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Chocolatiers, Christmas and GWD Limited

So Christmas is here once again and at GWD Towers we’re busier than a whole Grotto of Santa’s Elves! Some of the Christmas packaging we make for our clients is designed and manufactured by the end of Summer, but because we deal with so many different kinds of businesses we are also at full tilt, right up to the last moment.

Christmas packaging, Christmas hampers

Christmas packaging, Christmas hampers

Not that this is a ‘Bah Humbug’ type of post, far from it Christmas is, naturally, a hectic time for the packaging industry and we’ve been very busy indeed this year creating hamper boxes, advent calendars and special presentation/gift boxes for products, as well as more generic boxes such as those in the image above. These are more generic products that shops or outlets pack themselves, perhaps adding a ribbon or similar embellishment.

Hamper boxes

Hamper boxes

We have mentioned elsewhere in this blog that we are one of the very few companies in the UK that can produce round ‘hat’ boxes, and these are very popular with chocolatiers and hamper companies, particularly for this season. The boxes above are produced for Betty’s of Harrogate, one of the premier chocolatiers and gift food companies in the country. Most years, Betty’s will contact us with new ideas or designs and the packaging will be updated.

Presentation packaging for chocolatiers and chocolate boxes

Presentation packaging for chocolatiers and chocolate boxes

In the image above are some more boxes made for Betty’s further illustrating what we can do for chocolate companies. The rectangular box (top left) has a gold foil blocked clear window, allowing the chocolates to be viewed in their full glory. This is achieved with the use of a ‘cavity wall tray’, the gold frame, which sits inside the box, which is invisible until it’s opened. The smaller box in the photo is a generic, shouldered box made for Betty’s, that is turned into a Christmas box with the use of a sleeve. This is a great idea for companies who wish to brand their products for particular seasons or events – the box itself remains the same but the sleeve can be redesigned on demand.

Gift packaging suppliers UK

Gift packaging suppliers UK

We also supply smaller independent shops and outlets with our high-quality rigid boxes. These circular boxes (above), although quite complex to manufacture, can be produced in relatively small runs and are ideal for chocolates! If you would like us to help you present your chocolates (or indeed any other product) in it’s best possible light – please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

And Merry Christmas!!

Noel Greenwood is the Managing Director of GWD Ltd, the designers and manufacturers of presentation and promotional packaging. You can reach him on (01279) 416093 or at the company’s website: www.gwd.ltd.uk

 Saint Lucia – the Caribbean Island that has it all!

I was lucky enough to be invited to Saint Lucia by Saint Lucia Tourist Board. Virgin was the airline of choice for this trip, although British Airways also fly to Saint Lucia daily from London.

The island’s international airport (Hewanorra) is in the South of the island. I love this small airport, off the plane and through passport control with luggage collected within 15 minutes!

Saint Lucia – the Caribbean Island that has it all!

Saint Lucia – the Caribbean Island that has it all!

Basic facts

  • Saint Lucia is part of the Windward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean.
  • The island is only 14 miles wide, 27 miles long meaning it is easy to explore
  • The main language spoken is English. As a result of Saint Lucia’s dual British-French Heritage, a French based Creole is also spoken.
  • Official currency is Eastern Caribbean dollar. Prices quoted are mainly in US dollar which is widely accepted. Cashpoint machines dispense EC dollars.
  • Entry requirements: no visa is required for British passport holders. A valid passport is required for at least six months from the date of departure from Saint Lucia.

Why Saint Lucia?

Scenery: the magical Piton Mountains, lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, idyllic bays and sparkling waterfalls are absolutely stunning.

Accommodation: from boutique hotels, quaint cottages and spacious villas to all-inclusive resorts, luxurious apartments and hidden sanctuaries, Saint Lucia offers unique and diverse accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

Saint Lucia – the Caribbean Island that has it all!

Activities: Whether you are the adventurous type or prefer a leisurely activity with your partner or want something for all the family, there is so much to choose from.

Cuisine: whether you are fine-dining, sampling the many restaurants in Rodney Bay Village or eating local food at the Friday night street parties, the cuisine, influenced by Saint Lucia’s rich heritage is delicious. The Island’s Cuisine is a unique blend of West African, European (mainly British and French) and East Indian cuisine.

