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Engineer launches UK business venture creating unique gifts


A Glossop businessman, who has travelled the world as an engineer, is using his specialist skills to create unique personalised coasters as his business relaunches across the country.

Steve Gray, who spent 30 years installing and maintaining machinery for retail giants across the globe, has perfected a specialist technique to create personalised wooden gifts that merge unique designs with laser precise cut outs.

Tawny Barn, in Glossop, is run by the 58-year-old who uses decades of engineering expertise to reconfigure his laser cutter to specifically support precise shape cuts in line with any design to craft unique Christmas presents, wedding favours or even business logos for promotions.

Steve Gray said: “My work took me all over the world and meant that I was regularly reconfiguring and maintaining specialist machinery. So, when I started Tawny Barn I was in a unique position to be able to modify the laser cutter to make aligning printed designs perfectly with the cutter simpler and more precise. It means I can now use any flat material from acrylic to MDF and wood to print and cut out intricate shapes perfectly. The possibilities are endless, unique photo gifts, logo designs for businesses and even personalised designs. It really is exciting.”

Having spent the past year touring craft markets including Glossop Artisan Market, Stockport Worker Bee Markets and Creative Connections with his original plain MDF cut out designs Steve is now looking to make his printed designs available nationwide.

Launching a new online shop through Tawnybarn.com this month people will now be able to purchase his new bespoke designs from anywhere across the country with free samples available for a limited time only.

Steve added: “It is a big step for the business. I have been touring craft fairs for the past year and all of my designs have been really well received so this now takes the designs to the next level merging print designs with precise cut outs. It means I can make coasters that are completely bespoke. If you can think of a design, I can make it.”

Steve who has spent the last 30 years working as a service engineer started S Gray Engineering in the town in 2003.

For the last 15 years he has travelled to everywhere from South Africa, Nigeria, Syria, Canada and Greece to install and maintain bottle fillers and other production and packaging machinery.

In 2018 he took up his new venture and set up Tawny Barn selling MDF shaped cut outs for arts and craft projects.

This year he is looking to make more intricate designs available and is now offering printed and cut out designs.

Tawny Barn can create any shape in flat material and has even helped with laser cutting clothing patterns.

For more information visit www.tawnybarn.com or go to tawnybarn.shop/products/sample-coaster to claim a free coaster sample.

 

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SpeedDater 2.0: returning to real life with unique social distancing singles events


The coronavirus epidemic rocked many areas of our lives. One of them is acquaintances and meetings with new people, which allowed us to find each other, meet love and build relationships. Now, in the age of stay-at-home meetings, social distancing and masks, singles are finding it even more challenging to find a soulmate, much less maintain one.

To help people fight loneliness and continue the search for love during the lockdown period, SpeedDater, one of the leaders in the UK singles events market, launched virtual speed dating events, where people could date with each other without leaving home.

However, nothing can replace face-to-face communication, so as soon as the government announced lockdown easing measures from July 4, the SpeedDater team launched a new formats of offline events where people can mingle, observing all the rules of social distancing. The first event format is Picnic Speed Dating, which will be held in London, Newcastle and Manchester.

“The launch of our picnic dating events was in Battersea Park in London, on the 18th of July, where you were greeted by a glass of prosecco. The event consisted of getting to know each other and some fun social distancing games, frisbee and scatch. If you’ve been in lockdown for three months, doesn’t this just sound so enjoyable?” – Speeddater Events Manager, Sarah Payne described the first event.

At the moment, the company is developing other events formats that promise to be exciting.
“Dating during quarantine can be very inspiring! There is no need to stop searching for your soulmate. We already have many ideas that we are ready to implement in the very near future. Picnic Speed Dating will be our first social distancing format, but besides it, our customers will have other opportunities not only to find love, but also to have an extremely interesting time” – shared details Sarah Payne.

It should be emphasized that Virtual Speed Dating events, which the company has been running for more than three months, will remain a separate format on an ongoing basis. During this time, SpeedDater held about 200 online events, which were visited by more than 3,000 people.

Many of our customers liked the virtual dating format. It gives more freedom in actions – the event can be visited from anywhere, without wasting time on the road, and you can even go on a date in another city, which is impossible to do in offline format” – said Sarah.

Coronavirus has forever changed our lives, the SpeedDater team is confident, so we will continue to live in two dimensions – real and virtual. Thus, the company will try to take into account the needs of each customer by providing a variety of online and offline formats, where everyone will have the opportunity to meet true love.

