ORKNEY SHOWCASED AT MAJOR SPECIALITY FOOD AND TRADE FAIR EVENT

Over a dozen Orkney businesses are set to showcase their products at a major combined speciality food and trade fair event, which gets underway in Glasgow this weekend.

Scotland’s Speciality Food Show 2014 brings together 130 exhibitors offering the very best of fine food products from Scotland, the UK and overseas. The show, which regularly attracts over a thousand buyers from delicatessens, farm shops, speciality food retailers and food halls, will run concurrently with the Scotland’s Trade Fair event at Glasgow’s SECC, between 19 and 21 January.

Amongst the nine Orkney businesses attending the speciality food show will be traditional beremeal producers, Barony Mills. The event will be a first for the mill, which is operated by the Birsay Heritage Trust.

Trust chairman, Keith Johnson, said: ”We’ve never been to one of these shows before, so it’s a step into the unknown. If we can get some interest in beremeal and increase the quantities we grow, it’ll be to the advantage of the mill.”

Currently, the majority of the mill’s beremeal – flour made from an ancient, six-row variety of barley - is sold within Orkney, with only a handful of speciality customers outwith the islands.

“At the show we’ll be telling people all the good things about beremeal,” added Mr Johnson, who will attend the Glasgow event with miller, Rae Phillips. “It’s unique, very healthy and part of the heritage of the country.”

Orkney’s crafts sector will also be well represented at the trade fair element of the SECC event. Five local companies are making the trip to Glasgow, including Westray-based knitwear and textile business Hume Sweet Hume.

“When you’re coming from a remote location like we are, you have to have some way of making yourself visible to the buying public,” said the firm’s Lizza Hume. “People still want to have that one-to-one, hands on experience and it’s good to be able to discuss your products directly with your trade buyers or customers. You want to form relationships with customers and trade fairs are the best way to do that.”

Attendance at the event is being supported by an Orkney Marketing funding package totalling £15,000. An initiative between Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), and Orkney Islands Council (OIC), Orkney Marketing funding is available to projects that focus on bringing local companies together in joint promotions, ensuring the islands maintain a strong presence in competitive markets such as food and drink, the creative industries and renewable energy.

Edgar Balfour, development manager for Orkney food, drink and crafts, said: “This exciting event represents the ideal opportunity to showcase a wide range of Orkney products on a national platform and further strengthen the islands’ enviable reputation for high quality food, drink and crafts.

“The diversity of local businesses taking part in the speciality food show and trade fair is tremendous and will give buyers and visitors to the SECC a real taste of what Orkney is all about. Clearly, all the businesses involved will be looking to secure new orders for the coming year, but there’ll also be a positive spin-off in terms of raising Orkney’s profile and boosting visitor numbers.”

The full list of Orkney companies attending the Speciality Food Show is: Argo's, Barony Mills, Highland Park Distillery, Orkney Brewery, The Island Smokery, Jolly’s of Orkney, the Highland Brewing Company, Orkney Creamery and Stockan’s.

Attending the Scotland’s Trade Fair element of the event will be: Aurora Jewellery, Castaway Crafts, Fursbreck Pottery, Hume Sweet Hume and Sheila Fleet Jewellery. Tourism representatives from Orkney will also be in attendance.

www.scotlandsspecialityfoodshow.com

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For further information contact:
Edgar Balfour,
Development Manager, Orkney Food, Drink and Crafts.
T: 01856 761430
M: 07762 596983
 

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DYSON DESIGN sets thousand flowers range for spring launch

Flowers are back a thousand times over this spring with Dyson Design’s latest greetings card collection.
The aptly named Mille Fleurs features a sea of blooms ranging from bright sunshine yellows to demure, powder pinks.

It is the latest addition to Dyson Design’s comprehensive range of floral greetings cards, which includes art as well as photographic images, and the best selling Fabulous Flowers range.

Each of the 54 cards in the Mille Fleurs collection is photographed and printed in the UK.
The 150 mm square cards comprise 36 occasions, from birthdays to weddings, and 18 blank cards.
Retail price is £2.25

For more information, visit www.dysondesigncards.com or call 0116 285 5725 or email info@dysondesign.com

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For further media information:
CONTACT Addie Kenogbon on 0116 254 4472
Or email addie@hopwood.co.uk
 

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NEWBRIDGE SILVERWARE

Europe’s only surviving fully integrated manufacturing plant of its kind, is one of the world’s most iconic brands and Ireland’s premier designer of fine cutlery, homewares, jewellery and giftware. Newbridge Silverware began designing and crafting quality cutlery 80 years ago at its manufacturing facility in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Set up in 1934, to bolster the local economy, the company quickly earned a reputation for quality design and craftsmanship and soon took the pride of place in Irish homes. Today, craftsmen, each with a lifetime`s experience, continue to fashion the finest cutlery, as well as, jewellery, giftware and homewares.

As part of its extensive product range, Newbridge Silverware boasts three stunning collections inspired by three of Hollywood’s most notable style icons, Greta Garbo, Princess Grace Kelly and Maureen O’Hara. With the approval and support of the Greta Garbo Estate, Princess Grace Foundation and Maureen O’Hara Foundation, each of these collections feature pieces synonymous with each of the stars.

The Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre, located in Newbridge Co Kildare hosts the Museum of Style Icons (MOSI), an extraordinary collection of costumes and personal effects from some of the world’s most popular icons including Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Princess Grace, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Tippi Hedren, Ingrid Bergman, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and much more. Visitors can also view the entire Newbridge Silverware product range in the stunning Showrooms, including the full festive collection currently on display in the Christmas Shop. A delicious culinary experience also awaits you at the award winning Silver Restaurant, which features live music daily.

From its rich heritage firmly placed in Irish history since 1934 to its modern day offering of products and incredible destination experiences, Newbridge Silverware has become one of the world’s most revered brands. For more information on Newbridge Silverware, The Silver Restaurant, MOSI and its product range, visit www.newbridgesilverware.com.


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For further press information, please contact Marie Brennan on 045 431301 or email mariebrennan@newbridgesilverware.com
 

 

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SHEARER CANDLES

As the January blues fade our thoughts turn towards brighter colours, longer days and warmth in the air.