People: Saint Lucians are renowned for their happiness, friendliness and welcoming nature. Wherever you go you are greeted by a smile and a hello and a chat if you have time.

Top Attractions:

  • The magical Piton Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Sulphur Springs, the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano
  • Pigeon Island National Landmark
  • Tet Paul Nature Trail
  • Diamond Botanical Gardens and waterfall
  • Tree-To-Bar (a chocolate making experience) at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat

Saint Lucia – the Caribbean Island that has it all!

Adventure:

  • Zip-lining through the rainforest
  • Segway tour
  • Jeep safari tour
  • Quad-biking
  • Hiking
  • Mountain-biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Helicopter tour
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling, SNUBA and Sea-trekking
  • Wind-surfing & Kite-surfing
  • Yachting
  • Flyboarding
  • Motorized watersports

Nature & Relaxation

  • Rainforest Canopy Tram Ride
  • Mud bath at the Sulphur Springs
  • Bird-watching
  • Maria Island
  • Whale, Dolphin & Turtle Watching
  • Rainforest walks and trails
  • Numerous spa options

Shopping

  • Castries Market
  • Point Seraphine, Castries (duty free)
  • La Place Carenage, Castries (duty free)
  • Baywalk Mall, Rodney Bay (duty free)
  • JQ Shopping Mall, Rodney Bay

Evening Entertainment & Dining Out

Rodney Bay Village

When the sun goes down on Saint Lucia, it’s time for liming. That’s the local expression for just hanging out – ideally with a bottle of the local Piton beer or a refreshing rum punch. The liveliest nightlife on the island can be found in the Rodney Bay Village. Here, you may wish to start the evening with a cocktail at a fantastic beach bar, before heading over the the ‘strip’ where you will find several bars and clubs. If you are feeling lucky you can round the night off at the roulette and poker tables, or on the slot machines at the Treasure Bay Casino (www.treasurebaystlucia.com). Food lovers will have their taste buds tantalised with an array of fantastic dishes from a number of great restaurants on the island. Dining range from fine dining restaurants to seafood restaurants to steakhouses to Asian restaurants and, of course, the usual fast food outlets.

 

Gros Islet – ‘Jump Up’

This rustic and sleepy fishing village comes alive at weekends with its popular Friday night Street Party. Fun, food, music. Come and meet the locals and enjoy the St Lucian hospitality.

Anse La Raye – Fish Friday

A seafood lover’s dream featuring the fisherman’s catch of the day each cooked in their own secret sauces. Stalls line the main street in this west coast village with music adding that Caribbean vibe.

 

Dennery Seafood Fiesta

Every Saturday the East coast village of Dennery comes alive, a diverse offering of seafood is served and local music such as soca (the soul of calypso) and zouk (fast jump-up carnival beat) can be heard.

 

Saint Lucia – the Caribbean Island that has it all!

Events

 

Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival (May)

Since 1992 the island has hosted the most famous international Jazz festival in the Caribbean. Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival not only celebrates iconic Jazz artists, but also showcases performances from top singers and musicians within RnB, Soul, Reggae, Soca and Pop. www.stluciajazz.org

 

Carnival (June/July)

Saint Lucia’s month long, heady carnival season culminates in mid-July with steel band and soca monarch competitions, a carnival queen show and two days of intense street partying. www.stluciancarnival.com

 

Chocolate Heritage Month (August)

Are you a chocolate lover? Every August Saint Lucia celebrates its chocolate heritage. The island’s long rich history in producing some of the world’s most sought-after chocolate, dates back to the 1700’s. With a number of on-island experiences, this month of festivity offers plenty of fun.

 

Wedding Symposium (September)

Saint Lucia has won the Caribbean’s most romantic destination 8 times. This event highlights just why and workshops and seminars are run to ensure that Saint Lucia stays on top of leading trends.

 

Jouen Kweyol – International Creol Day (October)

This month focuses on Saint Lucia’s fascinating mixed African and French heritage. Kweyol is the French-based local dialect spoken by over 90% of Saint Lucians. The end of the month sees the peak of celebrations on Creole Day (Jounen Kweyol) when selected communities lay on traditional creole cuisine, crafts such as pottery and basket weaving, music, dance & games.

