East London pub scene star rises with crowd loan

A fast-growing East London pub chain is set to open its fourth pub after receiving a £43,000 refurbishment loan from peer-to-business lender, rebuildingsociety.

Electric Star Ltd, which operates The Star of Bethnal Green, The Star of Kings and The Star by Hackney Downs, is opening the doors of The Jackdaw and Star in Homerton later this summer, following a bespoke refurbishment.

rebuildingsociety works by allowing hundreds of individual lenders to pledge varying amounts towards a loan request posted on its website. It administers monthly capital and interest repayments on behalf of its borrowers.

So far over 60 loans, totalling more than £3m, have been created by rebuildingsociety for firms in a variety of industries across the UK.

Rob Star, owner of Electric Star, explains: “I’ve always had a strong relationship with my bank, but the last time I went for a loan, it took them five months to turn me down. With rebuildingsociety it was less than four weeks from our initial application to receiving the cash in the bank, and I’ve raised awareness of our business to hundreds of potential customers.”

Throughout the loan process, Rob interacted with members of rebuildingsociety’s lending community, who wanted to find out more about Rob’s business plans and financial projections.

“I enjoyed answering questions about the business. It made me think hard about certain aspects and was a valuable exercise. We believe we’re doing the right thing in a changing market. People want an experience now, not just a pint.

“We’ve embraced this by franchising our kitchens to chefs who are passionate about their food, which combined with our penchant for craft beers and a packed events schedule is really appealing to people in East London”, says Rob.

Nick Moules, Marketing Manager at rebuildingsociety adds: “Our lenders could see the clear growth trends in Rob’s business. He now has hundreds of new stakeholders with an interest in the success of his business. When Rob expands again, he will probably have a crowd of lenders ready to help him achieve his plans. We believe there is true value in raising loans from individuals ahead of the banks, and by that we don’t just mean the faster turnaround, competitive rates and waived repayment charge that we offer.”

CMB Engineering celebrates Queen’s Award victory

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After winning The Queen’s Award for International Trade, senior members of CMB Engineering were honoured to be present at a royal reception held at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the company’s achievement. Andrew Truelove, General Manager at CMB Engineering and John Crabtree, Lead Engineer at CMB Engineering, were personally congratulated by Her Majesty The Queen.

The occasion marks the third time that the Shipley engineering company has won a Queen’s Award, being previously named a winner of The Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement in 1986, followed by The Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2010.

Andrew Truelove says, “We are delighted to once again be in the prestigious position of winning a Queen’s Award in recognition of CMB Engineering’s commitment to excellency in engineering and our contribution to International Trade. Having the opportunity to be personally congratulated by the Queen is truly magnificent and not only a huge seal of approval for all of us but also a great reminder of our achievement as a company.”

Since starting its operations in the thirties, CMB Engineering has been committed to developing superior canmaking machinery as well as providing support to can manufacturers by supplying spare parts and after-sales services. Through the years the company has continued to demonstrate outstanding growth as a result of its engineering excellence and its focus on overseas business, which now spans over seventy countries.

The majority of the company’s sales now derive from its international customer base with three established Regional Sales Managers covering the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. In addition, CMB Engineering also works with trading partners in Japan, China and Korea, reinforcing the support provided to overseas markets, with full time service engineers based in Hong Kong and Brazil as well as in the UK.

In addition to attending the royal ceremony, CMB Engineering recently hosted a celebration which took place at the company’s headquarters in Shipley to commemorate its fiftieth anniversary at the site.

Marc Hoche, Head of Sales at CMB Engineering, says, “It is events like this that reminds us all of the CMB Engineering company values and therefore the reason behind our success. Looking at everyone who was present on the day, it is refreshing to see an atmosphere filled with pride and happiness. We are very excited about the future and confident that we will continue to provide top quality products and services to our customers worldwide for many more years to come.”

