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eat.drink.sleep February 2023

Protecting our planet –one towel at a time

Protecting the planet is a top priority for leading hotel and spa textiles supplier, BC SoftWear, which considers the environmental impact of everything it does; from the factories it works with to laundry energy costs and plastic-free packaging.


“We constantly scrutinise our production processes to create the most environmentally-friendly towelling we can, without compromising on quality or longevity.”

With sustainability at the heart of everything it does, you won’t be surprised to learn BC SoftWear’s principle factory, powered by solar panels with a water treatment plant to reuse as much water as possible, is part of the Better Cotton initiative, encouraging more sustainable processes and fair working conditions.

“Our spa carry bags, used by customers at Champneys and Aqua Sans Spas, are also fully biodegradable, and in our warehouse we’ve switched to paperless picking tickets and are replacing shrink-wrap with re-usable elastic bands for stacking boxes on pallets.”

In the laundry, our SmartSoft range uses 70% less energy, 10% less water and requires 31% less drying time – helping to save the planet and save our customers’ money. Our range of biodegradable slippers are a popular choice for bedrooms of world-class establishments, including the Bamford Wellness Spa and Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa. We’re also using paper wraps and corn starch for our packaging, saving 50 tonnes of singleuse plastic each year.

and Founder, Barbara Cooke explains:
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Sybron launches first

brand with new biotechnology cleaning range – SyBio

Partnering with BioVate Hygienics, Sybron has developed a range that replaces harmful, non-renewable chemicals with adaptive biotechnology that cleans, disinfects and protects.

The SyBio products combine probiotic, enzyme and plant-based ingredients to maximise performance with minimal environmental impact. The range consists of concentrated cleaners, sanitisers and detergents delivered through wall-mounted dispensers for optimal dosage control.

“BioVate Hygienics has pioneered biotechnology-based cleaning products and shares our passion and forward thinking for sustainable cleaning and the development of green cleaning methods,” explains sales and marketing director, Sybron, George Mason. “Our objectives are to deliver environmentally friendly products that provide safer applications and improved performance along with reduced costs.

“Our partnership with BioVate Hygienics provides the expertise and innovation to develop an extensive and diverse range. Developing our own range has given us more control to deliver specialist products for every cleaning requirement, as well as the opportunity to offer a

superior cleaning performance that is cost effective and with minimal impact on the environment. All products are highly concentrated formulas, which based on cost-in-use figures provides a 15-20% saving against other ranges.”

SyBio uses plant-based & bio-based surfactants, utilising the latest biotechnology and has 30 times more actives than any other biotechnologybased cleaning range. What is more, using SyBio provides long-term protection. After use, SyBio leaves a layer of good bacteria that protects surfaces against dirt and pathogens for up to 30 days.

“The more you use SyBio, the cleaner and safer your environments become,” explains George. “Using naturallyderived ingredients reduces toxicity compared to traditional chemical-based cleaning products. Using science-based

biotechnology increases performance and sustainability across your cleaning protocol. SyBio’s concentrated formula also brings cost efficiencies along with a huge reduction in plastic.”

Sybron’s biotechnology products are non-hazardous in their ready-to-use format and are UK- manufactured in line with Sybron’s core values of moving traditional cleaning forwards to be more effective, safer and sustainable.

“Our dedicated teams work with customers to offer the best cleaning products specific to their business, including complete installation of dispensers and ongoing support,” concludes George Mason.

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Sybron, a leading UK supplier of cleaning, hygiene and catering products to some of the largest names in hospitality, has launched its first own brand with SyBio, a range of biotechnology-based cleaning products.

New Lighting Designs for On-Trend Hospitality

Interior Design

Research has shown just how important interior design is to consumer spending habits and wellbeing when it comes to hotels and restaurants. Industville’s lighting is designed not just to furnish the room but to define it. With a new trend of modern, sleek, industrial style interiors, their new lighting designs are perfect for creating this elegant, sophisticated look in any establishment.

