Declutter your kids and create more play room

Anyone who has a child in their house will appreciate the pain of standing on Lego, and will at one time have felt overwhelmed standing in a room full of chaos.

Life can be made a lot easier by having adequate storage – because kids do accumulate a lot of belongings. Every Christmas, birthday and trip to the shops just seems to add more and more, until it becomes time to sort, stack and put away.

The first task – sort and declutter. Here are a few simple steps to help you along the way!

  1. Involve the child. You will not want to get rid of something that they absolutely loved, but had just fallen down the side of the bed. It can be tricky, as they will want to keep almost everything, but hold the discussion in terms they will understand – ‘Is there anything you can give to a new home and let someone else play with’, rather than ‘What can I get rid of’, is a sympathetic way to tackle this.
  2. Check the age of items. Children grow out of toys fairly quickly, so it’s an easy step to remove any toys and books that are no longer age appropriate. If you haven’t had a clear out for a while, you may be pleasantly surprised at how large this pile becomes!
  3. Check for any broken toys or jigsaws with pieces missing, and colouring books that are all filled in. This should help you streamline the room, and add to the pile to go.
  4. Sort into categories. If you can sort things out properly, when the child wants to read, they can go to the book section – and then can be encouraged to put it back when they’re finished. The absolute worst scenario in a child’s room is a mess of all different items all over the floor – it’s frustrating and leaves them no room to actually play.
  5. Finally, invest in storage. Boxes, organisers, shelving – the more ways to store, the cleaner, tidier and fuss free the room will be. The newly sorted piles can be neatly stacked away in their designated space, and easily put back when they’re finished too.

Wham, the household goods manufacturer, can help you with this. They’ve designed the Studio Cube, which is a very neat 30cm x 30cm storage basket with handles. Wipe clean and nestable, the best part of it is that it perfectly fits the popular modular shelving units available in retailers – and those units come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colours and configurations to fit any room perfectly.

The Studio Cube comes in a variety of colours to match or contrast your colour scheme, including Ice White, Blush Pink, Silver Sage and Cool Grey. Enjoy decluttering and having more play room!

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What More UK owner Andy Holt is honoured with Freedom of the Borough of Hyndburn

What More UK was established in 1999 by Burnley businessman Andy Holt. The business launched with 15 products, mainly plastic garden items, and turned over £4.5million in its first year. It has gone on to become a major employer in the borough of Hyndburn, employing 350 across two sites and exporting around the world.

What More are also loyal supporters of Accrington Stanley FC, with owner Andy Holt having invested heavily in the club at the start of their historic 2015/16 season. As Chairman, Andy Holt also led the refurbishment of the Wham Stadium – sponsored by What More UK’s leading brand – which began in 2015, and has continued to invest in and develop the club and ground, recently opening a £2.5m hospitality suite designed for use all year round by the local community.

Last week, due to his positive impact on the local community, Andy Holt was granted the honour of being awarded the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough, by Hyndburn Borough Council at its annual council meeting.

Mr Holt said:

I am really pleased as sometimes running a football club can be a thankless task. It’s nice that this is appreciated. I am honoured the council has chosen to do this.


What More Company Director Tony Grimshaw OBE, added:

We have worked together for many years and I’m delighted Andy has been given such an honour for his work, which has a huge impact on the local community. If anyone deserves this accolade it’s Andy. He’s done so much to put Hyndburn on the map. The company, the football club and all the support he gives the Borough in general!

What More UK Train Apprentices in Specialist Skills

What More UK believe in the ‘Made in Britain’ ethos, buying local wherever possible and training their staff from the ground up. Engineering is a specialist industry requiring traditional skills, and the recent acquisition of Canteen Smithy will only strengthen What More’s toolmaking capabilities.

Elliot Prestage
Elliot Prestage


In order to keep up with their expansion and growth, they hire and train young apprentices, who train on the job to keep up local knowledge of manufacturing, and engineering skills. Elliot Prestage joined at just 16, and is working in the Bakeware department, and completing his apprenticeship with Burnley College. Harrison Julienne is the latest apprentice in the Production department. Other apprentices who have become valued members of the team are William Moat, in the Toolmaking department and Izaak Holden, in Production.

What More UK now employ 350 staff across their sites in Padiham and Altham, and are always looking for first class staff in traditional areas of engineering such as Toolmaking and Press Operation. The engineers work on brand new machines installed as part of their recent building expansion – a £20m investment programme which included 13 new injection moulding machines.



Directors at What More UK see their apprenticeship programme as an ongoing process. Company Director Tony Grimshaw OBE, explained:

Apprenticeships are a great way to keep and maintain the knowledge and skills base of the company. We’re happy to invest our time training people up, as we will always need engineers. It’s a great career to get into and I wish them all the best!


Heather Howarth, HR Manager, added

Our apprentices are really well supported by the team and get some excellent training that will last them a lifetime. I’d encourage anyone to apply. What More really invest in their people, including management and leadership training. I hope to be recruiting to support our growth for many years to come!


