashion often means that someone – or something  – else is paying the price: 99% of cotton farmers, the majority using traditional, labour-intensive agricultural practices, live on the breadline in developing countries, while the soil and environment is getting degraded and poisoned by pesticides and fertilisers.

The Cotton Facts

The fashion industry and global supply chain is waking up to the fact that the impact of producing clothes cheaply and getting them in our shops as fast as possible are felt way beyond the cotton fields.  The largely untested impacts of chemicals  – used in the pesticides and fertilisers as a result of the increased use of GM modified seeds – on both the land and human health are beginning to be questioned by those working in the industry.

The case for organic cotton production

Fact: Organic cotton production saves water.

Organic farming uses traditional and new scientific knowledge and techniques to grow crops in a way that develops healthy, fertile soil, conserves biodiversity and protects natural resources – minimising the use of non-renewable and off-farm inputs.

Organic practices in cotton-growing promote healthier environments for the workers and the world. This means that:

80% of organic cotton production is rain-fed rather than irrigated.

Cotton farmers must keep their soils healthy in order to survive – and healthy soils are better at holding on to and soaking up water that comes from rain or irrigation.

Organic soils make better use of water inputs and are more resilient in drought conditions

Organic cotton is our alternative for sustainability, and an ethical supply chain. Applauded as the ‘gold standard’ for sustainability in the textile, fashion and clothing industry, organic cotton delivers impressive results.

t-shirtThe textile industry has a complex and massive supply chain, with numerous production processes spanning countries and trades – from the point where the original cotton fibres are grown, all the way to where the final products reach our hands. The case for organic cotton is strong:

  • There are environmental, social and health benefits
  • It promotes responsible business practices
  • It builds prosperity for many cotton farmers and workers employed in the supply chain living on the poverty line.

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What are we doing?

As leaders in global sourcing, we take this very seriously. We already work with partners and suppliers globally that are signed up to the case for organic cotton, in particular with suppliers and partners of our branded cotton shopping bags and branded t-shirts.

We understand that we cannot all switch all our textile orders immediately to organic cotton. However, we stand by our commitment to source ethically and promote our approach to improving sustainable thinking in the use of marketing materials. We wanted to share with you the impact cotton production has on our environment, so that you can consider organic cotton as part of your responsible sourcing programmes. There are many ways you can do this in such as moving even a small part of your printed t-shirts of bags to organic.  Or perhaps committing to providing only organic printed T-shirts for your charity or volunteering activity. Be part of the #change and add to your #responsible business practices.

BIGIT3Our own sourcing campaign – Buy Right, Get it Right - means that we buy products that are sourced ethically and with consideration to both people and planet.  Well-branded promotional products, from the right source, create great brand awareness!

What to look out for

GOTSThe Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world’s leading organic textile processing standard. It ensures that textiles are truly organic at every stage of production – from ginning, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling of the final product.

Hand in hand with organic cotton is Fairtrade.  Fairtrade practices and organic complement each other perfectly – Fairtrade focuses on improving the working and living conditions of the many farmers and workers in the supply chain.

So respect people and the planet, and join us in our organic cotton revolution to protect the environment…and together help achieve SDG 12.SDG 12

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Supporting our Community: Branding by TST at the #SBI Event Sutton

We recently presented to our local business community at a Sutton Business Initiative (#SBI) event on ‘Bite-sized topics to help you Grow and Protect your Business in 2017′, which was held at the Barclays offices in Sutton.

During the event, Mr Paul Scully, the local MP for Sutton and Cheam, gave an update on growth within the local community, as well as government initiatives and how they impact the local community.

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Our brand expert Gill Thorpe then presented an insightful and practical session on how to Build Your Brand Muscle and Command Love and Respect From Your Customers, drawing from the many years of hands-on and industry experience on managing brand risk reputation and bringing the brand to life through promotional products.

Picture8She spoke about the importance of brand values and key messages, and how they are communicated through every channel used by a business, including website and emails.  As Gill said, “Our brands represent our business and they are alive in the minds of our customers and clients.  They base their perceptions on what they see and touch (such as our give-aways, our offices, even our employees), as well as the way they feel about our professional relationship. Everything matters, from our website to our collateral, tone of voice, key messages, our marketing campaigns and promotional products. I cannot stress enough the importance of a developing a brand which is strong and is built on values which truly represent you and your business.”

Gill was joined by another two key panel expert speakers, Punam Tiwari, Senior Legal Counsel from another local business Gibbs Hybrid Workforce Solutions, who gave us valuable insights on the new Data Protection legislation and how it applies to both large and small companies; and Leslie Commodore from Barclays Digital Eagles, who spoke about BIG Data and the strategies we should adopt for growth and security.

