Diamond on BBC World Service

Back in February, we were delighted to be invited by the BBC World Service to debate the EU referendum. From a business perspective, we’ve always been firmly in the ‘remain’ camp but it was very interesting to discuss the UK’s potential future in and outside the European Union with fellow business owner, Simon Boyd, director of John Reid & Sons, live on air.
So, when the BBC World Service team invited us back this week – referendum week – to ask if anything had happened during the past four long months of campaigning, to make us alter our positions, our production …


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1,053 days without accident

From day one back in 2007, our main focus in our manufacturing plant here in Darnall, Sheffield is the health and safety of each and every one of the Diamond team.
As such, we’re extremely proud of our health and safety record over the years and, as at 21st June we stand at 1,053 Accident Free Days. This result is down to the ongoing commitment to and training of every member of the team to ensure they are up to date with health and safety legislation, processes and delivering very best practice throughout the workplace on a daily basis.
Keep up the …


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Made in Sheffield: Exporter of the Year 2016

After making the shortlist for the Made in Sheffield: Exporter of the Year 2016 award last month, we’re delighted to announce that we only went on and won!
Hosted by Yorkshire Business Insider we rubbed shoulders with some of the region’s top companies and inspiring individuals at a fantastic awards ceremony held at the Cutler’s Hall here in Sheffield. We keep having to pinch ourselves when we go along to these events, it’s such a privilege to be there and fly the Diamond flag.
So, imagine our excitement when we heard Diamond Dispersions had scooped the title of Exporter of the Year 2016 …


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MEP picks Diamond for pro-EU campaign launch

We were delighted to welcome Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, to the factory last week as she launched ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’, the main cross-party pro-EU organisation campaigning for Britain to remain in the European Union.
The campaign will engage voters and volunteers across Yorkshire and the Humber, building a grassroots movement to take the argument that Britain is stronger, safer and better off in Europe to all parts of the region.
Explains Pete, who appeared on ITV’s Calendar news coverage of the launch: “Being in Europe creates jobs and opportunities for businesses across Yorkshire and enables British …


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3, it’s the magic awards number

What better way to start the year than with not one, not two but three awards nominations for team Diamond! We’re getting ready for two separate celebration dinners over in Leeds next month as we’ve made the shortlist for Exporter of the Year and Small Manufacturer of the Year at the Business Insider ‘Made in Yorkshire’ Awards 2016 as well as Exporter of the Year at the Yorkshire Business Masters 2016. Everyone’s fingers are crossed for the Made in Sheffield Awards 2016 too with the shortlist set to be announced soon. Good luck to all companies involved, we’re in some fantastic company!
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Sheffield Business Award winners!

We found out the other week that we’d been shortlisted in two categories in this year’s Sheffield Business Awards – High Growth and Exporter of the Year. So, on Thursday 3rd December, Peter and Sue donned their best bib and tucker and set off to the glitzy awards ceremony along with hundreds of other Sheffield companies.
Imagine their surprise when they heard BBC Look North legend, Harry Gration, announce the winner of the High Growth category. That’s right, the one and only, Diamond Dispersions!
Peter, Sue and the team have been smiling ear to ear ever since because it’s fantastic to be rewarded …


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Celebrating British manufacturers

We headed up to Harrogate the other day for the Yorkshire & Humber regional EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2015 and met some fantastic fellow manufacturers and exporters. After lunch (sausages and mash, proper Yorkshire food!), the winners were announced. Although we didn’t make the top spot, we’re delighted to say that Diamond Dispersions was named as ‘runner-up’ in the Outstanding Export category. Huge congratulations to all of the winners and runners-up; it’s always a pleasure to celebrate the achievements of British manufacturers!
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Sheffield Business Awards shortlist

It’s that time of year again. That’s right, it’s awards season and we’re thrilled to have been shortlisted in two categories in this year’s Sheffield Business Awards
We’re up against some fantastic other local companies for Export Business of the Year and High Growth Business of the Year. Winners will be announced at a sparkly awards ceremony at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre on 3rd December.
Organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and The Star, the awards are designed to recognise and reward success in all sizes of business across a variety of sectors. Open to any business based within an ‘S’ postcode …


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Delivery for record growth!

