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Getting to know us

Overarching Policy Introduction - UK

At Standard Brands we take great care in our responsibility regarding health and safety, the environment, quality control and our proud Irish production heritage.

For the past 80 years, our business has been committed to creating and upholding a safe working environment for our employees. We take our environmental responsibility seriously as well as holding strict quality control for the production of our firelighters and other ignition products.

Meet the team...

MEET THE TEAM

Terry Coates

Managing Director“If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be better than what you are.”

Terry, who holds a Biology degree from Exeter University, is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London in 1993. Terry spent six years with Kvaerner, the engineering and construction conglomerate, restructuring numerous businesses around the world and holding permanent Finance Head positions in Paris and Moscow.  More recently he was EMEA Finance Director for the global environmental consultancy, Environmental Resources Management Ltd, a successful 3i investment in London. Terry joined Standard Brands in April 2007 as Interim Finance Director, and was appointed Managing Director by the majority shareholder, Graphite Capital, a London-based private equity firm, in October 2007. Since that time, Standard Brands has improved its profitability and its people so as to provide a solid platform on which to build, has upgraded its route to market via premium distributors, launched world class new products and opened new markets, including the US, Middle East, Southern Africa, Australasia and South America.

Denis McCourt

Finance & Factory Director“I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you.”

A qualified accountant, Denis worked in private practice for the first part of his career dealing with a wide variety of clients. Post qualification, he moved into industry, working in a number of divisions of the Rennicks Group owned by the Fitzwilton Group, where his roles included responsibility for management accounts’ preparation, project costings and cash flow management. He joined Standard Brands after its incorporation in 2001 as Assistant Financial Controller and was appointed Finance Director in September 2008. Denis was appointed Factory Director in 2010.

Pat Kiernan

Director Head of Finance & IT“Don’t go home any day without learning something new.”

Previously Financial Controller in one of the largest furniture wholesalers in Ireland and UK. Based in Dundalk Co Louth, was part of a team which grew the business into a successful wholesale business, doubling turnover in 3 years and opened a distribution centre in the UK along with a direct sell internet business. Prior to that was employed by Irish Food Processors Group (now ABP) for 24 years and filled a number of key positions in the company such as Group Consolidation Accountant, Group Treasury Accountant, and Group Management Accountant.  Joined  Standard Brands in September 2011 as Group Financial Controller and was appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2015.  Pat is also Director of local Credit Union, Trustee of local Community Centre and has coached and mentored numerous successful underage Gaelic football teams over the past 13 years.

Richard Harris

Sales & Marketing Director“I've got a burning heart, keeps me moving, and keeps me looking for life…”

With over 20 years’ experience in the FMCG sector, Richard is an accomplished sales and marketing professional who has led the growth of many international companies. In his early career, Richard headed up the team at St Ivel which launched the well- known spreads brand ‘Utterly Butterly’ into all trade channels. Richard then went on to become the Group Sales Director for the beauty brand owner Vivalis Ltd., where he initiated and managed many business transformation projects, one of the most notable being the successful rebrand and repositioning of the collection 2000 make up line and its introduction to Boots, which went on to displace Christian Dior’s position in the UK’s top 10 cosmetic brands. Today, Richard heads up the Standard Brands sales and marketing team globally, establishing new markets such as the Middle East and growing key existing market share. Richard loves to travel and is passionate about music, spending his down time discovering new bands and going to as many gigs as possible!

Alison Whiting

Head of Marketing“Life is too short, just go for it and figure it out after!”

Siân Griffiths

Marketing Manager“It you don't like something make a positive step and change it.”

Katie Penn

Assistant Brand Manager“The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation.”

Thomas Carr

Marketing Executive“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

Debbie Hallgren

Head of Trading Support“The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.”

Angelica Harris

Category Manager“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”

Rianna McDonald

Category Insight Analyst“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

Peter Lewin

Trading Controller UK and Canada“Nothing in life worth achieving comes easy. The tougher the challenge, the sweeter the taste of success.”

Stuart McCready

Trading Controller Ireland & USA“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

Melinda Massiere

Trading Manager, Continental Europe“C'est la vie!”

Laurene Parkin

Trading Manager Middle East and Emerging Markets“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”

Keiron Francis

Military Specialist“Never give up.”

Angela Casey

Office Manager“Money, Money, Money must be funny in a rich man’s world” – because I really “work all day to pay the bill I have to pay.”

Gabie Ciaff

Office and Customer Service coordinator“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Jennifer Clarke

Accounts Administrator“Keep Calm and Ukulele on.”

Anne Moore

Payroll Administrator“I spend my life putting money in their wallets.”

Niamh Chambers

Commercial Accountant“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”

 

 

Eugene Winters

Assistant Financial Controller“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

Freddie Vernon

Quality Assurance / Technical Manager“……intelligent, innovative, witty, handsome…….and above all else, modest!”

Bronagh McKeown

QA and Technical Coordinator“Always seize the opportunity to learn or try something new.”

