Thursday, 15 April 2021

Envirobuild switches to wind energy for all Hyperion Composite Decking


 EnviroBuild has announced that, as of 2021, the entire Hyperion Composite range is now being produced using 100% renewable energy. EnviroBuild’s vision is to lead a sustainable revolution in the construction industry and the company has assured that all future production of decking, cladding and fencing will point to a much greener future.

The manufacture of Hyperion Composite materials is one of the largest components of energy requirement in the total supply chain. Previous efforts to reduce the environmental impact of each product started with the installation of solar panels on the factory site to help reduce the grid-based energy consumption. This was a welcome improvement, but there was still significant savings required to fully reduce production-based energy emissions.

James Brueton, the co-founder of EnviroBuild, said, "This is exciting progress for EnviroBuild as we’re consistently looking to improve the sustainability of our offering at every stage. This move to wind power will have a huge impact on what we’re able to provide for our customers, ensuring there doesn’t need to be a compromise between quality or sustainability."

By moving to wind power, EnviroBuild will be going one step further in its efforts to reduce its environmental impact. The new changes guarantee that all production of composite decking, cladding and fencing will be running completely on renewable energy via Green Energy Certificates. After switching to renewable wind energy, Hyperion Decking will now produce the equivalent of 29.2% less carbon dioxide emissions across its lifetime.

This announcement is just one step in the journey towards a more sustainable future. EnviroBuild's current Life Cycle Assessments, in which every stage of the supply chain is being analysed carefully, will continue to present new opportunities to improve and develop upon their already industry-leading sustainability. The continued work to identify further means for improving the company's sustainability credentials will help to reduce the lifetime environmental impact of all EnviroBuild products.

Environmental Product Declarations for every sustainable decking, cladding and fencing product from the brand are expected to be published within the next few months. These documents, which will detail the total sustainable impact of each product in the Hyperion range, are part of EnviroBuild's efforts towards more transparent reporting about their production processes.

By making this data available and pinpointing the areas where improvements have been made, they can be sure that the company is paving the way towards a more sustainable industry. Customers can feel confident knowing that no compromise has been made between quality or sustainability in producing good value materials for EnviroBuild products.

EnviroBuild

Quality sustainable building materials without compromise

EnviroBuild is the UK’s leading builders' merchant for sustainable building materials. They apply the latest technological innovations to provide highly engineered and lasting environmentally friendly solutions over traditional building materials. With over 60 years of experience in the construction industry, EnviroBuild are leaders in their field, and providing a quality experience for customers is at the core of their values. Their highly trained expert team are on-hand to help customers at every stage of their project, from take-off to completion.

Most recently, EnviroBuild launched new composite decking boards to join the Pioneer and Frontier lines in the highly successful Hyperion range. Hyperion Explorer has on one side a luxury, authentic textured wood grain effect and on the other a traditional grooved finish, giving homeowners the choice for their garden project. The game-changing Hyperion decking boards, in addition to the cladding and fencing ranges of the same name, are now produced using renewable wind energy as well. These latest changes to the production method mean that Hyperion composite decking boards will now produce a whopping 59.67% less carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) across its lifetime than maintained timber deck boards.

Within the high-rise construction industry, EnviroBuild is not standing still either. The new 150 Aqua Channel aluminium decking system is their newest revolutionising non-combustible system on the market complying with the newest fire legislations. The decking boards can be installed alongside built-in drainage for effortless upkeep. Its modern take on decking means a flush insert can provide a smooth and continuous look or be removed to create a more traditional look of gapped individual boards. This ensures 150 Aqua-Channel caters to all preferences and can be used to create versatile designs.

Given the innovative nature of these materials and others EnviroBuild supplies, it is no surprise that the products are distributed across thousands of homes in the UK and are increasingly becoming the first choice for contractors, architects, landscapers, and construction firms. In 2020 alone, EnviroBuild brought on six new commercial projects during lockdown including Taylor Wimpey’s new homes development at Innsworth and CALA homes construction in Cheltenham. EnviroBuild also featured in the Guardian and on ITV. Their garden furniture collection - Galleon - was also recommended by the Independent and in 2020 saw a massive 250% increase on 2019 sales.

