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Coffee Maker Plans To Expand in 2020

Kent’s own speciality coffee roaster, Lost Sheep Coffee, marks record sales of its new plastic free Nespresso 100% Compostable Coffee capsules retail arm with a huge 322% increase in turnover, which is set to increase further with the confirmation of a national supermarket listing in November.

The micro-roastery and coffee shop brand launched the new Nespresso compostable coffee capsules in February 2019 and completely sold out within eight weeks of launch.

From winter 2019 Lost Sheep Coffee capsule range will be available in selected Morrisons stores from £3.45 for a pack of ten, by early 2020 the roll out is anticipated to be nationwide.

“We are keeping up with the current demand, but to ensure we meet the future demand we are rolling out the national launch in two stages. The appetite for our plastic free 100% compostable capsules has been unprecedented, with customers all over the country and beyond buying them. To ensure we can meet the growing demands we are now moving to larger premises, this move will make us the largest Speciality Coffee Roastery in Kent” says Lost Sheep Coffee Owner Founder, Stuart Wilson.

“It is so satisfying for me to know that thousands of capsules have not gone into landfill and even if they did end up in land fill, they will still break down. It’s great to think that all of the capsules we’ve ever sold (if they have been used) would by now have now completely composted to nothing.”

“We are planning to expand the roastery to new premises in Whitstable Kent. We are increasing production and storage capabilities and will be creating multiple new jobs; this will allow us to double our production. In early 2020 we will be rolling out the capsule and coffee bean range nationwide.” Says Lost Sheep Coffee Owner Founder, Stuart Wilson.

A phenomenal first year for Lost Sheep Coffees roastery shows accolades comprising:

  • Supplying Morrisons stores across the south east – a completely new listing;
  • The capsules were recently officially validated and certified totally plastic free by the A Plastic Planet company.
  • Finalist for The Grocer’s Gold Awards “Green Initiative of the Year”
  • Saved tens of thousands of capsules from landfill
  • Tens of Thousands of all capsules bought and used from Lost Sheep Coffee now completely disappeared and the rest will follow in the next 1-12 weeks
  • Judged as Independent’s ‘Best Buy’ in coffee category 2019.

In terms of current production, Lost Sheep Coffee is selling approx. 2,500 capsules per week, a 100% increase on this time last year

USPs:

  • The capsules break down in 12 weeks to nothing 
  • The capsules are fully air-tight for freshness for 12+ months
  • They hand roast all the coffee in house personally themselves, no third parties!
  • World’s top Grade 1 speciality 100% Arabica coffee
  • Single Origin and they purchase directly from a farm in Brazil, then hand-roasted them in Whitstable
  • The farmer receives nearly 5 times more than they otherwise would through traditional coffee importers
  • The farm is Rainforest Alliance Certified
  • The packaging is made using paper from FSC certified forests along with vegetable inks and is fully recyclable
  • The capsules are certified 100% Compostable!
  • 100% Plastic Free (fully certified) 
  • The capsules are certified 100% compostable by the industry gold standard TUV Austria

Kent based roastery, Lost Sheep Coffee has disrupted the coffee capsule market with its new Plastic Free 100% compostable Nespresso compatible range. Lost Sheep Coffee has coffee shops in Canterbury and Ashford’s McArthur Glen shopping outlet. The coffee is direct trade single origin coffee made with the World’s top grade 1 speciality 100% Arabica coffee. The pods, which are presented in an eye-catching 100% recyclable box, are completely air-tight and fresh on the shelf for 12 months.

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Macknade Opens New In-House Wine Shop

Macknade, Kent’s favourite food hall, has taken on a wine retail outlet called Macknade Wine & Spirits offering 400+ wines, which it plans to expand.

Macknade Wine & Spirits stocks the entirety of the ever-expanding portfolio of wines made in Kent, in addition to the vast and popular collection of old and new world wines. The shop also stocks a collection of over 60 different spirits and there are plans to increase the range of organic and biodiverse grapes as well as exploring options for refillable wines.

“I think we must have the strongest representation of Kentish wines in the country alongside a great selection of new and old world wines.  With the opening of Macknade Wine & Spirits, we have expanded our wine collection from around 40 wines to over 400. We want to replicate the range available in our food hall so there will be some fantastic fine wines, alongside experimental wines, new grape varieties and family favorites. We really want to break the mould and stretch imaginations to explore new varieties and vineyards. There will be many more wine-tasting events in the Macknade events calendar, collaborating brands so far include Chapel Down and Simpsons Wine Estate,” said Macknade General Manager Finn Dunlop.

