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Investing in Apprentices

Here at What More UK, we are investing in the future of employees and young adults in education through funding apprenticeship and NVQ courses at our Altham-based warehouse site.

Working in conjunction with Themis, the employees in education can receive real working experience on the factory floor, which has seen recent investment of over £1 million in the tool room.

A number of our existing employees, including James Howell and Alex Graham, have recently completed their NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship in Performance Engineering Operations. Two young adult learners, William Moat and Izaak Holden are close to completing their respective courses.

William, who is finishing off his NVQ Extended Diploma for Engineering with a focus on tool maintenance, commented:

What More UK have provided a fantastic learning opportunity for me, and many others. It’s very telling of a company when they invest in the progression of their employees and I feel very proud to now be nearing the end of my chosen course with them. We all received a £50 voucher for Sutcliffe Tools on completion of our courses, little things like this really make you feel appreciated. I would definitely recommend working at Wham to any young person in education who wants to make an earning while learning!

 

Izaak, Apprentice in Manufacturing, added:

When I first started at Wham I didn’t have a clue what I was doing! I have shadowed people along the way and picked up the trade. They’ve let me do a lot of independent work as well, once they knew I could do it myself, which has improved my skills a lot. I really hope to be staying on here when my apprenticeship comes to an end; the company have helped me grow and learn a lot.

We are continuing to invest in the future of our employees and have recently welcomed Matthew Ingham, who is carrying on a family career. Matthew’s father is one of our key engineers with 20 years’ service.

 

To enquire about completing an apprenticeship with us please call 01282 687030

 

 

Ben and family complete National Three Peak Challenge

We are very proud to announce that Ben Wadeson (National Account Manager), Father, retired Fireman Ken, aged 71 and brother Danny who flew in from Washington successfully completed the Three Peaks Challenge. We knew they’d do it, his sibling rivalry worked!

Despite a heat wave hitting the UK on Friday, Ben and family set off to ascend Ben Nevis at 7pm Friday evening at a balmy 30 degrees.  Completing the first Peak closer to 11.00pm than they would have liked. Taking a moment to photos of the stunning views along the way, and after a long descent they set off in the car to make the 6 hour car journey to Scafell Pike in Seascale. Seeing sunrise as they arrived, Scarfell Pike was a slightly cooler but a lot steeper ascent! Scarfell is probably the toughest terrain wise out of the 3.

Taking to the car once more for a 4.5 hour journey to the stunning mountain that is Snowden. A cloudier atmosphere meant the views were completely obscured for their final peak. A slightly more forgiving yet lengthy climb and head torches where required on the way down.

Ben said: “I now have a new found respect for people who climb these peaks either individually or collectively. The real positive was to raise money for a local worthy charity and spend some quality time my Dad and brother.”

Please help Ben get to his fundraising goal for Derian House Children’s Hospice donate here:  https://www.justgiving.com/Ben-Wadeson.

Ben’s National 3 Peaks Challenge

Our very own National Account Manager Ben Wadeson is taking to the lofty heights of the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Ben will be undertaking the challenge along side his brother Danny and father Ken. Ben said: “My brother has roped me into this and rather than training, I’m relying on sibling rivalry to get me through. If I had to bet, I think my dad will beat us both – and he’s 71!

They will be putting on their trusty walking boots to take on the challenge next Friday – June 28.

The Three Peaks include climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales.

The total walking distance is 23 miles (37km) and the total ascent is 3064 metres (10,052ft) – twice the ascent of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, over a similar total walking distance. The total driving distance is 462 miles.

You can help Ben and his family raise money for Derian House by donating directly to his fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/Ben-Wadeson.

What More UK Director Presented with Freedom of the City of London

Our Director, Tony Grimshaw OBE recently accepted the Freedom of the City of London. Tony was extremely proud as a Lancastrian to attend the ceremony of declaration at Guildhall, London.

He was escorted by the Beadle (wearing a top hat and frock coat) and the ceremony was performed by the Deputy Clerk on behalf of the Chamberlain.

It is one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today and is believed to have been first presented in 1237.

Tony was joined be his wife Helen, three daughters; Susan, Alison and Sarah, and London based granddaughter Beth.

Wham® Upcycled boxes used at Stanley Family Fun Day

Stanley Family Fun Day a roaring success

Friends, families, and fans flocked to the Wham Stadium on Saturday 23 February for the Accrington Stanley Football Club’s Family Fun Day in the Studio-sponsored Eric Whalley Stand.

The Reds’ family day, the first of several planned events throughout 2019, was a great success following the introduction of a special family ticket offer in the Studio-sponsored Eric Whalley Stand.

Two children were able to attend Saturday’s fixture against Southend United for free when accompanying a full-paying adult.

Local businesses rallied together to provide a budget friendly day of family fun with every child who attended receiving free hotdogs from the football club and free milk from the Modern Milkman, as well as a reusable bottle provided by Studio Retail Ltd and a Property Shop banger stick to cheer on the Reds.

Andy Holt, Chairman and Majority Shareholder at Accrington Stanley, said:

“The Family Fun Day could only go ahead thanks to the continuing support from local businesses – they always come through, giving up time and resources where they can to encourage the community to get behind the team, to engage in activity and to get out and have fun! Massive thank you to all involved; we are very grateful and had a fantastic day.”

Sharon Benson, HR Director at Studio Retail Ltd, commented:

“It was a pleasure to be involved, as always. Getting behind community events and family initiatives is incredibly important to our company. The sun was shining – families were out in full force! It was a fantastic day of celebration and we are happy we were a part of it.”