Corrugated packaging allows the personal touch

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Customised packaging is becoming increasingly popular and the corrugated industry is exploiting the latest digital printing technology to provide even more commercial opportunities for retailers and brand owners.

Corrugated already protects, is colour-printable, merchandisable and the most recycled packaging medium. The latest advances in digital printing from a number of suppliers allows corrugated to align with other personalised packaging formats, adding another string to its bow and enabling the industry to become even more effective at engaging consumers.

Confederation of Paper Industries says that innovative technology is already improving in-store performance through better print capability. High Quality Post Print has transformed corrugated packaging from protective transit packaging, into multi-functional, colourful, Shelf-ready Packaging, without compromising product integrity.

Its flat surface is ready-made for exploiting digital platforms such as Smartphone apps and Quick Response codes, meeting consumers’ growing appetite for instant access to product and dietary information.

Print customisation is already becoming established for labels and flexible packaging. High-speed digital, single pass, full colour corrugated printers will realise the same print-on-demand benefits for the orrugated sector, by allowing tailored print runs for seasonal, regional or event-based promotions.

Graphics will go to press in hours instead of days, for small or large production runs with exceptionally fast turnaround times, incorporating personalisation and graphic changes, data merge capabilities and mass customisation.

Wide-format, flatbed digital printing technology is not new to the corrugated sector. However, CPI says that embracing new print technology can help the industry to meet increasing demands from brand owners and retailers for shorter order run lengths, minimal waste and point of sale packaging, to differentiate a brand and attract consumers.

Andy Barnetson, CPI’s Director of Packaging Affairs, says, “Personalisation will allow the Corrugated Industry to become even more creative and bring an extra dimension to packaging. Print-on-demand offers retailers and brand owners cost-effective, customised marketing campaigns to boost sales in an increasingly dynamic retail market.”

Superb turnout for Energy & Environment Expo

Over two thousand energy and environment professionals attended the launch of UBM Live’s Energy & Environment Expo at London’s ExCeL. An impressive 10% of attendees were from overseas, with a strong turnout from Europe and the Far East.

Fergus Bird, Group Event Manager, UBM Live, says, “I am very proud of a fantastic first year. We had an excellent quality of turnout and we can proudly state we are a serious route to market. Managing the footprint of our existing building stock has long been overlooked but now we have a new sector of energy managers and facilities managers that are engaged and hungry for solutions and products.”

All in all, a strong mix of suppliers including manufacturers, software providers, waste treatment companies were present. Alongside were a healthy mix of end users, specifiers and influencers: estate managers, civil engineers, retailers, diplomatic and foreign government representatives, academics and management consultants.

The international contingent saw a particularly good turnout from China, Taiwan, Korea, Italy, France, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands. There was an interesting mix of senior management and middle-management in attendance, with the hands on role of project manager prevalent amongst those from overseas.

The show, dedicated to energy and resource management in buildings, was part of the Protection & Management Series 2014. Show organisers recorded a strong influx of visitors into the exhibition from the co-located events of IFSEC International, FIREX International, Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo and Service Management Expo.

The event hosted two dedicated seminar theatres, which featured experts and specialists presenting on core issues facing the industry. Over the three days, forty speakers covered a wide range of topics including the RHI for which DECC had a dedicated theatre. The surrounding exhibition accommodated 66 companies who had come from all parts of the country and from abroad.

Historically, the event had its roots in Energy Solutions, the highly successful energy management show at the London Olympia and the energy management zone at Facilities Show, the world’s largest dedicated event for facilities management.

HERMA get removable adhesive approved for fatty foodstuffs

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Self-adhesive materials specialist HERMA is causing a minor sensation with its removable and entirely plasticizer-free adhesive 42Lpp after its endorsement for direct food contact by the German test institute ISEGA.

Approval has been granted not only for dry and moist foodstuffs, but also for fatty foods (correction factor 3).

