by Allana Grant
4 weeks ago
Season’s greetings from team DNDP
As we begin winding things down in the DNDP office, and our drivers make their last deliveries and mail drops before the festivities get under way; we pause for a moment to reflect on a truly remarkable, action-packed 2017.
The year got off to an exciting start for us as we began the process of recruiting for our new digital agency. A three year project, funded by the Big Lottery, DNDP Digital aims to bridge the digital skills gap in Scotland with the talents of housebound people, and in doing so, start to close the disability employment gap which currently sits at a shocking 32 percentage points.
With all the pieces of the jigsaw finally in place, we launched the agency on the 29th of May; five years to the very day DNDP was founded. Seven months on, and the report card is impressive, even if we do say so ourselves! Two digital projects under our belt already, contracts to build an additional three websites secured, and we are well on track to meet our target of creating 15 new sustainable positions for disabled people.
Social versus commercial: striking a delicate balance
DNDP is, as you know, first and foremost, a socially driven business. Our goal, to create sustainable employment opportunities for those furthest from the labour market, is at the heart of everything we do. However, we can only be successful in delivering on our social mission if the commercial side of things stacks up. Over the last five years, our dedicated staff have built a solid, professional, customer focussed business, and we are immensely proud to report that 2017 has seen our turnover close in on the £200,000 mark.
This is largely thanks to securing new contracts with Edinburgh City Council and Johnson & Johnson amongst others.
We have also continued to successfully develop our third sector ties this year; welcoming Haven products onto our customer portfolio and forging even closer links with Scotland’s NHS.
Happy birthday DNDP
The champagne corks were popping in the DNDP office earlier this month as we celebrated our fifth trading anniversary. And what a five years it has been! Our commercial successes, coupled with our flexible way of doing things has enabled DNDP to offer support to 62 disabled people; creating 13 sustainable positions along the way and improving the future employment prospects of others through internships and voluntary work.
We have proven without a shadow of a doubt that driving commercialism through our business is the way to go to achieve a significant social outcome for our employees, and we are understandably proud of all we have achieved. Our motto is onwards and upwards however; there are still thousands of disabled people out there who are excluded from the labour market through no fault of their own and we are determined to reach out to them in 2018!
A few words from the boss
Our MD Bruce would like to share a few words with you before he rushes off to cram in a spot of last minute shopping - don’t worry Mrs Gunn; he has promised us faithfully that he bought your present months ago!
"This year has been an extremely exciting year for the development of DNDP as a sustainable business. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, our loyal friends and customers, for your continued support in 2017. On behalf of all the staff at DNDP, I wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy prosperous new year. I hope Santa is good to you and that all your dreams and wishes come true this festive season. I look forward to working with you again in 2018”.