Steven Chippendale, Managing Director at Property Shop, said:

“We like creating noise and as soon as we were presented with the opportunity to get involved with the fun day, we knew this is what we had to do. We gave out over 1000 banger sticks to Stanley to help families and fans make some noise. They definitely did just that!”

Keen to encourage sustainable and environmentally friendly initiatives where possible, local company and sponsors of the Accrington Stanley ground Wham® – the UK’s largest plastic manufacturer – donated three 92litre Upcycled boxes for the free milk cups to be collected in, for them to then be taken to be recycled.

Andy Holt added:

“You wouldn’t have known it was a Saturday in February, the sun was definitely on our side! Many of the children who attended the event were wearing their free Stanley shirt they received as part of our initiative last year, a lot were attending for the first time. This was wonderful to see and exactly what we were hoping, to engage with the local people who make Accrington great.

“We are always eager to encourage environmentally friendly initiatives where possible too, the milk cups were recyclable and collected in our Wham® UPCYCLED boxes which are made just up the road at our factory in Altham too! Everywhere you looked there was community spirit and pride. I’m looking forward to many more family fun days and seeing new faces alongside our brilliant regular fans!”

 

Written by Hannah Saxton hannah@scottdawson.co.uk

 

For more information about Accrington Stanley Football Club visit www.accringtonstanley.co.uk

For more information about Studio Retail Ltd visit www.studioretail.co.uk

For more information about Property Shop visit www.propertyshopltd.com

For more information about Wham® visit www.whatmoreuk.com

What More UK Awarded at the Innovation Housewares Awards 2019

The Housewares Innovation Awards are a well-establised scheme designed for businesses in the housewares sector – What More UK are celebrating coming home with two prestigious awards.

On Monday the 4th February, not only was the exceptional service of the company recognised, Tony Grimshaw was also crowned Kitchen Hero in the Awards ceremony.

Tony Grimshaw, O.B.E, Director at What More UK said:

“The service that What More UK provide is legendary on a global scale. This is across all our departments and I am incredibly proud of the recognition we have received by our peers. It was an honour to receive the Best Supplier Service Award, I want to congratulate every individual within What More UK for being part of this success, without a team there are no goals scored.”

Categories at the awards reflect the vibrant nature of the industry. The Housewares Innovation Awards give outstanding retailers and exceptional individuals a platform to shine, with the best in the industry in attendance on the night.

Tony continued:

“I am still in shock from receiving my lifetime achievement award. It’s wonderful to be recognised for the work and passion I put into What More UK, however I have to say my role is not possible without every other individual within our team. I am really grateful for the award, for the exceptional support from my colleagues over the years and the continued great relationships we have within the industry, both nationally and globally.”

The Kitchen Hero, sponsored by Home Hardware, was the last award to be announced.

Housewares Innovation awards commented:

“This award is presented to one individual a year that has demonstrated an incredible passion for the housewares sector over the course of their career. This year’s recipient was none other than What More UK Ltd’s director Tony Grimshaw OBE – who was commended for his ‘northern sense of humour and no nonsense approach’.”

Wham® showcase brand new products at renowned trade shows

We celebrated a busy month with two renowned trade shows under our belt.

The Spring Fair at the NEC took place 3rd – 6th February, we then travelled to the Ambiente Trade Show in Frankfurt for 8 – 12th February.

Boasting credentials such as being the UK’s largest plastic manufacturing company and being proud owners of multiple national awards including The Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade, it has set us in good stead to showcase our fantastic products both nationally and internationally.

Tony Grimshaw OBE, Director, commented:

“Both the Spring Fair at the NEC and Ambiente Trade Show in Frankfurt have been a huge success for What More UK. The trade shows we attend are a huge part of networking, launching our new products and sharing the Wham® name.

Its really important to communicate with buyers and showcase what we have to offer. Our product range is continuously expanding to match the supply for demand. 2018 was our busiest year to date with record-breaking sales that we are really proud of.

International trade shows, in particular, give us the opportunity to shout about the manufacturing of British products under the Made in Britain Campaign and show the high quality of What More UK products.”

This won’t be the first time Wham® have attended the two trade shows, receiving outstanding reactions to their stands hosted in previous years. Last year saw the introduction of the FLASH range which is already rapidly expanding for 2019 – going from two products to seven. Some of the new items, such as the dustpan, brushes and brooms are now in many stores (independent and chain), in the UK and Ireland.

Tony continued:

“It’s very special as an independent company to have our products flying off supermarket shelves. We put a lot of time and skill into producing quality products as well as raising awareness for British products and environmentally friendly processes. With the pending Brexit and the concern about global warming, awareness of both is hugely important to us.

Wham® had a fantastic time at both shows and I am looking forward to seeing what opportunities arise from them. Both shows, as always, have been superbly organised and a pleasure to be part of.”

 

Let us help you achieve your New Year’s Resolutions

New year’s resolutions can fill us full of dread and force us to retreat to a dark corner safe from the “new year, new me” diet or the I’m going to give up my chocolate fad (how could anyone give up chocolate!). Instead, make goals that are small and therefore achievable, fulfilling and a lot easier to maintain.

 

Here are a few achievable ideas for 2019 that Wham® can help you accomplish:

 

1. Organise Your Home

January is a great time to give your house a full blitz. Housework can often get pushed out of mind over the holidays but with Christmas causing chaos and clutter it can be the best time to re-evaluate how you organise your home.

Finding ways to efficiently store new things gives the opportunity to clear out anything you no longer use/want. We’ve got all the storage options you’ll need to store away those piles of toys, gifts, decorations and even your big Christmas tree.

