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Team Wham raise over £11k in Three Peaks Challenge for ASFC Community Trust

Congratulations to the twenty strong Team Wham from What More UK, the housewares manufacturer, who completed the tough Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge for charity last weekend. The team are colleagues from various departments right across the organisation, from toolmaking, warehouse, picking, sales – including Operations Director Garry Ireland.

The challenge involves walking 25 miles up three mountains – within 12 hours. This includes Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The team completed the task in just 10 hours 36 minutes!

It was a 6am start for Team Wham, with a forecast of thunderstorms and rain. Luckily, they only had to contest with light rain along the way. Everyone turned up ready and in good fitness, with a great support team in Lionel and Carl, who had 2 check points arranged to keep Team Wham hydrated and fuelled.

 

Garry Ireland, Operations Director, pictured in camouflage hat, said

“The hardest part was the last 2 miles, all our limbs were aching and everyone just wanted to get over the finish line. Once we’d completed the challenge it did rain hard but by then we didn’t care. The best thing was that the team had completed and exceeded the target of the £10,000 for the Accrington Stanley Community Trust. I am so proud of all Team Wham and I am thankful to everyone that donated. I know for sure this has made us a stronger team.”

 

Company Director Tony Grimshaw OBE, added: “Many congratulations to the team for taking on such a big challenge and smashing their target. It’s really important to us as a company to give back to our local community. Really proud of them all!”

The total raised by the day was £11,645, with an original goal of £10,000. Team Wham appreciated every donation. More can be seen about the work of Accrington Stanley Community Trust here: www.stanleytrust.co.uk

Tony Grimshaw Upcycled Plastic Boxes

What More UK Work With MPs to Gain a Positive Amendment to New Tax Proposals

In the UK it is estimated that five million tonnes of plastic is used every year, nearly half of which is packaging. The UK Government brought in measures to address wastage and benefit the environment, including the complete ban on 1 October 2020 of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds, and drink stirrers in England, except for exempt uses.

What More UK, which is already a zero to landfill company, was prompted to develop its Upcycled range as a response to the growing amount of plastics ending up in landfill or worse, in the ocean. Wham Upcycled is an award winning range of housewares, which features all their most popular lines, as an eco-friendly range manufactured from 100% recycled & recyclable plastic.

The UK Government additionally plan to introduce a new Plastic Packaging Tax, on packaging containing less than 30% recycled plastic, to be paid for by the manufacturer, and starting from April 2022. Last November the draft list of products affected was released, and What More were concerned to see items on there that were very much multi use – including buckets, plastic bowls, loft storage and food storage containers.

The Treasury position is that the cost of £200 per tonne will apply to any ‘tax liable’ plastic packaging, where 30% recycled content cannot be demonstrated. The proposed millions extra in annual taxes would have hampered What More’s future investment plans, affected the livelihoods of 350 colleagues, and caused them to be less competitive both in the UK market, and their large export market which covers 75 countries.

Local MPs for What More’s manufacturing site locations, Antony Higginbotham and Sara Britcliffe, agreed that the HMRC proposals did not match the Government objectives on reducing unnecessary single-use plastic. They sent letters of support and attended meetings and consultations with HMRC, along with fellow North West MPs, Mark Menzies, Chris Green and Mark Logan.

Thanks to these consultations and work with the trade association BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association), HMRC have announced today that the draft legislation has been updated, to clarify that a number of items are outside the scope of the new tax – including toolboxes, plastic cups, shop fittings and many others. 3 categories of products from the meaning of a ‘plastic packaging component’ have been removed. HMRC agreed such products do not typically contribute to plastic pollution.

Company Director Tony Grimshaw OBE, commented: “What More have a focus on recycling and reusing materials and we are proud of our credentials. 10,000 tonnes of plastic used in our manufacturing processes is fully recycled already. I’m very grateful to the five MPs and our trade association BHETA for understanding our position and working hard to ensure that HMRC appreciate that our industry is part of the solution, and not the cause.    None of What More’s products will now be subject to this tax. I’m delighted with the amendments to the draft legislation, and this means we can continue to invest in our colleagues and expansion plans.”