“We are dedicated to maintaining strong relationships with the winemakers, who are invited to come in regularly and conduct tastings for customers. Macknade Wine & Spirits has positioned itself as a conduit between the customer and the producer, which provides interesting insight for customers and a feedback opportunity for the winemaker. We’re in the business of introducing people to new wines, encouraging our customers to explore different grapes, new varieties and styles of wine. For us, nothing is frowned upon, it’s about exploring new flavours together.”

Macknade Wine & Spirits was previously an outlet known as Hercules, an independent Wine Merchant. Sarah Dunn will be continuing to run Hercules Wines but concentrating on its wholesale operation and retailing from its original premises in Sandwich, Kent. The Faversham wine shop is situated next door to Macknade is already supported by loyal local customer base, and will now be known as Macknade Wine & Spirits. There are plans to grow the wine collection immediately and redesign the layout of the shop in 2020, but care will be taken to keep the essence of the original shop.

“It was a natural progression for us to bring our wine offering in line with what our customers have come to expect from the wide variety and choice you experience at Macknade. We have a broad butchery section, 200+ cheeses and an enormous deli counter; Macknade’s extensive Anglo-Italian food hall is famous beyond Kent. And I’m particularly excited about Macknade Wine & Spirits as I come from a wine retail background and I’m looking forward to putting that knowledge and experience to good use.” Comments, Dunlop.

Award-winning Faversham food hall, Macknade, celebrated its 40th birthday this year. The Anglo-Italian business has been in the same family for sixth generations, but it was not until 1979 that they began retailing – opening Macknade Farm Shop, which later became known as Macknade Fine Foods. What started life as a tent in a field on the family farm is now a 10,000sqft food hall, delicatessen, café & butcher employing over 80 people in the local area. Towards the end of the year Macknade has announced the opening of a new food & drink hub in Ashford’s Elwick Place.

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Spreading the Love of Scotland Through Stories

VisitScotland has launched its latest marketing drive, Only in Scotland, which will shine a spotlight on the unique experiences the country has to offer and help continue the push for more sustainable growth of the industry.

The next chapter of the Scotland is Now campaign will reinforce the country’s position as a warm, welcoming and creative nation and is the result of extensive visitor research. This showed the need for more investment at the start of the visitor’s booking process by providing inspiration and ideas to encourage people to decide on a trip to Scotland. It includes focusing on trends such as wellness and the importance of holidays that give the visitor the option for activities, experiences and getting a sense of the local way of life.

The Only in Scotland activity will showcase the unique experiences and hidden gems you can discover across Scotland throughout the year. Local tour guides from around the country will provide the backbone of the campaign, telling compelling stories which will be shown on visitscotland.com and other media. The Tour Guide Tales will focus on guides based in the Scottish Borders, Fife, Dumfries and Galloway and Aberdeen – showcasing the lesser known regions to encourage visitors to try out different parts of the country.

VisitScotland has invested around £2m in the campaign with marketing planned in Germany, France, USA, UK and China. The activity involves partnerships with Matador Network and Expedia in the US, Le Figaro and Amazon in Europe and Stylist magazine in the UK.

In addition to its marketing activity, VisitScotland is also working with the tourism industry to involve them in the campaign with an industry toolkit, video and downloadable images for them to use and showcase their own unique experiences or what’s in the local area.

VisitScotland is committed to spreading tourism to every corner of Scotland and this drive is part of their continuing strategy to build an all year-round sustainable future for the industry.

Vicki Miller, Director of Marketing at VisitScotland said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to continue our work in supporting the sustainable growth in tourism by encouraging further seasonal and regional spread from visitors across Scotland. We’ve worked closely with the tourism industry to ensure we give them the tools to be able to support our Only in Scotland activity and help us showcase the breadth of attractions and experience our beautiful country has to offer.”

Bringing together VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Government and Universities Scotland for the first time with a single, bold narrative for Scotland, the Scotland Is Now initiative was launched in April 2018.

In its first year, the campaign aimed to grow awareness of the nation targeting the key markets of New York, San Francisco and London. Within its first nine months, the campaign delivered in excess of 127 million views of its videos, attracted over 1000 uses of the #ScotlandIsNow hashtag every day, reached thousands of businesses worldwide and drove increased referrals to all partner channels.

