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Orchard Toys celebrates partnership with Norfolk Industries

Orchard Toys are celebrating their working relationship with Norfolk Industries by inviting their team for a tour and awards presentation to commend them on packing 50,000 units.


Orchard Toys started working with Norfolk Industries at the end of 2017 to help them out in their busy period with packing and making up product for their popular bestseller Shopping List game.


The relationship has only grown from strength to strength, with Orchard Toys’ Operations Manager Ben Mills commenting:


“It was very important for us to find a provider who would deliver our usual quality and quantity in packing the product, especially as it is our bestseller. Norfolk Industries have definitely delivered on that, packing 50,000 units in what we hope will be the first milestone of many.”


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, incredibly the company manages to pack 5,000 units a week for Orchard Toys – no mean feat!


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 can now proudly say that they are also packed by adults with learning disabilities.

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