 

You can read more about the proposed Plastic Packaging Tax here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-plastic-packaging-tax-from-april-2022

Team Wham take to the Yorkshire Three Peaks

Team Wham, will take to the Yorkshire Three Peaks, on the 21st August 2021, with the aim of raising £10,000 for the Accrington Stanley Trust .  A trust that is local to the community.

The challenge – Walk 25 miles up three mountains in 12 hours. Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

Team Wham have been out training in the local area, completing various challenges in preparation for the main event, it is a team event with participants from each area of the Wham business.

 

Team Wham have undertaken the Huncoat Trail, on many occasions, training after a long day at work and walking around 8 to 10 miles through the local area, the team have also scaled Pendle hill on a few occasions, looking to build their fitness levels and speed.

 

We wish Team Wham every success in their £10,000 quest and if you would like to show your support to the team, please click on the link to their just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/teamwham?utm_term=wVYnzn8Pd

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Accrington Stanley Community Trust

Accrington Stanley Community Trust was originally established under the banner of Football in the Community in 2007, with the aim to bring the professional club and their community closer together. Natural progression from Football in the Community resulted in the scheme being taken on to work alongside and under the guidance of the Football League Trust. Accrington Stanley Community Trust has expanded at a phenomenal rate and we now work in 4 key themed areas: Sports Participation, Education, Health & Wellbeing and Social Inclusion.

Vision

“Use the power of Accrington Stanley Football Club to improve the lives of the people of Hyndburn through participation in sport and exercise”.

Mission

Our mission is to support the local community regardless of age, gender, race, religion or skill level and promote a healthier lifestyle through sport and education by encouraging individuals to take part in fun based activities, which develop confidence, co-operation and education.

Values

• Challenge behaviour and attitudes, promoting Respect and celebrating diversity • Inspire to achieve and Fulfil potential • Develop leaders, coaches and volunteers • Innovate in delivery

Purpose

In placing Accrington Stanley at the heart of the community we will: 1. Increase participation in Sport & Exercise. 2. Promote wellbeing and healthy lifestyles within local communities. 3. Deliver an inclusive programme of activities that involves and engages hard to reach groups, improving community cohesion. 4. Develop and empower leaders, coaches and volunteers. 5. Engage and inspire young people, raising and celebrating educational achievement. 6. Govern the operations of ASCT efficiently and effectively.

St. Mary’s Primary School Tackles Single Use Plastic Pollution

After a meeting with MP Sara Britcliffe and captain of industry Tony Grimshaw OBE, pupils from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Clayton-le-Moors, are again leading the way in recycling single use plastics.

The pupils of St Mary’s RC Primary School in Clayton-le-Moors are an inspirational group of children. They have been teaching the world how to give plastic a second life by making ecobricks. Ecobricks are plastic bottles stuffed tight with single use plastic.

The year three children have made enough ecobricks to construct an entire classroom. MP for Hyndburn Sara Britcliffe and responsible plastic housewares manufacturer Tony Grimshaw OBE (Director of What More UK) were invited to visit the school to see the latest project.

Ms Britcliffe MP commented:

“We’ve had a wonderful afternoon at St Mary’s Primary speaking to the year three children about all they’re doing and the messages they’re getting out to save the environment. We took What More with us to talk about reusing plastics, and the benefits of that.”

“The issue of plastic packaging is close to the hearts of the children in the school” said Head Teacher Michael Mashiter.

“Our children are the next generation and it’s important they understand about their carbon footprint. We’ve been looking at exciting ways to recycle waste plastics.”

Mr Mashiter, along with head girl Molly Perkins and head boy Isaac Ryan, presented Ms Britcliffe with a book documenting their eco-journey, collated over three years. This book shows how deeply the school and its pupils are committed to caring for the environment. The pupils hope Ms Britcliffe will pass the book on to Boris Johnson the Prime Minister.

What More UK, were invited along to talk to the children about what they are doing to reuse plastic.

Company Director Tony Grimshaw explained to the children that What More is also creating reusable products from “single use” plastics. The firm’s popular Upcycled range of housewares is made from 95% recycled post-consumer plastics. In a single day they manage to divert around 40,000 tonnes of waste plastic from landfill.