The Only in Scotland activity will run until March 2020.

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Holidu Reveals the Cheapest Ski Areas in The Alps this Year

The weather is getting colder, the nights are getting darker earlier and ski resorts around the world are preparing themselves for another jampacked season of snowsports. Every year, millions of us grab our passports and race to the slopes to spend a week of skiing (and snowboarding) in the picturesque mountain range ski resorts. 

It’s no secret that a ski holiday can equal to one of the most expensive trips of the year – ski pass, accommodation, flights, equipment rental and then of course money for après-ski parties each day, it definitely is not cheap. Fear not, Holidu, the search engine for holiday homes, has done the hard work for you. Here we have formed a round-up of the cheapest ski holiday destinations in Europe after checking more than 250 ski resorts and focusing on those that contain more than 50km of ski area in The Alps. Keep reading to find out which locations are the cheapest! 

The cheapest ski resorts in The Alps! (price per person per day, including ski pass + accommodation) 

France 

  1. Thollon les Mémises – £35 

Nestled between Lake Geneva and the Mémises mountains you will find the Thollon les Mémises ski resort. Located in the village of Real Savoyard, this is the perfect location for a family-friendly holiday on a budget, with a variety of activities on offer including a ski school for kids to take lessons at and cross country tracks. A trip here will only cost you £21 for the day ski pass and £14 per person for accommodation. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: beginner and intermediate 

  1. Hirmentaz/Les Habères – Bellevaux/Habère-Poche – £37 

The second French location is another one that is ideal for the whole family, and a place where you will definitely get more for your money. The ski stations of Hirmentaz, in the Bellevaux commune and Domaine des Habères, in the commune of Habère-Poche, link together giving you access to all of the ski areas they both offer. Only costing £22 for your day ski pass and £15pp for your accommodation, this location is cheap and cheerful. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: beginner and intermediate 

  1. Arêches (Beaufort) – £41 

Last up on our list for France is a charming, eco-responsible ski village which is overlooked by the stunning Mont Blanc. With 50km of mixed ability ski runs, numerous off-piste natural areas for the thrill seekers and a Freestyle Snow Park, this resort definitely has something to suit everyone. Also, there is no need to worry about snowfall levels here, as this resort boasts one of the highest annual snowfalls in the entire Alps. A daily ski pass costs only £26 and holiday rental for a night £15pp. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: all abilities 

Italy

1. Riserva Bianca – Limone Piemonte – £56 

First up for Italy is the amazing Riserva Bianca resort, which is home to a mighty 80km of ski km and is known to be one of the most complete ski resorts you will find in the Southern Alps. Snowboarders will love it here due to the wide width of the runs, allowing you plenty of space to shred and carve your way down the slopes. A ski pass will cost £30 and home for the night £26pp, making this our cheapest Italian resort this year. 

Total ski area: 80km Recommended for: intermediate skiers and snowboarders 

  1. Pragelato – £68 

At first glance this Italian village may seem like your average ski resort, but Pragelato has a number of very special features that make it a must-see for all mountain lovers. Firstly, it has its own links to sporting history: it was a major host location for many events during the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics! Secondly, Pragelato is linked via a modern cable car system to Via Lattea, also known as the Milky Way, which is one of the worlds largest ski domains. £31 for your ski pass and £37pp for an overnight stay. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: intermediate skiers and snowboarders 

  1. Aprica – £59 

Head to Aprica and you will not be disappointed – here you will find slopes to accommodate beginners taking to the slopes for the first time and seasoned professionals looking for some challenging runs. Just a two hour transfer drive from Milan airport, this a well-connected resort to reach. Still coming in cheap at £34 for ski pass and £25 per person for a rental, Aprica is another affordable choice for this winter. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: intermediate skiers and snowboarders 

Austria 

  1. Nassfeld – Hermagor – £64 

Boasting a whopping 100km of ski runs, this resort is surprisingly the cheapest Austrian one available but offers the most km of runs out of our entire 2019/20 list. This is the largest ski resort in southern Austria and lies directly on the border to Italy, meaning you can easily hop over and enjoy some Italian delicacies for lunch. The ski pass is on the pricier end at £42, but accommodation will only cost you £22pp making this an amazing deal considering the facilities on offer. 

