ERA donates £8,000 to Hope House Children’s Hospices

ERA, the Wolverhampton- based

security expert, is

donating £8,000 to Hope House Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospices, and making it the company’s nominated charity for 2021, for the second year running.

Hope House Ty Gobaith

Children’s Hospices supports families in Shropshire, Cheshire,

Mid and North Wales who are either caring for a terminally ill child or whose child has died. When the pandemic curtailed most of the fundraising activities ERA annually undertakes, the company’s staff came up with a practical solution to the problem. It was agreed that this year, rather than give customers gifts this Christmas, they are instead

Hyve Group launches Spring Fair @ Home for February 2021


Group has released details of its Spring Fair @ Home event, taking virtually on

8–10 February

2021. Next year, in place of physical shows, Hyve Group’s UK portfolio will be going virtual. Designed to bring the industry together, even when we remain apart, Spring Fair @ Home will provide a key hub for industry professionals in the UK and around the world. Bringing

together the key

elements of what makes Spring Fair special, Spring Fair @ Home will provide key industry insights, as well as a first-hand look at the latest products, trends and collections. Amongst the exhibitor line up are names such as Coach House, Puckator, Moulin Roty, Paper Salad, T & G Woodware, and Alexander Thurlow.

Julie Driscoll, Managing

Director for Hyve’s retail portfolio, commented: “We are delighted to be offering a digital platform for the Spring Fair community this February. Whilst we are working hard towards the return of our physical events, I am so proud that the team have been able to develop a virtual offering that has proved so valuable to both retailers and brands during such a challenging time for retail both here in the UK and abroad.”


going to give a donation to Hope House Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospices. Darren Waters, ERA’s CEO said: “As we do every year, we asked employees to vote from a selection of charities, and Hope House Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospices was the unanimous choice for this year and now 2021 as well. We are

proud to be associated with an organisation that is making a huge difference to people’s lives when they need it most. Commenting on the donation, Simi Epstein, Director of Fundraising & Marketing at Hope House Ty Gobaith

Brits combat mental health by refreshing their homes

Lockdown is impacting the mental health of British adults in different ways, with many making changes to their home setting as a way to cope, new research has revealed. A survey of 1,002 UK adults carried out by lighting supplier Ultra LEDs, found that 59% of Brits say their mental health has worsened as a result of lockdown. Not being able to see loved ones (47%), feeling lonely and isolated (42%) and job uncertainty (35%) are the top things to negatively impact people’s mental health as a result of the pandemic.

An exclusive content

programme will provide access to of-the-minute industry intel, trend insights, peer-to-peer panel sessions, and more. Dedicated Virtual Showrooms will also provide buyers with an easy and accessible way to discover new brands and see what their current partners have to offer. The Virtual Showroom will provide carefully


brand line-ups on the Spring Fair website. Dynamic profile will allow brands and designers to put their best virtual foot forward, with capabilities to host videos, lookbooks and more. Spring Fair @ Home will also see the return of the Product Showcase concept. Giving brands the opportunity to take buyers

on showroom tours,

or simply talk through their latest collection, the Product Showcase offers exhibitors the chance to submit a five-minute video to be shown to buyers.

Looking at the way Brits are trying to cope, making fresh adjustments to the home was one of the most popular ways they have tried to boost their mood – which isn’t surprising as people are spending an increased amount of time indoors. Of the home adjustments being made, decorating (51%), buying new home furnishings (45%) and making changes to home lighting (38%) appeared top of the list. More than one in three (34%) say painting has helped to fill their

spare time during lockdown, with 27% turning to home DIY as a way to escape the stresses of lockdown. The research further found that 35% of Brits have invested in daylight lamps as a way to improve their mood now the days are getting shorter, while 41% use warm yellow lights as a way to relax in the evening. Warmer lights also have the power to improve sleep, something which

26% are struggling with at the moment due to the added pressures brought on by the pandemic. It’s clear that home adjustments have contributed to improved mental health and overall wellbeing, with 34% saying it has made them feel more positive, 28% say it has helped to boost their mood, while 23% say they feel more relaxed as a result. Paul Garner, Head of ECommerce at Ultra LEDs commented:

“Clearly, lockdown is having a negative impact on people’s mental health, especially with a lack of daylight through the winter months and more miserable weather. “Home improvements, such as lighting is such a simple but effective way to boost your mood in the home, with LED lights being a great way to do this as the light can be changed to suit your mood at the time. Purchasing new furnishings for the home, such as blankets and candles are also a great way to improve your wellbeing and can help you to relax on darker days.”

Tile Mountain ranked 53rd in The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100

Stoke-on-Trent-based online tile retailer Tile Mountain has been ranked 53rd in the 2020 Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100. The league table, which is now in its 24th year, ranks Britain’s private companies with the fastest- growing sales, and was officially published on 6 December. Tile Mountain which was

previously listed in 2017 in the ‘Ones to Watch’ category has shown a significant 58% growth over the past three years. Commenting on being listed in this year’s Fast Track 100 Jeremy Harris, Managing Director of


Tile Mountain said: “We’re very proud to be included in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 for 2020 and to be recognised for our efforts in driving the business forward over what has been a tumultuous year for many retailers both in our industry sector and beyond. “Tile Mountain has gone

from strength to strength since the firm was included in The Sunday Times Ones To Watch 10 category in 2017 and for us to make the jump from being recognised as a fast growing market disruptor to one of the top one hundred privately

owned UK companies in terms of sales growth is an amazing achievement.

“The vision for this business remains unchanged and it’s

encouraging to receive an

accolade of this nature as it affirms that our strategy of is achieving the results we envisaged.”

Children’s Hospices said: “We were completely stunned at the staggering donation of £8,000 which we received from ERA Home Security and I cannot begin to put into words how grateful we are.

“As for everyone in March, Covid changed everything and we had to adapt our ways of working

overnight. We

around them and thanks to the generosity of our amazing supporters, we were able to continue to provide crisis and end of life care throughout.”

DS Smith & WD-40 drive sustainability with a 100 percent recyclable packaging solution

determined that no child would die without their

were family

WD-40, the iconic multi-use product used in households and by trade professionals across the globe, and DS Smith, the leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions, have worked together to deliver a 100% recyclable solution that perfectly fits both companies’ sustainability agendas. WD-40 needed a sustainable

solution to replace individual euro-tag collars, applied with great difficulty to each can and then clipped onto the clip-strip. The final result was a one-piece hand-erect dispenser pack, produced in a white E flute. This clever construction provides individual shelves for the dispensing of spray cans, and is easy to erect and fill, providing a safe and secure compartment for each can. WD-40 brand

manager, Lucy

development Johnson

commented: “We’re excited to see this new solution displayed in major retailers’ across the country. We are constantly working to re-evaluate how we can reduce non-recyclable packaging while continuing to meet resource efficiency and improving our customers’ experience in shopping our product.”

The solution was designed with consumer and retail employees in mind. The WD-40 logo

is immediately noticeable

when navigating the aisle and the pack’s slick and slim design works in harmony with the can, grabbing the attention of the shopper and adding real brand value.

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