What More reacts to urgent plastic storage appeal from the Hyndburn Helpers

When a local volunteer group put out an online appeal for storage boxes for their food bank via social media What More quickly acted to help.

Michelle Davies and David Booth visited the What More offices and in the showroom were shown a selection of the many plastic boxes produced at the company’s Altham factory.

After explaining the scope of the big community project the Hyndburn Helpers are working on it seemed like the Wham® Bam range of plastic box would be ideal. With a large amount of food to be sorted, stored and distributed the storage needed to be robust, secure and allow for a system of identification. The colour options of the boxes would help in sorting all the donated food, one of the biggest tasks ahead for Michelle, David and their team of volunteers.

Michelle Davies of the Hyndburn Helpers said: “After people from around the community have been so generous in donating to the food bank we want to make sure that we can store it all securely and get it to the people who need it most in the local area. Having good strong boxes, which keep the food safe and secure is vitally important to the project”.

“We are totally reliant on donations, as we receive no government funding. When the team at What More came and delivered the boxes we quickly filled them all. The team told us that if we needed some more they could help and we are receiving a second delivery this week”.

Adam Wilkinson, What More’s Marketing & Product Development Manager said:

“As a large local manufacturer we are very aware of our place in the community and we take a pride in it. For many of our workforce the Hyndburn area is where they live or grew up. To find out that people are so in need of food in your local area is a real eye opener.”

“When we heard of the great community work the Hyndburn Helpers were doing and found out they were desperate for plastic storage for their food bank we really wanted to help. In donating our strongest, secure boxes we know that Michelle, David and the team will not have to worry about storing and protecting all the food.”

Products in What More UK’s Wham® Bam range are available in various sizes, from 2.3 litres right up to 150 litres.

Housewares Innovation Awards

In a busy week of two major trade shows, we took time out to attend the Housewares Innovation Awards on the evening of Monday 6 February, and picked up two awards made it a very worthwhile break from the exhibition stand!

We were crowned highly commended in two categories: the Bakeware Innovation Award and the Service Award.

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Success at Spring Fair 2017

Across a number of displays occupying a 255 square metre area of the NEC, we showcased hundreds of products from our homeware and cookware ranges at Spring Fair.

We used the UK’s number one trade fair for home & gifts to launch our new brand Baker & Salt, a range of stylish yet durable enamelware baking dishes. Made from vitreous enamel and with a hand-sprayed finish, these unique products can be used in the oven, as well as on the hob, barbecue and outdoor fire without any buckling. Buyers expressed lots of interest in the products, which will be available to order from April.

New innovations throughout the Wham® range drew buyers to our stand, and cookery demos highlighted the quality and versatility of products in the PushPan® and Wham® Cook ranges.

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David Brett, What More UK’s new Sales Representative for the South of England, brings with him over 20 years of retail and wholesale experience within a family business in Ireland. With previous roles in kitchenware and catering equipment, he also brings established contacts and is looking forward to developing more as he grows What More UK’s bakeware customer base.

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Roger Tout has worked for What More UK since 2000, having joined the business the year after it was founded. In his 16 years as Operations Director, Roger has had overall responsibility for the warehousing and despatch of all What More UK orders, both to customers across the UK and internationally.

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Friday 11 November was a work day like no other for What More UK Director Tony Grimshaw, as he made his way to Buckingham Palace to collect his OBE award.

Tony was joined by wife Helen and two of his three daughters, Alison Townsend and Sarah Grimshaw, for the prestigious occasion as he received his OBE from HRH the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.

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What More UK director hailed as UK manufacturing exemplar

What More UK has been listed among the top 100 British manufacturers.

Director Tony Grimshaw OBE is proud to receive the accolade on behalf of his colleagues in all areas of What More’s business, following last night’s announcement by The Manufacturer magazine.

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