Total ski area: 100km Recommended for: intermediate 

  1. Großeck Speiereck – £65 

Suitable for skiers, boarders, cross-country enthusiasts and freeriding junkies alike, this Austrian resort has something for everyone. There is even the chance to hop on a horse- drawn sleigh ride that will take you through the snowy forest landscape! As well as having 50km of ski area available, Großeck Speiereck also has one of the longest slopes in the Lower Tauern mountains. Here it will cost you £37 for the daily ski pass and £28pp for overnight accommodation. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: beginner 

  1. Grossglockner Heiligenblut – £67 

Find yourself at the top of the highest mountain in Austria if you choose to take a trip to this ski resort. Take in the panoramic views of the 3,798m high Grossglockner as you drift down one of the many kilometers of piste. Wake up at the crack of dawn and catch the first lift up the mountain to get the sweet views that come with the bluebird day conditions and snag the first run of the day as the sun is rising and the powder is fresh. At £40 for your day ski pass and £27pp for your overnight stay, this definitely a reasonable price considering the magical setting. 

Total ski area: 55km Recommended for: freeriding 

Switzerland 

  1. Brigels-Waltensburg-Andiast – £68 

The slopes at this ski resort have a reputation for being a suntrap, with the slogan “where the sun likes to shine” being attributed to the location. If skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing but you still want to experience the tranquility that an escape to the snowy mountains provides, this resort is perfect as it also has a number of trails for sledding, snow tubes, snow mobiles and winter hiking trails to accommodate all types of outdoor adventurers. A daily ski pass will cost you £35 and an apartment for the night £33pp, making this the cheapest Swiss location. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: intermediate 

  1. Mythen Region – £69 

Gather up the whole family and head here where you can have hours of fun flying down the 3.5km long toboggan run! The ski area is well connected with 22 chair lifts allowing you to easily navigate yourself up each area of the mountain. Mythen Region’s close proximity to Zurich and cheap price means there is no excuse for you not to enjoy a trip to the Swiss mountains. A trip here will cost you £37 for the ski pass and £32pp for overnight accommodation. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: intermediate 

  1. Savognin – £71 

With an impressive 80km of ski slopes on offer, Savognin is our last but definitely not least resort we have to mention. Aside from the wide choice of beginner and intermediate slopes for the seasoned professionals, here you will also find a children’s piste which is tailored for all of the mini skiers and boarders who come to hit the slopes. Only setting you back £45 for the ski pass and £26pp for the accommodation, this is definitely a great offer in comparison to some of the more well-known resorts you can find in the notably expensive Swiss Alps. 

Total ski area: 80km Recommended for: beginner and intermediate 

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Most Popular Halloween Destinations

2019 has ushered in several new travel trends. A growing global environmental conscience has led to increased interest in sustainable holidays while trips with a wellness theme are surging in popularity thanks to fitness-obsessives. But it has also been a year where we’ve been more open to exploring the more macabre aspects of human history. Last year, Netflix’s Dark Tourism took viewers to nuclear disaster sites, suicide forests and the spot where JFK was assassinated. Halloween travel is fuelled by the same strain of morbid curiosity too, but where dark tourism thrives on the brutal realities, tourists travelling on Halloween are just as likely to indulge falsehoods and fictions as much as investigate the truth.

So, what separates cities that have run-of-the-mill ghost tours from the horror meccas of lasting interest that attract thousands of people every year. To answer that question, we’ve explored the appeal of three of the most popular Halloween tourist hotspots. 

Danvers (Salem), U.S.A.

Salem – modern day Danvers – is the infamous site of the Salem witch trials in 1692. Swept up in religious fervour, mired in social feuds and enflamed by political tensions, the community executed twenty people for witchcraft. Because of this lurid history, the coastal New England town brings in thousands of visitors every year. On top of spending time understanding the hysteria that gripped the town’s inhabitants during the witch trials in the Salem Witch Museum, you can also opt for a guided tour and get terrifying insights into places with direct ties to the events of three centuries earlier. The town has embraced its horrifying past: October’s Haunted Happenings is packed with events, exhibitions and parades for visitors to enjoy.