Mr Grimshaw commented:

“Single use plastic is drastic. You can give things a second life. Plastic can have a second life. Everything can be recycled if you’re creative about it, and that’s what these inspirational kids are doing.”

Children at the school have also been using What More’s Wham boxes as improvised green houses to grow vegetables for the school’s kitchen.

“They’re the best greenhouses in the world” commented one enthusiastic child.

“These children are our future and we need to make sure we are working with them and working with businesses to make sure they get the future they deserve” said Ms Britcliffe MP.

The school children are determined to continue making their ecobricks for bigger and more impressive projects in the future.

For more information about St. Mary’s Primary School in Clayton-le-Moors, including details of the ecobrick project and footage from the BBC North West’s coverage in 2019 visit www.st-marys-clayton-le-moors.lancs.sch.uk.

 

Head boy Isaac Ryan and head girl Molly Perkins present Sara Britcliffe MP with a book on the school’s ecojourney to present to Boris Johnson.

Sara Britcliffe MP discusses with pupils at St. Mary’s how What More’s Wham Boxes make improvised greenhouses to grow vegetables

 

 

 

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What More UK shortlisted for Made in the North West Awards

What More UK are up for up for the Manufacturer of the Year (over £25 million) and Export Award categories at the 2021 Made in the North West Awards.

Director Tony Grimshaw OBE said: “Made in Britain means made of top quality.”There’s a real demand for British made products overseas and we’ve done our best to capitalise on that positivity.”

What More UK says that the shortlisting is evidence that its strategy of export products bearing a logo marking them as having been made in Britain is the right one, with the firm now exporting to 75 countries around the world.

In particular, its famous Wham brand of houseware and home storage products has proven to be particularly important to the firm’s overseas drive.

Closer to home, What More has also found that lockdown has led to an increased demand for its products, with more and more people taking up baking while normal social activities were restricted.

Similarly, Mr Grimshaw also believes that his company’s investment in school engagement, apprenticeship schemes, beach clean-up, and sponsorship of local sports teams demonstrate that What More takes its social responsibility to the local area extremely seriously.

This has helped mark the company out as a particularly worthy award nominee.

The current awards will mark the ninth year of the Made in the North West awards, which are organised by Insider Media Limited.

The winners will be announced at an event in the Lowery Hotel, Salford on July 28.

Checkout the full run down by clicking here

 

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You’re Hired: Apprentice Success at What More UK

A huge congratulations to our two new apprentices who have begun their full-time positions. We are now looking for more to follow in their footsteps.

Since What More UK started the apprenticeship scheme, we have given full-time positions to all apprentices trained at our Altham site.

The two most recent apprentices to graduate the course are William Moat and Izaak Holden who have now began work in the tool room and injection moulding area.

The covid pandemic had put the brakes on the apprenticeship scheme but now we are looking out for more engineering and manufacturing stars of the future. Apprentices at What More will get the chance to work in the our impressive factory and learn to maintain state of the art machinery.

What More UK’s Manufacturing Director Rob Walker explained about the scheme:

“We’ve had great success in the past with our apprentices and that’s why we are keen to continue. We have an agreement with Burnley College where they spend a day a week learning the theory in class and four days a week with us here at What More.”

“The scheme had a set back with Covid but now we’re moving forward and we’re ready for the next group.”

 

 

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What More UK Plans to Invests in New Factory Expansion in Altham

What More’s plans are to build a brand new 200,000 sq. ft. factory adjacent to its existing site in Altham as part of a £20m investment plan.

The proposed building, which is currently awaiting planning permission, will increase the What More’s overall floor space by around 40%. Three quarters of the new development will be given over to manufacturing capacity. This will also require a similar increase in staffing levels.

Miles Parkinson OBE, leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, commented:

“We welcome this development from What More UK. They’re one of the top employers in Hyndburn and we’re proud to have such a progressive company here on our doorstep. They’ve made a great contribution to the local economy and with this latest piece of news it looks set to grow in the future.”

What More UK Company Director Tony Grimshaw OBE, explained:

“At What More we never stay still. We’re always trying to keep one step ahead of the competition, and the way to do that is through continual investment in machines, estate, and people.”

The new building project is part of a £20m investment programme including 13 new injection moulding machines, 5 of which have already arrived at What More’s existing factory with a further 8 scheduled for delivering in the coming months.