About SpeedDater, Ltd

At SpeedDater, we believe that chemistry happens only in person. You will never know if you’re truly compatible with someone until you meet face to face. This is what Speed Dating is all about. We offer busy professionals a great way to meet new people in a fun, safe and chilled environment.

SpeedDater was the first singles events site to launch in the UK, way back in 2002. We’ve run over 10,400 events and introduced over 306,000 singles. SpeedDater now runs up to 70 events every month in 24 UK cities.

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GIVE YOUR DAD SOME DADITUDE WITH UNIQUE PERSONALISED GIFTS!


In celebration of Father’s Day, all-new UK-based brand Daditude is launching to help consumers celebrate the father figures in their lives by offering them a truly unique and personalised collection of gifts. Acting as the one-stop-shop for dads, Daditude has been created to provide a wide range of bespoke items for that special someone, including items for camping and BBQs alongside stunning whisky tumblers and grooming products.

With Father’s Day being a time to celebrate the huge contribution, guidance and advice that dad’s provide, UK-based brand Daditude is launching to help make finding the perfect gift for them even more accessible. However, dads should be thanked all year round, and the all-new Daditude brand is the gift shop for fathers, allowing sons and daughters the chance to purchase truly unique and meaningful products at any time and for any celebration.

No matter whether it is a birthday, special occasion or they simply just want to thank him for everything he has done, Daditude is the all-new company specifically designed to fit all dads. The brand provides consumers with a full range of products that are ideal for any father, at any time. Currently stocking nearly 300 products, the Daditude collection offers a huge variety of products and the current range includes:

  • Cards for all occasions
  • Fully customisable gifts (such as chocolate, lighters, notepads, keyrings and photo frames)
  • Personalised coffee mugs
  • Cufflinks
  • Bespoke alcoholic packages and tumblers
  • BBQ equipment
  • Camping essentials
  • Gadgets
  • DIY Tools

These are just some of the huge array of topics that the brand currently offers customers. Of course, there is the obligatory pair of socks; however, Daditude has been established to say that fathers do not just need socks. Instead, the company is giving customers a modern twist by providing them with a vast choice of gifts for dads.

Daditude was officially launched this week and has been created by a passionate and dedicated team that truly understands the importance of fatherhood. The all-new company has been established to provide consumers with a unique range of gifts that help to differentiate from the standard, mundane gifts traditionally offered. The brand will be focusing on ensuring that consumers will always be able to enjoy the most stylish, unique and never-before-seen gifts on the marketplace.

Speaking ahead of the launch, [RAJ DHANDA, OWNER] at Daditude added, “We are really excited to finally be launching Daditude. For a long time, the marketplace has been full of novelty items that are often cheap and hold no real significance to those special dads in our lives.

That is why we wanted to provide an alternative for consumers. Daditude has been created to act as the one-stop-shop for consumers that are tired of giving a dull pair of socks every father’s day, birthday or Christmas. Instead, they can now show how grateful they are by giving their dad a truly personalised gift that speaks straight from the heart.”

To find out more about Daditude, or find that perfect personalised gift, visit www.daditude.co.uk.

Notes to Editors:

  • Daditude is a UK based company that formed in 2020 and is based in Tipton.
  • Full details can be found at daditude.co.uk whilst the brand can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
  • Daditude accepts all major credit cards and forms of payment
  • Delivery is available internationally by Royal Mail, with prices starting from £3.99

For more information, contact daditude2020@gmail.com



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Unique chance to become part of UK’s largest fitness network


https://www.prfire.com/Hussle has unveiled its new crowdfunding push, with the opportunity to own part of the platform for as little as £10

We all know that eating well and keeping fit is vital to our well-being, but it’s not always easy to make positive choices. Every year thousands of people sign up to new gym memberships which they only use for a couple of weeks, often because being restricted to one venue doesn’t work for urban lifestyles. That’s all changing, thanks to Hussle.

The London based company is disrupting the fitness industry by making gym memberships easier and more flexible. Instead of just signing up to one venue, members can access pools, spa and gyms all around the UK, with daily or monthly passes that can be easily paused and re-started.

In the past six months alone Hussle has struck deals with big names including Three, Tesco and Premier Inn and scored an impressive list of investors such as Channel 4, Concentric, Techogym, MMC and Albion VC. Hussle’s Corporate Fitness Program is launching in November, offering plenty of incentives for businesses and their employees to be their best version of themselves.