Shearer Candles range of fragrances can create spring and summer within your home all year round but, with those seasons still at arms’ length, the aptly named Spring Couture Collection effortlessly produces a sense of longer days and bright sunshine.

It’s easy to bring the outdoors inside with Spring Couture’s Orange Blossom, a romantic sweet citrus with notes in muguet lily and fresh greenery. Persian Lime continues the citrus theme adding a hint of zesty sweet grapefruit while Lavender & Neroli inclines in favour of mellow spice with wild lavender.

The Couture Collection comprises stunning white wax candles infused with seven different scents altogether and, beautifully packaged, add glamour to any room. The collection is available as jar candles, tin candles, pillar candles, tealights, in gift boxes, and in scented reed diffusers and filled hurricane glasses.

Natural Spa is Shearer’s latest collection and has been created to help you relax and revitalise, particularly at the end of a long hard winter. The four uplifting scents of Floral, Fruit, Spice and Citrus beautifully complement Shearer’s extensive range and are effortless in their simplicity of design. The 30cl glass jar candles, with silver lids, are presented in gift boxes while the 100ml scented diffusers form an ideal accompaniment.

The Highland Collection reflects Scottish history and heritage. Ae Fond Kiss and Red Red Rose take their names from Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns, and both scents come in a triple wick chalice etched with the relevant poems.

Marsh Orchid and Cranachan encapsulate the landscape and flavour, while Hogmanay and The Gathering sum up Scotland’s warmth and its history and culture. Also presented in glass Whisky Goblets, the Quaich Cup of Friendship, and in stylish Tin Candles, a candle from the Highland Collection makes the ideal gift for overseas visitors.

The V&A collection, created under license for the Victoria and Albert Museum, is a unique set of candles and reed diffusers inspired by Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857–1941). His early work was as a designer of wallpapers, fabrics and furnishings in a simple arts and crafts style and this range draws upon on a wallpaper design dating from around 1900.

Rosey Barnet is Artistic Director with Shearer Candles: “We are living in more minimalistic times. I feel people are going back to basics and enjoying traditional with a twist of style and both the V&A and Natural Spa Collections reflect these ideals.

“The V&A collection mixes a traditional textile design with luxurious colour and a hint of gold for shine. The fragrances, Angelica, Ebony, Heliotrope and Rose Geranium, are strong and sophisticated and it’s a collection we’re proud of.

“Everything we do at Shearer Candles is about producing high quality, sophisticated candles that are contemporary and up-to-the-minute. We have developed from a small company producing church candles into a business that makes millions of lifestyle candles. And 2014 will be an exciting year as it sees our export market expand following our recent agreement to distribute Shearer Candles in China and Hong Kong,” said Rosey.

Samples, high resolution images and cut outs are now available.

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Raise a Toast to the Bard with SHEARER CANDLES

There can be nothing more poetic than burning a candle for a poet named Burns and with Shearer Candles’ Highland Collection you can create the romance and mystery of Scotland’s past and its national Bard, Robert Burns, in your home.

“And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.”

Red Red Rose takes inspiration from one of Burns’ most romantic poems and conjures the aroma of drew drenched rose petals that encapsulates the essence of a flower which is the symbol of love throughout the world.

The ivory rose-scented Robbie Burns chalice, complete with an inscribed verse from his famous poem, A Red Red Rose, is the perfect bestowal of love for your nearest and dearest. The chalice comes in a tartan gift box making it the perfect present, while the Highland Rose Pillar candle adds elegance and romance to your Burns celebrations.

Shearer’s Highland Collection brings the scent and sense of Scotland into your home. Ae Fond Kiss mixes delicate white heather with sweet Highland honey and is ideal for Burns Night in a nickel silver Highland Quaich of friendship, while Marsh Orchid evokes the essence of a rare wild flower found only in the Western Isles of Scotland and fits the occasion in its silver etched tartan glass.

The Cranachan Tin Candle is almost good enough to eat. It’s inspired by a delicious Scottish dessert that combines succulent red berries, refreshing mint and a hint of toasted oatmeal. And the Gathering, with its aromatic union of fresh citrus moss and green leaf, compliments Burns Night perfectly in this year of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

And in the run up to Burns Night on Saturday, 25 January, Shearer Candles is offering a 25% discount on the Highland Collection. Enter Promotional Code OTM21C when placing an order online. The offer is available in January only and Terms and Conditions do apply. Please see the website for details www.shearercandles.com.

Samples, high resolution images and cut outs are available.

Shearer Candles are available to buy online at www.shearercandles.com, in selected Waitrose stores and The Candle Store, 23 Robert Street, Glasgow G51 3HB.

Shearer is the oldest producer of lifestyle candles in the UK which are crafted in their factory in Glasgow. They have been shortlisted for Gift of the Year 2014 by The Giftware Association.

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This press release is issued on behalf of Shearer Candles by Wave PR. For more information and high resolution images contact Frances Chisholm on 0141 225 0403.
 

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6 Fresh New designs from Just Slate this Spring!

The Just Slate Company is set to take both Scotland’s Trade Fair by storm with their new COASTAL Collection for Spring/Summer 14.

The Coastal Range by The Just Slate Company (SS 14 Launch)

Just Slate Go Coastal!

Just Slate has managed to beautifully capture the essence of this Spring/Summer theme with their stunning new range of stylish serving pieces. From the beautiful detail in the rope knotted handle of the NEW glass cloche to the razor shell handle on the serving trays each piece in the range has an elegant, nautical twist.

 

ENGLISH PEWTER COMPANY………..It’s time to take a closer look

2014 will see the largest ever launch of new products in the company’s history. With over 500 new additions to current popular gift ranges and also exciting brand new collections including Pewter@Home, Country Living and also the World War I Commemorative  Collection, it really is the perfect time to take a closer look at this proud UK manufacturer.

English Pewter Company has long been recognised as world leading manufacturers of pewterware, and have now applied their unmatched expertise to the creation of the spectacular Pewter@Home collection. This collection includes eye catching and stylish pewter home accessories, cutlery sets, tableware, door furniture and much more.