The business turned over £13 million in its last financial year and in quarter two of 2020 EnviroBuild reported a 45% increase in revenue on 2019’s figures and that increased even further in quarter three with a 51% rise in revenue via the retail sales division.

Above all, EnviroBuild’s mission remains to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the construction industry by providing high quality products that are consistently the better environmental choice over current traditional products on the market. For every product EnviroBuild sells, a pragmatic approach is taken to manufacture a commercially viable product with significant environmental benefits; whether using high levels of recycled material, renewable energy in production or intelligent design to reduce input material in finished goods without compromising a long operational life.

These careful assessments naturally resulted in several awards highlighting the company’s sustainable efforts. In 2018, EnviroBuild had been awarded the Federation of Small Business London Ethical and Green Business of the Year awards,  and was presented with the Golden Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice within the “Building & Construction, Innovation” category at the International Green Apple Environment Awards. Most recently, they won the West London Business Award in the “Green Circular Economy Business of the Year” category at the start of 2021.

EnviroBuild also dedicates 10% of profits to sustainable causes, which is unmatched in the industry. From the beginning they have been supporting Rainforest Trust in their mission to protect endangered rainforests and species. They recently celebrated their 5th year of donations to the organisation and with those contributions protected nearly 250,000 acres equating to over 62million trees across Africa, South America, Central America and Asia.

EnviroBuild are true industry leaders in progressing the sustainability and environmental impact within the construction industry.

Products include:

Outdoor & garden

 


Indoor

 

Awards won:

  • 2018: Federation of Small Business London Awards - Ethical and Green Business of the Year
  • 2018: International Green Apple Environment Awards – Golden Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice within the Building & Construction, Innovation category
  • 2021: West London Business Awards – Green Circular Economy Business of the Year

 

For more information, visit www.envirobuild.com

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Savile Row’s Lee Marsh launches Online Jacket Tailoring Course April 2021

 Accomplished Savile Row tailor Lee Marsh, based in Nottingham, is proud to announce the launch of his fully online jacket tailoring course.  Marsh's first video series, Making a Bespoke Blazer, will launch on April 1. Later this year, a series on waistcoat making is also planned.

With over twenty years of experience at the heart of London fashion, Marsh has developed this educational service with the goal of providing those looking for apprenticeships and career in the trade with the best training possible.

Through a combination of instructional videos and one-to-one Zoom sessions, the course seeks to improve access to the industry and address the rate at which tailoring apprentices obtain permanent roles.  At present only a few, 6 in 40, get a permanent role per year.

The twelve-part video series will explain the step-by-step process of bespoke jacket making in a detail never seen before. Viewers will learn how to pattern match, cut, make and sew patch pockets, and much more. The private Zoom lessons, meanwhile, will offer more personalised help to those that desire it. Whether they are looking for assistance with particular skills or styles, or would like to benefit from Marsh's inside knowledge of the industry, he is happy to oblige.

Lee Marsh had this to say about the course:

"There is a lack of information available on bespoke jacket making. In my experience, unless you are one of the lucky few to get an opportunity to work on Savile Row or at any other tailoring house, there are only a few good courses you can attend and be trained by a Savile Row tailor.

"Whether they are jacket-making beginners or early in their career, I know that this course will help a lot of people who want to improve their knowledge of tailoring. This makes it so much more accessible for everyone."

The course

Learn how to pattern match when cutting out Jacket with your pattern.

How to cut make and sew patch pockets, outbreast welt, collar and sleeve matching on checks.

How to deal with plain cloth.

Private Zoom lessons via 2 way camera system, for students that need extra classes on particular areas or different styles.

Additional private lessons, students can benefit from inside knowledge on how to get into the industry or set up their own bespoke brand.