 

Triathlon (November)

Organised by Human Race, this is the foremost triathlon in the Caribbean. The triathlon centres around the historic Pigeon Island National Landmark, featuring four distances of swimming, biking and running. Pre and post event activities include a reception party, BBQ and boat trips. www.tristlucia.com

 

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (November)

The world’s largest transoceanic sailing event from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia. A 2,700 nautical mile crossing takes 2-3 weeks and ends in Rodney Bay Marina, where concerts and celebrations are held to welcome the sailors. www.worldcruising.com/arc

 

 

Accommodation

 

For families:

Windjammer Landings http://www.windjammer-landing.com/

Saint James’s Club Morgan Bay http://www.morganbayresort.com/uk/index.html

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa http://www.coconutbayresort.co.uk/

 

 

For couples (adult only):

Rendezvous https://www.theromanticholiday.com/

Le Sport the Body Holiday https://www.thebodyholiday.com/

Ladera http://www.ladera.com/

Sandals Grande St Lucian http://www.sandals.com/main/grande/gl-home/

 

For solo travellers:

Le Sport the Body Holiday https://www.thebodyholiday.com/

 

Luxury:

Jade Mountain http://www.jademountainstlucia.com/

The Landings http://www.landingsstlucia.com/

Cap Maison https://www.capmaison.com/

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa http://calabashcove.com/

Capella Resort & Marina by Marigot Bay http://www.capellahotels.com/saintlucia/

Sugar Beach http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/sugarbeach

 

 

There is a hotel for everyone in Saint Lucia and every single hotel is unique and offers something different. Luxury, boutique, active, all-inclusive, bed & breakfast, adult only, family, golf, sporting, spa, weddings. The hotels listed above are a small selection of hotels available.

To find out which hotel will suit your requirements and budget contact Your Perfect Travel, Saint Lucia Specialist, on 01279 787189 www.yourperfecttravel.co.uk email norma@yourperfecttravel.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Loans and Working Capital – How we can Help – SME funding UK

November 19, 2018

It’s that time of the year again. Whether the festive season fills you with a sense of joy or a sense of dread it can often be a difficult time for SMEs. Whilst B2C companies are hopefully booming, many B2B businesses can often struggle. Working capital is often cited as a major problem and this is where business loans or cashflow products can prove of great value in the short term and reduce stress for the business owners.


Working Capital & Business Loans


According to Bplans.com there are 6 prime reasons why SMEs fail in the short term, namely:

  • Leadership Failure.Lacking Uniqueness and Value.
  • Not in Touch with Customer Needs.
  • Unprofitable Business Model.
  • Poor Financial Management and lack of working capital
  • Rapid Growth and Over-expansion

It is the fifth point on this list I’d like to discuss in this article, specifically the lack of working capital. NB this also relates to overtrading.

Whatever the reasons for the lack of funds within the business (poor financial management, overtrading or otherwise), December seems to exacerbate them. Employees and clients tend to take holidays, marketing and sales teams lose enthusiasm, your clients may be putting off using your goods and services until the New Year…the list goes on. Here at SME funding, we would always recommend that SMEs utilise suitable professionals (bookkeepers, accountants, tax advisors) if the business owner is not financially savvy – but business loans or other cashflow products to alleviate working capital problems are also a valid option.


Funding & Business Loans


That said, raising funds via business loans can be a minefield. According to merchant bank Close Brothers: “only four out of ten SMEs have been able to secure funding from their chosen lender. Of these, 34 per cent felt that the capital available to them wasn’t enough to fund their investment plans, while a further 24 per cent said that the type of funding they had used was too expensive.”

This is where a specialist commercial finance brokerage like SME funding comes into its own. With access to over 200 lenders from banks, alternative and ‘fintech’ lenders through to specialist boutique funders there is seldom a situation where a lending solution cannot be sourced for a small to medium-sized business. Finance brokerages can often help even after the bank has refused lending. Most funding problems can be solved for most businesses in the UK, even start-ups, those with weak accounts, a troubled past or a poor credit history – including those with CCJs.