Antony Higginbotham, MP for Burnley, commented:

“I welcome the news that What More UK is investing in a new factory in Pennine Lancashire, the traditional heartland of British Manufacturing. Companies like What More UK prove that manufacturing is alive and well in the UK, and continuing to offer quality employment in Burnley, Padiham and surrounding areas.”

Sara Britcliffe, MP for Hyndburn and Haslingden, added:

“What More UK isn’t just investing in Hyndburn, it’s investing in UK PLC. This is an exemplary organisation that exports British made products all around the world, each proudly displaying a Made in Britain logo.”

 

 

 

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Our new Manufacturing Director – Rob Walker

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Rob Walker to Manufacturing Director. Rob arrived at the company in 2014 as the Engineering Manager, bringing with him 17 years experience in the plastics industry.

Rob began his career in the plastics industry fresh out of school. He worked for a small moulding company where he spent 13 years learning everything there was to know about the production of plastic housewares. Now in his 37th year Rob has seen huge changes to the industry especially with breakthroughs in plastics manufacturing technology.

“As Engineering Manager I have been responsible for the huge change in infrastructure at What More UK, overseeing the upgrade in manufacturing equipment and processes. This included improved specification of new machines, moulds and associated equipment, which in turn has allowed What More to be more efficient to meet unprecedented demand in the plastics housewares sector”

As Manufacturing Director Rob will now oversee the impressive collection of new machinery that has massively increased production times, and look to the future with further investments to What More UK.

How to store your summer clothes during winter

As summer draws to an end and the autumn chill starts creeping in, it’s time to start thinking about bringing out your winter clothes and putting your summer clothes away in storage.

If you have limited storage space, how you store your unused clothes and accessories is important to make the most of the space you have. Storing seasonal clothes out of the way when they aren’t needed avoids overflowing wardrobes and drawers. To help make the change and to keep your belongings in the best condition, here are some of our top tips.

Sorting through your summer clothes

Begin by taking all of your summer clothes out of your wardrobe and go through them piece by piece. Decide there and then if there are any pieces that you no longer want/need, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Does the item fit?
  • Does the item make you feel good when you wear it?
  • How many times have you worn it?
  • Are you likely to wear it next year?

Try to be strict with your choices, especially when your storage space is limited. Anything that you no longer need can be sold or sent to a charity shop.

Wash and prep your clothes

Once you know what you want to keep, you can start to organise them ready for storage. Consider categorising them into boxes, eg. one box for summer dresses, one for tops, one for beach items and so on. You can label the boxes to make it easier to find everything next year.

Before storing, make sure all items are clean, any dirt or sweat on the clothing can lead to unwanted stains. Also, ensure all items are completely dry before storing them away, the moisture will cause mildew and mold growth.

When you come to putting your clothes in their boxes, it’s a good idea to fold your clothes using Marie Kondo’s KonMari method, click here to learn how. This is a great method to make the most of the space and also reduces the amount of crease lines.

Choosing your box and where to store them

When it comes to storing your clothes, remember to keep them away from direct sunlight, in an area that doesn’t get too hot or too cold. Under the bed or in a cupboard are your best options. Try to avoid lofts, attics and garages, but if you are planning on storing clothes there, put them in an airtight bag before storing in your boxes.

We’d recommend our Wham Crystal storage range, chose from clear, tint pink or tint blue colour options. They’re clear so you can easily see the contents, and come in a variety of sizes. To make the most of your space, we’d suggest measuring the area you wish to use for storage and finding a box or boxes that fill as much of that space as possible. The Wham Crystal range also has boxes specifically suited to underbed storage.

Alternatively our Wham Box range also offers many sizes and comes in two stylish colour ways, a clear base with either a cool blue or steel coloured lid.

When it comes to storing away summer shoes, you can keep them safe and protected with the Wham Uni Store 8 boxes. They lock together either on top of each other or side by side to make the most of your available space.

Organising your winter wardrobe

Once the summer clothes are out of the way, you can give your wardrobe and drawers a clean whilst they’re empty before beginning to store your winter clothes. Again this is a good opportunity to sort through your everything and sell/donate any that you no longer want or need.