"Lee Marsh is a refreshing, creative and experienced tailor who is passionate, hardworking and willing to share his wealth of experience with the next generation of tailors."  Lee Dawson BEM, Managing Director, Samuel Brothers (St Paul's) Ltd

"Learning from Lee was one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had. He taught me the most prestigious tailoring techniques throughout my apprenticeship, and always gave me the time I needed to learn them, which has enabled me to become a coatmaker working for multiple houses on Savile Row. I couldn't be more thankful"  said Hannah Cooper, jacket maker at Norton & Sons, 16 Savile Row

"Working and learning with Lee is a great experience. He is devoted to his students, giving them all his time and expertise. His knowledge has truly had a positive impact on my journey in bespoke tailoring” said Adam Lester, online student, USA/Canada

To book a consultancy call go to https://go.oncehub.com/leemarsh

https://www.sjmonline.co.uk

About Lee Marsh – https://www.leemarsh.co.uk/

Lee Marsh has been a Savile Row jacket maker since 2000. Starting at Henry Pool, he went on to work at Gieves & Hawkes before freelancing for most of Savile Row. His teaching experience began in 2008, when he took on his first apprentice at Huntsman, 11 Savile Row. Since then, he has taught and lectured at universities and runs private online lessons.

Pioneering tutor launches programme to tackle education concerns

 


An online teaching expert is ramping up support for returning pupils as they resume mainstream education.  Following a recent survey, the founder of Uplevel Academy, Kellie McCord, discovered that 83% of parents wanted their children to return to school but had major concerns that have not been addressed.

The concerns included the risk of Covid infection and testing, catching up with schoolwork, re-establishing friendships, transitioning from home to classroom teaching and school management.

The parents and carers who took part in the survey said they wanted schools to take a child-centred approach with a focus on socialising and making more time for pupils to spend time with each other.

The survey also found that the largest academic concerns were centred on English, with 35 parents citing this compared to 19 worried about mathematics. Other issues included communication with schools, assessments to identify weaknesses and emotional support.

Respondents also wanted additional learning opportunities for young people who might not return to school at the same academic level as their peers and called for a focus on one-to-one tuition, extra homework and weekend lessons.

Kellie McCord said: “The results show that the two paramount pains that both parents and children faced are catching up with learning and being able to socialise.  “With those two key problems in mind, parents and young people also felt a loss of motivation in learning and an increased level of social anxiety.   “In response to this and to keep up with demand, I am launching two new programmes in April which are 11+ English and GCSE English Language - Year 11.”

Furthermore, parents and carers said there should be a strong focus on emotional well-being, including counselling and promoting discussion on thoughts, feelings, and coping strategies for dealing with negative thoughts and emotions.

As such, Kellie has established online group programmes to advance young peoples’ learning coupled with a strong social and communicative environment.

There is also an emphasis on mindfulness strategies, including goal setting and vision boards to help pupils maintain consistency and take greater responsibility for their learning.

Kellie McCord added: “I specialise in teaching English with a fun, friendly and forward-thinking approach.

“Inclusion is also crucial, so I have adapted programmes for learners with dyslexia and ADHD. This ensures the learner is at the centre of the process along with the interwoven mindfulness strategies, so that each pupil takes greater ownership and responsibility for their learning, thus improving their confidence, motivation, and grades.

“I am determined that young people see within themselves a host of possibilities and not be hostage to uncertainty. My tutoring online will go a long way to achieving this.

“Extra tuition promotes personal and academic attainment and confidence with far-reaching benefits that will sustain a young person as they progress into further levels of study and beyond.”

Kellie McCord has a decade of teaching and tutoring experience and her unique style and practices draw on the best educational techniques to ensure the young people she teaches are inspired, engaged, and motivated to achieve academic success in their exams and beyond.

Further information on Kellie McCord’s teaching and learning community are available at www.uplevel-academy.com

Monday, 29 March 2021

Sustainable womenswear designer Bozena Jankowska launches her 2021 collection

 Award winning sustainable womenswear designer Bozena Jankowska is kicking off her 2021 new limited edition, womenswear collection schedule with the launch of new blazer styles. This will be coupled with a complimentary online concierge service that offers clients a personalised shopping and styling experience that helps them to order with confidence online.

The blazer launch is the first of several new collection launches she will be making throughout the year independent of the fashion calendar schedule.  Driven by a desire to cater to women who want different and who have a passion for craftsmanship, local production, and sustainability, Bozena is known for her sartorial collections and eye-catching combinations of fabrics and buttons. 