Gordon McDonnell

Manufacturing / Quality Coordinator“Yey though I walk through the valley of the Shadow of Death, I fear no evil because; I have all the ‘Risk Assessments & Safety Policies’ with me.”

Pat Finegan

Production Manager“I will look after that.”

James Hanratty

Engineering Manager“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

Sharon McDonnell

Factory Planner“Get busy living or busy dying.”

Jim Ryan

Production Development Manager“If you keep doing what you are doing you will keep getting what you have got.”

Catherine Mulvihill

Co-Pack Planner“Keeping it lit worldwide.”

Aileen Brown

Transport Co-Coordinator“Shipping all over The World.”

Company History


Mission Statement & Core Values

Our mission is to share our passion and expertise for home fire making.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to share our passion and expertise for indoor and outdoor fire making by delivering consistently safe and reliable products that make fire lighting,  barbecuing and cooking as convenient and enjoyable as possible.

Our Commitment

Our business is underpinned by a number of core principles concerning our environment, the way we conduct business and our people. Standard Brands is committed to:

  • Providing our customers with consistent quality, safe and innovative solutions
  • Conducting our business with integrity and professionalism
  • Respecting the local customs and laws in all countries where we operate
  • Protecting the health, safety, personal security and well-being of our people
  • Where possible, working towards utilising sustainable sources and procedures throughout our company

Our Values

  • Customer focused thinking: we aim to be entrepreneurial, innovative and customer-led in our actions and ideas
  • Transparency: we expect openness and integrity in all our transactions
  • Understanding: we strive to understand the needs and goals of our consumers, retailers, employees, suppliers and other stakeholders
  • Collaboration: we aim to work in mutually beneficial relationships with our partners and distributors, take responsibility for our actions and support each other in our pursuit of success
  • Profitability: we realise that in all our endeavors we must sustain a business that delivers profitable, cash generative growth
  • Enthusiasm: we love what we do and do it with energy and focus to be the best we can be

 

Quality Control

At Zip we produce each and every firelighter and log under strict quality standards. That is what sets our products apart from the rest.

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We have had our quality standards in place for over 70 years and we are confident that every firelighter leaving our factory is ready for a consumer to safely light their fire.

From the warehouse workers, production lines through to the Managing Director, each team member takes pride in our quality policies that include on-going vigilance and individual empowerment to maintain our premium quality products. Our employees are encouraged to recognise Potential Quality issues, and regularly propose ideas to improve quality. Our factory is regularly audited on an annual basis and we have won industry awards and recognition for the standards that we set ourselves.

We are proud that our products are of such a high standard that we have a retailer open door policy and encourage our large retail customers and consultants to visit our production site. We are always willing to make changes to improve our products for customers and consumers, and last year we only received 1.18 complaints per million packs sold.

brc-cp-certificated-blackQuality Control ISO 9001In recognition of sustained high levels of quality performance, Standard Brands quality management system continues to be accredited to ISO 9001 and fully BRC certified.

Health & Safety

At Standard Brands each and every employee is important to us and that is why we are committed to creating a safe and healthy working environment.

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We take the welfare of our people very seriously and comply with all the relevant occupational regulations and standards, reflecting the very best practice on a continuous basis.

Factory, warehouse and office risk assessments are regularly undertaken to anticipate, minimise and control any occupational hazards. All employees are empowered to identify and highlight health and safety issues proactively and to follow agreed reporting procedures. These are immediately responded to, and actions are taken/reported.

We are proud of the steps that we have taken to produce a safe working environment for all our employees especially as we handle large volumes of flammable liquids. We also monitor employee exposure to fire lighting products/ingredients and ensure that we keep well below legislative requirements. We visibly display our health and safety records at our factory for all to see as well as a reminder of new policies or procedures.

Health and Safety OHSAS 18001Annual independent inspections are carried out by regulated safety representatives. Standard Brands continues to be accredited to OHSAS 18001 standard for Occupational Health and Safety. Twice yearly audits are carried out.

Distributors

Standard Brands can fulfill all your ignition category requirements through branded and private label products.

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Standard Brands can fulfill all your ignition category requirements through branded and private label products.

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UK

SHS
Manderson House
5230 Valiant Court
Delta Way, Brockworth
Gloucester
GL3 4FE

Ireland

Tennant & Ruttle
Allied Ind. Est.
Kylemore Rd.
Dublin 10
Ireland

Belgium/België/Belgique

Pietercil Delby’s
Vitseroelstraat 74
B-1740 Ternat
Belgium

France

Bic France
14 rue Jeanne d'Asnières
92611 Clichy Cedex
France

Italy/Italia

Mapa Spontex Italia S.p.A.
Via S.Giovanni Bosco, 24
20010 Pogliano Milanese (MI)
Italy

Switzerland/Schweiz

Promena AG
Rheinstrasse 81
CH-4133 Pratteln 1
Switzerland

Scandinavia/Skandinavien

Valora Trade Denmark A/S
Transformervej 16
2730 Herlev
Denmark

USA

Maurice Sporting Goods, Inc
1910 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
60065
USA