A new range that will be available in 2014 will be the Stag Collection; this range combines rustic and historically styled and hand crafted stag horn with stylish pewter, giving the products a traditional and elegant overall appearance. The country living collection also includes many new additions that display traditional craftsmanship and magnificent design to produce what are truly special items.

There are over 1500 items in the entire range and all items can be seen in their elegant 2014 Trade catalogue or online at www.englishpewter.co.uk.

 

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Abbeyhorn - PRESS RELEASE

 

 

Established in 1749 Abbeyhorn has been creating innovative and exciting Giftware and Homeware from natural cow horn using traditional skills for over 250 years. New lines include a stunning range of fashion jewellery, desk accessories and a varied range of storage and drinking vessels married with pewter to enhance the natural beauty of the horn.

 

 

Oxhorn Button Necklace Statement jewellery is all the rage and this stunning Oxhorn necklace is sure to make you feel a million dollars. Gently graduated button shaped pieces of horn; selected for their delicate colours then highly polished to bring out the natural innate complexities of the horn have been strung together to create a lovely necklace appropriate for any outfit and any occasion.

 

 

Oxhorn Oval Links Necklace Unchain my heart! This bold statement piece consists of large and small polished Oxhorn ovals linked together to create a chain with a large feature link at the base. Wear alone or add to the look with the three link matching earrings.

 

 

Oxhorn Rectangle Links Necklace Look stylish in every season with this gorgeous rectangle links necklace. Featuring contrasting dark and light highly polished Oxhorn rectangles, strung together to create the perfect piece for any time of the year. Wear alone or add to the look with the three link matching earrings.

 

 

Oxhorn Whiskey Tot With Pewter Liner Now you can have a hot toddy! By popular demand we have embellished our already popular polished horn whiskey tots with a pewter rim and liner to enable these little snifters to have their use extend to hot drinks not previously recommended with horn.

 

 

Oxhorn Backed Tape Measure Know a man who has everything? – We bet he hasn’t got one of these! A fully functional tool does not have to be simply practical it can also now be stylish as this handy wooden tape measure lovingly capped with highly polished horn proves. DIY in style.

 

 

Roe Deer Antler Letter Opener Adorn your desk with this unusual letter opener. Hand crafted using a whole Scottish Roe deer antler fixed to a stainless steel blade this handy little accessory is not only practical it is sure to become a talking point.

 

 

Oxhorn Photo Frame – Sunburst Nicknamed the sunburst this elegant photo frame is simply stunning. By carefully selecting, shaping and arranging the Oxhorn slivers onto a study wooden frame we have created an eye-catching burst of colour to surround your treasured images.

 

 

Oxhorn Rectangle Elasticated Bangle Highly polished rectangles of coloured Oxhorn have been strung together with elastic to create this one size fits all chunky bangle. So simple, these bangles look great with everything.

 

 

Oxhorn Comb Wide Tooth With Handle At last a comb to cope with the wildest mane. Based on the design of one of our most popular combs this Oxhorn comb with handle has the added advantage of wider spaced and sturdier teeth in order to deal with the most tangled tresses. An added advantage is that unlike plastic combs horn combs do not create static and is also kinder to your hair and scalp.

 

 

Oxhorn Pumpkin Elasticated Bangle Make a statement with our Pumpkin bangle, lovingly named for its gently rounded shape. Colourful Oxhorn segments have been highly polished to bring out the natural beauty of the horn. Linked together by elastic this one size fits all bangle simply oozes style.

 

 

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Ailsa Black

 

 

Will be launching a new range of cards and a selection of coastal themed fine bone china mugs at the Scottish Trade Fair. Ailsa produces a vibrant and light-hearted collection of work that captures the essence of rural and coastal life. Ailsa has a distinct style that has a growing following and her characters will be sure to gladden your customers hearts.

 

 

All cards are environmentally friendly with no minimum order. Fine bone china mugs and high quality giclee prints available.

 

 

Visit Scottish Trade Fair Stand E30 www.ailsablack.com t 07789128833

 

 

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See it….Do it….Don't Miss it!

 

 

The guide book series that enables visitors to do just that…..

 

 

These handy and informative guide books take the visitor on a far more intimate tour than do most other publications. Packed from cover to cover with things to see and do, each book includes all the main attractions within a given area but also travels "off the beaten track", dipping into folklore and legend and discovering all sorts of delights along the way – fascinating cairns and memorials, quirky roadside features, small and remote craft studios, abandoned villages, ruined castles with murky histories and much, much more. Each book is divided into sections, arranged in a logical order for touring all or part of an area. An abundance of photographs, along with clear maps illustrating where to find things mentioned in the text, make these books a delight to use.

 

 

At the back of each book can be found a page of useful telephone numbers and a list of appropriate Ordnance Survey maps.

 

 

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The Bay Tree

 

 

Scoops 8 Awards and 11 Stars at the Great Taste Awards

 

 

August 2013: The Bay Tree has scooped a massive eight awards totalling eleven stars in the Great Taste Awards, the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.

 

 

The winners are; Raspberry Curd (3 star), Wholegrain Mustard (2 star), Marinated Miniature Figs (1 star), Seville Orange Marmalade (1 star), Beetroot & Horseradish Relish (1 star), Very Lemon Curd (1 star), Spiced Apple & Onion Chutney (1 star) and Hot Sweet Chilli Sauce (1 star).

 

 

The 2013 Great Taste Awards saw a total 9,738 products entered of which 2,524 were awarded a 1 star, 645 were awarded a 2 star and only 125 were awarded a 3 star.

 

 

The Bay Tree’s founder, Emma Macdonald, said: “we are absolutely delighted to achieve such success once again in the Great Taste Awards. To be awarded another 3 star this year for our Raspberry Curd is testament to the outstanding quality and flavour of our products.”

 

 

The Bay Tree’s 3 star winning product, Raspberry Curd was applauded by the Great Taste judges who declared “the texture is like velvet … the raspberry flavour bursts through”. One judge even stated “this is so delicious I have goosebumps”.