Dr. Thomas Baumgärtner, managing director of HERMA says: “An adhesive that can be removed without leaving any residue on a wide variety of surfaces while offering such extensive food compatibility has thus far proven elusive in practice, thanks to our multi-layer technology, we can offer both benefits at once with an acrylate-based dispersion adhesive.”

As a consequence, the compromises that arise with rubber-based adhesives during conversion are no longer an issue.

“Because of the special second layer, moreover, we can entirely forgo the plasticizers, which often attack the substrate and migrate through the label stock.”

Labels to which this adhesive is applied therefore retain their visual and physical properties. In addition, the adhesive can be applied to thermal paper grades as label materials. With immediate effect, furthermore, the removable adhesive 42Lpp can also be supplied as standard with label stock made of film. The available options are a white PP film (grade 880), a transparent PP film (grade 885) and a white PE film (grade 851).

The 42Lpp adhesive can be peeled off many surfaces absolutely cleanly, without leaving either any residue or an outline. This property is retained even after prolonged exposure to light and heat. Also banished is the problem of “ghosting” – the non-tacky, but milky and distinctive adhesive film that can be left behind on some surfaces. The 42Lpp adhesive therefore offers especially good compatibility with glass surfaces. Outstanding results are likewise obtained when it is peeled off plastic surfaces, such as PP and rigid PVC; coated, zinc-plated and powder-coated metals; and uncoated papers.

The ideal adhesive and peeling attributes originate from the multi-layer technology and HERMA’s guarantee of extremely consistent coating, which applies to both this and the likewise peelable 42N adhesives. HERMA has halved the customary tolerances for adhesive coatings to just ± 1.5 grams per square metre – without modifying the effective amount of adhesive applied.

Especially with peelable adhesives, it is essential to avoid “peaks” and “valleys” when the material is being applied in order to rule out both residues and insufficient tack. The key to achieving these low tolerances lies in the use of curtain coating technology – a field in which HERMA ranks among the pioneers worldwide.

Luxury Packaging returns to the capital

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Luxury Packaging, the UK’s only event for luxury brands to source the latest in products, ideas and inspiration returns to the Business Design Centre, London, on 30th September and 1st October. The two day show, co-located with Packaging Innovations, is set to showcase the world’s most creative packaging solutions.

Major names from Italy, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Poland have flocked to sign up for 2014, including Eckart, Favini, Papeteries de Montsegur and Etiq’Etains. The show’s international reach extends far beyond Europe. For instance, Direct Source Packaging Company from the USA and Ascent Group from Hong Kong have both confirmed they will be showcasing their latest products and services.

Another leading international exhibitor confirmed is Dapy Paris, whose extensive packaging ranges have been used by many of the world’s most prestigious brands, such as Belvedere Vodka, Moet & Chandon, Johnnie Walker, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, GH Mumm and Verve Clicquot.

Marc Bruneau, Project Sales Manager at Dapy, says, “Luxury Packaging is the perfect show for us to expand our activity in the UK. There are lots of show features that make the event really valuable, including The Luxury Packaging Conference related to our target market, the Lion’s Lair, and the networking we get to do with all the attendees. Luxury Packaging is not about today, it showcases what will happen tomorrow. We cannot wait to attend again this year.”

Show organisers easyFairs are thrilled to introduce its Luxury Packaging Conference, boasting senior representatives from Karl Lagerfeld, Diageo, Harrods, Procter & Gamble (Prestige Brands) and Hotel Chocolat. They will be exploring the vital role packaging has to play in positioning and promoting luxury and prestige brands.

Luxury Packaging and Packaging Innovations will also host an array of show features including inspirational learnShops seminars, Lions’ Lair, show favourite, The BIG Packaging Debate, where panellists debate a controversial hot topic and The Beauty Symposium. Stirling Murray, CEO and Founder of The Red Tree, says, “Last year’s Beauty Symposium at Packaging Innovations London was brilliant success and it was great to see how popular all the sessions were. We are delighted to be hosting another Beauty Symposium at the exhibition and very much looking forward to September.”

