March 2023 brought renewed confirmation of carbon neutrality for Kite Packaging Group Limited from Carbon Neutral Britain.
In 2022, Kite achieved carbon neutral status under Scopes 1 and 2, extending their offsetting to also include third-party deliveries under Scope 3. Following on from last year, the employee share-owned company has maintained this, successfully offsetting a total of 1338 tonnes of COe emissions, far exceeding their emissions for the year.
All Kite trucks and outbound deliveries made by third-party couriers have been offset and are therefore carbon neutral.
The company is continuing to operate with carbon neutral delivery, whether that is between Kite's NDC and RDCs or directly to their customers and will be shown on customer delivery notes.
Posted: 29 May 2023
Pintail Candles is celebrating a significant birthday this year. The company has been making fine fragranced candles in the South Lakeland countryside for 30 years.
Director James Long started the business in 1993 at a time when the candle market was dominated by big manufacturers and the number of small boutique candle makers could be counted on one hand. His first workshop was in a basement and his first range was a collection of pillar and taper candles.
After a couple of years, he moved to a converted milking parlour and took on his first employee. It was at this time that Pintail Candles became one of the first candle makers in the UK to produce candle tins, a product which they have been associated with ever since.
Posted: 22 May 2023
100 per cent plastic-free beauty brand KinKind announces its launch into mass retail, supported by a £2.3m TV advertising campaign to raise consumer awareness. The brand's mission to convert the family bathroom to plastic-free, high performance beauty care alternatives is accelerating following an 'airtime for equity' deal agreed with UKTV Ventures over two years, which will see KinKind feature across seven channels reaching 28 million viewers. Following the investment, KinKind has upscaled and is now launching a retail-ready range in January 2023, and is seeking partnerships with like-minded retailers who support the brand's plastic-free mission.
Posted: 8 May 2023
The powerlist is a collaboration between FSB, CBI and the Trade Association Forum to celebrate and recognise inspirational women in the Association sector.
The list was compiled from over 200 public nominations, and a selection panel from the Trade Association Forum. The CBI and FSB had the unenviable task of selecting the 100 women that make up the inaugural list.
Nicola Bates, Chair of the Selection Panel and Strategy and External Affairs Director of the Portman Group said, "It has been a real pleasure to be able to bring the CBI, FSB and TAF together to champion the role of women in trade associations, celebrate their achievements and encourage the next generation of women into the association sector."
Posted: 22 March 2023
Carte Blanche Greetings, best known for the award-winning Me to You brand and its signature character Tatty Teddy and nursery property, Tiny Tatty Teddy, has announced a partnership with Bulldog Licensing, one of the licensing industry's leading agencies. The timeless appeal of Tatty Teddy now extends well beyond its original incarnation as a greeting card character to make it a staple part of the UK brand landscape, propelling Me to You as a true heritage brand with timeless appeal. Since 2001 Carte Blanche has partnered with best-in-class licensees to bring to market best-selling Me to You products across many categories including apparel, print on demand, food, gifting and nursery – within these key categories, the characters regularly feature amongst retail number one performers.
Posted: 20 February 2023
Rocket Licensing, which represents the phenomenally popular Fuzzballs property, is building on the successful consumer products offering for the award-winning property and has already announced the addition of a number of new partners to a fast-growing licensing campaign. One billion stickers used on social media underlines the reach of the brand that began life as a Tumblr web comic. The stories of the group of (kawaii) characters, staring a cat named Whisky, Timmy the Tiger, Ollie the bunny, and a host of friends inspired a major licensing push.
Posted: 17 February 2023
Having enjoyed previous product collaborations with names including Pottery Barn Kids & Teen, Erin Condren and Anthropologie, contemporary gift retailer – Enesco – is delighted to announce a brand-new collaboration with EttaVee.
The partnership was brokered by EttaVee's licensing agent, Jewel Branding & Licensing. EttaVee is represented by Start Licensing in the UK.
EttaVee is a lifestyle brand that expresses optimism and joy through the expressive use of colour.
Posted: 3 February 2023
Talking Tables is now a certified B Corporation, joining a growing group of companies reinventing business by pursuing purpose as well as profit.
B Corps are companies and organisations that have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, demonstrating a commitment to goals outside of profit.
The accreditation process is over seen by B Lab, a non-profit network transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. The movement began in 2006 with the idea that a different kind of economy was not only possible, but necessary — and that business could lead the way towards a new model putting people and the planet at the forefront. London is the capital of B Corps – there are now almost 1,000 UK B Corps, with over 5,700 worldwide.
Posted: 15 December 2022
Royal Selangor's UK flagship store opens its doors today at the Grade II* Battersea Power Station, as part of one of the most exciting mixed-use neighbourhoods in the world.
The artisans, who specialise in a wide range of gift items and are known for being the world's foremost name in quality pewter, have opened their new UK store as part of wider global growth expansion plans.
At present, Royal Selangor produces over 1,000 unique designs sold in more than 20 countries and has received several prestigious international awards including the Design Plus Award, Red Dot Award and Good Design Award.
Posted: 1 December 2022
Corporate gifting company Simply Thank You has announced a major new partnership with North East start-up Insiem that will benefit small, independent retail businesses across the country.
The collaboration will allow global corporate clients of Darlington-based Simply Thank You to shop at niche, independent online stores, alongside high-street names and big brands, using gift cards and reward points.
Insiem, a new online shopping site that brings together hundreds of British independent retailers on one dedicated platform, is the first of its kind to form an alliance with well-established gifting giant Simply Thank You.
Posted: 25 November 2022