To mill our world famous, super-fine pigments and non-dispersible dyes down to a nanometric scale, we rely on some of the best equipment on the market. And, since we’re experiencing record growth, our existing mills reached capacity over the summer so we invested in a few more to enable us to meet demand.
Two new Bühler MMX3 milling machines arrived, all the way from Switzerland, on site at our manufacturing plant in August and caused quite a stir, as you can imagine! It’s not every day we have to unload, set up and test a 2 tons piece of machinery so …


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Retirement calls

If you’ve ever phoned us or popped into our office, chances are you’ll have spoken with and met the inimitable Sue Blakeman.
Sue B, as she’s fondly known, has been part of the Diamond scenery since May 2006 and has played a key role in our success story. But Sue’s decided it’s time to hang up the phone, turn off her computer, close the admin filing cabinet and head off into the Sheffield sunset for her retirement.
Commenting on her time with the company, director Peter Callahan said: “Sue’s kept us all in check over the years, even our suppliers and customers! …


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Simon goes back to school

We’ve always focused on supporting every member of the Diamond team to achieve their full potential so we’re pleased to announce that our very own sales administrator, Simon Robinson, is going back to school.
Simon, who joined us back in 2013, will be studying for an MBA at Leeds University and is looking forward to the challenge of juggling his full-time job in our hectic Sheffield office and being a student again!
Explains Simon: “I’ve learnt so much over the last couple of years and I know when I eventually get my MBA I can make an even more valuable contribution to …


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Talking industrial print in Munich

Organised by IMI Europe and supported by InPrint, the Industrial Print Show, we were delighted to be invited to attend the Industrial Ink Jet Technology Showcase that took place in Munich at the end of June.
The three-day event offered a superb opportunity for us to discuss the numerous exciting developments and opportunities in the global digital print market. There was a lot of talk around laminate, decorative and packaging printing and we got the chance to take part in several Tech Talks, network with our peers and meet new people. We even sponsored the buffet lunch on Wednesday 24th and …


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Yorkshire Business Masters 2015 – we’re on the shortlist!

We’re over the moon to announce that we’ve been shortlisted in this year’s Yorkshire Business Masters 2015 in the Exporter (SME) category!
Run by TheBusinessDesk.com, the awards celebrate the achievements of some of the most successful and innovative businesses in Yorkshire so we’re in very good company.
Commenting on the shortlisting, Diamond Dispersions director Sue Wright said: “We understand there were lots of strong entries this year so to actually make the shortlist is fantastic news. I’m so proud of what the Diamond team has achieved over the last 12 months. It’s not been easy but everyone has worked so hard- the business …


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Sheffield Uni intern helps solve chemical puzzles

An MChem Chemistry student from The University of Sheffield is helping us to solve complex chemical puzzles as part of her internship here at Diamond Dispersions.
Shannon North, 20, hails from Bedfordshire and joined the team for a 12 month long work placement at the end of August.
Explains Shannon, who started her course in 2012: “I was always interested in medicine through school but I’m way too squeamish to be a doctor! So, after studying chemistry, biology, physics and maths at ‘A’ level, I chose to come to Sheffield to study chemistry.
“It might sound a bit geeky but I love solving …


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What’s the future of digital textile printing?