Canada

Concord Sales Ltd
Suite #400, 1124 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver
BC V7M 2H1
Canada

Kuwait

Jassim Al Wazzan
Post Box 124, Safat 13002,
Block No: 1, Building 7-11
Shuwaikh Industrial Area,
Kuwait

UAE

Al Seer Group
Al Quoz, behind Al Tayer Motors,
third interchange
Sheikh Zayed Road,
P O.Box 31587,
Dubai, UAE

Bahrain

(Bahrain) Al-Jazira Group BSC (C)
P.O. Box 26087
Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain

South Africa

BIC
16 Maraisburg Rd,
INDUSTRIA, 2093,
South Africa

Australia

BIC
Level 4, 574 St Kilda Road,
Melbourne VIC 3004,
Australia

Brazil

BIC Brasil
Rua Osasco, 1744 - Cond. Parque
Empresarial Anhanguera Rod.
Anhanguera, Km.
33 - Cajamar - SP - CEP 07753-040

All other

Standard Brands UK Limited
4 Cleeve Court, Cleeve Road,
Leatherhead, Surrey,
KT22 7SD, UK


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Stockists

For more information on stockists, please email enquiries@standard-brands.com

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Environment

Both individuals and companies are mindful of their day to day impact on the environment and the need to do more to protect and enhance the planet that they live in.

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Here at Standard Brands we are sensitive to our environmental impact and we continuously take initiatives both large and small to improve.

Since the company formed in 1936 there has always been an inherent responsibility for the surrounding area where our factory is located and where many of our employees live. In 2008 we successfully launched our Sustainability Initiative and have made significant changes to the way that we operate as a business and as a production facility.

The waste generated from the products we manufacture is fully recycled back into production and our control procedures ensure that our liquid discharges are compliant with licence agreements and relevant legislation. Our firelighter packaging is 100% recyclable and we have a natural range of products made from wood and wax with FSC accreditation.

Recently we have developed a unique firelighter using a formulation comprising of naturally derived, fully sustainable Biofuels that are kind to both the environment and wildlife.

Working practices such as Skype calls, car sharing and double sided printing/photocopying and recycling are now second nature to us. We actively seek out and source materials from suppliers who have a similar environmental outlook and standards to us. Collectively, we believe that we can all make a difference and will continue to invest in our environmental initiatives.

Environment  ISO 14001Standard Brands continue to be accredited to ISO 14001 The international standard for Environmental Management Systems

Trees For the future

At Zip we strongly believe that it is our responsibility to help maintain the planets resources and work towards reducing our environmental impact, working towards a cleaner, greener world.

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Planting trees, changing lives

In 2008 we actively became involved in with a charity called Trees for the Future (TFTF). They are focused on helping the developing world, by working with rural communities to plant trees, thereby enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food, and build a sustainable future.

Trees for the Future are dedicated to improving impoverished, degrading lands. Over 113 million trees have been planted with tens of thousands of farmers in over two dozen countries since 1989. Despite their huge accomplishments, 2014 was a year of review and change for the charity, investing heavily in pulling together all available expertise and experience in order to refine their holistic forest garden program. Through this improvement, farmers are supported for intently and for more time then was possible before, improving livelihood opportunities no end. The Forest Garden campaigns follow a 4 year model, using a phased approach in order to maximise and sustain a successful future for farmers. This process is implemented using four effective steps; Mobilization, Graduation, Revitalization and Diversification.

During 2014 TFTF evaluated its body of work in light of the Forest Garden programme. As the new programme maximises impact through working with larger groups of farmers for longer periods of time, they are focusing on the countries most in need. However they are insuring the future sustainability and success of other countries by providing farmers with the training and tools they need to succeed as independent communities. In Brazil, TFTF helped founder Fernanda Peixotogrow the local organization ArvoresParaoFuturo, for a number of years; it recently received official NGO recognition from the government, enabling and assisting them with their continued work on tree planting projects far into the future.

Throughout 2015 and in to the future, TFTF will focus on working in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzanian, Cameroon, Mali and Senegal. In Cameroon, for example, TFTF are working with Farmers from over 40 communities to establish Forest Garden Systems on over 300 acres of land where they can produce needed crops and marketable products. The effects of this work are already becoming apparent, in 2014 the Cameroon government designated the TofalaHill Wildlife Sanctuary as fully protected, in part because the adjacent communities have shown that they have viable livelihood opportunities that reduce pressure on the forests and watersheds in the area.

Comment from Standard Brand MD

“Zip brings warmth and comfort to many thousands of homes every year. There are many people in under developed areas of the world who are struggling for the very basic requirements of food and shelter. In our busy lives, it is easy to forget how fortunate we are and that it is our duty to help those who are not as lucky as us.

The passion, enthusiasm and dedication that TFTF show is an inspiration to all of us and we are proud to support the work that they are doing.”

Terry Coates,
Managing Director,
Standard Brands

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