Having worked on countless interior projects for hotels, restaurants and bars, Industville knows only too well how much interior design can shape the customer experience. They also appreciate that commercial interior design is constantly changing and evolving as Marketa Rypacek, MD at Industville comments, “Gone are the days of the obvious factory-like raw copper pipework and exposed bricks as we welcome a new era of ‘Modern Sleek Industrial Style’.

She continues, “Industrial design has evolved beautifully over the last few years and blended nicely into many other interior design styles, enhancing each one with its rough but sophisticated edginess. We pride ourselves in listening to our customers and reacting to market trends and we saw our lights being used in a number of very broad interior styles, from scandi and botanical to maximalist and boho. From being in the industry

for many years we had seen before how adaptable the industrial style is, and with this in mind the new designs were created to contribute to an even greater range of styles and applications. The new lighting collections are sleek, elegant and contemporary, whilst still giving a nod to the very best of our industrial design heritage.”

NEW Opal Lighting Collection

Industville’s new Opal Lighting Collection radiates style in a minimalist, understated fashion. The new Opal Glass lights exude a timeless elegance, making them ideal for all kinds of eateries from stylish vibrant coffee shops to contemporary restaurants. The subdued lighting effect they create also makes them a great choice for anywhere that needs a relaxing atmosphere such as secluded, romantic restaurant tables or hotel bedrooms. The ethereal white shades pair beautifully with many of Industville’s light holder styles, and designers can choose from the Dome, Schoolhouse or Globe shaped shades, all of which look stunning in the new opal glass.

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YOOBIC, the innovator of the all-in-one Frontline Employee Experience Platform, today announced the launch of YOOBIC Communities, a powerful expansion of the YOOBIC app designed to enable companies with frontline workers to drive engagement and give employees a shared space to build collaboration, camaraderie, and a sense of common purpose. The feature launch cements YOOBIC’s place as the premiere Frontline Employee Experience Platform (FEXP) for today’s most demanding distributed enterprises.

YOOBIC’s game-changing mobile app is already trusted by 350 global brands including top restaurants such as BurgerFi, BChef and Urban Plates. The Communities feature empowers frontline teams to easily create common-interest networks and design and launch their own microcommunities within the organization. The result: organic team building based on meaningful friendships and rich new opportunities for mutual support, collaboration, and innovation.

YOOBIC Communities Give Restaurants a Secret Weapon to Combat Employee Turnover

With employers still feeling the impact of the Great Resignation and broader labor shortages, YOOBIC Communities offers an important tool to create engagement and boost employee retention. According to Gallop’s State of The Global Workplace 2022 report, only 21% of workers are engaged at work. Research shows that employees want to feel like they belong and they are part of something bigger than themselves. That is exactly what YOOBIC’s Communities feature delivers—giving frontline teams a real stake in their organizations and the ability to shape and take ownership of their company’s culture.

YOOBIC Communities is an engagementdriving tool for a generation of digitalnative workers raised on social media. The results have been striking. In the Beta test group, weekly logins increased by 33% per user. Employees were also markedly more engaged with the platform, Communities drove 43% more engagement than the top-down digital Newsfeed, which already was achieving great results. These numbers show targeted engagement and employee experience are drivers in adoption and usage of digital tools for frontline workers.

“At YOOBIC, we know that meaningful employee engagement is the key to boosting employee morale and performance—as well as the agility, resilience, and profitability of the organization as a whole. The Communities feature was designed to organically elevate that engagement and bring frontline teams together in a powerful and effective way,” stated Fabrice Haiat, YOOBIC CEO and co-founder. “Our app is the critical space where workplace orchestration meets employee experience, and as the categorydefining FEXP innovator, we’re determined to keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for the success of our customers.”

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Award-winning tapas group serves up a tasty opportunity for London restaurateurs

The Tapas Room, which offers a tapas menu and specialist wine recommendations, was established in 2017 in Tooting Broadway Market by founder Paul Belcher.

Since then, it has grown to three restaurants operating as separate limited companies, with opportunities to grow further if the new owner wishes.

The popular chain, which is on the market with Hilton Smythe Business Advisors, has an ethos of individuality for each of its restaurants, allowing them to grow as separate entities while under a recognisable name, supported by an experienced marketing manager and excellent management and chef teams.