Crystal Christmas storage

  • Wham Crystal is perfect for storing decorations, unused wrapping paper and your Christmas tree. These transparent boxes will come in handy next year when you need to see what is in each box.
  • Wham Bam is great for heavier or bulkier storage for the garage or loft, it’s strong and durable, which will keep everything inside safe.
  • Wham Organisers are perfect for storing smaller items that can then fit into cupboards or drawerswithout getting muddled up. We even have one designed to store Christmas baubles.
  • Studio baskets are a great choice for storage that’ll be on display, they have a modern and sleek design – practical and stylish.

Once everything has been organised and the chaos of Christmas has been cleared, get yourself some new cleaning products that make doing the big clean much easier – browse our cleaning ranges including our range of Flash mops.

We have no doubt that you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment once you’ve finished. A clearer, tidier home always makes your mind feel decluttered, ready to tackle the new year.

 

2. Increase Your Chances of Achieving a Weight Loss/Fitness Goal

Instead of the dreaded ‘lose weight’ resolution, which can be a daunting and depressing task, try to be more specific to make it more achievable and manageable. For example, ‘do a 30 minute work out twice a week’, or find a way to make it more enjoyable by finding a sport/activity that appeals to you that will encourage weight loss and increase fitness – a yoga class, frequent walks or dancing. Activities that are good for the body are also good for the mind, improving your general wellbeing.

Another satisfying alternative to the ‘lose weight’ resolution is meal prepping. Meal prep can be a fun way to experiment with food, control what you are eating and introduce more nutrition into your diet, plus, if done correctly, could lead to achieving a weight loss goal.

To get started all you need to do is invest in some quality food storage, research recipes that are tasty as well as easy to prep and dedicate time in your routine to prep your meals for the week. We offer a range of food storage boxesFood Locker, Seal It and Cuisine, all of which are safe to use in the refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher and microwave, making them perfect for your lunches at work or at home. Also, they’re clear so you can easily see the contents of each container when stored in the fridge. You can find a variety of sizes and shapes to suit any meal.

For more ideas look out for our series of Meal Prep blogs coming VERY soon.

Wham Seal It Meal Prep

 

3. Drink More (FUN) Water

‘Drink more water’ is a common resolution with tonnes of health benefits including better skin, clearer minds and weight loss. For those who love fruit drinks this goal can be problematic, however there is a way of making it more interesting.

Finding a new water bottle in your favourite colour or with a quirky function can make your daily hydration more fun (see our full range here). For something different our Wham® Infuser bottles make water more enjoyable by infusing it with your favourite fruit. Choose and cut up colourful fruits that will lift your day, place it in the infuser stick and let it infuse away whilst you start your day. It will create flavoured water with all the added goodness without the calories. Mix up the flavours day to day to help keep it varied and interesting.

Take your drinks bottle for a picnic, day at the beach, walk, gym or office. Click here to get inspiration for exciting flavours and happy hydrating.

As an extra boost choosing a re-usable water bottle will help the environment. We’ve all seen the damage single-use plastic bottles are doing to our oceans. Using reusable bottles can replace hundreds of bottles you would use yearly, so whilst you’re helping your wellbeing you can feel happy in the thought you are helping the environment too.

 

4. Start a New Hobby

If you find yourself spending your spare time in front of the TV or on the internet and want to do something more fulfilling with your time, consider taking up a new hobby. There are many health benefits to having a hobby, it is said to reduce stress, produce a good kind of stress called eustress, help you sleep and improve your wellbeing. “Spending time doing an enjoyable activity that is not attached to work will help increase your happiness and satisfaction with life.” (www.developgoodhabits.com)

A hobby can be anything from gardening, crafts, baking, reading, sport etc. Some of which we can help you get started:

Wham Vista Gardening

Gardening

Gardening “exposes you to vitamin D and healthy microbes in the soil” and is said to boost your mood (schooledbyscience.com). If you fancy giving it a go, browse our extensive ranges of garden planters and accessories, available in many shapes and sizes to suit your garden space.

View our garden ranges

Buy our garden products

 

Crafts

Art and craft activities such as painting, drawing, sewing and knitting etc, are known to reduce stress. “A study in the American Journal of Public Health titled The Connection Between Art, Healing and Public Health found that those who engaged in art experienced “reductions in stress and anxiety” and “increases in positive emotions.” (www.mindfood.com)

Our organiser boxes are great for storing all craft supplies in a neat and ordered way, meaning more time is spent creating and less is spent tidying up or trying to find things you have misplaced.

Buy our Organiser Boxes

 

Baking

“Cooking helps mental health in that it can be a creative outlet. It’s a way to channel energy, can be used as a distraction, help build mastery in a skill, and a way to express emotions through a different medium” (www.bustle.com)

If you enjoy baking or cooking, we offer many ranges of bakeware, kitchen gadgets and utensils that can help you on your way.

Buy Baker & Salt Non-Stick range

Buy PushPan® leak proof cake tins

Buy our Kitchen Gadgets & Utensils

 

5. Reduce Plastic Waste

Upcycled

The responsibility we share to look after our planet has never been felt more. With the awareness brought by BBC’s The Blue Planet, we can all help to tackle the issue of single use plastic filling our oceans, and also makes for a New Year’s resolution that makes a difference to your wider self. To do so you can shop more wisely, chose food that doesn’t come with unnecessary amounts of packaging, recycle as much as you can, reduce or stop using single use plastic altogether, such as plastic bottles, bags, straws, q-tips etc. This doesn’t mean cutting out plastic altogether, reusable plastics are practical and will last far longer.