Translyvania, Romania

This remote region of Romania was bestowed its Halloween significance by the author Bram Stoker and his 1897 novel ‘Dracula’. Playing up to the mystery, intrigue and sense of ‘otherness’ that the East represented for Westerners, Stoker decided to house the titular bloodthirsty vampire in a fictionalised version of the Romanian area of Translyvania. Although the Irish author never actually visited the place, he did take cues from Romanian history when conjuring the character of Dracula – borrowing from fragments of the 15th century ruler Vlad Dracul Tepes III’s (Vlad the Impaler’s) life. And while you shouldn’t expect the Translyvania of the book – complete with crumbling castle – you can expect a deeply singular place with imposing centuries-old architecture, pre-industrial farming and a gentle countryside landscape framed by wild mountains.

Disneyworld/Universal Studios

Theme parks like Disneyworld and Universal Studios bring the vibrant, fantastical worlds we’ve all seen on our screens to life. During the month of October, both parks shift their focus to Halloween. That means cartoonishly costumed characters, jack o’ lanterns, pumpkins, spiders’ webs, horror-themed rides and haunted houses. Venture into the parks for a surreally immersive experience that feels like stepping onto the set of all your favourite horror films. At night, elaborate light and fireworks displays illuminate the sky.

Travel tips

If the destinations in this piece have piqued your interest but you’re scared off by prohibitively high prices, there’s a way to keep the cost of travel to a minimum – Liverpool airport transfers from Cyllenius Travel Services. They’ll get you to and from your flight swiftly and safely for an affordable price.

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The London Essence Company Launches New Original Indian Tonic Water

The London Essence Company has welcomed a new Original Indian Tonic Water to its collection of exquisite drinks crafted from the finest distilled botanicals to deliver the purest flavours. Available from September, the tonic boasts an aromatic citrus forward profile and crisp refreshing finish. 

The tonic, like the rest of the London Essence collection of tonics, gingers and sodas, is light and low in calories, at under 20kcals per 100ml, with naturally sourced sweetness and no artificial ingredients. It features a precise balance of lemon and lime, combined with aromatic calamansi extracts, to deliver a unique tropical note, layered with a hint of chinotto and juniper for a bitter tonic finish. These elements combined allow for increased versatility in drinks creation. 

The Original Indian Tonic Water has been created following the success of The London Essence Company’s signature Classic Tonic, which delivers a contemporary twist on the more traditional flavour profile of tonic water, with a dry and bitter forward profile. 

Ounal Bailey, Co-Founder of The London Essence Company, says: “At The London Essence Company, we have always set out to skilfully blend the past with the needs of today, and continually review the breadth of our range to meet consumer demand. Our Original Indian Tonic perfectly captures the essence of the diverse melting pot of London – elegant, refreshing and easily accommodating for drinkers.” 

Andrea Brulatti, UK Brand Ambassador, added: “London Essence’s drinks are a bartender’s dream – aromatic yet elegant in flavour, enhancing a spirit’s profile rather than masking it. The Indian Tonic Water perfectly meets drinkers’ demand for a more approachable tonic, that will offer endless possibilities in creating deliciously light drinks – with or without alcohol.” 

The London Essence Company collection includes: Original Indian Tonic, Classic London Tonic; Grapefruit & Rosemary Tonic; Bitter Orange & Elderflower Tonic; Pomelo & Pink Pepper Tonic, Delicate Ginger Ale; Perfectly Spiced Ginger Beer; Soda Water; Rhubarb & Cardamom Crafted Soda and White Peach & Jasmine Crafted Soda. 

The full range of London Essence soft drinks is available in leading bars in over 60 cities across the world including Kwãnt, Coupette and Donovan Bar in London, The Clumsies in Athens and The Old Man in Hong Kong. 

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Janet Wang Wine Academy launches at Lu Ban Liverpool

One of the UK’s foremost Chinese wine experts – Janet Wang – is to spearhead an exciting new wine academy at Lu Ban Liverpool.

The International Chinese Culinary Arts Academy, housed in the same location as Lu Ban Restaurant, which opens to the public this week, will be home to the Janet Wang Wine Academy.

The new venture further boosts the profile of the both the Lu Ban Restaurant and Academy, which is bringing a totally new dining experience to the city and a menu featuring authentic recipes and techniques from the Chinese region of Tianjin.

Wang, author of ‘The Chinese Wine Renaissance’ – nominated for the coveted Louis Roederer Wine Book of the Year – has established herself as an expert of Chinese wine and was admitted to the prestigious Circle of Wine Writers last year.

She is bringing her expertise by advising on the restaurant’s wine selections as well as hosting a series of exclusive events at the restaurant.