If you require help or advice about business loans (and there are many new funders offering fast and flexible products), SME funding can help you to select the one that is right for you. Applications can be made in minutes with approval and funding (subject to status) often on the same day.

Contact Us Today And Let Us Reduce The Risk And Save You Time And Money Sourcing Funding For Your Business!

New Presentation Box for Cornelia James

This blog has previously detailed work we’ve done with the wonderful Cornelia James, specifically here Cornelia James create exquisite, hand-stitched gloves and are holders of the Royal Warrant – granted to companies who have supplied HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales for at least five years. Cornelia James were granted a Royal Warrant in 1979 and have held it ever since. It is not a prize but rather a recognition of excellence consistently achieved – recognised the world over as a mark of quality and excellence which cannot be bought at any price.

Gloves from Cornelia James

Gloves from Cornelia James

This year has been a busy one for the Royal Family with two royal weddings, the biggest being Harry and Megan’s of course. We did ask Andrew Lawson (one of the owners of Cornelia James) whether Her Majesty was wearing a pair of their gloves at either event, but were met with a smiling: “I couldn’t possibly comment” response, so we’ll let readers make their own minds up. What is without doubt though is that it’s been a good year for Andrew and co-owner Genevieve, not only with the royal family being in the public view but with their stylish product featuring on a luxury goods e-portal in China. “Nothing happened at first,” said Andrew, “but then it suddenly took off and China is on fire and going wild for Cornelia James.”

Luxury brands don’t get where they are without being very particular and protective about their design, and specifically in this instance, their packaging. GWD Ltd have been producing the presentation boxes for Cornelia James since 2013, but earlier this year it was decided that the old box should be redesigned into something that made more of a statement about the quality of the product. Specifically, the colour of the box was to be changed to what was described as ‘light cockpit green’. There’s a story in this…

Embossed paper with linen texture

Embossed paper with linen texture

During WWII the cockpits of Hurricanes and Spitfires were painted in a particular shade of light green. After the war large reserves of this paint was left over, so much so that Land Rover bought up a vast amount of it and used it on many of their post-war models. As such the colour has become synonymous with ‘Britishness’ and a ‘golden’ period in our history. Given that in 2016 an estimated 70% of all Series Land Rovers and Defenders ever made – 2,016,933 vehicles – were still on the road the colour has also become synonymous with reliability, quality and craftsmanship. In that regard there’s an obvious synergy with Cornelia James’ products. Similarly, the first Landrover was manufactured in 1948 and Cornelia James was established in 1946. In that period everything was rationed or in short supply – hence the making use of the available light cockpit green paint and the popularity of gloves as a way of sprucing up an outfit for fashionable ladies without using up too many precious ration coupons.

Glovemakers to HRH the Queen

Glovemakers to HRH the Queen

Finding the exact colour did not prove to be simple. Having an example of the paint is one thing, finding the exact PMS (pantone matching system) colour equivalent that works in print is quite another. However, we are nothing if not resourceful here at GWD, and the correct hue was eventually arrived at. The style of box was also changed from a simple box and lid, to a more elegant hinged lid box that closes with ribbon ties. The paper used to cover it has a linen texture, this gives the packaging a tactile quality which oozes class.

High quality presentation box for high quality products

High quality presentation box for high quality products

We are particularly pleased to continue working with Andrew and the team at Cornelia James and look forward to continuing the relationship over the years to come.

Noel Greenwood is the Managing Director of GWD Ltd, the designers and manufacturers of presentation and promotional packaging.  You can reach him on (01279) 416093 or at the company’s website: www.gwd.ltd.uk

Promotional Packaging for Printers (and Anyone Else!)

It is well detailed in this blog and elsewhere that we like to consider ourselves experts in the field of presentation packaging, For example the packaging we created with the creative agency Fluid for EA Sport’s FIFA18 videogame. We speak less of our work in ‘promotional packaging’ –specialty promotional or corporate packaging that is often used for business-to-business (B2B) promotions, used to launch products and/or for PR, marketing and advertising.

Earlier this year we were approached by Anna Sedgbeer of Prontaprint Bishop’s Stortford an independent print and design company who service Herts, Essex and London. Anna was looking for a box that she (and other former Prontaprint franchisees) could use as a marketing tool for their clients.