 

 

The Bay Tree has also been nominated for the Favourite Local Producer Award to be announced at the Great Taste Award dinner in September. This award is voted for by the public who can cast their vote here: http://www.womanandhome.com/galleries/news-and-entertainment/35584/4/0/great-taste-awards-2013-nominees

 

 

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Notes – The Bay Tree Food Co Limited • Established in 1994, The Bay Tree Food Co produces award winning chutneys, pickles, sauces, dressings, jellies and preserves • In 2014 The Bay Tree will celebrate it’s 20th anniversary • The full Bay Tree range is available at www.thebaytree.co.uk

 

 

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Carrie-Ann Coupe Handcrafted Products

 

 

My Name Carrie-Ann Coupe Location Lancashire Mobile 07506677648 Email info@cacoupe.co.uk Website www.cacoupe.co.uk Twitter @cacoupe21 Facebook www.facebook.com/CarrieAnnCoupe

 

 

Relevant News and Information:

 

 

British designer, Carrie-Ann Coupe first made her preview back in April 2012 at the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF). Specialising in greeting cards, social stationery and giftware her launch collection entitled Bird & Leaf has proven and continued to be a firm favourite with buyers.

 

 

This Spring (2013) saw the official launch of her follow up range of contemporary greeting cards entitled Sketchbook. Sketchbook is a NEW collection and consists of everyday and seasonal occasions. Each card is beautifully handcrafted and imaginatively designed to represent the various seasons in the greeting card calendar. This collection of contemporary and stylish greeting card designs are brought alive by its detailing. Embellishments finish these highly decorative greeting cards adding a touch of sparkle! Once again Sketchbook has received a positive response and more designs will be added to the collect fulfilling the buyers demand.

 

 

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CAPIZ – Editorial S/S ‘14 Collections

 

 

Capiz Spring/Summer collections concentrate around two popular summer themes, nautical, and floral. The ever-popular red, navy and white nautical theme includes striped and anchor print design bags, with complimentary jewellery and nautical print scarves to complete the look.

 

 

The floral range is in summer brights, such as pink, turquoise, mint, and yellow. Co-ordinating handbags, jewellery, and scarves make up this feminine collection.

 

 

Other colours in our S/S colour palette include monochrome black and white, and soft neutrals. Price points from £2.95 - £13.95.

 

 

The Summer handbag range is as varied as ever before. Bows, stripes and spots are but a few of the designs in the range. With price points from £9.95, the collection is sure to be a winner!

 

 

We invite you to view the full collection at ………….., online at www.capiz.co.uk, alternatively contact us for a full colour brochure, or a visit with the sample range.

 

 

Contact: Paul Waldie / Angela Waldie Tel: 01449 775566 sales@capiz.co.uk www.capiz.co.uk

 

 

Spring/Summer ’14 Exhibitions Showcase Ireland Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring – H47 Moda – N13

 

 

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Scottish Keepsake Gifts

 

 

Caring Keepsakes continue to extend their product range to meet their stockists’ demands. The ability to design and personalise their products has proved a major attraction, particularly in the Scottish Souvenir market, resulting in more gift shops stocking their Scottish range.

 

 

Their aim for 2014 is to have their products in every gift shop on the tourist trail in readiness for the influx of Commonwealth Games visitors. These popular gifts are lightweight for packing/posting, making a perfect memento from Scotland.

 

 

Visit www.caringkeepsakes.co.uk to see the full range Tel: 01563570308

 

 

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The Frilly Ghillie 2014

 

 

stand A38

 

 

East Cottage, Low Culgroat, Stoneykirk, Stranraer, DG9 9DZ 01776 830251 www.thefrillyghillie.co.uk

 

 

Handcrafted hats and other ladies accessories made in Scotland and inspired by country life. I work using the best in colourful quality tweeds and waxed cottons, trimmed with complementary velvets, cord, tartans, leather and feathers.

 

 

A new range of products are to be launched in 2014 with ideas that came from making things from offcuts to make friends birthday presents.

 

 

There will be tweed and leather covered journals along with tweed decorated mirrors.

 

 

Through the summer I started making berets with more ‘bling’ which were popular at the shows I attended and so these will be on show to the trade for the first time.

 

 

Corsages have been very popular this year and there is now a new style to be seen alongside the ever popular tweed rosettes.

 

 

Most people remember me running the stand from my hospital bed last January. It has been a long year and many new ideas have come to me whilst recovering. I have revamped the handbags that were displayed last January as retailers were requesting a ‘shopper’ style bag instead.

 

 

I will as always be offering FREE carriage on all orders placed at the show to UK customers. I have started a newsletter going out via email to retailers during the year showing new ideas as they come into production.

 

 

Contact – Heather Mitchell hmfrillyghillie@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

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Graeme Wallace Prints

 

 

Born in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire in north east Scotland, Graeme Wallace spent a good part of his life in England and several years in the USA and Canada before returning to Scotland, drawn back by the unique scenery of the Highlands. As a photographer, he has spent the last ten years creating dramatic images using the theatrical light of Scotland’s ever changing weather as it shifts between the hills, lochs and glens of the Highland landscape.

 

 

In 2012, Graeme decided to take his creativity one step further and now uses digital media to produce evocative and enticing images utilising his in-depth knowledge of the Highlands and his passion for Scottish history.

 

 

By digitally painting his photographs, Graeme adds an element of mystery and historical intrigue to his atmospheric images to create captivating and engaging prints.

 

 

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Hazel Atkinson Jewellery LLP

 

 

4-6 Thurland Street Nottingham NG1 3DR Tel: 0115 9411110 www.hazelatkinsonjewellery.co.uk wwwtwitter.com/HazelAJewellery

 

 

We produce very colourful, very vibrant and very wearable anodized aluminium jewellery at a very affordable price. Our entire product is exclusively handmade in our Nottingham studios. Scotland’s Trade Fair is our first show of the New Year and we always launch new lines here. Watch this space for the new ‘Landscape’ and ‘Holiday’ ranges!

 

 

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* HOUSE OF DORCHESTER UNVEILS DRAMATIC NEW LOOK

 

 

House of Dorchester, the premium British chocolatier announces a complete rebrand of its extensive portfolio of premium chocolates.