Designing across the year and working to small scale production with European sourced surplus fabrics, the first Spring blazers will be made available to order in limited quantities from Monday, 22nd March, 2021.  Bozena’s new blazer designs are a continuing celebration of women who are not afraid to express themselves through their individual style and want to be different. They give the wearer a strong yet feminine silhouette.  Bozena’s bold choice of differentiated summer weight fabrics, which feature linen and light boucle, combined with contrasting statement buttons, create a powerful combination that make each piece stand out, but for all the right reasons.  

“By producing in limited quantities, I am creating something that is special because only a few people will own the same pieces, and my clients love that”, said Bozena. She continued to say “I do not do cookie cutter fashion. Making in small quantities and to order, I am able to limit our environmental footprint and focus on creating pieces that are desirable and incredible to wear - where fit and quality of finish is paramount. My clients love all the details that make our pieces so special.”

The online concierge service is an extension of the face-to-face personalised service Bozena offers to clients and is designed to give clients confidence with their purchasing decision.  Carried out via Zoom it involves Bozena personally taking the customer through the shopping experience answering questions on fit, sizing and showcasing the collections in live detail and offering styling advice. 

“With pop-up shop opportunities remaining uncertain, the online service is a great way for me to connect with exiting and new clients and create for them a unique and intimate shopping experience. It’s a win-win for my clients and the environment as it means customers are delighted with their purchase and ensures our rate of returns continues to remain at less than 1%”, says Bozena.

Bozena’s background has not always been in fashion. Prior to starting her label in 2017, she was one of the pioneers in the development of the sustainable investment industry in the UK which spanned over 16 years. Whilst working in finance she always had a love of fashion, style and a keen interest in the creativity that it involved. Yet, she felt limited by the very few sustainable fashion options that offered women clothes that were different, stylish and crafted to an exceptional quality. When Bozena decided to launch her label, she knew that sustainability must be at core of the label in tandem driven by her passion for creativity, craftsmanship and quality.

“In launching my label, I set out to design and create pieces which would give women the choice to own stylish, sustainable, wardrobe heroes that are an investment – something which I lacked. I recognised that women want clothes that gave them the freedom to express their own individuality and uniqueness, and which look and feet good with minimum effort. I want women who choose to wear my deigns to feel fully equipped to be confident, strong and considered. I believe that the 2021 collections starting with the blazers, I will be giving them just that”, said Bozena.

Bozena Jankowska’s collections can be viewed here, new blazers here and details on her online service here.

Campaign images were styled by Natalie Charlotte Turner @nataliecharlotteturner; photography by Hector Martinez, @hectormartinez.studio; hair and make up by Lucian Buium @lucianbuium and model Joyce Weiss Evans, @joyce_weiss_evans

Bozena Jankowska

Award winning (link) London based slow fashion label Bozena Jankowska is passionate about sustainability and social issues boasting over 1,000 customers. Individuality, uniqueness and personalisation are at it’s core working with the likes of Holly Whilloughby, Davina McCall, Sara Jane-Mee and Sally Philips. Bozena specialised in sustainable and responsible investment previously managing $1bn in a global franchise. She has brought this knowledge and vision for a better future to the brand. At the height of COVID Bozena made individual facemasks raising over £3K for NHS charities. Over £10,000 has been raised for charities with collaboration such as Buglife. 


Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Sara Quayle Safety Launches Online Infant and Child First aid Course for Parents.

 In the latest step of endeavours Sara Quayle Safety is launching her online infant and child first aid course for parents, grandparents and babysitter. This course will be part of a number of products around first aid and safety for families. It is new to the market and the registration details can be found below it is going to ease the problems faced by parents and in particular mothers around getting first aid information in an easy, accessible, clear way and making sure that first aid is at the top of their “to-do” list!

It is an online course and part of Sara Quayle Safety’s online learning platform, it is in sections that are easy to digest, there are 5 modules that are in video form that can be stopped and started as required. The user can keep the course for 18 months and it is updated as needed when first aid advice changes.

This product launched this month, it will be available now for parents and grandparents and there will be more like this over the next year. We have received some wonderful feedback already and look forward to facilitating parents learning of these vital skills.