This is a great time to invest, as the company is undergoing a rapid expansion. Each month sees more than 10,000 new members discover Hussle, and the brand has already generated approximately 2.5m gym visits, while partnering with almost 40% of all the health clubs and gym facilities in the United Kingdom.

“Our mission is to create a globally trusted fitness brand that helps people make life work out,” says Hussle CEO, Jamie Ward.

For investors who relate to this ethos, becoming part of the Hussle family is quick and simple – providing them with the opportunity to join in with the brand’s success.

Based on the level of interest shown so far, the funding target is likely to be hit within a few days of the campaign going live. To make sure you are one of the first to know when you can invest, register your interest now at https://www.hussle.com/crowdfunding

About Hussle.com

‘Hussle is the UK’s most flexible way to get fit. Stop, start with a click of a button. Enjoy using premium gyms, whether near work, home or whilst travelling. With unlimited access to 1000’s of venues you can relax in a spa, swim in a pool or workout at your favourite gym. When life gets in the way Hussle is there to make life work out!

For further information or interview opportunities contact:

Gabriele La Gona
Marketing Director
Hussle.com
Tel: 020 8629 1778
Email: gabriele@hussle.com

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TOME combats smartphone addiction with unique smartphone capsule and app


Rescue your family from smartphone addiction. TOME combines the best elements of physical and digital restraint, to improve mindfulness and help parents and their children break free of device distraction.

In the modern age, family time is hindered by the smartphone. It can be detrimental to mental health, personal relationships and consequently more costly to the society we live in. Reports show that 45% of parents say they feel addicted to their mobile device, up from 27% in 2016, while teens feel their parents are addicted to their mobile device.

To combat this TOME by Medietas Ltd was created as the perfect place and the only place to put your device away for up to 4 hours. What initially seems to be just a wooden box from the outside is a hideaway for your phone that rewards you the more time you leave your phone inside. Founded by Mindful Living Coach, Calvin Niles, TOME allows more mindful use of tech and rescues your family from device addiction. Its design fits perfectly in the home leaving family time the only thing that matters once TOME is active.  TOME allows you to be present in the moment by removing device distraction.

Devices can steal our focus and concentration quite easily however kids get it even worse. A recent child study found that children who spend more than two hours a day on smartphones are seven times more likely to develop ADHD – a behavioural disorder that affects one’s attentiveness, impulses and hyperactivity.

Co-founder Dr Aaron Mason, CTO recognised “device distraction has become a big issue especially for families who don’t spend enough time together, so technology like TOME is the most simple and effective way of solving this issue whilst keeping everyone happy, I know first-hand and am guilty of doing it, hence why we are working on this problem.”

With all this distraction, TOME is a symbol that represents balance, with a design that fits into any domestic or commercial environment. TOME is the perfect solution to smartphone addiction and device distraction as it’s functionality and design allows it to be a practical household item that reduces distractions. The capsule is durable and accented by sleek bamboo, diffused lighting. Inside a soft cushioned interior protects devices and most importantly it keeps your phone charged (wirelessly) so it’s ready to go when you’re ready.

TOME co-founder Calvin Niles said “As a doting father I value my time with my children enormously, but I realised that I was missing key moments in their lives due to my own device distraction. I feel we have created something special here and are really excited to be able to help bring balance back to people’s lives in this digital age.”

Companies are taking note too. Slack, the tech company that specialises in collaboration, has made protecting off-line time one of their key features as evidenced by their Do Not Disturb mode. TOME adds value in a similar way. With devices overtaking people’s daily activities regardless of age, sex, gender, career, nationality, or economic status, the symbol of TOME, that of power of intention, holds weight.

TOME can be integrated into everyday mindfulness routines and has been created for both functional and aesthetic value. Calvin further notes that “TOME was refined for quality at every stage of the design process over the last 12 months and a great deal of emphasis was placed on striking balance between the user experience and its look and feel. It is finely crafted and intuitively functional and serves as a clear place to lock away your smart devices to help achieve more quality time.”

TOME is brought to you by Medietas Ltd based in London, UK.  Medietas is a start-up company founded in 2016 to create products which bring balance to people’s lives. Its crowdfunding campaign is now live on Kickstarter to fund its first commercial production run of TOME capsules for deliveries from March 2020. The crowdfunding campaign can be viewed here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/discovertome/tome-smartphone-addiction-solution

For more information about TOME, visit www.discovertome.com

Media Contact Details

Calvin Niles, Medietas Ltd

London, United Kingdom

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