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10 reasons why we should give shelf space to Steenbergs Organic

  because Steenbergs is an organic and Fairtrade spice business. and is a friendly firm (family run over sixteen years) who places Fairtrade, the environment, and people at the forefront. Primarily selling spices, as well as loose leaf teas (mainly from Sri Lanka and India), and home baking ingredients to business to trade and retail customers because founders and owners of this North Yorkshire based business, Axel and Sophie Steenberg (The Steenbergs) were the first to be UK licensed to sell spices carrying the Fairtrade Mark, and they continue to add to the range   because Steenbergs Organic is a carbon neutral company and that the business is run out of a purpose built eco-factory in which environmental features have been incorporated such as sun pipes and green energy. The Steenbergs use ‘green’ suppliers wherever possible and their packaging is fully recyclable   because Steenbergs Organic range consists of over 400 spices and spice blends and several carry the Fairtrade Mark. The majority are organic, Steenbergs offer the widest organic range available and the company knows …

Our attributes for BRIO – TSS Business of the Month for January 2016

BRIO and Wood (a long time connection) After moving to Osby, Southern Sweden in 1884 Ivar Bengtsson and wife, Sissa enjoyed continued success from selling woodchip baskets and other goods. They went on to produce their first wooden toy in 1907 (the Osby horse). After their three sons Viktor, Anton and Emil took up the reins, the toy manufacturing remained prominent. Later, once Anton’s son, Lennart Ivarsson became CEO, the company went international and BRIO was a top wooden toy manufacturer with a range which included the famous train sets. BRIO is still ever-present in the development of new wooden toys for children. Wood is natural, workable, clean, long lasting and tactile and BRIO makes the most of its qualities. Since 2014, all wooden toys have been made from traceable wood coming from responsibly managed forests BRIO and Design (toy designs are timeless, uncomplicated and fun) Imaginative play and child development have always been and remain a key consideration in any design concept through to fruition. When asked how he knows a new toy will be compelling …

8 Really Good Reasons why GROHE is TSS Business of the Month for October 2015

Another bathroom manufacturer is our latest Business of the Month. Profiling the mighty GROHE (an industry leader and a powerhouse business) this October, and for a few very good reasons: because Grohe has an overarching brand promise ‘The GROHE brand stands for perfect water delivery “made in Germany”, offering uncompromising comfort, fun and enjoyment of our planet’s most vital resource. Building on a trend-setting premium product range, unique expertise and target group-oriented services, GROHE presents itself as a global leader who points the way forward for the sanitary market’ because Grohe’s great design, engineering capacity and knowledge within the industry is helping reduce the consumption of water and energy. GROHE states that quality and sustainability is a tradition followed, and that resources used are with a ‘good conscience’. GROHE manufactures taps (faucets) and shower products that are highly innovative and well engineered. New technologies introduced are helping to reduce water and energy consumption, they include The GROHE TurboStat® cartridge which reacts to changes in water pressure on hot and cold supplies to maintain a constant temperature …

British Ceramic Tile Ltd (BCT) is Business of the Month for August 2015

Ready to go that extra mile for their trade and industry leading customers within the world of building and design and supply chain functionality is British Ceramic Tile Ltd (BCT) BACKGROUND The extraction of naturally occurring clay from the area of Dartmoor (pictured above) has been happening for a century and a half, and has been the raw material used for tile manufacture  in the factories (both old and new),  based at Heathfield, Devon. It was founder, Frank Candy’s, Candy & Co of Great Western Potteries, Newton Abbot, who occupied the Heathfield site initially. Candy & Co manufactured drain pipes, chimney pots, wall tiles, and  ornamental bricks (pictured left)  and in an ideal South Devon location being so close to extensive white clay reserves. J Howard Fox then purchased the company from Frank Candy in 1880, and by the turn of last century Candy tiles (marketed as ‘Devon Tiles’) were gracing many a suburban building. Decoratively glazed and fired ceramic tiles appeared in porches and kitchens and around fireplaces, and later domestic wares, ornaments and art …

RHS FLOWER SHOW TATTON PARK SATURDAY 25 JULY 2015 (IN PICTURES)

Celebrating this year’s RHS FLOWER SHOW at Tatton Park, Cheshire with: SOME MAGICAL CIRCLES     AND STARS  OF THE SHOW SOME TWISTS AND TURNS, AND SOME… ‘PICKING UP THE PIECES’   SOME WHOPPERS! AND SOME SMALL THINGS (PERFECTLY FORMED) SOME HOMES FOR SMALL THINGS AND GARDENS THAT MAKE US FEEL AT HOME THE WET AND THE DRY THE SWEET,   AND THE SOUR THE COLOUR PURPLE THE COLOUR PINK …COLOURS PURPLE AND PINK   AND THE RED, WHITE AND PINK! THE GLORIOUSLY INVENTIVE AND THE LIGHT AND THE SHADE FROM THE VISUALLY UNUSUAL TO THE VISUALLY STUNNING Note: Debra Hall attended the event in an official press capacity having been accredited for Saturday 25 July