For further information visit www.easyFairs.com/PI-LONDON.

Nylacast shortlisted as finalists for Made in the UK Awards

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UK-based engineering solution provider Nylacast are proud to have been shortlisted as Finalists for the 2014 “Made in the UK” awards for best Apprenticeship & Training Scheme.

Having won the “Made in the Midlands” award in May, up against Siemens and Caparo Industries, Nylacast were automatically nominated as finalists for the national awards which took place at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool on the 21st of July.

The Made in the UK event which featured an exhibition and conference program alongside the awards evening showcased and celebrated the best of the world renowned UK manufacturing industry and its future. It also welcomed a range of UK manufacturers selected as winners from across 10 regional award dinners in recent months, with a total of over 700 guests.

The manufacturing Apprenticeship and Training Scheme Award held 9 contenders, all of whom provided firm competition, including globally recognised manufactures including Jaguar Land Rover and TATA Steel and FSG Tool & Die who won the award on the night.

Junaid Makda, Marketing Manager of Nylacast says, “Nylacast are elated to have been shortlisted as finalists for this award, having won the regional midlands award and getting to the finals for the UK exemplifies the dedicated focus on continually developing our core assets; People, Polymers and Passion.

“Being shortlisted alongside a high calibre of finalists illustrates the fact that not only does UK Manufacturing continue to excel in global industries, by means of developing and implementing outstanding Apprenticeship & Training Schemes we are all collectively on the frontline of combating the skills shortage, paving a strong path and foundation for future generations.”

With a dedicated Apprenticeship scheme for young engineering students, coupled with bespoke training programs for their current workforce, Nylacast recently invested in an onsite Engineering Training Academy which houses the wide range of practical and theoretical training programs delivered.

Nylacast Group HR & Training Manager, Ian Mallabone, says: “With our most valuable asset being our people, we took the decision to invest in and create our own dedicated engineering training academy in 2014. In addition to facilitating our apprenticeship program the academy also allows us to nurture talent and realise potential within our own workforce and company by tailoring and delivering specific training programs across all areas of Nylacast”.

Nylacast recently won three others for their dedication to helping local charities and communities, and look forward to continuing their development of people.

NaturaLINE trial wins innovation award

Motor Transport honoured Carrier Transicold with its prestigious Innovation Award for a joint project with Sainsbury’s to trial the world’s first temperature-controlled trailer using CO₂.

Labelled as “a potential game changer” by the Motor Transport judging panel, the two-year project launched in August 2013 uses a modified version of Carrier Transicold’s NaturaLINE refrigeration system, which was initially developed for ocean container shipping. The 10.8 metre, insulated, urban distribution trailer delivers frozen produce to stores using NaturaLINE’s non-ozone depleting CO₂ refrigerant, which has a Global Warming Potential of one.

In contrast, most temperature-controlled systems on commercial vehicles use conventional refrigerants such as R-404A (a fluorinated gas) with a GWP of 3920. GWP is the measurement used to show the equivalent kilograms of CO₂. The GWP of CO₂ is lower than other natural refrigerants, such as propane, so even in the event of a leak, the use of CO₂ adds no new environmental risk.

David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems, says, “Congratulations to Sainsbury’s for taking a bold step forward to reduce its carbon footprint by successfully demonstrating the application of the NaturaLINE CO₂ refrigeration system for road use. The trial’s success is great news for Sainsbury’s and the environment.”

The award was received at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London by Victor Calvo, managing director, Carrier Transicold EMEA, Justin Grace, managing director, Carrier Transicold northern Europe, and Nick Davies, head of transport operations, Sainsbury’s. Justin Grace says, “We’re delighted Carrier’s natural leadership in environmental technologies has been recognised with this award. The NaturaLINE unit trial marks one of the most significant innovations in temperature-controlled road transport for more than a decade.”