Our Wham® Recycled and Wham® Upcycled ranges are made from recycled single use and post-industrial plastic. Purchasing recycled plastic products such as these will prevent more plastic from entering our landfills and oceans. Made with quality in mind they are intended to be reused and therefore will last a long time. Once worn out they can then be recycled.

Buy our Upcycled products

Buy our Recycled products

Upcycled Process

 

Happy New Year and remember to fill your resolution list with achievable, feel-good goals to make you feel great and motivated to make 2019 the best year yet!

 

Lancashire Business View Export Summit. The Hot Topic – Brexit

This October we hosted the Lancashire Business View Export Summit, a part of the Insight Series. The meeting was attended by many businesses throughout Lancashire who are exporters to discuss the challenges and uncertainty of Brexit with export advisors.

The experts
Miranda Barker, Chief Executive – East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
Stephen Greenwood, Partner – Farleys Solicitors
Steve Hall, Founder and Managing Director – Mint Business Travel
Anthony Steiner, Partner – Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM

Attended by our International Sales Manager Michael Blakey

As a British manufacturer it was a great pleasure to host the LBV Export Summit, especially at a time when exporting products is so important to the UK. We all found commonalities in the discussions and concerns raised regarding Brexit and it was especially helpful to receive different points of view on how best to tackle export in a post-Brexit market.

What More UK prides it’s self on producing quality products and we aim to increase our export total to 80 countries in 2019. Our customers buy into the quality of our products, but the challenge is continuing with that quality whilst retaining prices. The importance of featuring the Made in Britain icon has become increasingly important to us and our customers, especially those outside Europe who demand it to reflect the countries reputation for reliable service and quality products.”

Lancashire Business View Export Summit

Points of discussion

  1. The challenges we are face buying with materials from Europe, the risk of customers looking elsewhere and Chinese manufacturers copying equipment and products.
  2. The importance of flying the ‘Made in Britain’ flag and what it means to export customers.
    • Reputation for quality
    • Dependable manufacturing and customer services that don’t let customers down.
    • Especially recognised in USA, Australia, South Africa, UEA and the Middle East.
  3. How we adapt and evolve to benefit from new circumstances.
  4. Encouraging British companies who currently aren’t exporting.
  5. Putting plans in place to prepare for payments, exchange rate migration and cash flow.

Advice

  • Take advise from the DIT and the Chamber of Commerce who’s advice is funded by the government and is easy to access.
  • Regularly look at your terms and conditions.

To read the full article get a copy of Lancashire Business Review today, packed full of advice on the hot topic that is Brexit. Nov issue: BUY

 

Click here to watch the video Video of Lancashire Business View export Summit hosted by What More UK, Burnley Lancashire, discussing the effects of Brexit on British manufacturers.

Reduce Food Waste with Wham Seal It

Food waste is damaging not only your wallet, but the environment. Energy, water and fuel is used in food production and is therefore wasted when the food isn’t consumed. Food that gets thrown away tends to end up in landfill, where it breaks down and produces methane, a greenhouse gas which is believed to affect the Earth’s climate. As a nation we throw away astonishing amounts of food.

According to new figures from food waste charity Wrap, households in Britain throw away £15 billion of food every year.

       www.countrysideonline.co.uk, 2018

You’ll be glad to know that reducing your food waste can be incredibly easy. Here are five simple steps to waste less food and make your household more economical. Making these minor changes will not only help the environment but will also save you money.

     1. Plan your meals

Planning your meals and knowing the exact amount of food you need each week will prevent you from buying too much from the supermarket. Also consider finding a shop that sells loose fruit and veg, to avoid buying unnecessarily big packs. It’s also worth educating yourself on portion sizes, do you or a family member tend to leave some food on their plate? If so, consider reducing the amount of ingredients to prevent this, or make slightly more and use the leftovers as a meal for the following day.

      2. Store your food correctly

The way in which you store your food will impact how long it lasts. Storing food incorrectly could make it go off much sooner than necessary, causing preventable waste.

Fridge Storage

Your fridge has sections that are suited to specific food groups, using these properly will ensure your food remains safe to eat for as long as possible.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • The temperature should be at or below 4°C
  • The top shelf is the warmest and should be used for ready to eat foods such as yoghurt and cheese, or drinks
  • The shelf below is best for cooked meats and leftovers
  • The bottom shelves are the coldest and are ideal for raw meat
  • The bottom drawers are for fruit and veg
  • Door storage is the most varied in temperature and therefore is best for juice, condiments and sauces
  • Airtight storage boxes should be used to store produce such as meat and leftovers. This is the most hygienic option and will stop food spoiling sooner than it should. Always try to fill the box as much as possible – the less air, the longer the food with keep, so its a good idea to have several sizes to hand.

We like to use our Wham Seal It food boxes as they’re airtight with an easy open lid. They are also freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe, and with them being clear you can easily see the contents. Bear in mind square and rectangular boxes will make better use of the space in your fridge. The Seal It range has many size options that are stackable, so you’d be able to find the perfect sizes for your fridge.

     3. Make use of your freezer

Use your weekends, or whenever you have some free time, to prep a batch of meals for the week. These can then be frozen and defrosted when needed. Our Seal It food boxes can be used in the freezer as well as the fridge; the seal will help prevent freezer burn. However, let the food cool before putting it in the freezer to avoid temperature changes.