What More Host a Visit From Keen Environmentalists St. Mary’s Primary School

The pupils of St Mary’s RC Primary School in Clayton-le-Moors are an inspirational group of children. Their story of building an entire classroom outdoors went around the world and they were featured on the BBC. They are determined to give plastic a second life by making ecobricks – plastic bottles stuffed tight with single use plastic.

Responsible plastic housewares manufacturer Tony Grimshaw OBE (Director of What More UK) was invited to visit the school to see the project, and speak to them about the reuse of plastic and that ‘Not all Plastic is Drastic’. He returned the compliment by inviting them into the manufacturing premises of What More, just down the road in Altham, to see for themselves how recycling works for them.

What More creates reusable products from “single use” plastics, including for example, margarine tubs. The firm’s popular Upcycled range of housewares is made from 95% recycled post-consumer plastics. Every year, What More give a new lease of life to over 10,000 tonnes of recycled plastic, made up of both domestic and industrial waste.

The pupils were fascinated to see the size and scale of What More, and how they take environmental concerns very seriously.



What More also presented the visiting children with a bespoke engraved plaque during their visit, which was manufactured on their machinery.




Tony Grimshaw commented:

It was fantastic to have the children in our factory and be able to show them in real life how we care for the environment through all our processes. They will be able to take this knowledge back and carry on with their environmental work, and we wish them all the best in their futures!


Garry Ireland, Operations Director at What More UK, said:

It was great to show children around who were so enthused about what we do, they asked lots of questions and it was a delight for me and my team to welcome them to What More. Some of the children showed real enthusiasm at learning all about our technology and I’m sure in the future some of them will become What More employees which will be a delight for us to support the local community.


Stacey Mason, Class 5 teacher at St Mary’s RC Primary School, added:

We had an amazing day at What More, absolutely fantastic, we even got some goodies to take home with us. The children were amazed at the technology involved and the recycling. I’ve even learned a lot myself, it has been a wonderful day out.




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


You can check out a video of the visit here:


Team Wham Will Be Taking On The National Three Peaks Challenge!

Team Wham® will take to the National Three Peaks on the 10th September 2022, with the aim of raising £15,000 for Derian House, Children’s Hospice, a vital local charity.

Last year staff from What More UK trained together to raise money for Accrington Stanley Community Trust. Braving the awful weather the team successfully scaled the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 10 hours 36 minutes and raised a fantastic £11,645.

With over a years training behind them, they now want to go bigger and further by taking on the National Three Peaks.

The Challenge: Climb 3 Mountains in 24 Hours:

Ben Nevis – 1345m

Scafell Pike – 978m

Snowdon – 1085m.

Total walking distance – 23 miles (37km)

Total ascent – 3064 metres (10,052ft) – twice the ascent of the Yorkshire Three Peaks!

We wish Team Wham® every success in their £15,000 quest, if you would like to show your support to the team, please click on this link to their Just Giving page.


Derian House

Derian house is such a deserving charity who provide respite and end-of-life care to more than 450 children and young people across the North West, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They only receive 17% funding from the government but services cost £5.7 million to run every year!


At Derian House we help children and young people, whose lives are too short, to make happy memories in an environment of fun, respect and above all, outstanding care.

Derian House Childrens Hospice


Thank you for your support!


What More UK and Sundown Solutions visit All Saints’ CE Primary to inspire the next generation

All Saints’ CE Primary, a busy and friendly school located on Church Street in Clayton le Moors, took the time to host business visitors in a special assembly featuring every year group. Gordon Preston, Outdoor Learning Leader was keen to hear What More’s vision about the future of plastic, and local tech company Sundown Solutions attended to talk about cyber security and career paths as developers.

As part of an #AmazingAccrington initiative to bring schools and employers closer together, Tony Grimshaw of What More was keen to explain to the school that ‘Not all Plastic is Drastic’, and although the Government are bringing in measures to eliminate avoidable plastic waste – such as plastic straws, their products offer a sustainable use of plastic, being re-usable, durable, and recycling other plastic items such as margarine tubs, with a zero to landfill approach.

Heath Groves, CEO of Sundown Solutions, was keen to show students at an early age that working in software development and cyber security is similar to using the gaming devices they use at home and requires the same skills. This will help them in their future career paths and inspire them to join this rapidly growing industry.

What More Director Tony Grimshaw OBE, explained: “This generation are very aware of environmental issues, and it’s great to be able to explain to them our green credentials and how not all plastic is bad. Hopefully we’ll see some of them in the future as apprentices!”

Heath Groves of Sundown Solutions added: “It was fantastic to hear that many pupils had already heard of Sundown, due to us sponsoring 37 local grass roots football teams a year. Our field of work is expanding very rapidly and it’s not easy to explain cyber security and how that works day to day – but most of the pupils have some sort of gaming device. We may see some of them as developers in the years to come!”

Murray Dawson, Chair of Amazing Accrington, commented: “It’s a pleasure to showcase Amazing Accrington businesses to over 240 pupils, who were all keen to learn more – with over 1700 registered businesses in Hyndburn, there is a future career for everyone.”

