ProCook awarded Sunday Times International Fast

Track award Following a period of incredible growth kitchenware retailer ProCook has won a coveted place on the Sunday Times International Fast Track 200, which ranks Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing international sales. The company which employs over 550 people nationally is on track to turnover over £50m this financial year and saw growth of 300% in its international channel over the past 3 years, earning it a spot on the league table. The award has come at an optimum time for the company as ProCook’s founder Daniel O’Neill announced in January he is seeking an investment partner to support his vision for international expansion.

O’Neill said: “Winning a place on the Sunday Times Fast Track is fantastic news for ProCook. This is external, independent recognition that confirms what we’ve known for a while – international markets provide huge opportunities for brands that have the ambition and grit to pursue them.

What More UK Announces Phase 2 of its Ambitious Investment Programme

What More UK has announced the next stage of its £20m investment programme. It’s excellent news for the regional and

national economy coming days after the Chancellor announced his plan to boost the country’s GDP through business investment. What More has increased its production capacity with 8 brand new injection moulding machines and a fully integrated bakeware production line, that includes a pneumatic press capable of producing 1200 items per hour. What More has also ordered a further two bakeware machines which they expect to arrive later this month.

Since the start of the pandemic What

More UK has experienced strong demand for many of its housewares lines. This demand is not restricted to the UK and Europe but is emerging as a global trend. What More UK currently exports its products, all made in Lancashire, to 75 countries around the world.

The company has also announced it will be looking for a further 25 new members of staff to help keep up with the demand.

March/April 2021

Environmental issues brought to life for primary school by Paddle Against Plastic campaigner Cal Major

Klean Kanteen UK are giving a Cumbria primary school the chance for hands-on experience of an environmental campaign by introducing their brand ambassador, environmental campaigner and champion stand-up paddleboarder Cal Major, to the school. Major will work on a series of learning activities with Ghyllside Primary in Kendal – a Klean Kanteen UK ‘partner’ school – during the year. The first event was actually held just before the new lockdown,

when the students watched Cal’s film ‘Skye’s the Limit’. This document her solo circumnavigation of the Isle of Skye, Scotland, by stand-up paddleboard in 2017. Following this, Cal hosted a Zoom Q&A with 60 pupils from Year 6.

Headteacher Huw Davies said they were all very excited about working with Cal “as it brings environmental issues to life for our children, ties in exceptionally well with the ethos of our school and how we approach learning

– very much a practical and hands-on approach. It is a well-placed message too given that we’re on the edge of the Lake District.” There were plenty of insightful questions from the children about Cal’s campaign Paddle against Plastic and the use of single plastics.

Exclusively sets out roadmap to live show in August

Stands for the Exclusively Show, which returns to its popular live format at The Business Design Centre in late August are now 95% sold following a positive industry response from exhibitors and visitors in light of the new confirmed show date and renewed confidence following the Government’s ‘roadmap’ announcements. With many restrictions planned to be lifted by June 21st and most adults due to be vaccinated by July, the 24th and 25th August Exclusively dates look set to mark a return to a significant level

of commercial ‘normality’ for buyers and suppliers in the housewares, small electricals, gift and destination garden centre sectors. Chief Operating Officer of show owner, the British Home Enhancement Trade Association and Chair of Exclusively, Will Jones said, “With the Government setting out its four-stage plan, Exclusively is seeing a surge of renewed interest from exhibitors and visitors in what will, by August be the first event of its kind in this industry for almost eighteen months. As such, the show could well

prove to be a real sign of a return to normal trading. “The safety of all Exclusively

visitors and exhibitors is of course paramount and the Exclusively team is working closely with the venue in terms of all necessary protocols for registration, hospitality, events, meetings and the total visitor / exhibitor experience to ensure that everyone can be confident in attending and enjoying the event.

“Plans for the content of

live Exclusively 2021 are well advanced and it is fantastic to see the support”.

Selbrae House Launches its 2021 New Ranges

Selbrae House, has unveiled this week its 2021 range in advance of retailers hopefully re-opening for the summer season. Capitalising on gift trends seen over the last year, this innovative Scottish company has launched 60 new highly desirable gifts and homewares across its brands. In line with the current

trend and popularity of bees, Selbrae House has launched many new products with a delightfully lifelike bumble bee etched onto them or crafted into them. Under the Just Slate brand there are new bee breakfast spoons, bee serving trays and bee bar accessories.

Donny Carstairs, Selbrae House Managing Director says: “For 2021 we have looked at what’s on trend with gifts and homewares and developed these into our products. The rise of the bumble bee has been rolled out across all our brands and is one of our bestsellers. Our aim is to be at the forefront of the UK gift market with new and interesting gift offerings and we are confident this year’s new products will soon become bestsellers. Despite the many lockdowns over the last year, we continue to supply retailers across the world, many of whom are

online now. “We are also offering bespoke personalised gifts for the corporate gifting market and have new machines in place to easily produce stunning small or large gift items with a company’s logo on them”. | 5

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