This process may seem daunting or undesirable at first, but as soon as you experience the smugness that comes with being super organised, it will soon become part of your routine. The satisfaction of knowing that your meals are prepped before the week even begins will save you both time and stress during the week. Have a look on social media, particularly Instagram and Pinterest, to join the trend and follow the Meal Prep Gurus for all the inspiration you’ll need:

mealpreponfleek . lady.lolas . lifeofavegetarian . workweeklunch . mealprepmondays

     4. Get creative with your leftovers

Get creative and try to make a meal out of any food left in your fridge. If you have some leftovers or food close to its use by date and are unsure how to use it before it goes off, consider making something simple yet tasty such as omelettes, frittatas, soup or sandwiches. If you’re struggling, the internet is full of inspiration!

     5. Adopt a labelling or storage system

If you want to take organisation one step further you could label your boxes with their use by date, or colour coordinate using coloured lids as a system to know what will go off first or what type of food is inside (for example red lids for raw meat), the Seal It range has three coloured lids – red, cream and black. Or simply store your food in order – put food that will go off first to the front and new supplies or food with a longer life at the back, so that nothing gets forgotten about.

 

Browse the full range of Wham Seal It here

Buy the range here or here

 

 

 

 

Home Storage: Practical yet Stylish

When it comes to home storage, you shouldn’t have to compromise design and style for practicality. Our range of Wham Studio Baskets offer both. With a modern, glossy finish, these are baskets you could proudly have on display.

Suitable for use all around the house, these useful baskets can be used for toiletries in the bathroom, clothes and accessories in the wardrobe or food supplies in the kitchen, there is a solution for every area of the home.

We’re sharing some of our favourite ways to make the most of your space, keeping design and style at the forefront of our mind.

 

1. An Organised Kitchen

We like to use size 1.01 for kitchen herbs – a great addition to your worktop and a hint at the very popular botanical interior trend. We’ve also made use of our biggest size, 5.02, to organise the cupboards. The best way to do this is to categorise each box, allocate one box for glasses, one for canned goods etc. This way you’ll save space and know where everything is. You could take it one step further by labelling your baskets, so that the contents are clear for anyone using the kitchen.

 

 

2. Bathroom Storage

Plastic storage is ideal for the bathroom as it won’t get damaged by any dampness. Also, the glossy finish of our baskets compliments the shine of the bath and sink, creating a bright, modern and clean interior. We like to use the smaller sizes (2.01 or 3,01) to organise the bathtub with our favourite shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. Another favourite use for this room is the 1.01 for holding toothbrushes. For towels and larger toiletries, use the 5.02 in cupboards for a tidy and organised bathroom.
 

 

 

3. Clutter-Free Dressing Table

Getting ready in a morning is enough of a chore as it is without having to search around for that pesky mascara or your favourite lipstick. Keep everything organised with these tips. If your dressing table has a drawer then you can make use of the 2.01 and 3.01. These sizes slot into the drawers to make useful divisions. If you don’t have a drawer, keep everything you need to hand in a selection of basket sizes, for example the 1.01 perfectly stores makeup brushes upright and easy to reach.
 

 

4. Tidy Desk, Tidy Mind

A tidy workspace can boost productivity as well as portray a professional image. Whether you have a home office, or you work at your place of business, these baskets can help you maintain an organised working environment. The 1.01 sized basket is great for storing all of your pens and pencils. For the rest of your stationery choose a few of the 2.01/3.01 sizes. 4.01 and 4.02 can be used to store envelopes and small notebooks, and for your A4 paper and files, the 5.01 is perfect, you could use multiple and categorise each one to make your job easier.

 

 

5. A Multi-Purpose Tray

We love how versatile the 5.01 is. Our favourable way to use it is as a centre piece on a coffee table. You can store your magazines, catalogues, books, candles, vases, flowers etc. Not technically storage, but we also love using the 5.01 basket as a tray; for carrying food or serving tea and coffee, and we even think it works great as a botanical focal feature – a planter for succulents and cacti, as seen here.

 

 

 

 

6. A Place for Frequently Lost Items

It’s a good idea to have a designated place for items that often don’t have a ‘home’ and therefore usually end up going missing. Having one of the smaller/shallower basket options near the front door would be an ideal place to keep your keys – never again forget where you last put them! Also, they could be used in the living room, as a place to keep remotes, wallets or loose change.

 

 

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All set for TV and film appearances. What More could you want?

Over the past month a great selection of What More UK’s products, from the Wham®, PushPan®, Baker & Salt and Flash brands have been chosen to appear on prime-time television and a new short film.

In early August the production company Studio Lambert got in touch to request various products for The Circle, a new factual entertainment/reality series for Channel 4. To be broadcast 6 nights a week, over 3 weeks in a prime-time slot, The Circle starts on Tuesday 18th of September.

The Circle is a bold new factual entertainment series that will ask provocative questions about modern identity, how we portray ourselves and how we communicate through social media. Individuals from all walks of life will compete in a popularity contest to win up to £50,000. They will all live in one modern block but separately in individual apartments, interacting with one another exclusively through a bespoke voice-activated social media platform called The Circle. We have provided a substantial number of products to help prop out the apartments including bakeware, tools & gadgets, cleaning products, storage and kitchen plastics.

 

At the end of July a trade press article on www.housewareslive.net really grabbed the attention of our team. The production team of a new short film “Ethel” were looking for product donations from the housewares industry.

The film stars BAFTA award winning actress Miriam Margolyes OBE in the lead role and explores the subject of an elderly lady living alone with Alzheimer’s disease. The aim is to help raise public awareness of people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Contacting the producer to discuss the film it was clear this was a project we could easily help with by donating products from across various ranges to help prop Ethel’s flat in the film. The film was shot in August and a wide selection of products across various ranges were donated for the project.