Promotional Packaging for B2B

Promotional packaging for B2B

Promotional Packaging in Essex

Promotional packaging in Essex

Anna chose the contents for the box, in this case a branded pen, a box of mints and a ‘Little Book of Print’– a booklet highlighting their work and what they can offer their clients. Our job was to create a box to present these items in a professional and stylish way, creating a ‘wow factor’ when the box was opened. We created an internal platform and inserts to hold the contents in place as you can see in the images. They went with a fairly basic square box and lid, which was printed with the Prontaprint branding (on the lid) and the details of the different individual Prontaprint businesses on the bottom.

While this is not a particularly complicate project for GWD, it does highlight how we can help businesses present themselves to clients or customers. Sometimes a little ‘old-fashioned’ marketing can be very effective and promote your brand or company extremely well.

Cardboard Manufacturers In The UK

Cardboard manufacturers in the UK

Promotional items can for a very important part of a corporate campaign and our presentation packaging design department will rise to any challenge that your idea or promotional product might present. We are happy to work with any concept or item, and we’ll work with you – within your time frame and budget to create the best results. So, if we can help you or your clients with any promotional or presentation packaging requirements, please do get in touch.

Noel Greenwood is the Managing Director of GWD Ltd, the designers and manufacturers of presentation and promotional packaging. You can reach him on (01279) 416093 or at the company’s website:www.gwd.ltd.uk

It’s Hot Out There!

This blog post is being written at the end of July 2018, in the midst of a heat-wave with temperatures at 31C, and set to go even higher! It’s so difficult to recall how cold last winter was in heat like this.

Work, of course continues at pace here at GWD, regardless of the weather, and the design team and cardboard engineers remain extremely busy, including working on this years Christmas products!

Thinking of the heat though we were reminded of a particular piece of packaging that was designed to be kept in a fridge (for a limited time at least)!

Packaging for vials and test tubes

Packaging for vials and test tubes

We were commissioned by Bio-Rad Laboratories to create a small box to hold 24 small test tubes or vials that would be suitable to be stored in a fridge. Bio-Rad is an international company but we deal with the German office, and in particular with the R + D team, Custom Antibodies, Life Science Group.

It is important to note that cardboard is NOT suitable to be stored in very cold conditions indefinitely but it was suitable for the client’s purposes in this instance, as they were to be used to send samples to their clients and needed to be stored temporarily before they are despatched, kept refrigerated in transportation and then for a short while after arrival.

Specialist packaging for medical companies

Specialist packaging for medical companies

As you can see the box has a magnetic closure and is wrapped in laminated paper. This is crucial if the box is to survive in refrigerated conditions.

Practical packaging solutions

Practical packaging solutions

The two part foam inserts are made from Stratocell, an expanded polyethylene, which acts as an insulator and is suitable for use in refrigerated conditions, and has the added advantage of being recyclable (in a bottle bank). GWD have made these boxes for Bio-Rad Laboratories on at least three occasions – changing the original Velcro closure to a magnetic one after the first run.

Box makers. Essex

Box makers. Essex

We have done a few jobs for companies in the scientific sector and it’s an area where we believe our particular expertise in this kind of packaging has much potential.

If we can help you or your clients with any promotional or presentation packaging requirements, please do get in touch.

Noel Greenwood is the Managing Director of GWD Ltd, the designers and manufacturers of presentation and promotional packaging.  You can reach him on (01279) 416093 or at the company’s website: www.gwd.ltd.uk

Using Twitter Wisely….

Whatever your business, you can’t possibly have failed to appreciate the importance of social media in building a brand. Even the smallest of dog-walking or babysitting services has a Facebook page these days. And look at any advertising material and you’ll see the Twitter logo with an address for anyone wanting more information. But you need to be using Twitter wisely.

Twitter in particular is an a amazing resource for advertising. But with so many voices tweeting for attention, it’s important to have a strategy that will make yours louder than those of your competitors rather than being lost in a sea of tweets.

Tweet well, and tweet often, is basically what it comes down to. Studies have shown a strong correlation between number of fans and frequency of tweets. But if nobody’s reading them, then what’s the point?