It was developed as Sara felt that there was a big gap in the market, Sara teaches many first aid course in the workplace and has found that parents are always wanting to know about paediatric first aid, although time is limited on theses course Sara always made sure that they got the information required. The students also told her that they were going to then tell their partners at home about what they have learnt. The main reason, when asked why they haven’t done a first aid course for parents was 1) time and 2) not knowing how to access the information. She believes that everyone has a right to gain access to life saving skills.

Therefore, the course was born! Sara worked with a Paediatric nurse (mother of 4) and a then heavily pregnant camera woman (now mummy to a wonderful baby boy) to get this course produced.

Many mothers have a long to do list and unfortunately basic lifesaving skills slip to the bottom of that list. A recent survey conducted by the Red Cross stated that only 4% of people they talked to were confident to help someone in a first aid situation. Another report also revealed that 72% of parents across the UK wouldn’t know how to assist an unconscious child, administer CPR or attend to burns and scalds. My aim is to get that information across in a way that will allow first aid to be at the top of that list!

Knowing what to do if your child is injured, choking or sick will give vital confidence, therefore less worry to any parent. Allowing days out to be fun and more relaxed as they will have learnt the skills and probably the biggest one for mothers, less guilt around not knowing what to do!

Because the course is online it is very easy to use and revisit as you need. It has some wonderful downloadable resources that can be kept and a prompt sheet that can be laminated and kept on the fridge. 

Sara Quayle Safety has been running for nearly 5 years. Sara is passionate about workplace and home safety. She has worked in health and safety for over 15 years in industries including, railway, construction, manufacturing and schools, she has honed her skills as a first aid instructor during this time, all after serving 13 years in the Royal Navy. She is also a mother to 2 children, so understands the pain point of looking after risk adverse children and that long “to do” list!

The injury and fatality rate in the work place is coming down due to legislation, training, new product design etc, so in theory your work place should be the safest place you can be.  Step outside of this and we are on our own a bit more, this is why she wants to get information out to people in and around the home to help with safety and first aid.

www.saraquaylesafety.co.uk

sara@saraquaylesafety.co.uk

07989851416

http://bit.ly/1staidforparents online infant and child 1st aid course for parent, grandparent and babysitters.

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Sara Quayle -Managing Director of Safety Quayle Safety (Intelevation Ltd)

Sara is the Managing Director of Sara Quayle Safety. Sara Quayle Safety helps companies and individuals with safety and first aid for work, home and adventure. Sara specialising in height safety, rescue and first aid. 

Responsible for the company’s three sub divisions, workplace health and safety courses, consultancy and first aid and home safety for families, Sara spreads her time between the three parts of the business helping clients to attain and maintain compliance in the work place, delivery of both online and face to face training and supporting families with first aid and household safety.  She is the first point of contact with in the company and a key part of her role is to listen to every client’s individual needs before the best, concise, relevant and most cost-effective solution is recommended.

Before establishing Sara Quayle Safety in January 2016, Sara worked as a height safety and rescue instructor/consultant for a highly regarded and established height safety company. This took her all over the UK and Europe, teaching in construction, mining, railway and manufacturing industries. Prior to this Sara served 13 years in the Royal Navy as a Petty Officer in an Above Water Warfare Tactical role. Dealing with radar and weapon system in both maintenance and operation. She then made her way to the Royal Navy Fire School to teach firefighting principals and chemistry of fire to tri-services for shipborne firefighting, this is where she found her love of teaching.

Sara holds her CertEd from Portsmouth University and her NEBOSH in both general and construction. She also holds her SMSTS, first aid & H&S qualifications. She also studied International Disaster Management at Bournemouth University

When not working Sara loves to Run, with a few marathons already under her belt, spending time with her children and of course great food and drink.

In the press.

Sara has contributed to articles in RBS Homewise for Landlords and making your rental property child friendly.

Sara was asked by Sage to give advice on setting up a side hustle https://www.sage.com/en-gb/blog/set-up-side-hustle-full-time/

Metro.co.uk, Increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in the winter https://metro.co.uk/2021/02/10/this-is-why-the-risk-of-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-increases-in-winter-14058090/

IOSH Magazine March/April 2021. This was a personal case study on Sara looking at her journey from military to health and safety. https://www.ioshmagazine.com/.../19/joining-forces-veterans