More information can be seen on the website for Ethel here:  https://www.ethelshortfilm.co.uk  and also on the regularly updated feed on Twitter: @ethelshortfilm

Based on real events, Ethel is a film that looks to raise awareness of how elderly people can become vulnerable when living with dementia.

From Lancashire to Azerbaijan!

It is always a great feeling when we sell our products in to a new market through our export sales team, who are always seeking out new opportunities. This week it is a new customer in Azerbaijan, taking our ever popular Wham Crystal storage range into another country. We are now proudly servicing 72 countries, all across the world.

Ethel – What More gets involved in a film project

A trade press article really grabbed the attention of our team recently. The production team of a new short film “Ethel” were looking for product donations from the housewares industry.

The film stars BAFTA award winning actress Miriam Margolyes OBE in the lead role and explores the subject of an elderly lady living alone with Alzheimer’s disease. The aim is to help raise public awareness of people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Contacting the producer to discuss the film it was soon clear this was a project What More could easily help with by donating products from across various ranges to help prop Ethel’s flat in the film, which commences shooting in mid August.

More information can be seen on the website for Ethel here:  https://www.ethelshortfilm.co.uk  and also on the regularly updated feed on Twitter: 

 

Based on real events, Ethel is a film that looks to raise awareness of how elderly people can become vulnerable when living with dementia.

Local Scouts visit What More UK factory for a tour and Q&A

Hyndburn Scouts were excited to tour the What More UK factory, based in Altham, to find out more about the process of making the storage boxes and items they use every day.

We opened our doors to the local Scouts for an exclusive factory tour and Q&A with our staff. 18 Scouts from the 1st Oswaldtwistle St. Pauls Scout group took part in the tour.

Matt Hand, Production Manager at What More UK led part of the tour:

“I have never done anything like this before, but we have all been really looking forward to it! We wanted to show the children how the items they use every day are created, teach them a bit of the science behind it and also explain the importance of recycling. Before the tour of the machinery and factory we showed them a video about the materials we use to create our new range of boxes, the Wham UPCYCLED box. This new range is a bit different as it is made from items which would normally be thrown away or taken to landfill. The children were full of questions, were amazed by the size of our factory, and we are based just a few miles away from where most of them live too! They had a lot of questions which was wonderful, we tried to answer them all as thoroughly as possible; hopefully they had a fab time and have learnt something too.”

Born and raised in Accrington, Stephen Lowe, BBC Radio Lancashire Presenter, joined the Scouts on their tour of the What More UK factory. With a passion for outdoor pursuits and getting involved with the local community, Stephen is a Scout Ambassador for East Lancashire and also Group Chairman of the 1st Oswaldtwistle St. Pauls Scout Group in his spare time.

Stephen commented:

“We have had a brilliant night here at Wham, it’s been a privilege to show the youngsters what a fantastic manufacturing company this is right on our doorstep in Hyndburn. I want to say a huge thank you to Andy Holt for inviting us and also to all the members of staff that have been here tonight showing us around and answering the 3 million questions our scouts have put to them! I can’t believe it, it’s like having NASA here in our own town with the robots, machinery and products being shipped all over the world. It has been fantastic to see and an honour to have an inside view.

After the tour we gave UPCYCLED boxes to the scouts to help with storage in their HQ, giving them a sturdy and long-lasting solution for organising all their kit. Every child also received a small UPCYCLED box, a lunch box and a re-useable folding water bottle to take home, encouraging them to ditch the single use plastics and opt for items that will stand the test of time!

Garry Ireland, Operations Director at What More UK added:

“We don’t normally have children walking around the factory but we felt it was something really important to do. We want them to feel connected to local businesses, be aware of where products come from and how they are created. We are very proud to be based here in Altham and always looking to support and engage with the community around us. Some of the children had wonderful questions, they were particularly interested in just how far away we ship products and how long it takes them to reach places like Australia and Dubai. I hope we have inspired some young minds today, there definitely seemed to be a few scientists and future entrepreneurs amongst them!”

Matt Hand, Production Manager, explaining to the children which raw materials go into plastic products to.

Baker & Salt vitreous enamelware is a finalist in prestigious industry awards!

This week saw the finalists of the prestigious Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 being announced. Naturally we were delighted to find out that our popular Baker & Salt vitreous enamelware range has been chosen as a finalist amongst leading household names in the Excellence in Cookware category.

Organised by trade magazine ‘Progressive Housewares’ in conjunction with the Cookshop & Housewares (CHA) division of trade body bira (British Independent Retailers Association), the awards recognise and reward the achievements of UK housewares products (and retailers) over the past year.

Hundreds of housewares products launched over the past 12 months were judged by a panel of more than 25 housewares buyers last week, including representatives from John Lewis, Steamer Trading Cookshop, Lakeland, Blue Diamond Garden Centres, Borough Kitchen, Debenhams, Tesco, Essentials, Fenwick, Harrods, Harts of Stur, Home Hardware, Kitchen Range, Kooks Unlimited, Leekes, Lords At Home, Potters Cookshop, Prep Cookshop, Richard Dare and Trevor Mottram.

The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony in London on October 3 – fingers crossed!

Please click here to see all the finalists…

What More UK visit school children for an inspirational and educational talk on plastics

What More UK made a visit to Peel Park primary school on Monday 2nd of July to answer questions about our plastic products and explain the role the children have in the future of the planet.

Peel Park Primary School pupils have been learning about plastic waste in the environment, how it affects habitats and their own responsibilities to look after the earth, Claire Hilton, year 4 teacher, invited What More into the classroom for a morning of fun and facts about plastic.