The 36-year-old author and contributor to professional wine publications including Decanter China and Meininger’s Wine Business International, said: “I am excited to collaborate with Lu Ban – which offers a brand new and innovative approach to showcase the incredible richness of Chinese culinary and wine culture.

“Through the Academy events we will also bring about a rounded narrative of wine culture to include the little discussed, yet hugely exciting, Chinese and Asian wine category.”

Mike Mounfield, director of Lu Ban Liverpool said: “Wang will host a series of exclusive day-long events commencing in early December in the restaurant’s dedicated wine room, where she will bring to life personally selected wines from across the world, including Chinese wines.”

The first Janet Wang Wine Academy courses will be held on December 4th, 5th and 6th, with the second series scheduled for January 29th, 30th and 31st. Each day will run from 10am to 4pm and costs £295.

As well as these courses, the Restaurant will be hosting special ‘Wine dinners with Janet Wang with selected winemakers, producers and suppliers’ events on Thursday December 5th and Thursday January 30th, where she will share her expertise with diners. Guests can join Janet and sample incredible wines and exquisite food in the Tianjin Private Dining Room or Lu Ban Restaurant Wine Room.

Spaces for both the wine academy courses and the ‘Wine dinners with Janet Wang’ events are extremely limited. For more information or to reserve your place email wine@lubanrestaurant.co.uk 

Last month, Lu Ban Liverpool announced it was also partnering with Celebrity TV chef Ching-He Huang, who is backing two apprentice chef scholarships.

The restaurant is also working with the International Academy of Chinese Culinary Art to actively deliver the next generation of chefs skilled in Chinese Culinary Arts in the UK.

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YO! and Movember Team up for Year-Long Partnership

In a bid to raise awareness and donations for Movember, the leading charity changing the face of men’s health, YO! has proudly partnered with the charity.

As Movember’s newest partner, YO!, the Japanese and sushi restaurant group, recognises that opening up about mental health is an industry wide problem, with a recent report revealing that eight in ten chefs have experienced poor mental health during their careers. Whilst already trying to tackle mental health issues internally, YO! is launching several initiatives throughout November to encourage both men and women to spend quality time together to talk about their mental health and break the stigma of suffering in silence.

As part of the partnership, YO! is hosting a panel talk with Movember and Countertalk, an organisation that helps to connect industry bodies. The event’s aim is to encourage people to talk more about their mental health issues, whether that be in the workplace or at home, as well as opening up the floor for a Q&A.

The panel will see three industry experts answers questions and share advice; including Alyson Hancock, HR Director at YO!, Sarah Coghlan, Global Health Promotion Director at Movember and Merly Kammerling, from Me, Myself and Mind which focuses on providing workshops for the hospitality industry.

Alyson, HR Director at YO!, said: “We’re honoured to be Movember’s official restaurant partner and help with its mission to raise awareness of men’s health issues, particularly their focus on mental health. This year we have launched a new wellbeing policy and trained mental health first aiders at work and so the partnership with Movember and opportunity to raise the conversation with our teams and customers was an obvious one”.

“We know it’s hard for people, particularly men, to open up and talk about their feelings and we believe that the seating in YO! restaurants makes it much easier for customers to communicate. Rather than having to sit opposite one another, visitors can sit side by side in a relaxed atmosphere, which can be much less daunting when talking about sensitive subjects.”

Anne-Cecile Berthier, Movember UK Country Director said: “Movember is very excited to welcome YO! as our newest partner this year. We look at mental health through a male lens, focusing on prevention, early intervention and health promotion. We’re working towards a world where men take action to be mentally well and are supported by those around them. Having the support of an organisation like YO! will help us meet this objective.

“We’re also incredibly grateful for the support of everyone at YO! who are raising money for men’s health through the month of Movember.”

YO! is launching its ‘Mate Date Mondays’ in November to promote having real conversations with your nearest and dearest. Those who come along with a friend, family member or colleague will receive a 25% discount off their food bill using their Mate Date code, which can be redeemed via YO!’s website. YO! is also launching a limited-edition ‘Guy-oza Menu’ across all restaurants, for every dish of gyoza sold in November 10p will be donated to Movember. Lastly, YO!’s staff will also be armed with chopstick-style rulers so that any customers who are growing a moustache for Movember, will be rewarded with a discount based on the size of their ‘mo. The bigger the moustache, the bigger the cash saving.

