Orchard Toys celebrates partnership with Norfolk Industries

Orchard Toys celebrated their working relationship with Norfolk Industries by inviting their team for a tour and awards presentation to commend them on packing 100,000 units.

Norfolk Industries started working with Orchard Toys at the end of 2017 to help them out in their busy period with packing and making up product for their bestseller Shopping List game. The relationship has grown from strength to strength, with Orchard Toys’ Managing Director, Simon Newbery commenting:“It was very important for us to find a provider who can consistently deliver a high quality of service that matches our own standard of packing. Norfolk Industries have demonstrated their ability to do that and we hope that this acknowledgement of the 100,000th unit is the first of many milestones.”

Norfolk Industries help adults with a range of physical and mental disabilities across Norfolk to gain training and skills to prepare them for the world of work. This is all undertaken from their offices and factory in Norwich, which employs 7 members of full time staff as well as a team of 16 volunteers. Despite their relatively small team, the company have produced 100,000 Shopping List games in the first 9 months of 2018, as Orchard Toys gear up for the busy festive season.

Norfolk Industries Manager Sharon Tooke is thrilled with the experience employees have had packing for Orchard Toys: “There are so many benefits for our employees packing Shopping List. The tasks involved are repetitive and straightforward but also challenging enough so that people can share the workload and learn the full process step by step. For example, some of the employees have difficulty at first making up the boxes. To minimise frustration, we will move this task to someone else until they feel confident enough to take on a new challenge and responsibilities.”

As a company whose educational products (in particular Shopping List) benefit children with learning disabilities, Orchard Toys are proud to say that they are now also packed by adults with learning disabilities.

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