Adam Wilkinson, Marketing and Product Development Manager at What More UK said:

“When we first walked into the classroom we asked the pupils if plastic was good or bad- not surprisingly the vast majority said it was bad! What they didn’t realise is the difference between single use plastic and something like a plastic container. To support their learning, we explained how as a company we want to make products that last, meaning less plastic in the oceans and less pollution. This is why we created the UPCYCLED range.”

The children were shown three different types of plastic boxes that were all made from plastic that already exists! The first was a Wham® UPCYCLED box which is made from items like plastic bottles, yoghurt pots and pot noodles. The second: a Wham® Recycled box made from factory waste like plastic offcuts. The third – the one they found the most exciting – made from waste product when producing banknotes, the Wham® Banknote Box!

“We explained to the children that we are doing our job as a manufacturer, making products from items that would ordinarily end up in landfill. The bank are doing their part by recycling their waste … but the UPCYCLED box being created depends on what they do with their waste, as a school, as a family and as an individual.”

Tom Wright, photographer and videographer at What More UK explained further:

“We really wanted to show the children how helping the planet is a huge group effort. We showed them some fun things they can do with empty old bottles, such as creating bubble makers and tornado tubes, but the reality is, what matters is how we get rid of these! Just putting them into a bin means they may end up in landfill, possibly the ocean. Recycling them gives the items a chance to come to someone like us and be made into something useful which will last years! Our Wham® UPCYCLED range is over 90% the strength of a plastic box which is made using ‘fresh’ ingredients. This aspect was so important to us, the products need to last so we can combat the single use/short term use plastic issue.”

Claire Hilton, year 4 teacher at Peel Park Primary School said:

“We are so grateful for Wham coming into the school, it really supported our learning and got the children talking. As a school we can definitely do more to recycle and this is our mission for after the summer. We have our new Wham UPCYCLED boxes in the school hall and the plan is to use these for litter picking, and for storing our recycling. It was really interesting watching the videos showing the process of making plastic boxes and I’ll be personally purchasing boxes made from recycled material in the future. The visit has supported our learning, inspired them and assisted in them growing to become responsible young people who are more aware of their own plastic waste.”

 

What More UK Takes to the Seaside for a Beach Clean

Organised by Sea Life Centre in conjunction with LOVEmyBEACH and Keep Britain Tidy

For years we’ve all known about the ocean plastic problem. Ten years ago, whilst snorkelling in the seas of a Blue Flag beach in Majorca, I saw the how the tide brought in rubbish caught in heaps of seaweed each day. An earlier storm caused the seaweed to come ashore, bringing with it plastic that had been floating on the sea surface. When snorkelling, we usually look out for translucent jellyfish, dodging a nasty sting, instead we kept swimming into translucent plastic film. The suns UV rays had bleached the plastic, leaving a see-through vail that was easy to swim into. I was shocked at how bad the situation had gotten, especially when the beach was Blue Flag certified. Unfortunately, it has taken decades for it to become widely acknowledged.

A general lack of respect and self-awareness for littering is evident in our country and the world as a whole. Most road sides are littered with rubbish, which blows into our seas, pours into our street drains, and gets flushed down our toilets, ultimately polluting our water ways and affecting wild life and the health of our environment.

Over a year ago, What More UK embarked on the pledge to use recycled plastic waste in our products, since then we’ve embarked on learning about the full process. Visiting recycling plants based in the UK, we learnt how complicated the process is made because of packaging being made from so many types of plastics and other materials.

To find out first-hand what plastics are going into our oceans we headed to the fun fair town of Blackpool to take part in a monthly beach clean organised by Sea Life Centre in conjunction with LOVEmyBEACH and Keep Britain Tidy. On a clear Saturday morning 25 What More staff, friends and family met up with 20 volunteers from the general public and headed out with pickers, bags and our Upcycled boxes, dressed in high vis vests ready to clean Blackpool’s huge beach.

After a safety briefing by Emma Whitlock (LOVEmyBEACH Coordinator), we realised how many hazardous items that we could encounter. The Upcycled boxes were brought along to help with the clean, and quickly became very useful for holding broken glass, metal and any other sharp and bulky items of rubbish.

On the outset it became evident that Blackpool’s beach is largely clean and healthy. Most of the waste found had been washed up nearer to the promenade. Here you could see how far spread the smaller pieces of plastic could reach. Some of which we needed a brush to pick up, not a picker.

Waste found on the beach by the team:

  1. Glass bottles
  2. Plastic bottle and caps
  3. Small fragments of Polystyrene packaging and cups
  4. Fishing tackle
  5. Small pieced of broken plastic
  6. Cigarette butts
  7. Face wipes (mashed up with seaweed)
  8. Plastic pots (one of which we tackled off a Seagull)
  9. Cue tips (the plastic stem)
  10. Unidentifiable cloths

We spent a long time picking up cigarette butts on the promenade. The core of most cigarette filters looks like white cotton but is actually a form of plastic called cellulose acetate that is very slow to degrade in our environment.

The spread of Polystyrene was probably the most evident.

A shocking fact: Million-Year Lifespan

“Styrofoam is commonly used in disposable products that are only used once. These products can persist in the environment for more than a million years, however, since polystyrene is not biodegradable. Though it is slow to break down chemically, Styrofoam does however fragment into small pieces, choking animals that ingest it, clogging their digestive systems.”  https://sciencing.com

As a company and on a personal level, the morning really highlighted how the problem has become a part of our everyday lives. We all reported that we noticed litter more prevalently in our local areas once we returned home. Most of which is by the road side waiting for the council to pick up before the wind blows it out of reach into our water ways.