In addition to regularly being voted Diners’ Choice on OpenTable, in 2021, the group took home the Decanter Best Spanish Retailer Award (UK) and this year launched its own app to encourage repeat custom and loyalty.

All sites have made a strong recovery from the pandemic, with significant profits and considerable turnover in each restaurant.

Owner Paul Belcher said: “The Tapas Room will be an excellent investment for someone looking to realise their dream of owning their own restaurant group, or for an established hospitality owner.

“Our model of allowing each restaurant to grow its own personality while remaining part of the group is one of the many reasons why we’ve been so successful. I’ve personally supported each of the manager and head chef teams and seen them bring a unique spark to each site.

“Building up The Tapas Room from its roots in Tooting has been a labour of love, and I’m committed to working closely with whoever takes the reins to make sure that they can continue building the brand with my support before I hand it all over. I can’t just walk away when the deal’s done!

“Hilton Smythe has been incredibly supportive in managing the

forward to meeting the next person in The Tapas Room’s story.”


Gareth Smyth, CEO of Hilton Smythe Group, said: “South London is prime location for hospitality and an award-winning, well-established brand like The Tapas Room would be a feather in anyone’s cap.

“There has, of course, been turbulence in the hospitality sector, thanks to the pandemic, but The Tapas Room has not only survived but has thrived in a post-COVID world, with each site bouncing back and showing a significant increase in both turnover and profit.

“Interested parties have the added bonus of an extended period of support from the group’s founder, Paul, who has committed a period of at least six months to do a full handover, where he’ll share his expertise and knowledge. It’s a superb opportunity for the right person.”

Further details about the sale of The Tapas Room can be found here

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An award-winning restaurant brand in South London could serve up a mini empire to an experienced entrepreneur or foodie with a dream of success, when its current owner steps down due to family commitments.
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A Smarter Way to Dine

• Ingredifind

• Restaurants can benefit from reducing their liability and insurance premiums. U.K. insurance brokers can now offer up to 20% discount for those using Ingredifind. U.S. to follow suit.

Silicon Valley native, Mark White, has teamed up with his father and successful tech veteran Nick White to launch Ingredifind. The platform enables restaurants to create customised digital menus, which allow customers to filter for food allergies, preferences, and personalised diet plans.

A huge selling point of Ingredifind is that it will provide a lifeline for millions worldwide who suffer from food allergies. Furthermore, those with intolerances or dietary preferences will find it easier to enjoy a meal out.

The inspiration for Ingredifind came from Mark’s girlfriend Hanna’s experience navigating restaurant menus without triggering her severe food allergies. Dining out involved analysing the menu and having multiple discussions with servers to ensure the food would be safe. Mark soon discovered this was a pressing issue for a rising number of people, and together they conceived a solution to revolutionise the restaurant dining experience.

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A new Tech Platform, Ingredifind, provides a lifeline to restaurants to support the millions of people with lifethreatening food allergies and dietary preferences
enables customers to filter the top 15 allergens and top 4 dietary preferences at Ingredifind-partnered restaurants.

Mark’s vision, Hanna’s experience, and Nick’s background in helping deliver multi-billion-dollar valuations for tech startups has resulted in a disruptive tech-focused platform.

Research shows that Mark was right to take an innovative approach to address food allergies in restaurants. Researchers estimate that 32 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.6 million children. That’s one in ten adults and one in 13 children. (FARE, 2019)

Allergies are also the most common chronic disease in Europe. Today, more than 150 million Europeans suffer from chronic allergies. The current prediction is that by 2025, allergies will affect half of Europe’s population. (EAAC. 2016)

Ingredifind is designed to make the dining experience easier for both customers and restaurants. Restaurants simply upload the ingredients of each dish, and Ingredifind will map out which ingredients are components of specific diets and allergy groups. Users can select their allergies on the app and input their diet down to the ingredient level.

Once they select a menu, the platform will display unsuitable dishes in grey and suitable dishes in black.

For example, if a restaurant inputs that their omelette contains eggs, butter, and cheese, Ingredifind will automatically flag that the dish includes eggs and dairy and is unsuitable for vegans. Any customer who has specified that they are vegan or do not want eggs or dairy will see the omelette in grey.