Next, separate your clothes into what needs to be hung in the wardrobe and what can be folded away in drawers. Some clothes are best suited to being folded rather than hung up, these include: knitwear, t-shirts and activewear, hanging these items can cause them to become misshapen. Jeans and scarves can be hung or folded, decide which is best for you based on the space you have. Dresses, shirts, coats and trousers are all best stored hung up in a wardrobe.

Organise your clothes in a system that works for you, some of the most popular ways to categorise your wardrobe are by colour, item or occasion.

For example:

Black, grey, blue, white…

Shirts, skirts, trousers, coats…

Workwear, casual, evening…

Or a mix of a few, for example:

Black – shirts, skirts, trousers, coats
Grey – shirts, skirts, trousers, coats…

Whatever system you chose make sure it works for you so that you can stick to it throughout the year. This will keep your wardrobe organised and neat whilst also making it easier to find everything you need.

 

Shop the Wham Crystal range here
Shop the Wham Box range here
Shop Uni Store 8 here

 

If you’ve used Wham products to store your summer or winter clothes, let us know by tagging us in your photos on social media.

 

Wham is heading to Costa Rica!

After settling a new export deal, Costa Rica is the latest addition to our growing list of export destinations, bringing the total up to 74 countries.

Less than 12 months ago we added Senegal to our list of export destinations. Now, despite the turmoil of a global health crisis, we’ve managed to bring another country into the fold: Costa Rica, Central America.

With a GPD of over $95 Billion, Costa Rica has one of the strongest economies in Latin America. On top of this, it was named the greenest country in the world in 2009. It aims to become totally carbon neutral by 2021.

Our products might be able to help Costa Rica achieve its environmental targets. They can help eliminate single use plastics and encourage recycling. Our ‘Upcycled’ range is made entirely from recycled single use plastics diverted from landfill.

With this new export deal, we’re reminded that the manufacturing sector is still vitally important to the country. Around 20% of the UK GDP comes from the manufacturing sector, in real terms that puts us in the top 10 of manufacturing countries in the world.

Our company director Tony Grimshaw OBE explained:

“People perceive made in Britain as made of top quality, and they’re right about that. As a country we have high standards. Export is a great way for companies to increase their customer base and in the current market conditions it could provide a lifeline for many organisations.”

Our export sales team are always looking out for new opportunities, we aim to continually increase the number of export destinations going forward.

Supporting our Nation

We are proud to announce that as a leading UK Manufacturer, as of Tuesday 14th April we commenced the production of Medical Face Visor individual parts in support of the Emergency Services who are in great demand for such crucial safety protection ware.

This venture was born in collaboration with one of our specialist tool makers: Canteen Smithy Engineering Limited, a UK Manufacturer also, who within a record timeframe of 4 days designed, engineered and produced the tool mould ready for final production.

The strength and expertise of UK Manufacturing at its finest and a response turnaround time that when the whole world is on lock down highlights the benefits of our own countries production capabilities.

We are working with a current capacity of 8,500 visors per day and working to exceed 60,000 per week. We have put all our resources and expertise within manufacturing to ensure the highest quality and product performance to guarantee safety first and foremost.

Our CEO Mr Andy Holt has pledged to support our nation in any which way he can. This is just one part of the continued support we at WhatMore are able to contribute to our nation’s needs & requirements to remain safe, strong and to get through this difficult time together, united.

We would like to highlight to all reading this if you require any production capacity or manufacturing support of key products to support the vital work, care and safety of our front line emergency services in all capacities then please do not hesitate to contact us on WMSupport@whatmoreuk.com

 

 

Local school visit for a factory tour gaining valuable industry insights

Last week we opened our doors to the Year 5 pupils at Belthorn Academy Primary School. The main aim of the visit was to provide the children with an insight into potential future career paths, as well as show them that not all plastic is bad, and what we as a plastic manufacturer are doing to help tackle the current environmental issues with plastic.

Nathan Griffiths, year 5 teacher and STEM coordinator at Belthorn Primary, commented:

Our rural village school provides the kids with an incredible learning environment, but industrial visits like this are fantastic.  I’m incredibly passionate about STEM and teaching it; it should always inspire, and with visits like today, children get to see how the topics I teach in the classroom everyday, transpire in their future careers.