This is why it’s important to tweet well. Engage in conversations with other businesses – that way you’re making yourself known to their followers as well as your own. Look at what’s trending, find something that’s relevant to your business, and say something appropriate along with the relevant hashtag, so that people who are following that story will know you exist and have something to say. Once they know you have something to say, they may well be more interested in knowing that you have something to sell.

Social media marketing for business essex

But always remember that the internet never forgets, and an unwise tweet can can dire consequences for businesses as well as celebrities. Just typing “Twitter fail” into Google will give you more examples that you will ever have time to read of people and businesses falling foul of their inability to use the platform well. Racist celebrities are the ones who make the national news, of course, but the small business arena is littered with the corpses of companies whose employees, whether intentionally or otherwise, have tweeted something offensive or upsetting and have not been able to ride out the storm. Social media can be a very unforgiving place.

But all this can be avoided if you put an effective social media strategy into place – preferably only one person should have access to the account, and they should be both trusted and well-briefed.

But don’t let the risks put you off – for every company that has ruined itself with a Twitter fail, there are many more who have treated the platform sensibly and have seen amazing returns in terms of brand identity, customer base and profit.

 

If you’s like any help using Twitter correctly for the benefit of your business please contact the team at Magnificent Stuff – they know about such things:-)

 

Tel: 07723024865

Packaging for Sporting Promotions and Events

So here we go again – another World Cup and another sporting summer:-)

We are writing this on the day of the opening ceremony in Russia 2018, and we are looking forward to five weeks of international football, as well as five test matches against India and, of course, the All England Tennis Championships at Wimbledon.

Over the past few years GWD Limited have been involved in a number of presentation packaging products for sporting launches and other events. In April we wrote in our blog concerning a packaging product we were commissioned to create for EA sports  for their FIFA18 video game – this style of packaging, a hinged lid box with a magnetic closure, is one of our specialities.

packaging for sporting promotions

Packaging for sporting promotions

Similarly, last June we were commissioned by Mercieca Ltd to create packaging for Mitre – who were re-launching their Mitre Delta football for last seasons Sky Bet Championship and the Scottish premiership – you can read more in our blog here

packaging for footballs and football clubs

Packaging for footballs and football clubs

In the past we have manufactured other examples of sport-related packaging. For example below are two other boxes of different construction, commissioned for the promotion Liverpool FC and the European Championships of 2012 respectively.

specialist boxes for football clubs

Specialist boxes for football clubs

The Liverpool box had a foam insert and contained a Liverpool FC badge which was being sent to the clubs official sponsors and partners. The Euro 2012 box again contained a foam insert with promotional items in it, such as tickets, lanyard and USB sticks.

It’s not just soccer that we’re involved in. The two round boxes below were made for De Rosier Chocolates for Wimbledon this year. Designed in purple (Wimbledon’s branded colour) they featured images of Dorothea Lambert Chambers (who won the Wimbledon singles title 7 times and a gold medal at the 1908), and of course, Fred Perry who won 10 Grand Slams, including 3 Wimbledon Singles titles. The boxes were designed to hold 6 chocolates.

Round boxes are one of our specialities – we are one of a very few companies who can manufacture round ‘Hat’ boxes here in the UK. Naturally, round boxes are especially appropriate for ball sports events and promotions.

 

promotional packaging for Wimbledon and other sporting events

Promotional packaging for Wimbledon and other sporting events

If we can help you or your clients with any promotional or presentation packaging requirements, please do get in touch.


Noel Greenwood is the Managing Director of GWD Ltd, the designers and manufacturers of presentation and promotional packaging.  You can reach him on (01279) 416 093 or at the company’s website: www.gwd.ltd.uk

 

A Royal Wedding and Our Royal Connections

You can’t have failed to notice that there’s another Royal wedding in the offing, and we at GWD are very pleased to offer our congratulations to Harry and Meghan in advance of their special day. We have always had something of a connection to royalty, with some of our best clients being holders of the Royal Warrant- a recognition of the consistent excellence of companies which have provided goods or services to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh or the Prince of Wales for more than five years.