The aim is to make restaurant menus transparent to allow customers to make informed decisions.

The two founders stress that Ingredifind can potentially save lives and avoid litigation against restaurants for making simple mistakes with drastic consequences. Restaurants can be liable for food allergy negligence, with claims ranging from thousands to millions of dollars.

According to a study by Food Allergy Research & Education, claims with diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions rose 377% from 2007 to 2016. Similarly, British

hospitals report soaring anaphylaxis admissions. It’s no longer all about peanuts but a complex array of foods, which makes restaurant menus challenging to navigate for the affected customer.

Mark White said: “Servers and chefs famously work in high-intensity and busy environments. Against the backdrop of an increasingly allergic world, we cannot expect them to be on top of a long list of ingredients to avoid at the drop of a hat.”

Ingredifind has already onboarded and partnered with high-profile restaurants and is growing communities throughout Europe. The company’s message is simple: “By partnering with restaurants we can revolutionise the hospitality sector and make dining out a safe experience for those with allergies and easier for those with dietary preferences.”


Scott’s, Richmond

Located on a westward meander of the River Thames, Scott’s new Richmond location brings decadence and oldworld elegance to destination dining. Guests are greeted with glamour at the stately terrace for al-fresco dining on the banks of the Thames, the opulent champagne and crustacean bar and a dazzling dining hall set across two floors. Scott’s prides itself on providing service that is as exceptional as the food, sharing the heritage and experience of its famous original location in Mayfair.

Creative lighting studio 18FIFTY specified bespoke lighting solutions from leading lighting manufacturer LEDFlex Group, to create an elegant ambience which elevates the classic character of the interior and respects the Scott’s legacy. LEDFlex Lumen Line 176 in 2100K to 2300K was placed in coffers throughout the ground and first floor, welcoming guests by washing them with a warm and inviting golden glow. To flexibly illuminate the ground floor cornice detail, 18 FIFTY selected Nano Flex HE, the narrowest flex in the range by 4mm in 2400K. The luminaire flawlessly accentuates the impressive architectural design of the ceiling, adding to the grandeur of the restaurant.

The decadent golden bar is dazzling through homogeneous illumination with the use of Ultimo Neon Silicone in 2200K, casting glittering reflections on glasses and bottles, creating a bejewelling gem in the corner of the room. The shelves are backlit using Nano Flex 180 in 2400K, a sleek and minimal solution perfect for showcasing each display in an intricate manner, exquisitely highlighting each glass and product. The basement ladies’ restrooms are softly illuminated with Ultimo Neon Silicone in 2200K, and the basement gentleman’s restrooms are subtly lit with Ultimo 16 Neon Silicone in 2700K, to create a relaxing and private environment. The ladies restroom vanity mirror is illuminated with Nano Flex 180 in 2400K, creating a stylish and balanced light source for ladies when applying makeup.

The lighting design has been carefully considered from the top to the bottom of the space to evoke a sense of elegance and comfort throughout. The lighting cleverly elevates the dining experience and accentuates the architectural design and interior of this fine restaurant, upholding the renowned Scott’s legacy and adding a stunning addition to the brand.

Project credits:   Lighting Design: 18FIFTY   Project Location: Richmond, London   Client: Caprice Holdings   Design: Cantor Masters & Caprice Holdings ID   Contractor: WFC  Photographer: Gavriil
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Choose american craft beer for iconic events this month

February sees two important opportunities for encouraging footfall on quieter nights of the week, as well as the chance to create a point of difference on your menu and add value with American craft beer.

On Sunday 12th February America’s most iconic sporting spectacle, the Super Bowl takes place in Glendale, Arizona. It’s one of the most watched sporting events in the world and a legendary symbol of American culture. Every year the amount of games the NFL play in the UK is increasing and with it the growing UK fanbase. Despite being aired at the late time of 11.30pm the opportunities for a full-blown American themed dining experience in the run upto the game should not be overlooked. Here are a few ideas:

• Hot and spicy chicken wings with a clean, crisp and refreshing American craft lager that will calm the heat of the spices

• Pulled pork sliders with an American IPA, a perfect match allowing the tropical or citrus fruit hop notes to complement the flavour of the meat

• BBQ ribs with brown ale that will echo the favour notes of the sweet, sticky barbecue sauce and add another dimension

• Chili with an imperial stout or barley wine that will stand up to the fiery intensity of the ingredients.