That was the title of the very first of our ‘Think Futures’ seminars, held at the Ramada Inn during FESPA Munich 2014. The free panel and networking event, hosted by Diamond Dispersions, allowed delegates to discuss insights and opinions on the direction of digital textile printing in an informal environment followed by a more structured Q&A session with the key note panel. Sue Wright, director at Diamond, said: “We were delighted to welcome three specially selected industry experts…
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International sales manager joins the team

Keith, 32, hails from Liverpool and for the last four years has worked as a sales manager with Cabot Inkjet Colorants. With extensive experience in developing pigment colourants for a wide variety of projects and clients across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, China and North America, Keith will be focusing on continuing Diamond’s growth in the global textile printing market. Commenting on his appointment, Keith said: “My goal is to take Diamond into even more sectors and industries where…
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Media visit

We were delighted to welcome David and Victoria from Recycling Times Media to our factory in Sheffield this week. Travelling all the way from Zhuhai in China, we showed them our facilities, introduced the Diamond team and popped to the pub for some lunch – it was a busy morning! David did some filming too and interviewed Sue and Peter who talked all about their plans for 2014 and…
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A winning team!

So, we headed off to the Sheffield Business Awards, rubbing shoulders with some of the city’s very best business owners and entrepreneurs and, guess what? We only went and won! We scooped the Excellence in International Trade Award for our export achievements this year – 86 per cent of what we produce is exported to Europe, China, the USA, Canada, Brazil, Indonesia, South Korea and Russia – and it was a fantastic way to round off our best ever year. Thank you to all the judges and thanks to Paul Houghton from sponsors, Grant Thornton. We had a top night…
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Ink production expert joins Diamond team

Global ink specialists, Diamond Dispersions, have appointed ink production expert, David Tubman, as operations manager. David has over 20 years of experience in the coatings, ink application and printing industry in the UK and abroad. Working alongside Diamond’s head chemist…
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FESPA 2013 – Pop and see us!

We’re busy putting the final touches to our stand for FESPA 2013 which, this year, takes place at Excel in London from 25-29th June. We thought you’d like a sneak preview of our stand so you know what it looks like!
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Diamond shortlisted for Yorkshire Business Masters Award

Diamond Dispersions has been shortlisted in the Exporter Category of the Yorkshire Business Masters Awards 2013. Explains Pete Callahan, director: “With a very high level of competition, we are delighted to be shortlisted in these prestigious awards. There are so many successful businesses out there in Yorkshire, it’s a testament…
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New agents in China

Diamond Dispersions have appointed two new agents in China – Dr Rita Mao and Towffe Ouyang. Having previously worked with DKSH China, the global inkjet specialists were particularly impressed with their new, independent agents’ approach to developing new business in the country after meeting with them at an international trade…
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Simon expands sales team

Diamond Dispersions have expanded their sales team with the appointment of Simon Robinson as sales administrator. Simon, 29, graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in business studies and marketing in 2006. Whilst there, he completed a 12 month work placement with the Materials & Engineering Research Institute where…
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Diamond celebrate Queen’s Award win

Ink specialists, Diamond Dispersions, have officially celebrated their recent Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade win after receiving the Grant of Appointment from Royal representative, the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire. Over 70 people, including Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr John Campbell, Master Cutler, Neil MacDonald, Leigh Bramhall, Sheffield…
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Diamond Dispersions to unlock international sales potential

South Yorkshire-based ink specialists, Diamond Dispersions, have teamed up with international sales consultant, Shaun Sagar, to help unlock sales potential and grow business in the Far East, USA, Europe and UK. Shaun, who has over 30 years in international sales, met Diamond’s directors Peter Callahan and Sue Wright at a…
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Diamond Dispersions launch high performance ink filtration range

In its continued pursuit for ink perfection, Diamond Dispersions has launched a range of tried and tested filter cartridges and housings to enable customers to create their own Diamond Standard inks. Explains Peter Callahan, director at Diamond Dispersions: “Our focus has always been on enabling our customers to consistently achieve…
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Diamond appoint head chemist

South Yorkshire-based ink specialists, Diamond Dispersions, have appointed Dr Vicky Verona as head chemist. Vicky, who was born and raised in Rotherham and currently lives in the town with her husband and daughter, will head up Diamond’s growing team of inkologists based at the firm’s plant in Darnall, Sheffield. With…
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