Patrick Doyle shown paying a visit to Shamida Ethiopia, a cause close to his heart (see panel below)

US/UAE. Dubai-based International Diplomatic Supplies (IDS) has launched a new Miami, Florida operation that will target US embassies worldwide with a range of international brands plus a widespread array of US grocery items.

Founder and Chief Executive Patrick Doyle told The Moodie Davitt Report: “We have opened an office, warehouse, employed staff, opened supplier accounts, created a complete American-centric portfolio including all of the international brands plus thousands of US grocery products.

“In keeping with our way of doing things, IDS Miami has linked up with Life Skills Haiti to fund scholarships to train ten nurses in Haiti. When our customers reach US$100k sales with us, we will create another scholarship and invite the customer (the Embassy) to fund one too. If they do, we will match 1 for 1. I’m very excited by this project. We have very high hopes for it.”

Doyle created IDS in 1997. It is now the global leader in the supply of groceries, duty free liquor and household goods to the international diplomatic community.

He is an active philanthropist, supporting children’s charities around the world, as outlined in a memorable podcast interview (see below) with Martin Moodie earlier this year.

[Click on the YouTube icon to view an introduction from Patrick Doyle to the Miami business]

[Click on the icon to listen to the Patrick Doyle Podcast]

Life Skills Haiti is a US 501( c) (3) public charity. We give people the tools to build a sustainable living. It works at a local level to educate and empower communities by opening up previously denied opportunities. Click here to learn more or to donate.

A growing global force

International Diplomatic Supplies (IDS) was started in 1997, originally supplying embassies in London, as well as exports from the English capital to British embassies around the world.

The business grew steadily and in 2010 IDS Dubai was created from the merger with Intagulf in the port hub of Jebel Ali in Dubai.

This gave IDS operations in both the UK to focus on the London market, as well as exports to Europe, North and West Africa; and operations in Dubai to focus on East Africa, the Middle East, the Indian Sub-Continent and Asia. The London operation also allows IDS to offer a wider range of products, including perfumes, cosmetics, electronics and groceries, to complement the beers, wines and spirits portfolio from both London and Dubai.

IDS has purpose-built temperature-controlled warehouses and offices in both locations and moved into a new purpose-built expanded premises in Dubai last year.

Profiling some of International Diplomatic Supplies’ key CSR programmes

Gentle Hands is a Christian social welfare agency in Metropolitan Manila.

With a ‘There is hope in love’ tagline, the charity aims to offer a centre for the rescue and healing of children in crisis. Its mission is to provide family-style care and hope for children who have experienced trauma; its goal to bring holistic intervention to every child in its care.

The Gentle Hands 24-hour Residential Care Facility provides medical, nutritional, home life, educational, recreational, adoption counselling and Christian living programmes to orphaned, neglected and abandoned children in the Philippines.

IDS team members lend caring hands as Gentle Hands volunteers

Shamida Ethiopia aims to empower the country’s most vulnerable women and children.

The charity highlights Ethiopia’s social problems which have been increasing at an alarming rate due to poverty, HIV, diseases, drought and conflict. The number of orphans and vulnerable children is increasing rapidly.

Patrick Doyloe visited a Shamida team in Ethiopia. So entranced and grateful was the little boy in red that he tried to block the gate to stop Patrick leaving.

Shamida’s mission is to contribute towards the holistic development and self-sufficiency of women and children in difficult destitute circumstances. Its work includes providing housing for orphans and the reunification of street children with their families or guardians.

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