 

 

The rebrand, which comprises fresh new contemporary packaging designs together with some new product lines, will be featured in the company’s retail brochure published in October 2013 with shipment of the revised branding effective from 1st January 2014. However, John Lewis, a long-standing customer of House of Dorchester will be exclusively showcasing the new look collection from early October 2013 across 40 stores.

 

 

The innovative elegant, stylish packaging supports the established quality positioning synonymous with House of Dorchester. It has been designed to offer improved synergy across the range and to boost overall impact on shelf. The rebrand also makes it easier for consumers to identify products within the company’s extensive selection of chocolates under the umbrella House of Dorchester brand - and will also encourage trial of new or revamped lines.

 

 

The line-up is:

 

 

- *New* Chocolate bars (three variants) featuring British 70% dark chocolate bar with Mitcham mint, British salted caramel milk chocolate bar with flakes of Anglesey sea salt and British milk chocolate. Each bar 85g. - *New* Mini selections (three variants) featuring indulgent Dessert, Mint and Champagne truffle mini selections to capitalise on impulse / personal indulgence / wedding favour opportunities. Each mini selection 40g. - *New* A Sea Salt Caramel flavour (with a touch of Anglesey sea salt) to join the highly successful Stir in Hot Chocolate range alongside Mini Marshmallows and Chocolate Fudge (three variants). Each Stir in Hot Chocolate spoon 30g. - *New* Premium Drinking Chocolate Flakes (two variants): Drinking Chocolate Flakes and Gingerbread Drinking Chocolate Flakes both made with British milk and 70% dark British chocolate. Each pack 180g. - *New and revised* Chocolate Collections (five variants): Caramel; Coffee; Dessert; Mint and award-winning Violet Cremes (Gold* Great Taste Awards 2013). Each box contains 6 chocolates and weighs 75g to 80g dependent on variant. - *New and revised* Connoisseur Collections (four variants) four classically popular flavours: Dessert; Mint, Rose & Violet, and award-winning Stem Ginger (Gold* Great Taste Awards 2012). Each box contains 12 chocolates and weighs 120g to 160g dependent on variant. - *New and revised* Luxury Assortments (three variants): luxury milk, dark and white chocolate assortment in 200g and 400g and luxury dark chocolate assortment in 200g. Each 200g box contains 16 chocolates and 400g box contains 32 chocolates. Commenting on the dramatic new look for the House of Dorchester brand, Marketing Operations Manager Katherine Ebbs says “we are incredibly proud of our brand’s 50 year heritage but we felt it was time to strengthen the visual appeal of our range to drive home the premium positioning that is consistent with the superior quality chocolates for which House of Dorchester is renowned. Our chocolates are ideal for every gifting occasion so our objective has been to ensure that first impressions of the brand match the exquisite tasting experience associated with our delicious British produced chocolates. The new designs provide a powerful style statement which supports the luxury chocolate proposition, whilst also delivering dramatic impact in-store.”

 

 

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Notes to editor:

 

 

- House of Dorchester products are sold in a wide range of supermarkets, fine food stores, delicatessens, independent retailers, farm shops, garden centres and online via www.hodchoc.com - All production is undertaken at the company’s Poundbury (Dorset) factory base - House of Dorchester high quality chocolates are crafted with the very best ethically produced ingredients. The company is committed to making sure that everybody involved in producing its products is treated fairly. In addition House of Dorchester takes its responsibility to the environment seriously and maintains a strong focus on sustainability - All House of Dorchester chocolate is sustainable, supports the Quality Partnership Programme (QPP) and carries this logo. For more information please see www.qualitycocoabetterlife.com

 

 

For media information please contact:

 

 

Carla Wessel / Lisa Allen Blueberry Communications Tel 01227 700 175 / 07970 252566 E carlaw@blueberrycommunications.co.uk www.hodchoc.com. www.facebook.com/houseofdorchesterchocolates www.twitter.com/hodchocolates www.linkedin.com/company/house-of-dorchester

 

 

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Lomond Books

 

 

Continental ‘meze’ comes to Scotland in a new book of tapas style recipes with a Scottish twist for the perfect dinner party nibbles, lunchtime light bites and super snacks

 

 

“In this book I have taken some of my favourite Scottish dishes and shrunk them down to bite sized portions – little dishes of delight that can be used in a myriad of ways”

 

 

Simply Scottish A Wee Taste of Scotland by Karon H Grieve

 

 

Published by Forth Books ● Distributed by Lomond Books

 

 

October 2013 ● ISBN 9781909266018 ● Hardback ● 138 pages ● 21cm x 16cm ● £9.99

 

 

In this new publication, lifestyle author and foodie Karon Grieve transforms many well-known and much loved Scottish ingredients and dishes into super snacks – spoon-sized nibbles that are perfectly at home at a dinner party, picnic, in a lunchbox or even on a mid-week teatime table.

 

 

Small food is gaining in popularity with European tapas and meze style dishes turning up in our supermarkets and in restaurants, and while Scottish cuisine might conjure up thoughts of big, hearty meals or high-end luxury dishes like smoked salmon and oysters, the whole spectrum of our national larder can be amply enjoyed simply by shrinking it down – by having a wee taste of everything.

 

 

Featuring soups, fish and seafood, meat and chicken, vegetarian, sweets and even a few drinks, this recipe collection has something that everyone will enjoy. Classic recipes are reinvented as Balmoral Bites, Scotch Party Pies and Wee Crabbit Cakes, which are detailed alongside Karon’s more unusual dishes like Skirlie Sacks, Frozen Drambuie Souffles and Burns Baubles. All the recipes are as simple as possible, quick to make and use ingredients that are easy to find in the shops, so anyone can have a go.

 

 

Author Karon Grieve is a homecrafts expert, writer, author, blogger, cook, photographer, gardener and mother. She is a regular columnist for Handmade Living, a frequent guest on BBC Radio Scotland’s MacAulay & Co show, and a contributor to a host of magazines in the UK and abroad. She is the author of a number of lifestyle books including So Easy Herbal, So Easy Christmas and more recently Simply Scottish Cakes & Bakes which brought Scottish baking to many a kitchen novice.