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This evening was another in a series of knowledge-sharing events organised by The Sutton Business Initiative and the feedback was very positive, paving the way for more knowledge-sharing events.

We are proud to be co-sponsors of The SBI, together with Barclays Bank, Clarkson Hyde Chartered Accountants and QualitySolicitors Copley Clark.  The business network works to bring together the small and medium business community in Sutton and the surrounding areas, sharing ideas on best business practice, educating on new initiatives and offering networking opportunities for business growth. The Sutton Business Initiative.

#SBI #TSTbrand #GIBBSS3 #BarclaysDigitalEagles

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The TST Spring 2017 leader board for great promotional eco-friendly products

We are into Spring already, and summer isn’t far away!  How about focusing your merchandise range on #Responsibly Sourced #Sustainable #branded products?  We can help you with some great branded products that have a sustainable story.

TST bottleThe Branded Base Sports bottle 660ml.  A perfect accessory for the warmer months ahead – make sure you and your employees stay hydrated! Various colours available.  Another of our Made in the UK product.  Add to your sustainable branded merchandise range, replace the office disposable cups and provide your staff with a beautifully branded water bottle!

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Quantity: 500 Pieces Unit Price: £2.42

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Scents-ational Flowers in Summer !

Branded Summer Flower Seed Packets – just one from a great range of environmentally-focused items – increase the bio-diversity in your garden, school or office! One of our many ideas that will help you show your commitment to our #Environment and support #EarthDay2017

Full Colour Label printed and applied

Quantity: 2000 Pieces Unit Price: 61p

mugsLook after the planet and promote your brand – reusable coffee cup!

Fully Branded Brite Americano Thermal Mug

Demonstrate you are a #responsible business, by providing your teams with a reusable branded coffee cup.  UK-manufactured, it can be printed with a full wrap design, with a myriad of colours to choose from.  The promotional Americano Coffee Mug a great addition to your range of branded merchandise.

Quantity: 500 Pieces Unit Price: £3.75



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Stay safe and enjoy the sun!

A great give-away for your customers – help them stay protected against harmful UV rays in the sun with a personalised branded bottle of sun screen!

Branded sun screen G565502 – £01.80 per item inc delivery based on order of 1,000 + VAT

50ml SPF25 Sun Lotion. Formulated with Coconut Oil. Provides UVA and UVB protection. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. White bottle and cap.

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Fun in the sun with a fully branded TST uv wristband UV-warning wrist band for children

A fabulous summer giveaway to help keep children protected in the sun – great for summer clubs, holiday camps, theme parks, or as a family giveaway!

£1.00 p per item based in 1000

Guide price on one colour print, delivery and origination included.  Full colour printing available.

This year, engage your teams on April 22 and join us, together with other businesses, charities and companies globally, all doing our bit for #EarthDay2017 by promoting and using earth-friendly products.

We can also develop bespoke products that enhance your brand and fit with your targets and campaigns. Call us on 020 8288 8277 or drop us an email at hello@sourcing.co.uk and we can discuss your specific campaign programmes.

#earthday #ethical #sustainable #branded #promotional


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Women Owned Business – The Sourcing Team Celebrates IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange

The Sourcing Team annually celebrates International Women’s Day in many varied ways – this year, we helped organise and participate in two main events, one taking place on the eve and the other on the day itself, Wednesday March 8 2017.

Picture1#CIPS Fellows: On the eve of #IWD2017, Gill Thorpe, as a Fellow member and on the Fellows Committee, helped to organise and support the CIPS Fellows IWD speakers and panel discussion which was kindly hosted at the offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in London.

Key speakers included Oxfam GB, The Equalities Office, EY, UN Women UK, WeConnect International and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer sharing insights and strategies as they spoke about challenges facing women globally and the #BeBoldforChange initiatives taking place in their respective fields to help #makechangehappen.

The event was opened by our Fellows Chairman Shirley Cooper and it was a truly inspiring event. From stories to videos, it brought to life the challenges facing the economic empowerment of women globally.

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#cipsnews #cipsfellows #IWd2017 #BeBoldforChange

#DoubletreebyHilltonLondon: Then on the day itself, Gill was a guest at the IWD2017 event organised and hosted by Doubletree by Hilton London Docklands in partnership with Inspirational Development Group.

The invitation was extended through WeConnect International and there were other WBs present, both as guests and sponsors with stands, participating in an inspiring evening of talks centered on #BeBoldforChange and networking over wine and canapés.


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# Doubletree #WeConnect #womenowned #WBs #BeBoldforChange

If you haven’t already you can still take action and make your pledge:-


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