• Nachos and dips. An American pale ale that’s not too bitter or hoppy would be the ideal partner for snacks

Valentine’s Day (14th February) falls on a Tuesday this year and American craft beer with its wide spectrum of flavours and huge versatility is the perfect partner for almost any dining experience including a romantic dinner for two. The beer drinker is becoming increasingly diverse and many women enjoy beer as much as men.

It’s worth stocking genuine American craft beers because they regularly prove they are among the best in the world by winning medals at prestigious international beer competitions judged by panels of experts. In three recent competitions around the world, American craft beers won a total of 85 medals between them. American craft brewers are known for their innovation and creativity and continue to lead the word in the production of high quality, style-diverse beers.

In the UK American craft beer can be found at national wholesalers or direct from on line retailers such as Athletic Brewing, or the Cascade Club Chefs and restauranteurs are invited to make use of the free resources available on or

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Holy Waters – searching for the sacred in a glass

and alcohol

There was a sideboard in our house, mahogany-veneered laminate, and one side was full of forbidden treasures. These were the bottles of spirits my dad, a dentist, was given each Christmas by grateful patients. He had a reputation, dad did, for being the gentlest of dental surgeons, someone who hated to hurt. And the rewards came annually in the form of Bell’s, Whyte and Mackay, Teacher’s and sometimes Glenfiddich.

But they were never opened, these dark bottles, as our family was Plymouth Brethren, fundamentalist Christian and avowedly teetotal. At least until much later in life, when continental holidays exposed us to a world of putting into practice St Paul’s advice to Timothy, that he should “take a little wine for his stomach’s sake.”

Nevertheless, those unpopped childhood corks leached, eventually, their magical fumes and the cupboard would become a secret refuge of inhalation for me. That heavy sweetness, somehow playful and heady. I sniffed and wondered.

The other place I smelt the fumes of ethanol-laden drink was, peculiarly enough, in the weekly Sunday communion service we children were forced to attend. A common silver cup, at the front of the Gospel Hall, contained what my pals and I (having raided the bins) discovered was something called Old Tawny British wine. A fiercely fortified syrup of mood-alteration, normally drunk on street corners or before and after football matches.

Somehow, religious prohibition did not extend to communion wine.

Holy Waters, my book about the links between religion and alcohol, starts in that sideboard and that little Scottish gospel hall. It detours to Ireland and Iona with St Columba, heads for India for some alcoholic Hindu offerings, then travels via Japan, Scandinavia, France and Germany to Mexico and Haiti. There are pirates, voudou priests, monks galore and a memorable appearance by an incontinent Odin. Each chapter comes with suggested accompanying drinks and tasting notes.

It’s personal, funny (I hope) welltravelled, convivial and informative. And I think it goes down a treat.

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Feeling the


In today’s competitive market, many restaurants are struggling to find and keep workers, and pay rates are on the rise like every other cost. All of which makes this the perfect time to optimise the expenditure you do make.

The 5 top strategies to control your restaurant labour costs in 2023:

1. Be smarter at scheduling

Make your schedule flexible

Minimise overtime

Assess your staffing needs

Multi-skill your workforce

Be smarter at scheduling

Make 2023 the year your servers never stand around doing nothing – and never get rushed off their feet at busy times.

Your restaurant POS software provides great tools for making sure your staffing keeps perfectly in step with your requirements. By capturing real-time data, it takes all the guesswork out of labour management even providing accurate forecasts of labour needs – you’ll know exactly when you are busiest.

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restaurants power into 2023, there’s a lot of uncertainty ahead but one thing’s for sure – labour will remain one of your biggest outlays.
pinch? How to control your restaurant labour costs in 2023

Make your schedule flexible

But having said that, we all know the hospitality business can be hard to predict, and you should make sure that your schedule is not a set-it-and-forgetit affair.

