Getting to know us
Overarching Policy Introduction
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
Matt TomlinsonManaging Director“Fortune favours the brave”
Richard HarrisSales & 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!
Denis McCourtFinance & 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 KiernanDirector 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, Pat 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.
Alison WhitingHead of Marketing“Life is too short, just go for it and figure it out after!”
Siân GriffithsMarketing Manager “If you don't like something make a positive step and change it.”
Thomas CarrAssistant Brand Manager“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
Debbie HallgrenHead 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 HarrisCategory Manager“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”
Peter LewinTrading Controller UK, Canada & Scandinavia“Nothing in life worth achieving comes easy. The tougher the challenge, the sweeter the taste of success.”
Stuart McCreadyTrading Controller, Ireland & General Manager, USA“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
Paul FurnellInternational Trading Controller – Europe & Emerging Markets, Sales“Forging friendships building business”
Melinda MassiereInternational Sales Manager – Continental Europe“C'est la vie!”
Laurene ParkinInternational Sales Manager - France“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”
Angela CaseyOffice 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.”
Amanda LoveOffice Manager“Lost forever in a happy crowd!”
Jennifer ClarkeAccounts Administrator“Keep Calm and Ukulele on.”
Anne MoorePayroll Administrator“I spend my life putting money in their wallets.”
Ellen ReidCommercial Accountant“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way”
Eugene WintersAssistant 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 VernonQuality Assurance / Technical Manager“……intelligent, innovative, witty, handsome…….and above all else, modest!”
Bronagh McKeownQA and Technical Coordinator“Always seize the opportunity to learn or try something new.”
Philip ReynoldsEngineering Manager“When it does not exist, design it”
Gordon McDonnellManufacturing / 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 FineganProduction Manager“I will look after that.”
James HanrattyEngineering Manager“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
Sharon McDonnellFactory Planner“Get busy living or busy dying.”
Jim RyanProduction Development Manager“If you keep doing what you are doing you will keep getting what you have got.”
Kresimir PeradinovicProcurement Manager“Buying is a profound pleasure”
Catherine MulvihillCo-Pack Planner“Keeping it lit worldwide.”
Aileen BrownTransport Co-Coordinator“Shipping all over The World.”
Zip - the Heart of the fire for 80 years...
Zip invented the kerosene firelighter for home use in 1936 and today Zip is the most recongnised, trusted and reliable brand in the ignition sector, now selling on six continents.Read More...
Zip invented the kerosene firelighter for home use in 1936 and today Zip is the most recognized, trusted and reliable brand in the ignition sector, now selling on six continents. Instant lighting and long burning, Zip offers a wide range of powerful fire lighting solutions, such as: clean breaking block firelighters, odourless wrapped firelighters, convenience wrapped firelogs, a natural BBQ range and some ancillary products for use by the Military and Humanitarian organisations.
Standard brands, manufacturers of Zip, prides itself on being a leading Irish manufacturer. The current factory, based in Castlebellingham, Co. Louth, was built in 1956 and employs over 100 people from the local area, many of whom come from a long line of family members who have worked at the site before them. The company also sources 90% of ingredients in Ireland, like the locally grown willow planted and harvested by Irish farmers, pursuing the traditional practice of coppicing. Zip has been warming hearts and homes for 80 years., making firelighting easier and sharing times with family more special.
GIVE YOUR FIRE SOME ZIP.
Guaranteed Irish Heritage
Standard Brands are proud to make the best firelighters in the world in Castlebellingham, County Louth, Ireland.
Zip firelighters are made by Irish workers for the Irish fires. They are so great, that we now sell them to many countries around the world. At the heart of it, Standard Brands are proud to support the Guaranteed Irish programme. That is why all our Zip Firelighters sold in Ireland have the Guaranteed Irish symbol.
We support our local community by providing over 115 Irish jobs at our production factory in Castlebellingham. We also source as many raw materials as possible from Ireland. This can range from printing of our packaging through to the locally grown and coppiced willow that we use in our Croi na Tine firelogs, Starterlogs and Stove logs.
In recent years Ireland has seen a movement towards buying more locally made Irish products to keep our economy competitive and support Irish companies. More and more consumers are looking to purchase Irish made products and choosing to support our own country. Recent research has indicated that if every household increased their spend on Guaranteed Irish brands by just €4 per week, this would create an additional 6,000 jobs.
Standard Brands are pleased to manufacture and sell Irish productsand support the Guaranteed Irish programme; we are really proud to be Irish!
Mission Statement & Core Values
Our mission is to share our passion and expertise for home fire making.Read More...
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 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
- 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
At Zip we produce each and every firelighter and log under strict quality standards. That is what sets our products apart from the rest.Read More
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.
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.Read More...
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.
Annual 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.
Standard Brands can fulfill all your ignition category requirements through branded and private label products.Read More...
Standard Brands can fulfill all your ignition category requirements through branded and private label products.
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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.Read More...
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® Certified Wood.
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.
Standard 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.Read More...
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.”