10 Reasons why Puji Furniture gets the TSS Business of the Month award for June 2015

1. Because any ethically minded shopper with an eye for design will relate to owner, Jimmy Ioannou’s designer-head and to his dream (that came a reality) of manufacturing and selling exclusive and distinctive home decor ranges using eco-friendly materials 2. And because the business sources beautiful looking rustic and weathered wood, that has been reputably reclaimed and recovered in Indonesia, and then reused to make new furniture items for Puji 3. And for realising that Teak is a natural material that does not shrink, move or crack easily so it is extremely durable   4. Let’s take a few  moment to appreciate the preciousness of  reclaimed teak material 5. And while we acknowledge that Jimmy is very hands-on, we like it even more that he places such high value on the crafting skills of his employees working in Java 6. Because we are able to seek out unique pieces, for ourselves, by visiting the professionally styled showroom in North London which does its very best to showcase wood products and much, much more in furnishings …

Clean Up time! With the Deep Clean Mop by e-cloth

‘Does he clean up? No, he never cleans up’ (song lyrics by artist, Alesha Dixon) But this ‘Mop Head’ does! Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the Deep Clean Mop it cleans floors efficiently and effectively. It consists of a flat base with removable Deep Clean mop head (an e-cloth), plus handle. A Velcro strip attaches the mop head onto the base. The whole system is extremely lightweight. Designed to remove grease and dirt from all kinds of hard floors including ceramic tiles, stone, vinyl, vinyl tiles (only with a waterproof underlay), wood, and laminate. However, for laminate flooring which is not designed specifically for bathrooms, or is in situ without an aqua board base or a waterproof lining, we would suggest a quick swish round with a Dry Mop Head only (available separately) to remove surface dust and small dirt particles. The Handle The handle is telescopic and with a simple twisting action it is easy to adjust. A short hand reach can be achieved, which means it is possible to reach the …

TSS Business of the Month for December 2014 is Mira Showers (Kohler Mira Ltd)

Our Business of the Month, Mira Showers (Kohler Mira Ltd) is the company responsible for producing the world’s first thermostatic shower.     The company was first established in London. It formed a base in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in its early days and remains there today, (sites also at Gloucester, Wolverhampton and a factory in Hull, Humberside). The business was privately owned by members of the Walker family who originally manufactured the Leonard shower mixer valves that were used widely in industry, schools and hospitals.   In 1959, the Leonard 722 (one from the company’s original Leonard brand) was introduced. This was the first thermostatic mixing valve designed to control water temperature and flow under UK pressure conditions. After 42 years the Leonard brand was retired and replaced by Mira Thermostatic. The company itself has had a few name changes since the original Walker, Crosweller and Co (est:1921). It became a subsidiary company in 1963 and was bought out in 1974, and in efforts to up the ante perhaps, was sold on three times and now rests …

Ecover Product Reviews and the Observer Ethical Awards 2014

Ecover are in association with The Observer Ethical Awards 2014 and the SHORTLIST for the Ecover Young Green Champions Award has recently been announced. They are as follows: Andover Trees United – A community group based in Andover, Hampshire, aiming to design and create a new woodland area open to everyone in the local area Mama Margaret’s – A project that teams students in Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton, with women from the Dagoretti slum in Nairobi to make and sell a range of hand-made, craft items to support the families in the slum Roch Valley Educational Partnership – A group from Rochdale turning discarded green space and woodland into an educational resource for the local community and surrounding schools Well done to all three! To mark this moment in the award’s proceedings tssreviews have invited three Guests Bloggers to review Ecover cleaning products. The first product is Ecover’s Mango and Shea Butter Washing-Up Liquid Janet V (from Burton Upon Trent) says she uses Ecover Washing Up Liquid exclusively and this is why “I started using Ecover washing up liquid …

Review of ECOVER ALL-IN-ONE DISHWASHER TABLETS

We really did put the performance of an ECOVER dishwasher tablet to the test. Trial involved a full load of cutlery and crockery with some degree of soiling and food scraps present. We included an oven rack with sticky residue from spills, a silicone container in which a loaf cake had been baked, and a large saucepan. The area in which the test was undertaken is recognized to be a hard water area too. We ran a dish washing cycle according to the manufacturers instructions and we verify that it was an unwrapped, Ecover dishwasher tablet (all-in-one) that was fully dispensed into the wash, from behind the dispenser door of a standard home dishwashing appliance. There is no better example that we could have acquired, than this provision of photographic evidence to show the results following a wash cycle using the item under review. Photographing the clean cutlery and crockery items after trialing the performance of the dishwasher tablet was a nice thing to do. Not just because the geometric shapes to be found in …