PDC Big celebrates 30 years of badge manufacturing

PDC BIG, manufacturers of permanent and reusable, high quality, branded name badges, accessories and business print is celebrating 30 years as a UK market leader for Name Badges with industry accolades, achievements and awards. Its innovative solutions revolve around ease-of-use, brand, presentation, accessibility and security.  They are widely used within public and private sectors, including Corporates and Events, Conferences, Leisure, Entertainment, Hospitality, Retail and Healthcare.

International standards underpin the design and manufacturing processes. Led by Mark Alderman, UK and Ireland Regional Business Manager,  the 14,000-square-foot facility in Ipswich processes over two million name badges a year, along with a billion wristbands, half a million lanyards and 13 million business cards. Mark said, “Many of our customers have been with us over the three decades. We believe in long-lasting relationships and work hard at making sure our clients, whether large or small, are happy with our service and solutions. ” He continued, “We have maintained our dedicated sourcing and product development teams, and we place the customer at the heart of all that we do. We can deliver badges within 72 hours, and sometimes even 24 hours! Our dedication is legendary” This passion is shared across servicing, sourcing and product development, and has earned them praise from customers and suppliers alike. 

Practical and Seamless Solutions

PDC BIG were early developers of automated systems and online ordering platforms, in 1992 they launched the Selfit® reusable name badges and within the first decade, they had a dedicated online ordering system E@SY for business cards and invested in top-of-the-range printing presses.  A revolutionary web-to-workbench approach paved their way to handle the largest singular personalised name badge UK rollout for Supermarket giant Tesco in 2008. They later added badges to the E@SY platform -now Click2Order – and introduced Smarter Business Cards with the ability to add QR Codes.  

As businesses adopted new technologies, they improved the original Selfit® badge software to a state-of-the-art complete software system using web-based technology for pcs and mobiles - and won the Best Technology for Conferences Awards in 2012.  Selfit® badges are widely used at conferences and events as well as in hospitality, retail and corporates. They were even present at high-profile events including the 2012 Olympics Games and the SuperBowl XLVI!  

Innovations continued online and offline, such as the Badge Surround developed for long-standing customer Tesco. 

In 2016, PDC BIG enhanced the Click2Order online badge ordering and management platform for trade and corporates.  Another flagship solution, the 24X7 integrated e-procurement, is accessed via customised website portals.  It handles multiple, localised, detailed and repeat orders with personalised templates for branded name badges, photo ID cards and accessories, while providing full centralised control for customers.  

Smaller customers can access the popular e-shop, with free online design tools for name badges, lanyards and accessories.  

In 2017 PDC BIG introduced Selfit® Global, ushering in significant updates. Other PDC BIG products include the reusable Selfit® Pro and Premium Badges; permanent Premium Impress and ID badges; Chalkboard Badges, and the Event, Xpress and InstaCards badges together with an extensive range of promotional badges and ID accessories (such as lanyards, fasteners and ID Card-holders).   They have also developed an eco-friendly range of permanent badges and wristbands made from recycled material, event badges made of biodegradable laminate and bamboo lanyards.

Green Credentials, Socially Responsible, Fully Accredited

PDC BIG is justifiably proud of the prestigious Made in Britain accreditation for its badge products, displayed next to industry awards, SEDEX and PCIAW memberships and BSI ISO and Investors in People certifications.  They complement PDC BIG’s commitment to ethical, sustainable and responsible business practices.  

The PDC BIG journey has been an enviable roadmap, upheld by five pillars: Innovation; Service; Quality, Loyalty and Fun. Throughout, PDC BIG has kept customers firmly at the heart of every decision made.  The future is exciting - and service excellence, innovation and quality will continue to be pivotal in many years to come. 

Read more about PDC Big in their directory page here


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