It was a worthwhile morning to meet Emma and to learn about the great work being done by volunteers all over the country. We hope to work alongside Keep Britain Tidy and LOVEmyBEACH in the future to see how we can be of further assistance. It was great to be able to give the Upcycled boxes to Emma to help with future beach cleans. To see the product come full circle by carrying some of the plastic used to produce the Upcycled range was a rewarding exercise and we aim to bring awareness to the problems caused by single use plastic waste. Responsible recycling can help slow and even eradicate a rapid environmental crisis, but more has to be done to eradicate some single-use plastic like straws, cue tips, plastic film food packaging.

As a plastic manufacturer we know how useful in our daily lives it can be. Plastic helps with hygiene and is especially useful in the kitchen, from your bin, sink bowl and reusable food boxes. Its durability can also help with general storage keeping your house tidy. These types of plastic products can last for years in your house, and when worn can be easily recycled and made into other useful plastic products. The correct message about how we use plastic and what plastic products we should use is not widely shared. As a British manufacturer we want to recycle the single use plastics that we have to use day to day, and make products that can help with your food shop (fish and meat put in your reusable boxes) – food boxes and help sort your recycling – Recycle bins.

If you would like to take part in a beach clean or litter picking project visit: Keep Britain Tidy   Sea Life Beach Clean and how you can help.

The key is to educate, and we endeavour to bring awareness as our company evolves and produces more recycled long-life plastic products.

Keep Britain Tidy!

The WHAM group of companies donate £10,000 to Accrington Stanley Community Trust

The WHAM group of companies, headed up by Andy Holt, has donated £10,000 to Accrington Stanley Community Trust.

The Trust is a self-funded, non-profit, registered charity that has been working closely with the Hyndburn community since its establishment in 2007. With their initial intention to bring the professional football club and the community closer together, the trust has now expanded to work in four key themed areas: Sports Participation, Education, Health and Wellbeing, and Social Inclusion.

  • 1000+ hours of volunteering by young people
  • 77 local schools engaged with
  • 1084 children taking part in the Healthy Eating and Exercise Project
  • 115 participants in disability sports
  • 15,000 people participants in 2017
  • Inclusive of toddlers from aged two – people over 50 years old: from the Stanley Kickers club for toddlers to ‘Walking Football’ and ‘Walking Netball’ for the over 50’s

What More UK are the UK’s largest manufacturer of plastic household accessories and storage boxes under their brand names Wham, PushPan and Wham Cook. What More UK’s quality products are recognized globally and currently distributed to 71 countries.

Keen to give back to the local community, they chose to donate £10,000 to Accrington Stanley Community Trust.

Their vision: to use the power of Accrington Stanley Football Club to improve the lives of the people of Hyndburn through participation in sport and exercise.

Martin Fearon, CEO of Accrington Stanley Community Trust, said:

“We are really thankful for the donation made by WHAM. We rely solely on donations to function, being self-funded and a non-profit organisation, so every penny counts and this is quite a substantial amount. The money donated is the first donation to be made to go towards the sports hub development at Higham’s Playing Fields. The costs to finish the state-of-the-art sports facility are around £2.5 million and we still have £1 million to raise to complete it from local businesses, private individuals and fundraising activities. We really strive to give back to the local community and to be as inclusive as we possibly can and the £10,000 off WHAM will really help us do that.”

Tony Grimshaw OBE, Director of the WHAM group of companies, commented:

“I really hope other local businesses see the good that the sports hub will provide for people in and around Accrington and help get it up and running as I know the completion is reliant on donations to make up the remaining cost – any donation is appreciated because every penny counts. What Accrington Stanley Community Trust do for the locals is invaluable and to have even a small part to play is an honour.”

To find out more information about Accrington Stanley Community Trust visit http://www.stanleytrust.co.uk/us/

Launch of our upcycled single use plastic waste boxes

Determined to find a viable solution, with no long-term consequences, to the January 2018 Chinese importation ban on plastic, we have created our UPCYCLED range.

Previously, the UK has not dealt with post-consumer waste plastic within its own shores and has relied on this exportation to countries such as China. The recent ban meant that this plastic would either be burned or buried – neither an ideal solution.

Working directly with recycling centres, we spent countless hours and days testing and trialling a process which is now commercially viable, they have manufactured a product range made from 95% post-consumer waste plastic – UPCYCLED.

Pollution and plastic use is a hot topic, with many influential figures such as MPs taking a stand, choosing to not use single-use plastics (PP plastics) in their day to day lives. PP plastic was traditionally notoriously difficult to sort for recycling, but new sorting technology has made this easier, allowing use post-consumer waste to make a commercially viable range of UPCYCLED products.

The issue still presents, however, with what will come of all the current PP plastic in circulation and lack of a viable alternative? Plastics offer a hygienic, disposable, storage solution for items such as liquids, foods and first-aid equipment.

We have created the UPCYCLED range – strong, durable, lasting storage boxes made from plastic that would have been previously shipped away.

Tony Grimshaw OBE, Director:

“The UPCYCLED range is a huge triumph for us. Instead of finding another way to either pass on the PP plastic (incinerate it – creating toxic chemicals or put it into landfill – where it can take up to half a millennium to decay) we made the decision to work towards a viable long-term solution. We are encouraging other businesses to do the same.”

PP Plastic and the Process of Upcycling:

  • The post-consumer waste is collected, recycled and washed
  • The plastic bales are turned into granules with heat
  • The granules are delivered to the What More UK factory
  • These are then melted and injected into moulds
  • Out of these moulds the UPCYCLED plastic boxes are created

Watch how the range is made: https://youtu.be/zNLv9DVx9zU