#AmazingAccrington have launched a new area of their website for Opportunities, showcasing education, training, apprenticeships and opportunities. This can be found here:

What More Host Visit from the Family Forge, Who Work With Refugees & Asylum Seekers

What More UK, the Lancashire housewares manufacturer and exporter, are proud members of the manufacturing heartland of East Lancashire and pride themselves on having a multi-cultural and diverse team, with a recent count showing 19 different nationalities represented in their workforce of 350.

Recently they were pleased to host a visit from The Family Forge, a registered charity based in Skelmersdale, who work with refugees and asylum seekers. This group face multiple barriers to prosperity and opportunity, and The Family Forge assist them with a place of welcome, friendship and support; and also the life skills necessary to establish and flourish in their new home.

The group, who include people from many nationalities, are offered support with English language, maths, driving theory, CV development, job hunting, culinary and family topics amongst others. Practical assistance is also provided for refugee families when needed. As part of helping them settle into the UK, assistance with employment includes taking them into potential employers to get insight into working life in the UK. What More were delighted to be able to help them on their way.

Company Director Tony Grimshaw OBE, commented:

Both Garry Ireland, Operations Director and myself were delighted to be asked by Paula at The Family Forge to host their students on a visit to our factory, to show them what we do here. Lancashire has always embraced workers from outside our country, and they have been a tremendous addition to its already world beating workforce.

These students are so keen to be part of Lancashire’s manufacturing and service industries success story, it’s great to see, and they will be bringing new ideas and generally a great work ethic to our counties manufacturing and services industries. We wish them all them best!

Paula Walsh of The Family Forge added:

We received a very warm welcome at What More UK as we undertook a wonderfully comprehensive tour of both sites.

During our visit we gained a great insight into the production of a whole variety of products made from recycled and recyclable plastic, as well as witnessing the upkeep of the machinery.

Our students were undeniably positive in their subsequent feedback about our truly informative visit.


Students from the Family Forge visit What More in East Lancashire

What More Attend Dinner With Lord Mayor of London to Represent Lancashire Manufacturing

What More UK, the Lancashire housewares manufacturer and exporter, proudly count themselves as founder members of Made in Britain and support the future of British manufacturing, training their own apprentices and exporting goods all round the world.

Recently they were honoured to be invited to represent Lancashire, and Lancashire manufacturing at a special Lord Mayor’s Dinner at the Mansion House in London. The Lord Mayor of London is an elected position dating back to 1215, and the current, 693rd position is held by Vincent Keaveny, who works as a partner in the international law firm DLA Piper.

Among the duties of the Lord Mayor is to present London and the United Kingdom to the world as a leader in trade, financial technology, innovation in areas like cybersecurity and green finance, and in culture. Invited to the dinner, and seen as vital for their roles in manufacturing and technology, representing Lancashire were:

Khalid Saifullah MBE DL, Managing Director of Star Tissue Ltd
Deyrick Allen, Managing Director of IOT Horizon Ltd and
Tony Grimshaw OBE, Director of What More UK Ltd.

The event began with a welcome speech from The Lord Mayor of London, Vincent Keaveny and inspirational speeches from the Secretary of State, Kwasi Kwarteng and the President of the CBI, Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL, followed by dinner.

Tony Grimshaw OBE, Director of What More UK Ltd, commented:

To be with Khalid and Deyrick, representing Lancashire and Lancashire manufacturing, was a very proud moment. Letting the world know just how well Lancashire makes many, many things brilliantly well, is a labour of love for all three of us. The good wine and exceptional food was a definite bonus as well!

L-R Tony Grimshaw OBE, Deyrick Allen, and Khalid Saifullah MBE DL at the Lord Mayors dinner

What More Host a Visit From Sir Keir Starmer

This week What More UK hosted a visit from Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party and Lisa Nandy, the Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up at their site in Altham.

The visitors spent several hours at What More, taking a full tour of the whole operation. They spoke with interest to many What More colleagues, as part of a fact finding tour to discuss building the prosperity of Britain through manufacturing, amongst other goals.  Views were sought from many, including ex apprentices, current apprentices and engineers in their state of the art machine shop.

Sir Keir has stated his father was a toolmaker and that he is very familiar with British manufacturing, so he was very interested in this part of the tour.

Company Director Tony Grimshaw OBE, commented: “During the visit we underlined that manufacturing isn’t a political issue, but a national necessity and as such, should expect cross party concentration and cross party support. Sir Keir listened to this comment, and was very interested to see what we do here and speak to lots of different team members.

The buzz from colleagues was tangible, all walking around with a spring in their step and a smile on their faces!”

Sir Keir Starmer has stated: “We, the Labour Party have got a package of £28 billion a year on the next generation of jobs. We want a buy, make and sell policy in Britain which means jobs will be local, and we want to deal with business rates and making our high streets thrive again. Levelling up will only happen if the scale of the plan matches the ambition of people.”




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:

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:

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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.

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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.


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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