New domain name ‘.bar’ launched for the bar and club industry

.BAR recently launched to provide the Bar & Club industry with a bespoke digital platform, as part of the recent roll-out of new internet domain names, otherwise known as Top-Level Domains.

The international industry, worth $24 billion in the US (Bars and Nightclubs in the US, IBISWorld, 2014), continues to expand, with the global spirits alone seeing a rise of 10% in sales last year (Ipsos Market Research, 2014). This development now allows public houses, bars, nightclubs, manufacturers, and consumers within the industry to engage, and celebrate everything that nightlife has to offer in a secure online environment.

Now, alcohol-related corporates, businesses, SMEs, communities and consumers will have the ability to differentiate themselves through improved internet marketing capabilities, boosted Search Engine Optimization, and recognition from elite peers. Global Corporates seeking to guard against cyber-squatting will also benefit from buying into .BAR; the .BAR URL ending serves as stamp of integrity for Bar & Alcohol businesses.

The Internet address has already attracted world renowned players on the bar and nightlife scene such Wynn Resorts and Harry’s Bar.

The domain, which launched to the general public yesterday and celebrated in style at London’s Sanderson Hotel, sponsored by luxury vodka brand, Beluga.

“.BAR will connect the bar and club industry with customers online,” says Aaron Grego, CEO of Punto 2012.

“This is a perfect opportunity for businesses to grab a simple and easy-to-use domain name that describes their bar or club with a descriptive name. Our industry needs to stand out online and be found — with .BAR they can.”

Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic and domains.bar, says: “After meetings with our partner Punto 2012 in bars in New York City, Mexico City, Denver, Las Vegas, Munich, Singapore and the Bar municipality in Montenegro, it is a long-awaited pleasure to launch the .bar domain name in London’s Long Bar in the company of many leading lights of the adult beverage profession as well as renowned bar flies from the domain name industry.”

Powerstar launches in Ireland

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Powerstar, the global market leading voltage optimisation system, is now available in Ireland following a distributor agreement with leading Irish energy solutions company Powerstar Voltage Limited.

Powerstar is developing a market presence in a number of new international territories – the company also recently signed agreements with distributors on the East Coast of America.

Headed by Gerry Corrigan, Powerstar Voltage Ltd. is identifying strategic energy efficiency opportunities across Ireland, by capitalising on the Irish Government’s policy to reduce energy consumption by 20%, with the implementation of energy efficiency measures, by 2020.

Recognising that Government must lead by example, it is, at the same time, challenging public sector procurement departments to achieve a 33% reduction in energy usage in the same time frame.

Gerry Corrigan says: “With these targets at the forefront of many strategic energy plans, the demand from companies and public sector organisation alike for the Powerstar range of products has never been greater. The reaction from customers, when they are presented with the potential savings they can achieve is extremely positive.”

Voltage in Ireland is on average supplied at 242V by the National Grid, however only 230V is required by modern equipment and appliances. Powerstar’s innovative products reduce the voltage coming into a building or site to the optimum level. Average electricity consumption savings of 12% to 15% can be achieved by installing Powerstar solutions.

At the same time, Powerstar products reduce harmonics and maintenance requirements, extending the life span of appliances.

Dr. Alex Mardapittas, managing director of Powerstar says: “Currently 15% of our business is from international markets, we plan to grow this by developing our presence in new markets across the world including Ireland. Gerry holds the same values of customer care, product excellence and entrepreneurial drive that have been at the centre of Powerstar’s success in the UK, and we are looking forward to developing what promises to be an exciting market for our products in Ireland together.”

Powerstar voltage optimisation systems, have been designed and manufactured in the UK for over 13 years and are the only systems in the world to be granted a patent on their design. Powerstar boasts 100% reliability with no recorded failures across thousands of installations globally, offering a secure, proven and reliable solution for businesses in Ireland.