The visit started with a presentation and introduction to the company, followed by a tour of our Head Office show rooms where they could view our vast range of products. The next stop was our factory site at Altham Business Park where the children got to see first hand how the products are made and the scale of the whole manufacturing process. The visit finished with a lively Q&A session lead by our company directer Tony Grimshaw OBE.

Yvonne Brown, chair of the governors at Belthorn Primary, explained about the purpose of the visit:

We’ve come here to inspire the children, and to give them some idea of the pathways that are there for them in employment, and it’s been amazing. I’ve got What More products at home, I think everyone does, but I didn’t know they were made locally, and I didn’t realise they’re doing upcycling, and recycling. It’s really good for the children to see, and we want to increase the ties we’ve got with industry.

Over the last year we have diverted nearly 100 tonnes of plastic from landfill, repurposing it to make our Wham Upcycled and Wham Recycled ranges. The demand has been so strong that we’ve had to purchase scrap plastic from other manufacturers.

Here’s what Tony Grimshaw’s had to say:

These children are our customers and colleagues of tomorrow. We are keen to show them who we are and what we’re doing. The other reason for this visit is that plastic products are much maligned by journalists using the word ‘plastic’ on its own, when what they really mean is ‘single-use plastic’. We’re not trying to change the kids’ opinions about what’s good or bad. We just want to present the other side of the story so they can make an informed decision.

We hope the children feel more connected to local businesses, more aware of where products come from and how they are made. Hopefully this project will ignite further engagement with local schools and stimulate more interest in our apprenticeship scheme.

 

Click here to watch the video of the visit here

 

 

What More UK Awarded Two Housewares Innovation Awards 2020

This year’s Housewares Innovations Awards were held at the National Conference Centre on Monday 3rd February. It was a very successful evening for us, we managed to walk away with two of the three prestigious awards that we were nominated for.

 

The awards has served as a prime opportunity to celebrate the collective achievements of the housewares sector for over a decade – annually recognising and rewarding the innovative manufacturers and creative retailers that have helped the industry to thrive, not to mention the passionate individuals at the heart of these companies.

– housewaresinnovationawards.com

 

The first award won was The Service Award, which we also walked away with last year. We’re very proud that our exceptional service is being recognised year on year. Next up was Salesman of the Year, which was awarded to our very own Peter Ellis, a true gentleman who has worked in the industry for over 50 years. He is the sort of man who reminds us that sales is still a noble profession. He’s achieved a lot during his ongoing career and proved himself not only a fine salesman but also a man of integrity and a cyclist with an eye for the next mountain to climb.

Seven years ago, Peter Ellis was celebrating 33 years in the housewares industry and thinking about retiring with his pushbike to the French countryside. That plan was put on hold when Andy Holt, Managing Director of What More UK, approached Mr. Ellis with a different idea. He asked him to delay his well-earned retirement for a few more years. Looking back on it, that turned out to be a very good decision for both men.

A new sales territory was created especially for Mr Ellis and within a few years he doubled the sales value of that area to a seven-figure sum.

If you ask him how he’s done it, he’s very clear:

 

First and foremost, I can only do what I do with the support of What More. The way they operate is second to none. If I order something, it gets delivered. If I need something doing, it gets done. It’s the best company I’ve ever worked for and the back-office support is fantastic!

 

But that’s not the whole story, far from it. Being a great salesman is all about building trust and respect, and Mr Ellis has got to a point where his clients let him write out his own orders keeping the shelves stocked without the need for a constant back and forth.

Mr Ellis’s advice to anyone beginning a career in sales is “always be straight with people and leave every account in a situation where you can go back there. You make your living on repeat business.”

“Relationships grow over time” he explains, “If you take advantage you might make a bit extra in the short term, but they’ll never have you back.”

Looking back over his career, Mr Ellis has seen the industry develop. From the introduction of the internet bringing direct sales online, through to the necessity of recycling and reusing plastics, but one constant has been Spring Fair, held at the NEC in Birmingham. This year he attended his 40th show; that fact on its own speaks volumes.

Peter Ellis is so much more than a great salesman, he’s an elder statesman of industry, and if anyone deserves an award it’s him.