 

 

This book is designed to bring a wee taste of Scotland to everyone. Whether it’s a couple of lunchtime bites to take to work, a few new flavours to liven up the tea table, or a tempting platter of delicious dishes to impress at the next dinner party, with a few of Karon’s simple recipes and a good appetite, the best of Scottish cuisine can come together on one table.

 

 

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McKelvie Scented Candles

 

 

Cherished Memories of Scottish Life Harnessed within McKelvie Scented Candles

 

 

Handmade candles guaranteed to bring back memories of the Wee Sweetie Shop, Granny’s Kitchen, Flowers of Scotland and great Scottish Poets VISIT US ON STAND F2

 

 

Rekindle Memories of Scottish Life with McKelvie Scented Candles

 

 

For a sensory treat that will keep your customers returning again and again, visit the McKelvie Candle Company launching its range of Scottish inspired scented candles on Stand F2 at Scotland’s Trade Fair (19-21st January, The SECC, Glasgow). Designed to appeal both to born and bred Scots as well as visiting tourists, the McKelvie Candle Company scented candles rekindle fond memories steeped in all things Scottish.

 

 

David Brown says; “Since our launch at Scotland’s Trade Fair in January 2013, we’ve had a fantastic response and McKelvie Candles are now stocked in 150 independent retailers. We’ve since added to the original 24 candles with a festive range in the 4th quarter of 2013, and the feedback from customers was again very positive. Our best-selling Scottish inspired candle is Highland Heather. It really seems to strike a chord with the customers.”

 

 

Each of their highly scented candles is hand mixed and hand poured using the finest quality natural ingredients and original perfumes created by an expert French perfumer for the McKelvie Candle Company. Each candle is encased in a traditional tartan labelled tin, which is cleverly designed so that when the candle is lit, the tin becomes warm helping to ‘throw’ and release the fragrance into the room. With four evocatively fragranced ranges that encompass 24 scented candles, customers can choose from:

 

 

• Granny’s Kitchen for grown up bairns that remember hanging around granny’s apron and the smells and tastes of a treat for you to eat. Delicious combinations almost good enough to eat include: Clootie Dumpling, Vanilla Tablet, Bramble Jelly, Aipple Tert, Raspberry Cranachan, and Millionaires Shortbread. • The Wee Sweetie Shop reminds lads and lasses of the flavours and fragrances of our favourite childhood sweets; the cinnamon in Lucky Tatties, the Sherbet Lemons, Cherry Lips, Pear Drops, Coo Toffee or Jap Desserts with their soft coconut centres. • Flowers of Scotland reflecting the heather, lavender, rose and other flowers found in abundance in the Scottish climate. Six candles include: Bluebell Polka, Rose of Allendale, Highland Heather, Lothian Lavender, Alexander’s Gardenia, and Lowland Meadow. • The Poets - Each candle is an unashamed romantic and nostalgic tour of some of the great poets and poetry of Scotland such as; Robert Burns, Keats and Hugh MacDiarmid reflected in the fragrances of: Cotters’ Ingle, Fingal’s Cave, Eriskay Love, Little White Rose, Lady Mary Ann, and Mountain Daisy. Six new Christmas candles joined the range and will be available seasonally to include: • Christmas - The Christmas candle includes wonderful opulent spices blended with Scots pine and rich orangey scents to conjure up the delightful smells of Christmas. • Christmas Stocking – delicately scented with hazelnut and bergamot to rekindle the memory of nuts and citrus fruits found in everybody’s Christmas stocking of old. • Cinnamon Sticks – Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the fragrance of classic cinnamon permeating the air. • Slainte Mhath – enjoy the fragrance of a welcome dram without the hangover! • Christmas Tree – a blend of Scocts Pine and spices makes this a real Christmas favourite – fresh pine forests spring to mind when lit. • Frankincense & Myrrh - Enjoy the “Gift of Kings” which blends rich incense aromas with aromatic green notes. Myrrh has been so valuable at times in ancient history that it has been equal in weight value to gold. It has been used throughout history as a perfume and incense. Frankincense is characterized by a balsamic-spicy, slightly lemon, and typical fragrance of incense, with a conifer-like undertone.

 

 

Why stock McKelvie Candles? Profit margins are healthy for the retailer whilst your customers enjoy the benefit of a scented candle that not only evokes wonderful memories but also their secret blend of wax enables each candle to burn on average for an outstanding 50 hours. A recommended selling price of £9.50 per candle, gives industry leading value for money for the burn-time. In addition, as the perfume blend is hand mixed throughout the candle, the scent is released for the full 50 hours of burn-time. The candle lid also doubles as a stand to place the scented candle on when lit.

 

 

About the McKelvie Candle Company

 

 

The McKelvie Candle Company is based in Glenrothes in Fife and is part of a family business which has been making candles since 1990. The original fragrances have been created exclusively for its range of candles by one of the world’s leading perfumers. Such is the appeal of some of these scents that they have been copied by well-known perfume brands, some of which you may recognise on lighting your candle. With 24 candles in the range there is something for every mood and season.

 

 

To stock contact: The McKelvie Candle Company Ltd on 01592 6699833 Email sales@mckelviecandles.com or visit www.mckelviecandles.com for more information. Alternatively call directly to David 07867 537192 or Amy 07861 735582

 

 

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Notes to editors: For full information about each candle and its fragrance, see supplementary product information sheet in this press pack. Press enquiries: Please contact Minx PR representatives Michelle Redmond (michelle@minxpr.com / 07734 681796) or Nicola Sadler (nicola_sadler@yahoo.co.uk /07821805433)

 

 

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Nielanell Knitwear

 

 

Press Release: 3 October 2013

 

 

Knitwear with attitude

 

 

Nielanell Knitwear combines innovation and artisan tradition in striking designs that seem to achieve the impossible - effortlessly fitting and flattering all ages and sizes.

 

 

Bespoke yarns blend high-quality merino and cashmere with high-tech fibres, balancing softness and warmth with lightness and fluidity, an exploration into colour, textures, weights and drape.

 

 

The complex designs and intricate knit structures create surprisingly simple, wearable pieces, utilising form and drape in stylish knitwear and accessories that comfort, camouflage and convey a definite attitude.