bespoke gift boxes for premier gifts

Bespoke gift boxes for premier gifts

Cornelia James, for example, have held the Warrant since 1979 – nearly forty years. Cornelia James are glovers of distinction, making the gloves that the Queen herself wears, having made their first pair for her when she was still Princess Elizabeth and was marrying Philip. Cornelia James have expressed delight at the wedding, and also the American connection, as they do a lot of business there, although they couldn’t possibly comment as to whether Her Majesty will be getting a new pair for the occasion!

boxes for floral presentations

Boxes for floral presentations

We have also made flower boxes for Taylors of Holbeach, Bulb Growers To Her Majesty The Queen, as well as spoon boxes the cutlery manufacturer, the DJH Group of Consett who supply Buckingham Palace, Windsor and Holyrood, and have just supplied an order for five thousand boxes over the three locations. We have also worked with Prestat, who make chocolate that is literally fit for a Queen.

presentation packaging for spoon sets

Presentation packaging for spoon sets

Our specialty is luxurious presentation packaging, and you don’t need Royal blood to take advantage of our services! Whether you want a single box for a special gift or a bulk order, we have a solution for you. We’ve made boxes for hats, flowers, candles- you name it, we can make a box for it. Corporate and promotional packaging is also no problem. We have been manufacturing excellent presentation packaging for over thirty years, and are experts in our field.

design gift packaging UK

Design gift packaging UK

We are proud to create the majority of our packaging right here in Harlow, Essex, although if volumes require and lead times allow, we also have the option of a Far East manufacturing facility. We have an in-house design team who can create a box from scratch for you, or we can work alongside your designers if you already have a concept in mind. Drawers, magnetic closures, heart-shaped boxes – we can provide them all according to your wishes. As the majority of work is done in-house, we have quicker delivery, time-effective sampling and, perhaps most importantly for those wishing to surprise their loved ones, no minimum order requirement.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

And again, congratulations to the happy couple!

Noel Greenwood is the Managing Director of GWD Ltd, the designers and manufacturers of presentation and promotional packaging.  You can reach him on (01279) 416 093 or at the company’s website: www.gwd.ltd.uk

 

Quality Kitchens in Bishop’s Stortford

The humble kitchen has come a long way from its even more humble origins. Indeed, the very concept of a “fitted kitchen” didn’t even really take off until the 1950s, with kitchens before that largely being a collection of surfaces and equipment thrown together with little thought for much else other than functionality. They were places you only went in to cook, and aesthetics were really not much of a consideration for the average home-owner.

fitted kitchens in Bishop’s Stortford

As the way we look at food has evolved and changed over the years, so has the perception of what makes a good kitchen. These days people will eat breakfast in the kitchen, separate dining rooms being mostly the preserve of the wealthy. The kitchen is a place where people socialise, chat and often enjoy a sneaky afternoon gin and tonic. (And, of course, as memorialised in the famous Jona Lewie song, the kitchen is for many people the hangout of choice during house parties).

kitchen designers in Bishop’s Stortford

With house prices what they are these days, and space (especially in cities) at even more of a premium than ever before, people’s living areas have grown smaller, meaning for a kitchen to function effectively it has to be designed around maximising limited storage space. So for today’s homeowners looking to get a new kitchen, there’s a balance that needs to be struck between aesthetics and functionality.

kitchen designers in Bishop’s Stortford

 

And the good news is that there’s really no reason why you should have to sacrifice either for the sake of the other. A Kemphaus kitchen will give you the best of both worlds- an eating, cooking and living space that people will want to spend time in married to a fully ergonomically-designed strategy for making the most effective use of the space you have. Whether you choose the platinum grey/silky grey combination of our Mila design or the more rustic natural knotty oak of the Rani, your kitchen will be designed to perfectly reflect your practical needs as well as your aesthetic desires. For example, we will build surfaces at a height that is comfortable for you and anyone else in your household who will be doing the cooking, and we will put your own specific needs first and foremost, ensuring that your new kitchen will be the perfect place for cooking, eating, and even that cheeky G&T.

Contact us today to arrange an appointment, and soon you could be cooking and dining in luxury and comfort. And your home will have a new heart.

E: info@kemphauskitchens.co.uk
T: 07718 108 895