 

We’re very proud of the entire Wham team.

 

The Only UK Company Shortlisted for Plastics Recycling Awards Europe

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We’re very proud to be shortlisted for the prestigious Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2020 for our Wham Bam Upcycled range of plastic storage boxes made from 100% recycled single use plastics. These awards set out to acknowledge and celebrate achievement throughout the European plastics recycling industry. They identify and provide insight into the latest developments in the usage of recycled material, product design and innovative manufacturing.

 

 

Wham Upcycled is a complete range of super strong storage boxes with the more recent addition of housewares and garden planters. These products, despite costing slightly more to produce, retail at a comparable price to our existing range and are equally durable and versatile. This goes against the misconception that recycled products are not as strong as their non-recycled counterparts.

The award winners will be announced on 26th March, during the second day of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe taking place at the RAI Amsterdam. Recycling plastics in Europe is a rapidly growing sector representing €3 billion in turnover, with 6.6 million tonnes of recycling capacity and directly employing around 18,000 people.

 

Our company director Tony Grimshaw OBE says:

We are really pleased to be nominated for this award because it means we’re on the right path. What More UK is a forward thinking, progressive company, and this nomination is evidence of that.

 

The Wham Upcycled range is just one of several product ranges made from recycled raw materials. We also produce storage from surplus post-industrial materials – Wham Recycled and a range made from recycled banknotes – Banknote Box. We have a zero to landfill policy and engage in beach litter picking activities. Going forward to aim to continue to produce more products from recycled material in an attempt to help battle the environmental crisis.

 

Click here to see how our Upcycled products are made

 

Newly Launched: Meister Proper Range of Cleaning Products in Germany and France

We’re pleased to announce that we have secured new contracts in Europe. By investing in new buildings, new infrastructure and new machines we can continue delivering high quality, affordable products whilst keeping up with the ever-growing demand.

Andy Riley, Director at What More UK, commented:

“The last 18 months at What More UK have been a whirlwind – we launched our new Proctor and Gamble Flash Range of cleaning products in the UK January 2018 and the sales for these sky-rocketed, without ever coming down. It’s fantastic and we are incredibly thankful for the support from all our customers.

The new machines have been well-received by the team. The state-of-the-art equipment is perfectly tailored to meet the requirements of our customers and the growth we are expecting over the next few years.”

Last October saw the launch of the Flash range in Austria and Germany. Proctor and Gamble call their Flash products ‘Meister Proper’ in these two countries. We will be launching the same products in France, the Netherlands, and Belgium, under ‘Mr Propre’. We are not deterred by Brexit and will continue to target growth.

Mr Riley added:

“We will be continuously expanding throughout the EU and the rest of the world. An incredible amount of time and skill goes into the creation of our products. We do not want the increasing demand of What More UK products to result in lower quality, so the investment of machinery and infrastructure has enabled us to continue producing the required volumes and expected growth without sacrificing any of our high levels of service with extra demands.”

Browse the Meister Proper range here

 

 

New machinery allows us to produce more goods with less waste

A £750,000 investment in two new state of the art fully automatic bakeware machines will not only speed up production of our products but will do so in a more environmentally friendly manner.

The new machines, which in the simplest possible terms are mechanical presses, will double their current capacity enabling us to produce 8,000 baking trays in a ten hour shift, over 13 a minute! The new machines will help us keep up with the ever increasing demand for our award winning products. Last year we finished on double digit growth and we aim to improve on that high achievement in 2020.

Tony Grimshaw OBE is one of our directors, he commented:

“As a leading manufacturer of housewares, cookware, and bakeware, it’s important for us to lead the way in creating these products in the most environmentally friendly way possible. We want to do our bit, and also to encourage other companies to follow suit. We are very pleased that British made products are fast becoming the starting point for UK retailers. What More UK are more than ready to accept their orders along with those from our many overseas customers.”

Garry Ireland, our Operations Director said:

“We have the Rolls Royce of equipment here; it’s important we can deliver the best possible products in the shortest amount of time. The new additions are fantastic. They have a much lower carbon footprint and a quicker running time than the previous machines. That means more productivity, more efficiency, and less waste.”

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.