Good POS restaurant software builds in flexibility so you can easily amend it to take into account business changes. For instance, are sales unexpectedly trending up or down? Your epos will let you know for sure, and you can adjust staffing accordingly.

Minimise overtime

Overtime is never a great idea, although sometimes necessary. It means something has come up that you didn’t expect, such as staff sickness or a flow of guests out of the blue.

In addition, staff sometimes welcome overtime as a boost to their pay packet, but it can also cause resentment if over-done – and in these times when talent is scarce, you want your workers to feel happy and confident about their workload.

The lack of readily-available labour has meant some outlets run permanently on overtime, where the few available servers work much longer. And that can really hit your bottom line.

If in the end it becomes necessary to trim opening hours, forecasting reports provided by your restaurant POS software can ease the blow by showing where you can do it to the greatest effect without missing too much business.

Assess your staffing needs

In the hurly-burly of daily service, it can be hard to find time to take a fresh look at labour levels. You should be looking at:

• Do you have the right number of full-timers compared to parttimers?

• What positions are they fulfilling?

• How do their responsibilities pan out?

• Do you take on seasonal workers, and how does that work out?

Because a POS restaurant system gives you an end-to-end view of your whole business, even across multiple sites, you base your review on comprehensive reports. It means you can take a fully-informed view of what’s really happening, and whether you are matching labour with real requirements.

Multi-skill your workforce

You know how hard it can be to hang onto workers – the hospitality industry

However, it’s true that investing in staff with training pays off in different ways – you get upskilled workers who can jump on different tasks when needed and provide a great guest experience that promotes customer loyalty. In return, they feel enriched by the training and valued by your organisation.

These are tricky times to find time for training, but POS restaurant software helps. Not only does it make apparent when time can be found, but it also improves operational efficiencies to free servers up. For instance, tableside ordering and payment prevents a lot of pointless running back and forth.

2023 and beyond

Chris Cartmell of NFS Technology, suppliers of POS software, says: “In uncertain times when no-one knows how some costs – such as energy bills – might go, it’s good to have the best control possible on areas you can affect.

“Recruiting and retaining staff will always be a major priority for restaurants. Using technology to make the best use of those you have, and to provide them with a great working environment, is a good way forward.”

Case studies

Some of the biggest names in UK

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Wilder Journeys:

True Stories of Nature, Adventure & Connection

Featuring over 50 contributors such as Lemn Sissay, Angela Maxwell and Hamza Yassin.

Published 14th March 2023 by Watkins (UK) / Penguin Random House (USA).

Environmental writer Laurie King and internationally bestselling author Miriam Lancewood present a collection of narrative non-fiction stories and poems on the human connection with nature. In these pages, you are invited to share the wisdom they gained on their wild journeys.

You will walk across the Australian desert with American explorer Angela Maxwell; live with Hamza Yassin and a family of eagles in Scotland; survive for 10 years in an Australian forest with Gregory Smith; hunt in the wilderness

with Miriam Lancewood in New Zealand; chart Karl Bushby’s passage through the formidable Darien Gap; and set up a surf school for people of colour in California with David Malana.

With beautiful illustrations, a foreword from explorer Belinda Kirk and contributions from leading poets, including David Whyte and Fatimah Asghar, this book will inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and connect to your wild, animal soul.

‘A life-changing and inspiring collection. After reading it, many will not be able to resist the call of the wild.’

— Ben Fogle, broadcaster, writer and adventurer

‘These inspiring stories speak to the adventurous spirit in us all, urging us to get out of the comfort of our houses and explore the natural beauty of the world.’

— Sir Christian Bonington, British mountaineer

‘A great example of why connecting to nature and adventure is so important for our souls.’

—  The Happy Pear twins

‘These remarkable stories reveal a multitude of ways in which we can radically rethink our place in the world.’

— Oli Broadhead, explorer and photographer

‘This wonderful collection of initiatory tales is a potent reminder of what we know to be true but may have forgotten — that we are of this Earth and that our relationship with nature is sacred.’

— Max Girardeau, director of The Visionaries

‘These two authors have pulled together narratives from scientists, explorers and people that care about our world to showcase the incredible beauty and majesty of our planet.’