 

 

Nielanell is a small, independent artisan studio, successfully selling directly from Shetland for the past five years and now branching out to select boutiques and retailers.

 

 

Striking colourways are rarely repeated, constantly being updated in limited and exclusive capsule collections, ensuring highly original artwear - all hand-produced by a small, talented, locally based team in Shetland.

 

 

Comfort and practicality are as important as individuality: un-scratchy, so perfect for those who normally won’t wear wool, washable and ideal for travelling.

 

 

The Crocodile (pictured) is a distinctive knit with air pockets that create warmth, lightness and bounce - scrunch it up and shake it out. Available in a directional range of styles from boat-necks and grown-up hoodies to capes and wraps - informal, formal, slouchy, dramatic, always with attitude.

 

 

Visit Nielanell at Scotland’s Trade Fair, at stand B71, to see the latest collection and new cashmere line.

 

 

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Further information Press: Fiona Duff E: fiona@tactile-pr.com M: +44 (0)7917 692870

 

 

Trade: Nielanell T: +44 (0)1950 431 516 or +44 (0)1309 676283 M: +44(0)7971 581032 E: info@nielanell.com

 

 

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Nova Silver

 

 

www.novasilver.co.uk

 

 

@nova_silver

 

 

Nova Silver are renowned for design-led contemporary fashion jewellery. Collections include sterling silver, semi-precious stones, amber and stainless steel. Each range offers jewellery that’s both beautifully crafted and great value for money. The Kitten range has been expanded this year due to great demand to include many new items inspired by the Norfolk countryside. Make sure to check out the new honey bee pendants, which have been creating a great stir!

 

 

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Santoro

 

 

It’s Scottie Be the Winner!

 

 

Santoro are currently celebrating having been awarded Fashion Accessory of the Year in the annual BTAA Awards with their Scottie Dogs long wallet (pictured above with the award). The award was presented at Autumn Fair, Birmingham, on the Fashion Catwalk in Hall 4. The judges commented “This product is a classic continental shape, very commercial, and the print makes it updated and modern”.

 

 

In addition, Santoro entered four other categories in the competition and were shortlisted in each. Entries included a stunning satchel from Santoro’s captivating Gorjuss™ collection, and a wonderful weekender and beautiful handbag from the shabby chic Mirabelle range.

 

 

Mr Goddie Quaye, Company Director at Santoro, stated “We are thrilled with this award, and look forward to working with the btaa in the future … and we’re also very excited to add another award to our display cabinet!” Further details on Santoro Ltd can be found at: www.santoro-london.com

 

 

The Scottie Dogs Long Wallet is just one item from Santoro’s Eclectic Collection, and retails at £19.99, details of the whole collection are available: http://www.santoro-london.com/shop/collections/scottie-dogs/ For further information on Santoro the company or the Santoro Collections, please contact Sara Bowns, Santoro Ltd: sbowns@santoro.co.uk, 01709 518100.

 

 

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Sea Gems Ltd.

 

 

ScotlandsTrade Fair 2014 Stand F52

 

 

Original, British jewellery & gift design with hundreds of new, exclusive designs for spring 2014. Contemporary Silver jewellery brand “Pure Origins” features naturally inspired handcrafted pieces with floral, wildlife, romantic whimsical themes, enhanced with delicate textures, Gold accents, pearl and gemstones. Charming eclectic designs with new luxury boxing, packaging and displays.

 

 

New “Celtic Lands” & “Mackintosh “ sterling Silver jewellery rich in heritage plus new Fine Enamel jewellery and Scarf-rings.

 

 

Gifts include, Celtic & Mackintosh motifs, beautifully transposed onto Pens, Bookmarks, Pillboxes, Compacts. New Touch Stylus pens for phone/tablet devices, Crystal pens and new men’s pens. The perfect, contemporary gift, all beautifully boxed with stunning POS.

 

 

Sea Gems Ltd Cuxhaven Way Long Rock Industrial Estate Penzance Cornwall TR20 8HX Web-site: www.seagems.co.uk Tel: + 44 (0)1736 335840 Fax: +44 (0)1736 332033 Email: sales@seagems.co.uk

 

 

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Shearer Candles

 

 

SHEARER CANDLES INTRODUCE CONTEMPORARY NEW COLLECTION

 

 

The Natural Spa collection is a new, fresh range of candles and diffusers - using natural wax and fragrances. Exquisitely classic, to suit all homes, especially bathrooms, this collection is an eagerly anticipated addition to Shearer Candles.

 

 

The four uplifting scents of Floral, Fruit, Spice and Citrus beautifully complement Shearer’s existing and extensive range and are effortless in their simplicity of fragrance and design. The 30cl glass jar candles, complete with silver lids, are presented in gift boxes while the 100ml scented diffusers form an ideal accompaniment.

 

 

Floral is a luxurious combination of geranium and fresh oranges; while Fruit, with its ripe juicy mango, evokes the aroma of summer and the tropics. Spice is an exotic blend of patchouli and cedar, conjuring images of colourful India; and Citrus is zesty with hints of brown sugar and in danger of being bitten into instead of lit. Former textile designer, Rosey Barnet, is Artistic Director with Shearer Candles and has steered the company in its present direction, focussing on the high-end lifestyle candles that account for 80 per cent of sales. She believes we are living in more minimalistic times, with people returning to basics, and the Natural Spa collection reflects this ideal:

 

 

“When researching the development of candles I look at home interior and fashion trends. Emerging styles are minimalism in interior design using natural colours; shades of whites, grey, neutrals and pastels and natural materials. This is reflected in our candles in terms of wax blends, fragrances and colours. Natural waxes are very popular; soy, palm and other plant oils are in demand. Our new Natural Spa collection will be especially welcomed by our environmentally conscious customers.”

 

 

“Wild flower and meadow fragrances are in vogue for next season. However, for Christmas, people love to go back to tradition and most fashions fall away. Reds, oranges, golds, and silvers with the scent of cinnamon, clove, fig and sandalwood are always in demand. It’s forever Christmas at Shearer Candles; we’re planning it, making it, or selling it and it’s the same every year but, of course, we do it with elegance and flair,” Rosey added. The new Natural Spa collection is available to buy online at www.shearer-candles.com, in selected Waitrose stores, and at The Candle Store, 23 Robert Street, Glasgow G51 3HB. Samples, high resolution images and cut outs are now available.