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Why You Should Go To The White Label World Expo UK

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In recent years, there have been many different studies into the purchasing habits of different demographics throughout society. It was found that white label products are becoming increasingly popular, with over 50% of millennials saying their choice of retailers were influenced by the white label products on offer.

So with the White Label World Expo little over 8 weeks away, there is no better time to sign up for your free tickets and plan your trip.

Held at the ExCeL Centre in London on the 27th and 28th of November, the White Label World Expo will host 300 of the world’s top suppliers, allowing you to try, touch, and test a multitude of different products and services; all of which will benefit your business if you decide to buy them. You will find a wide range of products and services from a selection of sectors including: beauty, health and wellness, personal accessories, food and beverage, CBD, amongst many more.

Adding to this, the Expo attracts over 5,000 of the industry defining leaders, creating an unrivalled networking event for all of the attendees. You will be able to create lasting relationships with suppliers or buyers throughout the sector, ensuring you will be able to strike up business between those you meet; maximising your business’ opportunities.

The White Label World Expo not only offers the best exhibitors from the white label and private label industries, but it also possesses an unequalled seminar program, consisting of expert speakers from every walk of life. For example, Danny McMillan, host of the Seller Sessions, will be holding a seminar revealing ‘10 hacks for Black Friday & Cyber Monday on Amazon’. Likewise, Andrew Busby, one of the top 20 global retail influencer, will share his knowledge on ‘The New Consumer – What You Really Need To Know’. Finally, Katy Leeson, Managing Director of Social Chain, will apply her extensive experience on ‘How to Build A Brand Around Digital Disruption’.

Tickets to attend the White Label World Expo are free, so make sure you do not miss out on the opportunity to attend it. Register for your free tickets by clicking on this link.

Alternatively, if you want to exhibit your white label products/services to the perfect market at the White Label World Expo, get in contact with Managing Director Nick Woore on 0117 929 6099 or nick.woore@prysmgroup.co.uk.

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Winter at Skylight Rooftop 2019

Skylight, London’s most imaginative rooftop destination welcomes back its winter season, running from 31st October to 25th January 2020. Themed around an urban après skate bar, the three-story East London venue is playing host to Europe’s only real- ice rooftop ice rink, seasonal cocktails, ice hockey shooting, DJs, cosy igloos and huts, and some of the best views in the city. 

Skylight has become one of London’s most popular rooftops and a firm fixture on any summer and winter hotlist. Soaring above London’s most unique event venue, Tobacco Dock in Wapping, Skylight boasts three floors of bars, street food, live entertainment, lawn games, screens and an unrivalled view of London’s iconic skyline. This year, following on from Summer and HarvestFest seasons, the venue will undergo a full winter makeover, transforming its sunlit terraces into warm and inviting spaces designed for shorter days and cooler nights. 

Set against a backdrop of the city’s iconic skylines, Skylight will be continuing its unique seasonal offering into the crisper winter months by hosting Europe’s only real-ice rooftop ice rink, which shares the main level with the pergola bar. Visitors who fancy a quick skate can take to the ice for £12. Tickets are sold onsite only and not available in advance. Guests can also try Skylight’s ice hockey penalty shooting game on the lower level. 

The popular igloos and huts on Skylight’s top level will be making an exciting return, transporting guests to a wintry wonderland perched above the city – the perfect spot to sip on a mulled wine and admire London’s twinkling skyline with friends. These are, as well as a number of indoor and outdoor heated seating areas, available across Skylight to book for private parties of all sizes. 

From one of Skylight’s many après skate bars, guests will be able to purchase a delicious array of warming winter cocktails, alongside an extensive menu of beers and ciders, as well as warming mulled wine. The bars also feature the full range of Bacardi spirits. Street food stalls are available on the lower level, featuring authentic Greek street food vendors YIRO. 

Throughout the winter season, Skylight has a changing programme of cutting edge DJs, events and parties including Halloween On Ice taking place on Skylight’s opening night, a tree decorating evening, regular Festive Singalong events, New Year’s Eve celebrations, Burns Night and Australia Day. 

A must for any Christmas party, Skylight welcomes private parties and corporate events of all sizes and styles. Tables are bookable from £10, with hut and igloo hire starting at £100 (for 4 hours – 10 people) via Design My Night. Igloo and hut bookings include mulled wine on arrival, table service, heater and blankets. Entry to Skylight is free. Bespoke bookings of 50+ available via email.

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