— NetGalley review

Perfect for fans of nature writing such as Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake, the work of Robert MacFarlane, the environmental expeditions of Raynor Winn, and the esoteric wonder of Otherlands by Thomas Halliday.

Available via Amazon or any good book retailer.

February 2023
Follow the call of the wild with these incredible true stories from an international group of nature lovers, nomads and adventurers!
Miriam Lancewood Laurie King
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26 Breaking the stranglehold of single use plastic bottles with outstanding water purification and beverage dispensing solutions at home, work, and play Biggest water station in the world? Bluewater’s 16 metre long wall of water with 12 dispensers and two digital signage screens proved a big hit at 150th Open golf event

At Bluewater, we care deeply about what goes into our oceans because we care about what goes into our bodies when drinking or washing with water. Our aim is to do business with a purpose. To that end, we’ve put banishing single-use plastics at the very heart of our business mission to give people access to pure water at home, at work, and when on the go.

Bluewater purification products remove over 99% of all known contaminants, from lead to chemicals such as PFAS, and microplastics.

Bluewater is also a world player in the events and Horeca arenas, providing golfing fans, sailing events, and

restaurants and hotels with unique hydration solutions that help them deliver sustainable, pure water efficiently via bespoke bottles or dispensers. Highlights of 2022 were hydrating 300,000 fans at the 150th anniversary of The Open in St Andrews, Scotland, and meeting the hydration needs of delegates, including the world’s leading diplomats and top businesses, at COP 27 In Sharm el Sheik, Egypt.

If you want to dive deeper into Bluewater’s unique clean water delivery solutions and the positive impact of purified water on your business, you’ll find answers on the Bluewater website,

Bluewater is a global Swedish water purification and beverage company on a mission to end the need for single-use plastic bottles, most of which end up in the world’s oceans.
Restaurant staff filling water serving jugs for Cop 27 Innovation Zone diners in Sharm el Sheik

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CafeCulture are suppliers to the outdoor hospitality industry

With workshops near Paddock Wood in Kent we operate UK wide with installations by our own highly experienced teams.

We have worked with major brands like Pizza Express, Wagamama, Relais Hotels and many independents and the person you first see will continue to be your contact and see the project though. All our staff have many years in the business, we don’t believe in sending out slick salesmen to win a deal then passing it on to inexperienced members to do the work.

Site visits and surveys are free to discuss a project and make suggestions on site of what can be done and from here we can do drawings and costings all with no cost to you.

Outdoor seating areas are sometimes underrated or left neglected but have

The brand is part of the JPR Graphics group established in April 2003 with a long background in corporate design and brand promotion.

always been very important and are an important investment as they are the shop window to your business. We firmly believe that the nicer it looks on the outside the more the customers will come inside.

Open air hospitality have never been more important be it for short term use now or offering additional covers as the season progresses. A good looking al fresco area will not only enhance your visual appeal but bring more income to the business.

Planters are very popular these days and ours are made in house and we

believe will be the most durable you can buy being made from waterproof, ever lasting artificial woods all built to order to fit your space. The wood looking planks are actually UK made from recycled industrial plastic waste that would otherwise have gone into landfill so carry genuine green credentials too.

When buying ready made items in we are not contracted to any one supplier and search independently worldwide, literally, for the best goods for our clients. Products are chosen for strength and longevity to last season after

There are many areas we cover and if you don’t see it in on our web site just ask as we will either know someone who does it or we can make if for you. Although not exhaustive our outdoor range includes:-

• Tables and chairs

• Planter and plants (real and artificial)

• Windbreaks and queue barriers

• Outdoor restaurant screens to protect from the wind

• Large and small parasols supplied, installed and repaired

• Awnings and pergolas

• Festoon lighting and outdoor heating

• Neon signs made and installed

season rather just a base bottom price. Buy better and last longer will always be the best way to make any investment.

For an extra special look we also have our own in-house, real traditional neon sign making shop to offer the beautiful art of neon, a look unlike any other that will draw the maximum attention to your premises.

We’d love to hear from you so drop us a line at or call us on 0800 917 5526

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