 

 

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This press release is issued on behalf of Shearer Candles by Wave PR. For more information and high resolution images contact Frances Chisholm on 0141 225 0403

 

 

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Skye Tiles

 

 

Is a small family business established in 2007. We started the business by supplying local castle gift shops with their own castle picture tiles and Clan crest coasters on the Isle of Skye, our home for 8 years. We found that the Scottish theme with locally inspired designs had a wide appeal and we therefore quickly developed a wider range for stockists across the Highlands and Islands, and beyond. We now have over 250 exclusive designs in sizes ranging from 4”x4” to 11”x14”, including many tiles designed for the kitchen and bathroom. We are continually adding to the range, offering a wide choice to maintain customer interest.

 

 

We firmly believe that to be successful in a very competitive market our product should be of a consistently high standard, well packaged, delivered quickly, and priced sensibly. Most importantly in our opinion it should also be a product that is exclusive to each outlet within the local area. We believe in ‘Quality not Quantity’ when it comes to our stockist network. We offer our total support to each and every stockist to enable a lasting and profitable relationship, including the option for bespoke designs for each stockist with a very low minimum order quantity. We also have no minimum unit order quantity to ensure that we do not discriminate against the smaller outlet.

 

 

We only sell our tiles through Scottish outlets, further adding to the unique nature of our picture tiles, particularly for the visiting tourist. We have a separate business called Salcombe Ceramics which is based in the West Country supplying stockists across that region with local designs from what is a beautiful and very picturesque area. We are able to offer customers combined orders across both businesses, widening the choice to over 300 designs

 

 

Our Tile Range

 

 

We offer a wide choice of art designs across our 250 plus range of tiles in our catalogue, with something to suit every taste and every budget. Our smallest coaster tile is just 4”x4” and has a cork backing with an inset hook to allow it to be used as a table coaster or hung as a display. The sizes extend up to 11”x14” which makes a very impressive picture tile, and can be either wall hung or used as a feature tile as part of a tiled area.

 

 

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Tartan Twist 700th Anniversary pride of bannockburn 1314-2014

 

 

2014 is set to be a momentous year for Scotland with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and, of course, the independence referendum.

 

 

Tartan Twist, the award-winning Scottish jewellery and gift company, has created a new collection on Pride of Bannockburn Tartan ribbon to mark this historic year. The collection, which comprises best-sellers from Tartan Twist’s Scottish & Silver collection along with other favourites, features the heathery purples, soft blues and greens of the Pride of Bannockburn tartan, one of Scotland’s favourite tartans.

 

 

The Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 – a key date in history and a highly significant Scottish victory in the Wars of Scottish Independence – strengthened Robert the Bruce’s position as king and paved the way for English recognition of Scottish independence ten years later. Gillian Crawford, director of Tartan Twist said: “The Tartan Twist studio, where our collections are designed and made, is situated within a stone’s throw of the Bannockburn battlesite. We draw a great deal of the inspiration for our designs from Scotland’s history and heritage, so it seems fitting that we should look to this famous Battle, and the tartan associated with it, to mark the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn and Scotland’s momentous year. The Battle has inspired some of Scotland’s most stirring songs and poems though the ages – from Robert Burns’ Scots Wha Hae to Roy Williamson’s Flower of Scotland. And it is still inspiring Scots today.”

 

 

Tartan Twist’s Bannockburn Collection will be launched at Scotland’s Trade Fair January 2014

 

 

Notes to editors Tartan Twist jewellery is available from www.tartantwist.com and from over 200 retail outlets throughout the UK, including The National Trust for Scotland, The Scottish Parliament, Gleneagles Hotel and leading independent gift shops and jewellers. All Tartan Twist jewellery comes in a ribbon-tied gift box. Tartan Twist was nominated as Jewellery and Accessory Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards 2010 in Association with VOGUE.com. The company won Best New Scottish Product at its launch at Scotland’s International Trade Fair in 2008 and was selected as “The Next Bestseller” by the Conran Shop, Paris, six months later at the London Show Pulse.

 

 

Tartan Twist is a subsidiary of Wow Scotland Ltd. For more information or hi-res images please contact Morag Idan or Gillian Crawford on 0131 467 6534 or email hello@tartantwist.com. Head office: 56 Constitution Street Edinburgh EH6 6RS Scotland UK t: 0131 467 6534 f:0131 554 4488 hello@tartantwist.com VAT Registration Number: 917 4667 94

 

 

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VK Guy Ltd.

 

 

Is a family run photographic library established over 50 years ago. The library has a collection of over 10,000 images taken throughout the British Isles. The photographic images have all been taken by Vic Guy and his sons Mike and Paul. Over the years the family business has evolved and responded to technology advancement and today is managed by Mike with the help of his wife Jill. The majority of images have been taken on film using a Linhof Technikardan 4 x 5” format camera with occasional use of a digital camera Canon EOS 1DS Mk 3.

 

 

The photographic image collection for Scotland is extensive and diverse and for the first time Mike and Jill have produced a collection of greeting cards depicting the magnificent beauty of Scotland. There are two ranges for selection, a square range of cards (150x150mm) and landscape (175x125mm) both produced on 280gsm board, varnished, supplied with a white envelope and sealed in a cello bag. Both collections offer stunning landscape images of Scotland from castle to crofts, lochs to lighthouses, and mountain ranges to beautiful white sand beaches. These images are beautifully printed overseen by Mike, ensuring the colours are true to image. The beautiful presentation of these images ensure for an eye catching display on shelves and spinners.

 

 

These collections can be viewed for the first time at Scotland’s Spring Trade Fair Glasgow 2014. Even though it is the first time VK Guy Ltd. has produced their own Scottish products their images have been regularly included in The Scotsman Calendar, Caledonian MacBrayne, Stirling Gallery and other publications in Scotland and the rest of the British Isles.

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