Thank You!

Thank You!

Thank you for helping us make it through 2020 and be ready for 2021!

Despite everything, we’ve remained open for business while providing commercial work experience opportunities to over 60 previously long term unemployed people in 2020. That’s some 1300 people since our foundation! As the year progressed, we were able to bring back any staff that had temporarily been furloughed.

Our Speedpak Contract Services & E-fulfilment division provided crucial warehousing, packing and supply chain services for commercial customers supplying personal protective equipment nationwide.

Staff in our Shamrock Rosettes division – hard hit by the cancellation of almost all events – demonstrated their flexibility in designing and manufacturing repurposed, washable, branded face coverings that we now sell.

This year has highlighted the importance for a business like ours, to remain focused, flexible and entrepreneurial, not only for commercial success but also to achieve social impact locally. In our case, that flexibility and focus enabled us to continue supporting a local community with employment opportunities.

We couldn’t have done it without your support, so a big thank you to…

Our Customers

for trusting us with their products, for buying ours and providing the work that enables us employ local unemployed people.

Our Government & State-funded Partners

The Government of Ireland, POBAL, The Dormant Accounts Fund, Northside Partnership and Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education for contracting our services.

Our Corporate & Philanthropic Investors

Rethink Ireland, The Ireland Funds &  AbbVie for backing us and helping us deliver our mission. 

Our Volunteer Companies

Afanite, Perigord-AS for lending their expertise free of charge.

Our Industry Partners

AbbVie, Bewleys, Butler’s Chocolates, IKEA and Realtime Technologies for supporting our Traineeship Programme.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous 2021!

Face Coverings as Comfortable, Commercial & Social Fit

Face Coverings as Comfortable, Commercial & Social Fit

From the very early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, Speedpak Contract Services has been supporting the national supply chain of personal protective equipment [PPE] alongside disposable food packaging. Mandatory social distancing measures, which meant an obligatory reduction in staff numbers, coupled with high nationwide demand, have ensured that Speedpak has remained extremely busy.

Shamrock Rosettes, on the other hand, faced an uncertain future, following the cancellation of virtually all summer agricultural and equestrian shows Europe-wide. Redeployment of staff members to the contract packing division provided a temporary solution but it was abundantly clear that a more sustainable and innovative response was needed if we were to continue to utilise all of our resources, not least our workers and their particular skill sets.

The manufacture and supply of re-usable face coverings represented an obvious alternative business to explore. A clothing vendor contact, with a surplus supply of inexpensive cotton fabric that could be repurposed, provided an opportunity to collaborate on a new venture.

We tested a number of face covering designs before arriving at a product that was compatible with our in-house manufacturing capabilities including design, print management, packing and logistics and that would meet with the needs of our customers. Meanwhile, the screen-printing capability of our fabric supplier allowed us to pitch a value-added point of differentiation from most other mask manufacturers, by offering our customers branded face coverings.

Shamrock Rosettes can now supply bulk orders of multi-pack, branded, double barrier, 100% cotton face masks with built-in filter pockets. They are washable, reusable and, we are delighted to say, repurposed.

Our first orders have already been shipped to our new customers and, with more in production, we are actively engaging with them to identify potential additional requirements that may be requested or improvements that can be made, in order to ensure the ongoing success of this new venture.

Given the worldwide social, cultural and economic impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic, our experience from a Social Enterprise perspective has demonstrated once again how collaboration can be a catalyst for success. It has highlighted the constant need for a business such as ours, to remain focused, flexible and entrepreneurial, not only in the pursuit of commercial success but also in the continued achievement of a social dividend. In our case, that flexibility and focus enabled us to continue supporting a local community with employment opportunities. Further, it is our hope that as the economy opens up and we continue to learn more about – and improve upon – social distancing work practices, our entrepreneurial spirit will allow us to expand our new customer base and thereby increase our staffing levels.

Contact Shamrock Rosettes for further information and for a quote for branded, re-usable face coverings.